By Request

By Request

4.8 5
by 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

Overview

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.

Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Uncle Dave Lewis
This Renée Fleming disc, By Request, is mostly a compilation of previously released material. There are three new tracks, "Ah fors' è lui" from Giuseppe Verdi's "La Traviata," the song "Cäcille" by Richard Strauss, and "You'll Never Walk Alone" from Rogers & Hammerstein's musical "Carousel." The new recordings all sound fine, and Fleming is outstanding in the re-issued pieces as well. If you have the prior incarnations of these recordings, you may elect to pass on this collection unless you want the three new tracks. However, if you are unfamiliar with the voice of Fleming, By Request will prove an excellent and wholly satisfactory vehicle for getting to know her work. The recording is up to Decca's usual high standards, and the booklet includes several attractive photos of Fleming in addition to complete texts and translations for all of the lyrics sung.

Product Details

Release Date:
09/16/2003
Label:
Decca
UPC:
0028947524427
catalogNumber:
000102402
Rank:
33619

Tracks

  1. Gianni Schicchi, opera: O mio babbino caro  - Giacomo Puccini  - Dave Grusin  - Dave Grusin  - Gery Bramall  - Kenneth Chalmers  - Peggy Cochrane  - Terry Edwards  - Renée Fleming  - Giovacchino Forzano  - Andrew Huth  - Paula Kennedy  -  London Philharmonic Orchestra  - Charles Mackerras  - Mari Prackauskas  - Paul Chessell  - Joseph Calleja  - Lee Ritenour  - Teddy Swarrer  - Diane Reed
  2. La Wally, opera (dramma musicale) in 4 acts: Ebben? ... Ne andrò lontana  - Alfredo Catalani  - Dave Grusin  - Dave Grusin  - Gery Bramall  - Kenneth Chalmers  - Peggy Cochrane  - Terry Edwards  - Renée Fleming  - Andrew Huth  - Luigi Illica  - Paula Kennedy  -  London Philharmonic Orchestra  - Charles Mackerras  - Mari Prackauskas  - Paul Chessell  - Joseph Calleja  - Lee Ritenour  - Teddy Swarrer  - Diane Reed
  3. Le nozze di Figaro (The Marriage of Figaro), opera, K. 492: Porgi, amor  - Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart  - Dave Grusin  - Dave Grusin  - Gery Bramall  - Kenneth Chalmers  - Peggy Cochrane  - Terry Edwards  - Renée Fleming  - Andrew Huth  - Paula Kennedy  -  London Symphony Orchestra  - Mari Prackauskas  - Georg Solti  - Lorenzo da Ponte  - Paul Chessell  - Joseph Calleja  - Lee Ritenour  - Teddy Swarrer  - Diane Reed
  4. Così fan tutte, opera, K. 588: Come scoglio  - Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart  - Dave Grusin  - Dave Grusin  - Gery Bramall  - Kenneth Chalmers  -  Chamber Orchestra of Europe  - Peggy Cochrane  - Terry Edwards  - Renée Fleming  - Andrew Huth  - Paula Kennedy  - Mari Prackauskas  - Georg Solti  - Lorenzo da Ponte  - Paul Chessell  - Joseph Calleja  - Lee Ritenour  - Teddy Swarrer  - Diane Reed
  5. Norma, opera: Casta diva  - Vicenzo Bellini  - Dave Grusin  - Dave Grusin  - Gery Bramall  - Kenneth Chalmers  - Peggy Cochrane  - Terry Edwards  - Renée Fleming  - Andrew Huth  - Paula Kennedy  -  London Philharmonic Orchestra  -  London Voices  - Charles Mackerras  - Mari Prackauskas  - Felice Romani  - Paul Chessell  - Joseph Calleja  - Lee Ritenour  - Teddy Swarrer  - Diane Reed
  6. La Traviata, opera: È strano ... Ah, fors'è lui ... Sempre libera  - Giuseppe Verdi  - Dave Grusin  - Dave Grusin  - Gery Bramall  - Kenneth Chalmers  - Peggy Cochrane  - Terry Edwards  - Renée Fleming  - Andrew Huth  - Paula Kennedy  -  Orchestra of St. Luke's  -  Francesco Maria Piave  - Mari Prackauskas  - Patrick Summers  - Paul Chessell  - Joseph Calleja  - Lee Ritenour  - Teddy Swarrer  - Diane Reed
