By Requestby Renée Fleming
This CD might be titled "Renée Fleming's Greatest Hits" except that 3 of the 15 tracks are brand-new recordings. And these 3 tracks in some ways encapsulate her art. She has proved herself a distinguished Straussian, for example -- check out her luminous interpretation of the Four Last Songs and a luscious disc of opera excerpts -- and her ecstatically passionate performance here of the song "Cäcilie" gives a tantalizing taste of her vocal splendor in this repertoire. She's a master of the Italian bel canto style, too. Violetta in Verdi's La Traviata is a new character for her (as of 2003), and until we get a complete recording of her in this important role, this deeply felt and also virtuosic interpretation of the famous scena "Ah, fors'è lui . . . Sempre libera" will have to suffice. Yet, Fleming has never forgotten her roots as a jazz singer, either, and her utterly natural and profoundly moving rendition of the Broadway standard "You'll Never Walk Alone" (from Rodgers and Hammerstein's Carousel) is a testament to her amazing versatility. The other selections on the disc are garnered from a variety of sources. "Come scoglio" from Mozart's opera Così fan tutte, for example, is one of Fleming's first recordings (made in 1994), and the haunting aria from Villa-Lobos's Bachianas brasileiras No. 5 is from a charming crossover album featuring guitarist Lee Ritenour and pianist Dave Grusin. Rounded out with favorite songs and arias by Puccini (including "O mio babbino caro"), Gershwin, Dvorák, Massenet, and Rachmaninoff, this is a sweet souvenir of highlights from the acclaimed recording career of America's reigning diva.
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- Gianni Schicchi, opera: O mio babbino caro
- La Wally, opera (dramma musicale) in 4 acts: Ebben? ... Ne andrò lontana
- Le nozze di Figaro (The Marriage of Figaro), opera, K. 492: Porgi, amor
- Così fan tutte, opera, K. 588: Come scoglio
- Norma, opera: Casta diva
- La Traviata, opera: È strano ... Ah, fors'è lui ... Sempre libera
- Madama Butterfly (Madame Butterfly), opera: Un bel dì vedremo
- Manon, comic opera in 5 acts: Je marche sur tous les chemins ... Obéissons quand
- Rusalka, opera, B. 203 (Op. 114): Mesícku na nebi hlubokém (O silver moon)
- Vocalise, song for voice & piano, Op. 34/14
- Cäcilie ("Wenn du es wüsstest"), song for voice & piano (or orchestra), Op. 27/2 (TrV 170/2)
- Die tote Stadt (The Dead City), opera, Op. 12: Glück, das mir vervlieb (Mariettas Lied)
- Porgy and Bess, opera: Summertime
- Bachianas Brasileiras No. 5, for voice & piano, A. 390: Aria (Cantilena)
- You'll Never Walk Alone, song (from "Carousel")
Performance CreditsRenée Fleming Primary Artist
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I only got this for her "È Strano...Ah, Fors'è Lui...Sempre Libera" and I was not disappointed. Of corse I had most of the CD's that this CD represented, but it encouraged me to go out and buy more. A wonderful introduction to opera, classical music, and Ms. Fleming.
Renee flemming is one of Americas best singers .She has the perfect voice. The fullness and womanliness of Cecila Bartoli, with a tender and romantic touch. I reommend this album to anyone.