This is the fourth and final set of show-tunes that Kiri Te Kanawa recorded dedicated to the great Broadway and Hollywood composers of the first half of the 20th century. The composer and lyricist for this CD is Irving Berlin and the CD was released in 1997. The 15 tracks are arranged and the Abbey Road Ensemble conducted by Jonathan Tunick. At 45 minutes the playing time is a little short, as for the other CDs in this series, but it's lovely music well sung and played. The arrangements are more in the style of a Broadway show rather than a single release for Tin Pan Alley. As for the other discs in the series, the accompanying booklet gives the lyrics of all the songs and the origin in Broadway shows or Hollywood movies. This is another entertaining collection for popular music buffs like myself.
I am a great fan of Kiri's stunning voice, but found this CD a bit hard to warm to. I bought it with an older selection of Berlin numbers by original performers, and do not feel that she does him justice. The arrangements are poor and an operatic vibrato isn't what one would expect in a Berlin all timer.
Already owning the disc of 'Kiri sings Gershwin' I purchased this one with great confidencs. Unfortunately, I was wrong. This disc has a good selection of Berlin songs, but Kiri does not seem to enjoy singing them. There is little life or enthusiasm shown - too much care for diction and phrasing for it to flow. The music is good but the singing is just not up to the Gershwin standard.