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5.0 out of 5 stars superb Colin Davis Mozart, 26 Feb 2009
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rc_rc (Yorkshire, UK) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Mozart: Kiri Te Kanawa / Exsultate Jubilate / Vesperae Sonennes de confessore / Kyrie in D Minor / Ave vermus corpus (Audio CD)
this is a superb mozart disk on its own right - without overplaying the Kir TeKanawa link.

The Solemn Vespers etc are robust and well recorded, sensitively played with correct - even period-informed in its lightness - style and great musicianship.

Often mozart choral disks can be cerebral - the period briaged (and I have an awful lot of their recordings and love them in their own way). But I think I will be coming back to this one more than most of the others - and not just for TeKanawa.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars BEST EXSULTATE JUBILATE, 16 April 2009
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Sakari 1952 (Vasteras-SWEDEN) - See all my reviews
This review is from: Mozart: Kiri Te Kanawa / Exsultate Jubilate / Vesperae Sonennes de confessore / Kyrie in D Minor / Ave vermus corpus (Audio CD)
Anybody having Exsultate Jubilate as their favourite would probably agree with me that this CD is the very best. Other performers have recorded this title but none of them has reached the same heights as Dame Kiri.
I have never heard any other soprano sing Exsultate Jubilate with the same clear voice, especially at the end of the " Unde Suspirat Cor" her vibrato is the most beautiful - it gives me goose bumps. I can listen to these 15 minutes of the CD anytime.
You can also view same title on the DVD Kiri Te Kanawa -Home & Afar (NTSC) or the same new DVD release (2009) Kiri Te Kanawa - In Concert (NTSC).
This CD is Sir Colin Davis' & Dame Kiri Te Kanawa's masterpiece.
I am surprised there is only one written review of it yet. I felt compelled make it two.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Light, well-sprung Mozart, beautifully sung, 22 Jan 2012
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Ralph Moore "Ralph operaphile" (Bishop's Stortford, UK) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Mozart: Kiri Te Kanawa / Exsultate Jubilate / Vesperae Sonennes de confessore / Kyrie in D Minor / Ave vermus corpus (Audio CD)
This is the kind of recording we took for granted forty years ago, although the advent of the young Kiri Te Kanawa, still in her mid-twenties was by no means a routine event. I remember a little later after this disc appeared getting a signed copy of her Mozart recital LP and thinking I'd never heard a lovelier voice; she was made for Mozart, as her peerless Countess proves.

However, she is not the only reason for buying this CD: the sound is excellent and Colin Davis is already requiring a period lightness from his musicians without any of the attendant excessive HIP disadvantages. The LSO play with a freshness and spring wholly apt to the joyful abandon of this music and nothing is treacly or laboured, even when a graver demeanour is in order, such as in the dignified but flowing "Ave Verum". The regular team of supporting soloists is on hand, including the grand, distinctive bass of Gwynne Howell.

My esteemed fellow-reviewer Bernard O'Hanlon finds Kiri to sound "flat" in her showpiece "Exsultate", by which I gather he means not flat in pitch - which she isn't - but in tonal refulgence and expression. I have listened again and again and compared her with similar-voiced Sylvia McNair but I cannot hear it; both are delightful. I think he might be put off by the fact that her vibrato is fast and light - usually a very attractive thing in sopranos too often afflicted by a wobble - and because she never seems to need to lean into her tone to carry the note, so it all sounds very effortless - which it is. He asserts that she sounds better in her solo "Laudate Dominum" in the Vespers and it's true her tone is marginally more vibrant there. Throughout, her pure, flickering trill and fluting top notes - including a superb top C to conclude the "Alleluia" - are evidence of a singer whose technique must already have been the envy of her peers and which explains why she continued to sing beautifully for another forty years.

Not all the music here is the same top-drawer quality as the better-known numbers but it's all is as skilfully crafted as you would expect from Mozart and gems such as the soprano solos make the disc worth five stars by any measure.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Absolutely the top, 26 Mar 2013
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G.F.Kinkhorst (Hurwenen, Netherlands) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Mozart: Kiri Te Kanawa / Exsultate Jubilate / Vesperae Sonennes de confessore / Kyrie in D Minor / Ave vermus corpus (Audio CD)
My most cherished album. I play it at least once a week for years and years now. Makes you happy to be human.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Angels singing, 19 Jan 2014
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This review is from: Mozart: Kiri Te Kanawa / Exsultate Jubilate / Vesperae Sonennes de confessore / Kyrie in D Minor / Ave vermus corpus (Audio CD)
It is one of the most uplifting & beautiful pieces of music ever written & what a voice, I don't think singers are trained as they used to be & rely too much on HD & all that goes with it.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant CD, 16 May 2012
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This review is from: Mozart: Kiri Te Kanawa / Exsultate Jubilate / Vesperae Sonennes de confessore / Kyrie in D Minor / Ave vermus corpus (Audio CD)
I bought this CD as a replacement as mine had developed a fault (probably through overuse). If you are a fan of Mozart's choral music this is a must have CD. The choice of music is excellent and of course sung by Kiri Te Kanawa it is of the highest quality. The sound reproduction is very good and I would highly recommend it.
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