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Guilty Pleasures - Renée Fleming sings Berlioz, Duparc, Refice, de Falla, Tchaikovsky, Wagner, Corigliano

Album Summary

>Berlioz, Hector : Les Nuits d'ete
>Duparc, Henri : Phidyle
>Refice, Licinio : Ombra di nube, for voice & piano (or orchestra)
>Falla, Manuel de : Siete canciones populares espanolas
>Tchaikovsky, Peter Ilyich : Undina
>Rachmaninov, Sergei : 12 Romances, Op. 21
>Delibes, Leo [Composer] : Les Filles de Cadix, bolero for voice & piano (or orchestra)
>Delibes, Leo [Composer] : Lakme
>Canteloube, Joseph : La Delaissado (La delaissee), folksong for voice & orchestra (Chants d'Auvergne, Series 2, no 4)
>Canteloube, Joseph : Chants d'Auvergne
>Dvorak, Antonin : Armida
>Smetana, Bedrich : Hubicka
>Strauss I (Senior), Johann : Walzer aus Wien
>Wagner, Richard : Träume (Dreams) for violin & small orchestra in A flat major (from Wesendonck Lieder no 5), WWV 91b
>Corigliano, John : The Ghosts of Versailles
>Weatherly, Frederick E. : Danny Boy
Performers Conductor Ensembles Composers

Notes & Reviews:

Sunday Times, 19th January 2014
The American soprano takes us on a whistle-stop tour of Europe on this offbeat and enjoyable album...The diva is in peachy voice throughout.


Works:

Les nuits d’été, Op. 7: no 1, Villanelle by Hector Berlioz

Performer: Renée Fleming (Soprano)
Conductor: Sebastian Lang-Lessing
Orchestra/Ensemble: Philharmonia Orchestra
Period: Romantic
Written: 1840-1841; France

Phidylé by Henri Duparc

Performer: Renée Fleming (Soprano)
Conductor: Sebastian Lang-Lessing
Orchestra/Ensemble: Philharmonia Orchestra
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1882; France

Ombra di Nube by Licinio Refice

Performer: Renée Fleming (Soprano)
Conductor: Sebastian Lang-Lessing
Orchestra/Ensemble: Philharmonia Orchestra
Period: Romantic

Canciones populares españolas (7): no 5, Nana by Manuel de Falla

Performer: Renée Fleming (Soprano)
Conductor: Sebastian Lang-Lessing
Orchestra/Ensemble: Philharmonia Orchestra
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1914-1915; Spain

Canciones populares españolas (7): no 6, Canción by Manuel de Falla

Performer: Renée Fleming (Soprano)
Conductor: Sebastian Lang-Lessing
Orchestra/Ensemble: Philharmonia Orchestra
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1914-1915; Spain

Undine: Undine’s aria by Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky

Performer: Renée Fleming (Soprano)
Conductor: Sebastian Lang-Lessing
Orchestra/Ensemble: Philharmonia Orchestra
Period: Romantic
Written: 1869; Russia

Songs (12), Op. 21: no 3, Twilight by Sergei Rachmaninov

Performer: Renée Fleming (Soprano)
Conductor: Sebastian Lang-Lessing
Orchestra/Ensemble: Philharmonia Orchestra
Period: Romantic
Written: 1902; Russia

Les Filles de Cadiz “Chanson Espagnole” by Léo Delibes

Performer: Renée Fleming (Soprano)
Conductor: Sebastian Lang-Lessing
Orchestra/Ensemble: Philharmonia Orchestra
Period: Romantic
Written: France

Lakmé: Sous le ciel tout étoilé by Léo Delibes

Performer: Renée Fleming (Soprano), Susan Graham (Mezzo Soprano)
Conductor: Sebastian Lang-Lessing
Orchestra/Ensemble: Philharmonia Orchestra
Period: Romantic
Written: 1883; France

Chants d’Auvergne: Malurous qu’o uno fenno by Joseph Canteloube

Performer: Renée Fleming (Soprano)
Conductor: Sebastian Lang-Lessing
Orchestra/Ensemble: Philharmonia Orchestra
Written: 1923-30

Chants d’Auvergne: La delïssádo by Joseph Canteloube

Performer: Renée Fleming (Soprano)
Conductor: Sebastian Lang-Lessing
Orchestra/Ensemble: Philharmonia Orchestra
Written: 1923-30

Armida, Op. 115: I chased a young gazelle by Antonín Dvorák

Performer: Renée Fleming (Soprano)
Conductor: Sebastian Lang-Lessing
Orchestra/Ensemble: Philharmonia Orchestra
Period: Romantic
Written: 1902-1903; Bohemia

The kiss, T 115: Lullaby by Bedrich Smetana

Performer: Renée Fleming (Soprano)
Conductor: Sebastian Lang-Lessing
Orchestra/Ensemble: Philharmonia Orchestra
Period: Romantic
Written: 1875-1876; Czech Republic

Walzer aus Wien: Frag mich oft by Johann Strauss Jr.

