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Renée Fleming - The Beautiful Voice

Album Summary

>Charpentier, Gustave : Louise
>Gounod, Charles : Faust
>Massenet, Jules : Manon
>Dvorak, Antonin : Gypsy Songs, Op. 55
>Flotow, Friedrich v. : Martha, opera
>Puccini, Giacomo : La Rondine
>Korngold, Erich Wolfgang : Die tote Stadt (The Dead City)
>Orff, Carl : Carmina burana
>Strauss, Richard : Lieder (4), Op. 27
>Rachmaninov, Sergei : Songs (14), Op. 34
>Strauss II (Junior), Johann : Die Fledermaus
>Lehár, Franz : Vilja-Lied ("Es lebt eine Vilja") (from "Die lustige Witwe")
>Cano, José María : Luna, zarzuela
>Canteloube, Joseph : Baïlèro
Performers Conductors Ensembles Composers
Notes & Reviews:

This disc received Grammy Award for "Best Classical Vocal Performance." It was also nominated for the Award for "Best Classical Album."

Sure, it takes guts for a soprano to call an album THE BEAUTIFUL VOICE. But Renée Fleming did it, and the title fits. Fleming, a recognized performer with a wealth of talent, had the luxury of being allowed to program the music she loved--music as gratifying to sing as it is to hear.

With careful and varied support from Jeffrey Tate and the English Chamber Orchestra, Fleming's program is a wash of exquisite music, mostly about love: longing for lost love (in "Marietta's Lied"); first knowing love (in "Depuis le jour"); in youth (the "Jewel Song"); and in old age ("The last rose").

Fleming is at her best here in operatic selections in which the diva halts the action to tell a story, to dwell in a moment, or to draw her on- and off-stage audiences into the action. There is some well-trodden ground here, but long, flowing lines and sumptuous, floating high notes keep the program fresh. In a market glutted with artist-centered albums, THE BEAUTIFUL VOICE is a standout.



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Works Details

>Charpentier, Gustave : Louise :: Act 3
  • Performer: Renée Fleming (Soprano)
  • Conductor: Jeffrey Tate
  • Running Time: 6 min. 6 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1887-1896
  • Language: French
  • Studio/Live: Studio

>Gounod, Charles : Faust :: Act 3
  • Performer: Renée Fleming (Soprano)
  • Conductor: Jeffrey Tate
  • Notes: This selection begins with "O Dieu! que de bijoux!"
  • Running Time: 4 min. 48 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1856-1859
  • Language: French
  • Studio/Live: Studio

>Massenet, Jules : Manon :: Act 3
  • Performer: Renée Fleming (Soprano)
  • Conductor: Jeffrey Tate
  • Running Time: 6 min. 14 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1882-1883
  • Language: French
  • Studio/Live: Studio

>Antonin Dvorák (1841 - 1904) : Gypsy Songs, Op. 55
  • Performer: Renée Fleming (Soprano)
  • Conductor: Charles Mackerras
  • Notes: Arranged: Mackerras
  • Running Time: 2 min. 24 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Vocal
  • Language: English
  • Studio/Live: Studio

>Flotow, Friedrich v. : Martha, opera :: Act II, no 8
  • Performers: Osian Ellis (Harp); Renée Fleming (Soprano)
  • Conductor: Jeffrey Tate
  • Notes: Composition written: 1847.
  • Running Time: 4 min. 52 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1847
  • Language: English
  • Studio/Live: Studio

>Puccini, Giacomo : La Rondine :: Act I
  • Performers: Ian Watson (Piano); Renée Fleming (Soprano)
  • Conductor: Jeffrey Tate
  • Running Time: 3 min. 40 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1917
  • Language: Italian
  • Studio/Live: Studio

>Korngold, Erich Wolfgang : Die tote Stadt (The Dead City) :: Act I
  • Performer: Renée Fleming (Soprano)
  • Conductor: Jeffrey Tate
  • Notes: Composition written: 1920.
  • Running Time: 5 min. 59 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1920
  • Language: German
  • Studio/Live: Studio

>Orff, Carl : Carmina burana :: no 21
  • Performer: Renée Fleming (Soprano)
  • Conductor: Jeffrey Tate
  • Running Time: 2 min. 41 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Cantata/Oratorio
  • Written: 1935-1936
  • Language: Latin
  • Studio/Live: Studio

>Strauss, Richard : Lieder (4), Op. 27
  • Performers: Osian Ellis (Harp); Renée Fleming (Soprano); Paul Willey (Violin)
  • Conductor: Jeffrey Tate
  • Running Time: 4 min. 6 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1894
  • Language: German
  • Studio/Live: Studio

>Rachmaninov, Sergei : Songs (14), Op. 34
  • Performer: Renée Fleming (Soprano)
  • Conductor: Jeffrey Tate
  • Notes: Orchestrated: Braden
  • Running Time: 5 min. 38 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Studio/Live: Studio

>Strauss II (Junior), Johann : Die Fledermaus
  • Performer: Renée Fleming (Soprano)
  • Conductor: Jeffrey Tate
  • Notes: Composition written: 1873.
  • Running Time: 4 min. 36 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1873
  • Language: German
  • Studio/Live: Studio

>Franz Lehár (1870 - 1948) : Vilja-Lied ("Es lebt eine Vilja") (from "Die lustige Witwe")
  • Performers: London Voices (Voice); Renée Fleming (Soprano)
  • Conductor: Jeffrey Tate
  • Ensemble: London Voices
  • Running Time: 5 min. 57 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Vocal
  • Language: German
  • Studio/Live: Studio

>José María Cano (1959 - ) : Luna, zarzuela :: Epilogo
  • Performers: Clive Greensmith (Cello); Renée Fleming (Soprano)
  • Conductor: Jeffrey Tate
  • Running Time: 5 min. 8 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 1998
  • Studio/Live: Studio

>Canteloube, Joseph : Baïlèro
  • Performer: Renée Fleming (Soprano)
  • Conductor: Jeffrey Tate
  • Running Time: 7 min. 9 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1923-1930
  • Language: French
  • Studio/Live: Studio