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Renée Fleming


Release Date: 09/26/2000 
Label:  Decca   Catalog #: 467049   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Giacomo PucciniFrancesco CilèaAlfredo CatalaniJules Massenet,   ... 
Performer:  Renée Fleming
Conductor:  Sir Charles Mackerras
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Philharmonic OrchestraLondon Voices
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 5 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

There's no denying it, this is one beautiful voice. Renée Fleming possesses an instrument that is at once powerful, radiant, lush in the mid-range and amazingly clear on top. And she uses it brilliantly, gliding and soaring through all 14 items on this verismo-heavy collection. The saccharine strains of "O mio babbino caro" ease us into the disc, with Fleming's gossamer pianissimo high notes and silken tone establishing her Puccini credentials in this, as well as the Madame Butterfly, Boheme, and Turandot arias. The two selections from Manon continue the excellence of her recently released complete recording of Massenet's Thaïs. Other highlights include a soulful rendition of Micaëla's aria, and Fleming's joyously Read more vibrant "Ah! Je veux vivre" from Gounod's Romeo et Juliette. However, Casta Diva is the prize of the disc -- here Fleming's vocal purity and stunning dynamic control are simply astonishing, making for some breathtaking moments. The recital concludes with Hélène's aria from Verdi's Sicilian Vespers, beautifully sung in the original French. These last two items feature the fine contribution of the London Voices, and the entire program is expertly accompanied by Charles Mackerras and the London Philharmonic.

The sound, I'm afraid, is the fly in the ointment. The engineering, as with so many of these "star" recitals, seems more geared to the pop audience than to the serious classical listener, with Fleming's voice too close and not in a realistic perspective with the orchestra. Listening to even a few minutes of her Thaïs recording gives a much better idea of what this singer sounds like in a real hall.

– Victor Carr, ClassicsToday.com
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Works on This Recording

