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Handel
     

Handel

by Renée Fleming
 
Renée Fleming is no newcomer to Handel, having starred in an acclaimed recording of Alcina, but it's still a treat to hear her creamy soprano lavished on a program of the composer's exquisite, tuneful arias. Those who swear by the pure, almost ascetic approach taken by Baroque specialists may be shocked by the richness of

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Renée Fleming is no newcomer to Handel, having starred in an acclaimed recording of Alcina, but it's still a treat to hear her creamy soprano lavished on a program of the composer's exquisite, tuneful arias. Those who swear by the pure, almost ascetic approach taken by Baroque specialists may be shocked by the richness of Fleming's voice. But Fleming doesn't sing this music the same way she sings Verdi or Massenet. In fact, there's a lightness and intimacy here that's disarming, as if the microphones captured Fleming singing to herself. This is true even in the fast, virtuosic selections, like "Scoglio d'immota fronte" from Scipione, where she keeps her instrument in check. Runs and roulades are nimble and articulate, yet what impresses most is the sheer musicality of her interpretations, reminding us that Handel was one of the creators of the bel canto style. And, surely, the old master would have swooned to hear his music sung with such graceful expressiveness and tonal beauty. The Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment, playing on period instruments, produce a warm, transparent sound, providing elegant and characterful support. In a word: gorgeous.

Editorial Reviews

New York Times - Anthony Tommasini
Sheer sensual beauty of sound and wondrously long-arced phrasing distinguish [Fleming's] accounts of "O sleep why dost thou leave me?" from "Semele" and Cleopatra's bewitchingly lyrical aria of seduction from "Giulio Cesare." The quick-paced "Scoglio d'immota fronte" from "Scipione" is replete with fiery coloratura passagework, sudden vocal leaps and tricky ornaments, which she executes with aplomb. Under Mr. Bicket the orchestra gives crisp, lucid, undulant and stylistically informed performances.

Product Details

Release Date:
09/14/2004
Label:
Decca
UPC:
0028947554721
catalogNumber:
000316002
Rank:
20027

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Performance Credits

Renée Fleming   Primary Artist,Soprano (Vocal)
Harry Bicket   Conductor
Alison Bury   Violin,Leader,Soloist
David Blackadder   Trumpet
Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment   Performing Ensemble
Anthony Robson   Oboe
Philip Turbett   Bassoon

Technical Credits

Renée Fleming   Liner Notes
Mark Millington   Art Direction
Gerald Moore   Vocal Coach
Andrew Cornall   Producer,Executive Producer
Andrew Eccles   Cover Photo
Neil Hutchinson   Engineer
Ellen T. Harris   Liner Notes
Susannah Howe   translation

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