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By Request / Renée Fleming

Album Summary

>Puccini, Giacomo : Gianni Schicchi, opera
>Catalani, Alfredo : La Wally
>Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus : Le nozze di Figaro (The Marriage of Figaro), K. 492
>Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus : Così fan tutte, K. 588
>Bellini, Vincenzo : Norma, opera
>Verdi, Giuseppe : La Traviata
>Puccini, Giacomo : Madama Butterfly (Madame Butterfly)
>Massenet, Jules : Manon
>Dvorak, Antonin : Rusalka, B. 203 (Op. 114)
>Rachmaninov, Sergei : Songs (14), Op. 34
>Strauss, Richard : Cäcilie ("Wenn du es wüsstest"), song for voice & piano (or orchestra), Op. 27/2 (TrV 170/2)
>Korngold, Erich Wolfgang : Die tote Stadt (The Dead City), Op. 12
>Gershwin, George : Porgy and Bess
>Villa-Lobos, Heitor : Bachiana brasileira no 5 for Soprano and 8 Cellos
>Rodgers, Richard : Carousel
Performers Conductors Ensembles Composers
Notes & Reviews:

Personnel: Renée Fleming (soprano); Joseph Calleja (tenor); Lee Ritenour (guitar); Dave Grusin (piano).

Recording information: London, England (05/1994-05/2003); New York, NY (05/1994-05/2003); United States (05/1994-05/2003); Watford, Hertfordshire, England (05/1994-05/2003).

Renee Fleming is a throwback to the prima donnas of another era. Grounded in the rigorous traditions of bel canto, the extraordinary soprano combines virtuosity, vocal authority, dramatic flair, and glamour in a way that thoroughly captivates audiences. BY REQUEST is a retrospective of sorts. Taken from recordings made over a nine-year span, the album looks back at the singer's remarkable career and offers ample proof of her impressive accomplishments.

The program covers a broad stylistic spectrum and offers a fine demonstration of the breadth of Fleming's range, from Mozartean classicism to French Romanticism, Italian verismo, and Broadway show tunes. Each selection is stamped with the mark of her unmistakable artistry. The disc includes plenty of diva showcases with no lack of vocal pyrotechnics, but the true measure of Fleming's artistic mettle may lie in her beautifully formed accounts of works such as "Mariettas Lied" from Korngold's 'Die tote Stadt,' the aria from 'Bachianas brasileiras No. 5' by Villa-Lobos, Gershwin's "Summertime," and "Cacilie" by Richard Strauss. The album also includes three new recordings including the closing track, a stirring rendition of Rodgers & Hammerstein's "You'll Never Walk Alone."



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>Puccini, Giacomo : Gianni Schicchi, opera :: O mio babbino caro
  • Performer: Renée Fleming (Soprano)
  • Conductor: Charles Mackerras
  • Ensemble: London Philharmonic Orchestra
  • Running Time: 2 min. 53 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1918
  • Language: Italian
  • Studio/Live: Studio

>Catalani, Alfredo : La Wally :: Ebben? ... Ne andrò lontana
  • Performers: Renée Fleming (Soprano); The London Philharmonic Orchestra (Soprano); Charles Mackerras
  • Conductor: Charles Mackerras
  • Ensemble: London Philharmonic Orchestra
  • Running Time: 5 min. 4 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1892
  • Language: Italian
  • Studio/Live: Studio

>Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus : Le nozze di Figaro (The Marriage of Figaro), K. 492 :: Porgi, amor
  • Performers: Sir Solti; Renée Fleming (Soprano); London Symphony Orchestra (Piano)
  • Conductor: Georg Solti
  • Ensemble: London Symphony Orchestra
  • Running Time: 3 min. 54 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Written: 1786
  • Language: Italian
  • Studio/Live: Studio

>Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus : Così fan tutte, K. 588 :: Come scoglio
  • Performers: Renée Fleming (Soprano); Chamber Orchestra of Europe (Piano); Sir Solti
  • Conductor: Georg Solti
  • Ensemble: Chamber Orchestra of Europe
  • Running Time: 4 min. 25 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Written: 1790
  • Language: Italian
  • Studio/Live: Studio

>Bellini, Vincenzo : Norma, opera :: Casta diva
  • Performers: The London Philharmonic Orchestra (Soprano); Charles Mackerras; Renée Fleming (Soprano); London Voices (Voice)
  • Conductor: Charles Mackerras
  • Ensemble: London Voices
  • Running Time: 6 min. 1 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1831
  • Language: Italian
  • Studio/Live: Studio

