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Schubert Album
     

The Schubert Album

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by Renée Fleming
 
Renée Fleming's interpretation of "Heidenröslein (D. 257)" is so coy, so arch, so smarmy, and so condescendingly smug that you almost wishe it weren't so fabulously well sung. But it is, so what can you do? All the irritation felt for her interpretation turns to admiration of her performance -- and that's the way the whole disc is. Fleming's "Im Frühling (D. 882)" is

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Renée Fleming's interpretation of "Heidenröslein (D. 257)" is so coy, so arch, so smarmy, and so condescendingly smug that you almost wishe it weren't so fabulously well sung. But it is, so what can you do? All the irritation felt for her interpretation turns to admiration of her performance -- and that's the way the whole disc is. Fleming's "Im Frühling (D. 882)" is so dainty, so mincing, so vain that you want to stop the disc, but then there are her quietly rapturous tone and her gorgeously controlled vibrato. Her "Nacht und Träume (D. 827)" is so languid, so voluptuous, so decadent that you'll want to leave the room, but the liquescence of her luminous tone pulls you against your will into dumb-struck awe. Her "Gretchen am Spinnrade (D. 118)" is so completely over the top dramatically, with her operatic "sein kuss" and her mad-scene "ich ihn kussen," that you almost laugh out loud, but Fleming's voice slaps your face with the intensity of her vibrato. Christoph Eschenbach is the most accommodating accompanist Fleming has had: a superb pianist, a superb musician, and a completely willing accomplice.

Product Details

Release Date:
03/11/1997
Label:
Decca
UPC:
0028945529424
catalogNumber:
455294

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Tracks

  1. Heidenröslein ("Sah ein Knab..."), song for voice & piano, D. 257 (Op. 3/3)
  2. Die Forelle ("In einem Bächlein helle"), song for voice & piano, D. 550 (Op. 32)
  3. An die Nachtigall ("Er liegt und schläft"), song for voice & piano, D. 497 (Op. 98/1)
  4. Im Frühling ("Still sitz ich"), song for voice & piano, D. 882
  5. Die junge Nonne ("Wie braust durch die Wipfel"), song for voice & piano, D. 828 (Op. 43/1)
  6. Nacht und Träume (Heil'ge Nacht, du sinkest nieder!"), song for voice & piano, D. 827 (Op. 43/2)
  7. Auf dem Wasser zu singen ("Mitten im Schimmer der spiegelnden Wellen"), song for voice & piano, D. 774 (Op. 72)
  8. Ellens Gesang III ("Ave Maria"), song for voice & piano, D. 839 (Op. 52/6)
  9. Frühlingsglaube ("Die Linden Lüfte"), song for voice & piano (3 versions), D. 686 (Op. 20/2)
  10. Gretchen am Spinnrade ("Meine Ruh'..."), song for voice & piano, D. 118 (Op. 2)
  11. Du bist die Ruh, song for voice & piano, D. 776 (Op. 59/3)
  12. Der Tod und das Mädchen ("Vorüber, ach vorüber"), song for voice & piano, D. 531 (Op. 7/3)
  13. Viola ("Schneeglöcklein, o Schneeglöcklein"), song for voice & piano, D. 786 (Op. posth. 123)
  14. Die Männer sind méchant ("Du sagtest mir es, Mutter"), refrain song for voice & piano, D. 866/3 (Op. 95/3)

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The Schubert Album 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Miss Fleming's Voice is fantastic on every track of this CD! She truly does justice to Schubert's work-especially her version of the Ave Maria. This is the first album I have heard her perform on and I am hooked!