Guilty Pleasures

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All Music Guide - James Manheim
The "guilty pleasures" referred to in the title of this release by American soprano Renée Fleming are Fleming's own; they are small pieces that she has always wanted to record. Of course they require no apology at all. Even the familiar numbers, such as the Flower Duet from Délibes' "Lakmé" track 9, performed with Susan Graham, have the kind of freshness that seems impossible if you consider that Fleming has been singing them for decades. Actually some of the music is quite unusual for an orchestral-song-and-aria collection of this kind. Fleming sings in eight languages, including Occitan, and she has both the panache and the prestige to include such items as John ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - James Manheim
The "guilty pleasures" referred to in the title of this release by American soprano Renée Fleming are Fleming's own; they are small pieces that she has always wanted to record. Of course they require no apology at all. Even the familiar numbers, such as the Flower Duet from Délibes' "Lakmé" track 9, performed with Susan Graham, have the kind of freshness that seems impossible if you consider that Fleming has been singing them for decades. Actually some of the music is quite unusual for an orchestral-song-and-aria collection of this kind. Fleming sings in eight languages, including Occitan, and she has both the panache and the prestige to include such items as John Corigliano's "Once there was a golden bird," from "The Ghosts of Versailles," and "Vendulka's Lullaby" from Smetana's rarely heard opera "The Kiss." Fleming was 53 when this album was recorded, but it is mighty hard to identify any of the vocal maladies that begin to afflict sopranos of that age. Sample the chilling, silvery finale of Undine's aria from Tchaikovsky's early opera "Undine," itself not terribly frequently performed, for confirmation. It is not only the creamy tones but the sense of fun and accomplishment that makes Fleming such a joy to listen to, and these qualities are on fully display here, ably encouraged by the Philharmonia Orchestra under Sebastian Lang-Lessing.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 9/17/2013
  • Label: Decca
  • UPC: 028947851073
  • Catalog Number: 001903302
  • Sales rank: 24,348

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Les Nuits d'été, song cycle for voice & piano (or orchestra), H. 81 (Op. 7): No. 1. Villanelle - Hector Berlioz & Renée Fleming (2:11)
  2. 2 Phidylé ("L'herbe est molle au sommeil"), song for voice & piano (or orchestra) - Henri Duparc & Renée Fleming (6:03)
  3. 3 Ombra di nube, for voice & piano (or orchestra) - Licinio Refice & Renée Fleming (3:31)
  4. 4 Siete Canciones Populares Española (7 Popular Spanish Songs), for voice & piano, G. 40: No. 5. Nana (2:50)
  5. 5 Siete Canciones Populares Española (7 Popular Spanish Songs), for voice & piano, G. 40: No. 6. Canción - Manuel de Falla & Renée Fleming
  6. 6 Undine, opera (part destroyed): Act 1. Vodopad moy dyadya (Pesn Undinï) - Peter Ilich Tchaikovsky & Renée Fleming (3:58)
  7. 7 Les Filles de Cadix, bolero for voice & piano (or orchestra) - Léo Delibes & Renée Fleming (3:28)
  8. 8 Lakmé, opera: Act 1. Dôme épais le jasmin (Duo des fleurs) - Léo Delibes & Peggy Cochrane (3:50)
  9. 9 La Delaïssádo (La délaissée), folksong for voice & orchestra (Chants d'Auvergne, Series 2, No. 4) - Joseph Canteloube & Avril Bardoni (5:31)
  10. 10 Malurous qu'o uno fenno, folksong for voice & orchestra (Chants d'Auvergne, Series 3, No. 5) - Joseph Canteloube & Avril Bardoni (1:31)
  11. 11 Armida, opera, B. 206 (Op.115): Act 1. Scene 3. Za stíhlou gazelou - Antonin Dvorak & Renée Fleming (4:44)
  12. 12 Hubicka (The Kiss), opera, JB 1:104: Act 1. Scene 7. Hajej, muj andílku (Vendulka ukolé - Bedrich Smetana & Renée Fleming (4:08)
  13. 13 Träume (Dreams) for violin & small orchestra in A flat major (from Wesendonck Lieder No. 5), WWV 91b - Richard Wagner & Renée Fleming (4:33)
  14. 14 Danny Boy - Traditional & Frederick Edward Weatherly (4:45)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Renée Fleming Primary Artist
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