The Art of Renée Fleming

The Art of Renée Fleming

by Renée Fleming

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The Art of Renée Fleming

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.

Product Details

Release Date: 09/11/2012
Label: Decca
UPC: 0028947844464
catalogNumber: 001717202
Rank: 593

Tracks

  1. Ellens Gesang III ("Ave Maria"), song for voice & piano, D. 839 (Op. 52/6)  (04:20)
  2. Norma, opera: Casta Diva

    1. Casta Diva  (07:35)
  3. Adriana Lecouvreur, opera: Io son l'umile ancella del Genio creator

    1. Io son l'umile ancella del Genio creator  (03:56)
  4. Roméo et Juliette, opera: Ah! je veux vivre (Waltz Song)

    1. Ah! je veux vivre (Waltz Song)  (03:41)
  5. Die tote Stadt (The Dead City), opera, Op. 12: Glück, das mir verblieb (Mariettas Lied)

    1. Glück, das mir verblieb (Mariettas Lied)  (06:02)
  6. Rusalka, opera, B. 203 (Op. 114): Mesícku na nebi hlubokém (O silver moon)

    1. Mesícku na nebi hlubokém (O silver moon)  (05:57)
  7. La Wally, opera (dramma musicale) in 4 acts: Ebben?... Ne andrò lontana

    1. Ebben?... Ne andrò lontana  (05:03)
  8. Tosca, opera: Vissi d'arte, vissi d'amore

    1. Vissi d'arte, vissi d'amore  (03:51)
  9. Madama Butterfly (Madame Butterfly), opera: Un bel dì vedremo

    1. Un bel dì vedremo  (04:55)
  10. Summertime, song (from Porgy and Bess, opera)  (04:19)
  11. Gianni Schicchi, opera: O mio babbino caro

    1. O mio babbino caro  (02:51)
  12. Somewhere, song (from "West Side Story")  (03:19)
  13. Serse (Xerxes), opera, HWV 40: Ombra mai fu

    1. Ombra mai fu  (03:06)
  14. Ave Maria, for voice & piano (after Bach's Prelude No. 1 from the Well-Tempered Clavier, Book 1)  (03:16)
  15. Ragtime, musical play: Wheels of a Dream

    1. Wheels of a Dream  (04:07)
  16. Amazing Grace  (05:16)
  17. You'll Never Walk Alone, song (from "Carousel")  (04:43)
  18. Hallelujah, song  (03:26)

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