Guilty Pleasures

Guilty Pleasures

by Renée Fleming
     
 
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

Overview

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.

Product Details

Release Date:
09/17/2013
Label:
Decca
UPC:
0028947851073
catalogNumber:
001903302
Rank:
35985

Tracks

  1. Träume (Dreams) for violin & small orchestra in A flat major (from Wesendonck Lieder No. 5), WWV 91b
  2. Hubicka (The Kiss), opera, JB 1:104: Act 1. Scene 7. Hajej, muj andílku (Vendulka ukolé
  3. Armida, opera, B. 206 (Op.115): Act 1. Scene 3. Za stíhlou gazelou
  4. Malurous qu'o uno fenno, folksong for voice & orchestra (Chants d'Auvergne, Series 3, No. 5)
  5. La Delaïssádo (La délaissée), folksong for voice & orchestra (Chants d'Auvergne, Series 2, No. 4)
  6. Lakmé, opera: Act 1. Dôme épais le jasmin (Duo des fleurs)
  7. Les Filles de Cadix, bolero for voice & piano (or orchestra)
  8. Undine, opera (part destroyed): Act 1. Vodopad moy dyadya (Pesn Undinï)
  9. Siete Canciones Populares Española (7 Popular Spanish Songs), for voice & piano, G. 40: No. 5. Nana
  10. Ombra di nube, for voice & piano (or orchestra)
  11. Phidylé ("L'herbe est molle au sommeil"), song for voice & piano (or orchestra)
  12. Les Nuits d'été, song cycle for voice & piano (or orchestra), H. 81 (Op. 7): No. 1. Villanelle
  13. Danny Boy
  14. Siete Canciones Populares Española (7 Popular Spanish Songs), for voice & piano, G. 40: No. 6. Canción

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