  7. Madama Butterfly (Madame Butterfly), opera: Un bel dì vedremo  - Giacomo Puccini  - Dave Grusin  - Dave Grusin  - Giuseppe Giacosa  - Gery Bramall  - Kenneth Chalmers  - Peggy Cochrane  - Terry Edwards  - Renée Fleming  - Andrew Huth  - Luigi Illica  - Paula Kennedy  -  London Philharmonic Orchestra  - Charles Mackerras  - Mari Prackauskas  - Paul Chessell  - Joseph Calleja  - Lee Ritenour  - Teddy Swarrer  - Diane Reed
  8. Manon, comic opera in 5 acts: Je marche sur tous les chemins ... Obéissons quand  - Jules Massenet  - Dave Grusin  - Dave Grusin  - Gery Bramall  - Kenneth Chalmers  - Peggy Cochrane  - Terry Edwards  -  English Chamber Orchestra  - Renée Fleming  - Philippe Gille  - Andrew Huth  - Paula Kennedy  - Henri Meilhac  - Mari Prackauskas  - Jeffrey Tate  - Paul Chessell  - Joseph Calleja  - Lee Ritenour  - Teddy Swarrer  - Diane Reed
  9. Rusalka, opera, B. 203 (Op. 114): Mesícku na nebi hlubokém (O silver moon)  - Antonin Dvorák  - Dave Grusin  - Dave Grusin  - Gery Bramall  - Kenneth Chalmers  - Peggy Cochrane  - Terry Edwards  - Renée Fleming  - Andrew Huth  - Paula Kennedy  - Jaroslav Kvapil  - Radoslav Kvapil  -  London Symphony Orchestra  - Mari Prackauskas  - Georg Solti  - Paul Chessell  - Joseph Calleja  - Lee Ritenour  - Teddy Swarrer  - Diane Reed
  10. Vocalise, song for voice & piano, Op. 34/14  - Sergey Rachmaninov  - Dave Grusin  - Dave Grusin  - Gery Bramall  - Kenneth Chalmers  - Peggy Cochrane  - Terry Edwards  -  English Chamber Orchestra  - Renée Fleming  - Andrew Huth  - Paula Kennedy  - Mari Prackauskas  - Jeffrey Tate  - Paul Chessell  - Joseph Calleja  - Lee Ritenour  - Teddy Swarrer  - Diane Reed
  11. Cäcilie ("Wenn du es wüsstest"), song for voice & piano (or orchestra), Op. 27/2 (TrV 170/2)  - Richard Strauss  - Lorenz Hart  - Dave Grusin  - Dave Grusin  - Gery Bramall  - Kenneth Chalmers  - Peggy Cochrane  - Terry Edwards  - Renée Fleming  - Andrew Huth  - Paula Kennedy  -  Orchestra of St. Luke's  - Mari Prackauskas  - Patrick Summers  - Paul Chessell  - Joseph Calleja  - Lee Ritenour  - Teddy Swarrer  - Diane Reed
  12. Die tote Stadt (The Dead City), opera, Op. 12: Glück, das mir vervlieb (Mariettas Lied)  - Erich Wolfgang Korngold  - Dave Grusin  - Dave Grusin  - Gery Bramall  - Kenneth Chalmers  - Peggy Cochrane  - Terry Edwards  -  English Chamber Orchestra  - Renée Fleming  - Andrew Huth  - Paula Kennedy  - Mari Prackauskas  - Paul Schott  - Jeffrey Tate  - Paul Chessell  - Joseph Calleja  - Lee Ritenour  - Teddy Swarrer  - Diane Reed
  13. Porgy and Bess, opera: Summertime  - George Gershwin  - Dave Grusin  - Dave Grusin  - Gery Bramall  - Kenneth Chalmers  - Peggy Cochrane  - Terry Edwards  - Renée Fleming  - Ira Gershwin  - Dorothy K. Heyward  - DuBose Heyward  - Andrew Huth  - Paula Kennedy  - James Levine  -  Metropolitan Opera Orchestra  - Mari Prackauskas  - Paul Chessell  - Joseph Calleja  -  New York Voices  - Lee Ritenour  - Teddy Swarrer  - Diane Reed
  14. Bachianas Brasileiras No. 5, for voice & piano, A. 390: Aria (Cantilena)  - Heitor Villa-Lobos  - Dave Grusin  - Dave Grusin  - Gery Bramall  - Kenneth Chalmers  - Peggy Cochrane  - Ruth Valadares Correa  - Terry Edwards  - Renée Fleming  - Andrew Huth  - Paula Kennedy  - Mari Prackauskas  - Paul Chessell  - Joseph Calleja  - Lee Ritenour  - Teddy Swarrer  - Diane Reed
  15. You'll Never Walk Alone, song (from "Carousel")  - Richard Rodgers  - Dave Grusin  - Dave Grusin  - Gery Bramall  - Kenneth Chalmers  - Peggy Cochrane  - Terry Edwards  - Renée Fleming  - Oscar Hammerstein  - Oscar Hammerstein  - Andrew Huth  - Paula Kennedy  -  Orchestra of St. Luke's  - Mari Prackauskas  - Patrick Summers  - Paul Chessell  - Joseph Calleja  - Lee Ritenour  - Teddy Swarrer  - Diane Reed

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By Request 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 5 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
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