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Renée Fleming - The Schubert Album / Christoph Eschenbach


Release Date: 03/11/1997 
Label:  Decca   Catalog #: 455294   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Franz Schubert
Performer:  Renée FlemingChristoph Eschenbach
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 6 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Renée Fleming is a musician's musician. Not only does she possess one of the most beautiful voices in the world today, but she is a learned student of music, constantly searching to improve her craft. This disc of Schubert lieder is a testament to her all-encompassing artistry. As a Fulbright Scholar in Germany, Fleming learned this complex repertoire and has since included it in many of her recitals. She understands both instinctively and musically the equal importance of music, text, and piano accompaniment, and the need to constantly balance the three. Fleming and conductor-pianist Christoph Eschenbach have perfectly wedded these elements to create a disc filled with beauty, substance, and genuine emotion.
In addition to better-known
Read more lieder such as "Gretchen am Spinnrade," "Der Tod und das Mädchen," and "Ave Maria," the somewhat obscure "Viola" is included. A 15-minute narrative about the ups and downs of a violet, this work has been criticized for its florid text. Eschenbach elegantly handles the difficult but not gratuitous piano accompaniment and Fleming sings the subtler vocal part with grace and charm. This is an absolutely essential Schubert disc. Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
Ellens Gesang III, D 839/Op. 52 no 6 "Ave Maria" by Franz Schubert
Performer:  Renée Fleming (Soprano), Christoph Eschenbach (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1825; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 06/1996 
Venue:  Ozawa Hall, Tanglewood, Lennox, MA 
Length: 8 Minutes 4 Secs. 
Language: German 
2.
Die Forelle, D 550 by Franz Schubert
Performer:  Renée Fleming (Soprano), Christoph Eschenbach (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1817; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 06/1996 
Venue:  Ozawa Hall, Tanglewood, Lennox, MA 
Length: 2 Minutes 9 Secs. 
Language: German 
3.
Gretchen am Spinnrade, D 118/Op. 2 by Franz Schubert
Performer:  Renée Fleming (Soprano), Christoph Eschenbach (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1814; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 06/1996 
Venue:  Ozawa Hall, Tanglewood, Lennox, MA 
Length: 3 Minutes 20 Secs. 
Language: German 
4.
Der Tod und das Mädchen, D 531/Op. 7 no 3 by Franz Schubert
Performer:  Renée Fleming (Soprano), Christoph Eschenbach (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1817; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 06/1996 
Venue:  Ozawa Hall, Tanglewood, Lennox, MA 
Length: 2 Minutes 56 Secs. 
Language: German 
5.
An die Nachtigall, D 497/Op. 98 no 1 by Franz Schubert
Performer:  Renée Fleming (Soprano), Christoph Eschenbach (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1816; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 06/1996 
Venue:  Ozawa Hall, Tanglewood, Lennox, MA 
Length: 1 Minutes 45 Secs. 
Language: German 
6.
Die junge Nonne, D 828/Op. 43 no 1 by Franz Schubert
Performer:  Renée Fleming (Soprano), Christoph Eschenbach (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1825; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 06/1996 
Venue:  Ozawa Hall, Tanglewood, Lennox, MA 
Length: 4 Minutes 31 Secs. 
Language: German 
7.
Nacht und Träume, D 827 by Franz Schubert
Performer:  Renée Fleming (Soprano), Christoph Eschenbach (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1823; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 06/1996 
Venue:  Ozawa Hall, Tanglewood, Lennox, MA 
Length: 4 Minutes 57 Secs. 
Language: German 
8.
Auf dem Wasser zu singen, D 774/Op. 72 by Franz Schubert
Performer:  Renée Fleming (Soprano), Christoph Eschenbach (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1823; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 06/1996 
Venue:  Ozawa Hall, Tanglewood, Lennox, MA 
Length: 3 Minutes 57 Secs. 
Language: German 
9.
Frühlingsglaube, D 686/Op. 20 no 2 by Franz Schubert
Performer:  Renée Fleming (Soprano), Christoph Eschenbach (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1820; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 06/1996 
Venue:  Ozawa Hall, Tanglewood, Lennox, MA 
Length: 3 Minutes 57 Secs. 
Language: German 
10.
Du bist die Ruh, D 776/Op. 59 no 3 by Franz Schubert
Performer:  Renée Fleming (Soprano), Christoph Eschenbach (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1823; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 06/1996 
Venue:  Ozawa Hall, Tanglewood, Lennox, MA 
Length: 5 Minutes 17 Secs. 
Language: German 
11.
Viola, D 786/Op. 123 by Franz Schubert
Performer:  Renée Fleming (Soprano), Christoph Eschenbach (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1823; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 06/1996 
Venue:  Ozawa Hall, Tanglewood, Lennox, MA 
Length: 15 Minutes 10 Secs. 
Language: German 
12.
Refrainlieder (4), D 866/Op. 95: no 3, Die Männer sind méchant by Franz Schubert
Performer:  Renée Fleming (Soprano), Christoph Eschenbach (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1828; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 06/1996 
Venue:  Ozawa Hall, Tanglewood, Lennox, MA 
Length: 2 Minutes 27 Secs. 
Language: German 
13.
Heidenröslein, D 257/Op. 3 no 3 by Franz Schubert
Performer:  Renée Fleming (Soprano), Christoph Eschenbach (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1815; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 06/1996 
Venue:  Ozawa Hall, Tanglewood, Lennox, MA 
Length: 1 Minutes 58 Secs. 
Language: German 
14.
Im Frühling, D 882/Op. 101 no 1 by Franz Schubert
Performer:  Renée Fleming (Soprano), Christoph Eschenbach (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1826; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 06/1996 
Venue:  Ozawa Hall, Tanglewood, Lennox, MA 
Length: 5 Minutes 14 Secs. 
Language: German 

Sound Samples

Heidenröslein, D. 257 (Op.3/3)
Die Forelle, D.550 (Op.32)
An die Nachtigall, D.497
Im Frühling, D.882
Die junge Nonne, D.828
Nacht und Träume, D.827
Auf dem Wasser zu singen, D.774
Ave Maria, "Ellens Gesang III", D839
Frühlingsglaube, D.686b
Gretchen am Spinnrade, D.118
Du bist die Ruh', D.776 (Op.59/3)
Der Tod und das Mädchen, D. 531 (Op.7/3)
Viola, D.786
Die Männer sind méchant, D.866 No.3

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