The Art of Renée Fleming

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All Music Guide - Stephen Eddins
The Art of Renée Fleming is essentially an album of the soprano's most popular hits, probably not targeted at listeners who are already big fans who are likely to already have the albums from which these selections were culled, but at more general audiences interested in expanding their operatic horizons. With a few very familiar exceptions, the songs and arias are from the Romantic and post-Romantic eras, and showcase the luxurious creaminess of Fleming's voice and her ability to spin out melodic lines with seamless, soaring lyricism. The album does not offer a representative sample of what Fleming can do -- its narrow focus excludes music of the Classical, Modern, and ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Stephen Eddins
The Art of Renée Fleming is essentially an album of the soprano's most popular hits, probably not targeted at listeners who are already big fans who are likely to already have the albums from which these selections were culled, but at more general audiences interested in expanding their operatic horizons. With a few very familiar exceptions, the songs and arias are from the Romantic and post-Romantic eras, and showcase the luxurious creaminess of Fleming's voice and her ability to spin out melodic lines with seamless, soaring lyricism. The album does not offer a representative sample of what Fleming can do -- its narrow focus excludes music of the Classical, Modern, and Contemporary eras, in all of which she excels -- but what it does it does very well. The recital albums from which these selections were taken were recorded between 1997 and 2010. Fleming receives stellar accompaniment from some of the world's finest conductors and orchestras, including to name only a few Georg Solti and the London Symphony Orchestra, James Levine and the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, Daniel Barenboim and the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, and Valery Gergiev and the Orchestra of the Mariinsky Theater. There are four bonus tracks of songs from outside the classical repertoire: "Wheels of a Dream" from the musical "Ragtime"; "Amazing Grace," in a lovely arrangement by violinist Mark O'Connor; "You'll Never Walk Alone"; and Leonard Cohen's "Hallelujah."" These songs demonstrate Fleming's versatility and natural ability to cross effortlessly into jazz and popular styles. The recorded sound throughout is flawlessly engineered.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 9/11/2012
  • Label: Decca
  • UPC: 028947844464
  • Catalog Number: 001717202
  • Sales rank: 24,434

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Ellens Gesang III ("Ave Maria"), song for voice & piano, D. 839 (Op. 52/6) - Franz Schubert & Andreas Delfs (4:20)
  2. 2 Norma, opera: Casta Diva - Vicenzo Bellini & Renée Fleming (7:35)
  3. 3 Adriana Lecouvreur, opera: Io son l'umile ancella del Genio creator - Francesco Cilèa & Arturo Colautti (3:56)
  4. 4 Roméo et Juliette, opera: Ah! je veux vivre (Waltz Song) - Charles Gounod & Jules Barbier (3:41)
  5. 5 Die tote Stadt (The Dead City), opera, Op. 12: Glück, das mir verblieb (Mariettas Lied) - Erich Wolfgang Korngold & English Chamber Orchestra (6:02)
  6. 6 Rusalka, opera, B. 203 (Op. 114): Mesícku na nebi hlubokém (O silver moon) - Antonin Dvorak & Renée Fleming (5:57)
  7. 7 La Wally, opera (dramma musicale) in 4 acts: Ebben?... Ne andrò lontana - Alfredo Catalani & Renée Fleming (5:03)
  8. 8 Tosca, opera: Vissi d'arte, vissi d'amore - Giacomo Puccini & Giuseppe Giacosa (3:51)
  9. 9 Madama Butterfly (Madame Butterfly), opera: Un bel dì vedremo - Giacomo Puccini & Giuseppe Giacosa (4:55)
  10. 10 Summertime, song (from Porgy and Bess, opera) - George Gershwin & Renée Fleming (4:19)
  11. 11 Gianni Schicchi, opera: O mio babbino caro - Giacomo Puccini & Renée Fleming (2:51)
  12. 12 Somewhere, song (from "West Side Story") - Leonard Bernstein & Stephen Sondheim (3:19)
  13. 13 Serse (Xerxes), opera, HWV 40: Ombra mai fu - George Frideric Handel & Harry Bicket (3:06)
  14. 14 Ave Maria, for voice & piano (after Bach's Prelude No. 1 from the Well-Tempered Clavier, Book 1) - Charles Gounod & Andreas Delfs (3:16)
  15. 15 Ragtime, musical play: Wheels of a Dream - Renée Fleming & Paul Gemignani (4:07)
  16. 16 Amazing Grace - John Newton & Renée Fleming (5:16)
  17. 17 You'll Never Walk Alone, song (from "Carousel") - Richard Rodgers & Renée Fleming (4:43)
  18. 18 Hallelujah, song - Leonard Cohen & Renée Fleming (3:26)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Renée Fleming Primary Artist
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