Performer: Janet Simpson (Piano), Renée Fleming (Soprano)
Conductor: Sebastian Lang-Lessing
Orchestra/Ensemble: Philharmonia Orchestra

Wesendonck Lieder: no 5, Träume by Richard Wagner

Performer: Renée Fleming (Soprano)
Conductor: Sebastian Lang-Lessing
Orchestra/Ensemble: Philharmonia Orchestra
Period: Romantic
Written: 1857-1858; Germany

The Ghosts of Versailles: Once There Was A Golden Bird by John Corigliano

Performer: Renée Fleming (Soprano)
Conductor: Sebastian Lang-Lessing
Orchestra/Ensemble: Philharmonia Orchestra
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1991

Danny Boy “Londonderry Air” by Traditional

Performer: Renée Fleming (Soprano)
Conductor: Sebastian Lang-Lessing
Orchestra/Ensemble: Philharmonia Orchestra
Written: Ireland

A sequel to the album - Beautiful Voice - that sold 187,000 copies and won Fleming a Grammy for Best Classical Vocal Performance. Fleming was seen by millions singing at the Jubilee celebrations for Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II.

'Guilty Pleasures' is an album of sheer indulgence: the beautiful voice of Renée Fleming in a new and very personal selection of songs and arias featuring a feast of music, much of which we might never hear her sing on stage. For our pleasure she has chosen to record many famous arias from roles which are not normally associated with her repertoire: romantic highlights from operas by Dvorak, Smetana and Tchaikovsky among many others.

Two twentieth-century American composers offer the chance for Fleming to sing in her native tongue - the Irish folksong Danny Boy and John Corigliano's The Ghosts of Versailles. Susan Graham joins Renée for the celebrated Flower Duet from Lakmé. Sebastian Lang-Lessing conducts the Philharmonia Orchestra in a program that ranges from Berlioz via Tchaikovsky, Dvorák, Smetana, Wagner and Rachmaninov to Canteloube, Delibes and Massenet.

Renée Fleming will be awarded the National Medal of Arts and National Humanities Medal by the President of the USA on July 10th. The recognition is for her contributions to American music. Known to many as "the people's diva," Ms Fleming has captivated audiences around the world with an adventurous repertoire spanning opera and the classical tradition to jazz and contemporary pop.

The Daily Telegraph
Superstar soprano RenTe Fleming sung with a voice that demanded to be "loved for its beauty" . . . in this concentrated selection of lieder . . . Fleming showed that she's not just about the languorous legato, luscious top notes and frocks, even if none of those was in short supply . . . a world-beating diva . . . Fleming's control was largely impeccable . . . tonal beauty was allied to honestly affecting interpretation...

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: All Hallows Church, Gospel Oak, London (08/05/2012-08/09/2012).



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Works Details

>Berlioz, Hector : Les Nuits d'été :: no 1. Villanelle
  • Performer: Renée Fleming (Soprano)
  • Conductor: Sebastian Lang-Lessing
  • Ensemble: Philharmonia Orchestra
  • Notes: All Hallows Church, Gospel Oak, London (08/05/2012-08/09/2012)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 11 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Vocal
  • Written: 09/1841

>Duparc, Henri : Phidylé
  • Performer: Renée Fleming (Soprano)
  • Conductor: Sebastian Lang-Lessing
  • Notes: All Hallows Church, Gospel Oak, London (08/05/2012-08/09/2012)
  • Running Time: 6 min. 3 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1882

>Refice, Licinio : Ombra di nube, for voice & piano (or orchestra)
  • Performer: Renée Fleming (Soprano)
  • Conductor: Sebastian Lang-Lessing
  • Notes: All Hallows Church, Gospel Oak, London (08/05/2012-08/09/2012)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 31 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern

>Falla, Manuel de : Siete canciones populares españolas :: Nana
  • Performer: Renée Fleming (Soprano)
  • Conductor: Sebastian Lang-Lessing
  • Notes: All Hallows Church, Gospel Oak, London (08/05/2012-08/09/2012)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 41 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Vocal
  • Written: 1914