>Verdi, Giuseppe : La Traviata :: E strano ... Ah, fors'è lui ... Sempre libera
  • Performers: Renée Fleming (Soprano); Joseph Calleja (Tenor); Orchestra of St. Luke's; Patrick Summers (Piano)
  • Conductor: Patrick Summers
  • Ensemble: Orchestra of St. Luke's
  • Notes: Composition written: 1853.
  • Running Time: 10 min. 1 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1853
  • Language: Italian
  • Studio/Live: Studio

>Puccini, Giacomo : Madama Butterfly (Madame Butterfly) :: Un bel dì vedremo
  • Performers: Renée Fleming (Soprano); Charles Mackerras; The London Philharmonic Orchestra (Soprano)
  • Conductor: Charles Mackerras
  • Ensemble: London Philharmonic Orchestra
  • Notes: Composition written: 1904.
  • Running Time: 4 min. 55 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1904
  • Language: Italian
  • Studio/Live: Studio

>Massenet, Jules : Manon :: Je marche sur tous les chemins ... Obéissons quand leur voix appelle (Gavott
  • Performers: Renée Fleming (Soprano); Jeffrey Tate; English Chamber Orchestra (Soprano)
  • Conductor: Jeffrey Tate
  • Ensemble: English Chamber Orchestra
  • Running Time: 6 min. 16 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1882-1883
  • Language: French
  • Studio/Live: Studio

>Dvorak, Antonin : Rusalka, B. 203 (Op. 114) :: Mesícku na nebi hlubokém (O silver moon)
  • Performers: Sir Solti; Renée Fleming (Soprano); London Symphony Orchestra (Piano)
  • Conductor: Georg Solti
  • Ensemble: London Symphony Orchestra
  • Running Time: 5 min. 59 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Language: Czech
  • Studio/Live: Studio

>Rachmaninov, Sergei : Songs (14), Op. 34
  • Performers: Jeffrey Tate; English Chamber Orchestra (Soprano); Renée Fleming (Soprano)
  • Conductor: Jeffrey Tate
  • Ensemble: English Chamber Orchestra
  • Notes: Arranged: Braden
  • Running Time: 5 min. 40 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Vocal
  • Written: 1915
  • Studio/Live: Studio

>Strauss, Richard : Cäcilie ("Wenn du es wüsstest"), song for voice & piano (or orchestra), Op. 27/2 (TrV 170/2)
  • Performers: Orchestra of St. Luke's; Renée Fleming (Soprano); Patrick Summers (Piano)
  • Conductor: Patrick Summers
  • Ensemble: Orchestra of St. Luke's
  • Running Time: 2 min. 23 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1894
  • Language: German
  • Studio/Live: Studio

>Korngold, Erich Wolfgang : Die tote Stadt (The Dead City), Op. 12 :: Glück, das mir vervlieb (Mariettas Lied)
  • Performers: English Chamber Orchestra (Soprano); Jeffrey Tate; Renée Fleming (Soprano)
  • Conductor: Jeffrey Tate
  • Ensemble: English Chamber Orchestra
  • Notes: Composition written: 1920.
  • Running Time: 6 min. 2 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1920
  • Language: German
  • Studio/Live: Studio

>Gershwin, George : Porgy and Bess :: Summertime
  • Performers: New Voices (Piano); The Orchestra (Piano); James Levine (Piano); Renée Fleming (Soprano)
  • Conductor: James Levine
  • Ensemble: Metropolitan Opera Orchestra
  • Running Time: 4 min. 20 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1935
  • Language: English
  • Studio/Live: Studio

>Villa-Lobos, Heitor : Bachiana brasileira no 5 for Soprano and 8 Cellos
  • Performers: Lee Ritenour (Guitar); Dave Grusin (Piano); Renée Fleming (Soprano)
  • Notes: Arranged: Dave Grusin
  • Running Time: 5 min. 7 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Vocal
  • Written: 1938
  • Studio/Live: Studio

>Rodgers, Richard : Carousel
  • Performers: Patrick Summers (Piano); The Orchestra (Soprano); Renée Fleming (Soprano)
  • Conductor: Patrick Summers
  • Ensemble: Orchestra of St. Luke's
  • Running Time: 4 min. 44 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Language: English
  • Studio/Live: Studio