Kiri Te Kanawa 311.
(photo credit: Courtesy)
Soprano Kiri Te Kanawa personified the noblesse of a singer’s maturity as she
performed Saturday night as part of the Israel Festival. The sheer beauty of her
voice was enhanced by her radiating an increased dimension of delicacy, and the
consummate artistry of shaping a musical phrase. Her way of reaching the highest
notes with effortless ease and caressing softness, and then letting it swell to
persuasive force represents an achievement of fabulous voice culture. Whether
low or high, her tones are always absolutely pure, and her expression is intense
without ever becoming assertive.
Her profound identification with Richard
Strauss’ refined optimism in Tomorrow was one of the recital’s highlights. In
the Argentinian songs by Guastavino and Ginastera she displayed a captivating
discreet charm. Her generosity of spirit was evident by her presenting one of
her young protegees, Phillip Rhodes, in the course of her recital. His appealing
baritone and extraordinary expressive talent were such as to excite the audience
and to justify her confidence in his artistic potential.
collaborated most attentively at the piano, sensitively adjusting his playing’s
volume to the singer’s subtlest nuances.