1.
Gianni Schicchi: O mio babbino caro by Giacomo Puccini
Performer:  Renée Fleming (Soprano)
Conductor:  Sir Charles Mackerras
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1918; Italy 
Date of Recording: 07/1999 
Venue:  Colosseum, Watford, England 
Length: 2 Minutes 51 Secs. 
Language: Italian 
2.
Madama Butterfly: Un bel dì vedremo by Giacomo Puccini
Performer:  Renée Fleming (Soprano)
Conductor:  Sir Charles Mackerras
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1904; Italy 
Date of Recording: 07/1999 
Venue:  Colosseum, Watford, England 
Length: 4 Minutes 51 Secs. 
Language: Italian 
3.
La Bohème: Quando m'en vo' soletta "Musetta's Waltz" by Giacomo Puccini
Performer:  Renée Fleming (Soprano)
Conductor:  Sir Charles Mackerras
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1896; Italy 
Date of Recording: 07/1999 
Venue:  Colosseum, Watford, England 
Length: 2 Minutes 47 Secs. 
Language: Italian 
4.
Turandot: Signore, ascolta by Giacomo Puccini
Performer:  Renée Fleming (Soprano)
Conductor:  Sir Charles Mackerras
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1926; Italy 
Date of Recording: 07/1999 
Venue:  Colosseum, Watford, England 
Length: 2 Minutes 54 Secs. 
Language: Italian 
5.
Adriana Lecouvreur: Io son l'umile ancella by Francesco Cilèa
Performer:  Renée Fleming (Soprano)
Conductor:  Sir Charles Mackerras
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1902; Italy 
Date of Recording: 07/1999 
Venue:  Colosseum, Watford, England 
Length: 3 Minutes 53 Secs. 
Language: Italian 
Notes: This selection begins with "respiro appena..." 
6.
La Wally: Ebben?... Ne andrò lontana by Alfredo Catalani
Performer:  Renée Fleming (Soprano)
Conductor:  Sir Charles Mackerras
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1892; Italy 
Date of Recording: 07/1999 
Venue:  Colosseum, Watford, England 
Length: 5 Minutes 1 Secs. 
Language: Italian 
7.
Manon: Je suis encour tout étourdie by Jules Massenet
Performer:  Renée Fleming (Soprano)
Conductor:  Sir Charles Mackerras
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1883-1884; France 
Date of Recording: 07/1999 
Venue:  Colosseum, Watford, England 
Length: 3 Minutes 55 Secs. 
Language: French 
8.
Manon: Adieu, notre petite table by Jules Massenet
Performer:  Renée Fleming (Soprano)
Conductor:  Sir Charles Mackerras
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1883-1884; France 
Date of Recording: 07/1999 
Venue:  Colosseum, Watford, England 
Length: 4 Minutes 28 Secs. 
Language: French 
Notes: This selection begins with "Allons! il le faut! pour lui-même..." 
9.
Carmen: Je dis que rien ne m'épouvante "Micaëla's Aria" by Georges Bizet
Performer:  Renée Fleming (Soprano)
Conductor:  Sir Charles Mackerras
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1873-1874; France 
Date of Recording: 07/1999 
Venue:  Colosseum, Watford, England 
Length: 6 Minutes 26 Secs. 
Language: French 
Notes: This selection begins with "C'est des contrebandiers le refuge ordinaire..." 
10.
Roméo et Juliette: Je veux vivre dans le rêve "Waltz Song" by Charles Gounod
Performer:  Renée Fleming (Soprano)
Conductor:  Sir Charles Mackerras
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1867; France 
Date of Recording: 07/1999 
Venue:  Colosseum, Watford, England 
Length: 3 Minutes 29 Secs. 
Language: French 
11.
Simon Boccanegra: Come in quest' ora bruna by Giuseppe Verdi
Performer:  Renée Fleming (Soprano)
Conductor:  Sir Charles Mackerras
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1857; Italy 
Date of Recording: 07/1999 
Venue:  Colosseum, Watford, England 
Length: 6 Minutes 12 Secs. 
Language: Italian 
12.
Norma: Casta diva by Vincenzo Bellini
Performer:  Renée Fleming (Soprano)
Conductor:  Sir Charles Mackerras
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Philharmonic Orchestra,  London Voices
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1831; Italy 
Date of Recording: 07/1999 
Venue:  Colosseum, Watford, England 
Length: 7 Minutes 33 Secs. 
Language: Italian 
13.
I vespri siciliani: Mercè, dilette amiche "Bolero" by Giuseppe Verdi
Performer:  Renée Fleming (Soprano)
Conductor:  Sir Charles Mackerras
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Philharmonic Orchestra,  London Voices
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1855; Italy 
Date of Recording: 07/1999 
Venue:  Colosseum, Watford, England 
Length: 4 Minutes 30 Secs. 
Language: French 
14.
I Pagliacci: Stridono lassù by Ruggero Leoncavallo
Performer:  Renée Fleming (Soprano)
Conductor:  Sir Charles Mackerras
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1892; Italy 
Date of Recording: 07/1999 
Venue:  Colosseum, Watford, England 
Length: 4 Minutes 59 Secs. 
Language: Italian 
Notes: This selection begins with "Qual fiamma!..." 

Sound Samples

Gianni Schicchi: "O mio babbino caro"
Madama Butterfly / Act 2: Un bel dì vedremo
La Bohème / Act 2: "Quando men vo"
Turandot / Act 1: Signore, ascolta
Pagliacci: "Stridono lassù"
Adriana Lecouvreur / Act 1: Io son l'umile ancella
La Wally / Act 1: Ebben? Ne andrò lontana
Manon / Act 1: Je suis encore tout étourdie
Manon / Act 2: Adieu, notre petite table
Carmen / Act 3: "Je dis que rien ne m'épouvante"
Roméo et Juliette / Act 1: "Ah, je veux vivre"
Simon Boccanegra / Act 1: Come in quest'ora bruna
Norma / Act 1: Casta Diva
I vespri siciliani / Act 5: Merci, jeunes amies

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