|Renée Fleming's recording Bel Canto has been released and can be purchased at amazon.com, at amazon.co.uk and at amazon.fr. It includes arias by Bellini, Donizetti, and Rossini, including music from Bellini's Il Pirata.
"This is a beautiful disc with some tender moments . . .," said Classic FM of December 2002.
"The music is so rich. It's free, virtuosic and an incredible challenge. It speaks to me, too. It makes me cry. The yearning, the loss, the beautiful lines--even the silly stories touch me. It's 18th-century Italian soap opera."--Renée Fleming, in Classic FM of December 2002.
Chris Shull of the Wichita Eagle picked the album as one of the top ten classical CD's of 2002. "Fleming's voice is anchored with dramatic color and weight and is limber enough to dance lightly along flowery coloratura passages -- a combination that has made her one of the stellar singers of today. This CD was nominated for two Grammy Awards -- Best Classical Album and Best Classical Vocal Performance."
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|"If you have any taste, this album of Broadway songs and duets, hideously tarted up by 'producer' Phil Ramone, will make you weep . . .. It is a 'crossover' party record, the kind of 'star power' we can do without. When Renee Fleming and Bryn Terfel sing together you can barely stand it, though his solos are loose enough. But Fleming's ill-considered attempts to sound 'black' are gruesomely inappropriate, especially since she hasn't got any rhythm whatever, yanking texts and musical line around as if they were a kiddie's pull-toy. Give me Busoni any time."--T. Hashimoto in the San Francisco Examiner of February 11, 2003, about the compact disc Renee and Bryn: Under the Stars.
The album cover is almost enough to induce vomiting, IMHO.--JRP
|Track listings on Sacred Songs:
1. Bach/Gounod - Ave Maria
2. Bach (Arr. Chris Hazell) - Jesu Joy Of Man's Desiring
3. Handel - Dank Sei Dir Herr
4. Schubert (Arr.Chris Hazell) - Ave Maria
5. Mozart - Laudamus Te (Mass In C Minor)
6. Franck - Panis Angelicus
7. Handel - He Shall Feed His Flock (Messiah)
8. Bernstein - Simple Song (Mass)
9. Fauri - Pie Jesu (Requiem Op.48)
10. Poulenc - Domine Deus (Gloria)
11. Mozart - Laudate Dominum (Vesperae Solennes K339)
12. Handel - Rejoice Greatly, O Daughter Of Zion (Messiah)
13. Berlioz (Arr.Chris Hazell) - L'adieu Des Bergers (L'enface du Christ)
14. Reger - Maria Wiegenlied
15. Humperdinck - Abends Will Ich Schlafen Gehn (Hansel und Gretel) (Duet With Susan Graham, Mezzo Soprano)
|Renee Fleming's new compact disc HOMAGE: The Age of the Diva is being released at amazon.com and amazon.co.uk on October 17, 2006.
At amazon.de on October 20, 2006.
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