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: 10,705

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)
    Composed byFranz Schubert
    Conducted byAndreas Delfs
    Performed byAndreas Delfs, Renée Fleming, Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
  2. 2 Norma, opera: Casta Diva - Vicenzo Bellini & Renée Fleming (7:35)
    Composed byVicenzo Bellini
    Conducted byCharles Mackerras
    Performed byRenée Fleming, London Philharmonic Orchestra, London Voices, Charles Mackerras
  3. 3 Adriana Lecouvreur, opera: Io son l'umile ancella del Genio creator - Francesco Cilèa & Arturo Colautti (3:56)
    Composed byFrancesco Cilèa
    Conducted byCharles Mackerras
    Performed byRenée Fleming, London Philharmonic Orchestra, Charles Mackerras
  4. 4 Roméo et Juliette, opera: Ah! je veux vivre (Waltz Song) - Charles Gounod & Jules Barbier (3:41)
    Composed byCharles Gounod
    Conducted byCharles Mackerras
    Performed byRenée Fleming, London Philharmonic Orchestra, Charles Mackerras
  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)
    Composed byErich Wolfgang Korngold
    Conducted byJeffrey Tate
    Performed byEnglish Chamber Orchestra, Renée Fleming, Jeffrey Tate
  6. 6 Rusalka, opera, B. 203 (Op. 114): Mesícku na nebi hlubokém (O silver moon) - Antonin Dvorak & Renée Fleming (5:57)
    Composed byAntonin Dvorak
    Conducted byGeorg Solti
    Performed byRenée Fleming, London Symphony Orchestra, Georg Solti
  7. 7 La Wally, opera (dramma musicale) in 4 acts: Ebben?... Ne andrò lontana - Alfredo Catalani & Renée Fleming (5:03)
    Composed byAlfredo Catalani
    Conducted byCharles Mackerras
    Performed byRenée Fleming, London Philharmonic Orchestra, Charles Mackerras
  8. 8 Tosca, opera: Vissi d'arte, vissi d'amore - Giacomo Puccini & Giuseppe Giacosa (3:51)
    Composed byGiacomo Puccini
    Conducted byValery Gergiev
    Performed byRenée Fleming, Valery Gergiev, Mariinsky (Kirov) Theater Orchestra
  9. 9 Madama Butterfly (Madame Butterfly), opera: Un bel dì vedremo - Giacomo Puccini & Giuseppe Giacosa (4:55)
    Composed byGiacomo Puccini
    Conducted byCharles Mackerras
    Performed byRenée Fleming, London Philharmonic Orchestra, Charles Mackerras
  10. 10 Summertime, song (from Porgy and Bess, opera) - George Gershwin & Renée Fleming (4:19)
    Composed byGeorge Gershwin
    Conducted byJames Levine
    Performed byRenée Fleming, James Levine, Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, New York Voices
  11. 11 Gianni Schicchi, opera: O mio babbino caro - Giacomo Puccini & Renée Fleming (2:51)
    Composed byGiacomo Puccini
    Conducted byCharles Mackerras
    Performed byRenée Fleming, London Philharmonic Orchestra, Charles Mackerras
  12. 12 Somewhere, song (from "West Side Story") - Leonard Bernstein & Stephen Sondheim (3:19)
    Composed byLeonard Bernstein
    Conducted byDaniel Barenboim
    Performed byDaniel Barenboim, Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Renée Fleming
  13. 13 Serse (Xerxes), opera, HWV 40: Ombra mai fu - George Frideric Handel & Harry Bicket (3:06)
    Composed byGeorge Frideric Handel
    Conducted byHarry Bicket
    Performed byHarry Bicket, Renée Fleming, Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment
  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)
    Composed byCharles Gounod
    Conducted byAndreas Delfs
    Performed byAndreas Delfs, Renée Fleming, Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
  15. 15 Ragtime, musical play: Wheels of a Dream - Renée Fleming & Paul Gemignani (4:07)
    Composed byStephen Flaherty
    Conducted byPaul Gemignani
    Performed byRenée Fleming, Paul Gemignani, Welsh National Opera Orchestra, Ralph Salmins, Bryn Terfel
  16. 16 Amazing Grace - John Newton & Renée Fleming (5:16)
    Composed byJohn Newton, Traditional Spiritual
    Performed byRenée Fleming
  17. 17 You'll Never Walk Alone, song (from "Carousel") - Richard Rodgers & Renée Fleming (4:43)
    Composed byRichard Rodgers
    Conducted byPatrick Summers
    Performed byRenée Fleming, Orchestra of St. Luke's, Patrick Summers
  18. 18 Hallelujah, song - Leonard Cohen & Renée Fleming (3:26)
    Composed byLeonard Cohen
    Performed byRenée Fleming, Shawn Pelton
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Renée Fleming Primary Artist
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