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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Absolutely stunning - something entirely different!!!
This album is awe-inspiring in its unique range of beautiful sounds. There are songs which have been heard before (on Kiri's 50th birthday CD) and also new songs, but the exciting part is that they have new arrangements. e.g. Pokarekare Ana , which Kiri usually sings unsccompanied as an encore at her concerts, begins with birdsongs, then the male voices come in and...
Published on 5 Nov 1999

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Westernised Maori
Found in a charity shop, going back to a charity shop. There are moments of great beauty on this cd, but unfortunately the whole is a rather sanitised and poppified rendering of what I can only imagine it might have been in the raw. One gets this impression from the occasional true Maori voice coming through, which is where the spine starts to tingle. There are not enough...
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Absolutely stunning - something entirely different!!!, 5 Nov 1999
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This review is from: Maori Songs (Audio CD)
This album is awe-inspiring in its unique range of beautiful sounds. There are songs which have been heard before (on Kiri's 50th birthday CD) and also new songs, but the exciting part is that they have new arrangements. e.g. Pokarekare Ana , which Kiri usually sings unsccompanied as an encore at her concerts, begins with birdsongs, then the male voices come in and then Kiri's beautiful soprano soars above all, and our spirits soar with her. This is innovative, thrilling, and accompanied by THE MOST BEAUTIFUL photos of Dame Kiri that John Swannell has ever taken!!!!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Absolutely stunning - something entirely different!!!, 5 Nov 1999
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This review is from: Maori Songs (Audio CD)
This album is awe-inspiring in its unique range of beautiful sounds. There are songs which have been heard before (on Kiri's 50th birthday CD) and also new songs, but the exciting part is that they have new arrangements. e.g. Pokarekare Ana , which Kiri usually sings unsccompanied as an encore at her concerts, begins with birdsongs, then the male voices come in and then Kiri's beautiful soprano soars above all, and our spirits soar with her. This is innovative, thrilling, and accompanied by THE MOST BEAUTIFUL photos of Dame Kiri that John Swannell has ever taken!!!!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Melody from Maori Culture, 30 Sep 2008
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Rama Rao "Rama" (Annandale, VA, USA) - See all my reviews
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I fell in love with Maori music when I first heard the compositions; "Huri Huri," and "Po Ata Rau (Now is the Hour)" at a museum during a Thanksgiving weekend. This is soothing sound of Maori folk songs, and this CD includes 16 compositions performed by the proud daughter of Maori people, the opera singer Kiri Te Kanawa, and it was released to celebrate the new millennium.

1. Hine E Hine"
2. "Tarakihi (The Locust)"
3. "Moe Mai E Hine"
4. "Hoea Ra"
5. "Matangi"
6. "Huri Huri"
7. "E Papa (Titi Torea/E Aue)"
8. "Ara Ka Titiro"
9. "Hoki Hoki Tonu Mai"
10. "Po Ata Rau (Now Is The Hour)"
11. "Piki Mai"
12. "Haere Ra E Hine"
13. "E Pari Ra"
14. "Akoako O Te Rangi"
15. "Tahi Nei Taro Kino"
16. "Po Karekare Ana"

The composition "Huri Huri" is rich and melodious, and "Now Is the Hour" is another popular song; well-known recordings of the song were made by Frank Sinatra, Bing Crosby, and Gracie Fields. The "Po Karekare Ana" is a traditional love song communally composed about the time WWI, and it was popularized by Maori soldiers who were training for the war. This is a great opportunity to listen to some great folk music and enjoy: Highly recommended.

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5. Waiata: Music of the Maori
6. Kahurangi: Music of the New Zealand Maori
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Westernised Maori, 9 July 2013
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Found in a charity shop, going back to a charity shop. There are moments of great beauty on this cd, but unfortunately the whole is a rather sanitised and poppified rendering of what I can only imagine it might have been in the raw. One gets this impression from the occasional true Maori voice coming through, which is where the spine starts to tingle. There are not enough of those moments to make it worth keeping when shelf space is so short however.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars HEAVEN!, 25 Nov 1999
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This review is from: Maori Songs (Audio CD)
This CD is magic, from track one to track 16! It has so many beautiful melodies, the Maori singers are great, especially the men, and of course, Dame Kiri is beautiful. Her emotion throughout the songs is awe inspiring, as are the PHOTOS! I didn't know someone was allowed to look that gorgeous! You'll listen to this album over and over so it's a very good investment ;) BUY IT!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars great singer wrong voice, 16 Dec 2011
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Having travelled to NZ and enjoyed Maori singing, we made the mistake of thinking that Kiri would deliver the goods.
Sadly her trained classical voice is totally wrong for the Maori sound. My wife was very disappointed by the CD and it will be found in a charity shop very soon.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Easy listening, 12 Dec 2013
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Sheila Mcdaniel (Austria) - See all my reviews
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This is a beautiful album which seems to appeal to everyone. The Classical and popular music lovers alike have commented on this music, and Ms Kanawa's dulcet tones lift the spirits.

It seems equally at home with backgound or easy listening or dinner parties or just wafting across conversation.

I am wearing it out.
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5.0 out of 5 stars beautiful music, 14 July 2013
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recommended by a friend and these tracks are hauntingly beautiful.
listen to the samples on site. I am loving a new artist and lots of powerful and yet restful tracks.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Very nice music, 10 Dec 2012
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Its a very nice recopilation of maori songs in the voice of Kiri Te Kanawa who is an excellent singer
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5.0 out of 5 stars Buy it again Sam, 10 Oct 2010
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Amazon is a great place to buy cds you have lost or lent. Kiri was one of those. Quality, delivery and price fantaastic. Thanks Amazon
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