>Falla, Manuel de : Siete canciones populares españolas :: Canción
  • Performer: Renée Fleming (Soprano)
  • Conductor: Sebastian Lang-Lessing
  • Notes: All Hallows Church, Gosepl Oak, London (08/05/2012-08/09/2012)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 9 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Vocal
  • Written: 1914

>Tchaikovsky, Peter Ilyich : Undina :: Vodopad moy dyadya
  • Performer: Renée Fleming (Soprano)
  • Conductor: Sebastian Lang-Lessing
  • Notes: All Hallows Church, Gospel Oak, London (08/05/2012-08/09/2012)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 58 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1869

>Rachmaninov, Sergei : 12 Romances, Op. 21 :: no 3. Sumerki
  • Performer: Renée Fleming (Soprano)
  • Conductor: Sebastian Lang-Lessing
  • Notes: All Hallows Church, Gospel Oak, London (08/05/2012-08/09/2012)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 18 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1900-1902

>Léo Delibes (Composer) (1836 - 1891) : Les Filles de Cadix, bolero for voice & piano (or orchestra)
  • Performer: Renée Fleming (Soprano)
  • Conductor: Sebastian Lang-Lessing
  • Notes: All Hallows Church, Gospel Oak, London (08/05/2012-08/09/2012)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 28 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1874

>Léo Delibes (Composer) (1836 - 1891) : Lakmé :: Dôme épais le jasmin
  • Performers: Susan Graham (Mezzo-soprano); Renée Fleming (Soprano)
  • Conductor: Sebastian Lang-Lessing
  • Notes: All Hallows Church, Gospel Oak, London (08/05/2012-08/09/2012)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 50 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1883

>Canteloube, Joseph : La Delaïssádo (La délaissée), folksong for voice & orchestra (Chants d'Auvergne, Series 2, no 4)
  • Performer: Renée Fleming (Soprano)
  • Conductor: Sebastian Lang-Lessing
  • Notes: All Hallows Church, Gospel Oak, London (08/05/2012-08/09/2012)
  • Running Time: 5 min. 31 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Vocal
  • Written: 1923-1930

>Canteloube, Joseph : Chants d'Auvergne
  • Performer: Renée Fleming (Soprano)
  • Conductor: Sebastian Lang-Lessing
  • Notes: All Hallows Church, Gospel Oak, London (08/05/2012-08/09/2012)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 31 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1923-1930

>Antonin Dvorák (1841 - 1904) : Armida :: Za stíhlou gazelou
  • Performer: Renée Fleming (Soprano)
  • Conductor: Sebastian Lang-Lessing
  • Notes: All Hallows Church, Gospel Oak, London (08/05/2012-08/09/2012)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 44 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta

>Smetana, Bedrich : Hubicka :: Hajej, muj andílku
  • Performer: Renée Fleming (Soprano)
  • Conductor: Sebastian Lang-Lessing
  • Notes: All Hallows Church, Gospel Oak, London (08/05/2012-08/09/2012)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 8 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1875-1876

>Strauss I (Senior), Johann : Walzer aus Wien :: Frag' mich oft, woran's denn wohl liegt
  • Performers: Janet Simpson (Piano); Renée Fleming (Soprano)
  • Conductor: Sebastian Lang-Lessing
  • Notes: All Hallows Church, Gospel Oak, London (08/05/2012-08/09/2012)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 27 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1930

>Wagner, Richard : Träume (Dreams) for violin & small orchestra in A flat major (from Wesendonck Lieder no 5), WWV 91b
  • Performer: Renée Fleming (Soprano)
  • Conductor: Sebastian Lang-Lessing
  • Notes: All Hallows Church, Gospel Oak, London (08/05/2012-08/09/2012)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 33 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1857

>Corigliano, John : The Ghosts of Versailles :: Once there was a golden bird
  • Performer: Renée Fleming (Soprano)
  • Conductor: Sebastian Lang-Lessing
  • Notes: All Hallows Church, Gospel Oak, London (08/05/2012-08/09/2012)
  • Running Time: 5 min. 42 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1991

>Weatherly, Frederick E. : Danny Boy
  • Performer: Renée Fleming (Soprano)
  • Conductor: Sebastian Lang-Lessing
  • Notes: All Hallows Church, Gospel Oak, London (08/05/2012-08/09/2012)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 45 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Vocal