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Renée Fleming - Signatures / Solti, London Symphony


Release Date: 09/09/1997 
Label:  Decca   Catalog #: 455760   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus MozartPeter Ilyich TchaikovskyAntonín DvorákGiuseppe Verdi,   ... 
Performer:  Renée FlemingLarissa DiadkovaJonathan Summers
Conductor:  Sir Georg Solti
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony Orchestra
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 12 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

This disc was nominated for the 1998 Grammy Award for "Best Classical Vocal Performance."
It is hard to think of Renee Fleming as being in the "greatest hits" stage of her career, as at this release she is a young artist with a long career ahead. However, she has accomplished much and is widely recognized as the premier interpreter of the works of Strauss, Mozart, and Verdi, to name a few. The aptly titled SIGNATURES showcases Fleming's affinity for this music. Recorded with conductor Georg Solti, SIGNATURES features operatic excerpts chosen by Fleming. Among those included are "Porgi, Amor" and "Dove Sono" from 'Le Nozze di Figaro' and "The Willow Song" and "Ave Maria" from 'Otello.' Fleming's gift is in transporting the listener
Read more to the world of the story line, while never compromising the integrity of the music. In the 'Otello' excerpts, where "The Willow Song" segues into "Ave Maria," we hear the anguish and foreboding in every note Fleming's Desdemona sings, while she flawlessly adheres to Verdi's score. Also on the disc is a rarely heard selection from Strauss' 'Daphne.' Fleming's "Transformation Scene" illustrates her bond with the music of Strauss, and one can only hope she will record the entire opera. Read less

Works on This Recording

1. Le nozze di Figaro, K 492: Porgi, amor, qualche ristoro by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer:  Renée Fleming (Soprano)
Conductor:  Sir Georg Solti
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony Orchestra
Period: Classical 
Written: 1786; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 12/1996 
Venue:  Henry Wood Hall, London, England 
Length: 3 Minutes 51 Secs. 
Language: Italian 
2. Le nozze di Figaro, K 492: E Susanna non vien...Dove sono by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer:  Renée Fleming (Soprano)
Conductor:  Sir Georg Solti
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony Orchestra
Period: Classical 
Written: 1786; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 12/1996 
Venue:  Henry Wood Hall, London, England 
Length: 6 Minutes 16 Secs. 
Language: Italian 
3. Eugene Onegin, Op. 24: Tatiana's letter scene by Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Performer:  Larissa Diadkova (Mezzo Soprano), Renée Fleming (Soprano)
Conductor:  Sir Georg Solti
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1877-1878; Russia 
Date of Recording: 12/1996 
Venue:  Henry Wood Hall, London, England 
Length: 21 Minutes 16 Secs. 
Language: Russian 
4. Rusalka, Op. 114/B 203: O moon high up "Song to the moon" by Antonín Dvorák
Performer:  Renée Fleming (Soprano)
Conductor:  Sir Georg Solti
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1900; Bohemia 
Date of Recording: 12/1996 
Venue:  Henry Wood Hall, London, England 
Length: 6 Minutes 40 Secs. 
Language: Czech 
5. Otello: Piangea cantando...Ave Maria by Giuseppe Verdi
Performer:  Renée Fleming (Soprano), Larissa Diadkova (Mezzo Soprano)
Conductor:  Sir Georg Solti
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1887; Italy 
Date of Recording: 12/1996 
Venue:  Henry Wood Hall, London, England 
Length: 16 Minutes 5 Secs. 
Language: Italian 
Notes: This selection begins with "Era più calmo?". 
6. Peter Grimes, Op. 33: Embroidery in childhood by Benjamin Britten
Performer:  Renée Fleming (Soprano), Jonathan Summers (Baritone)
Conductor:  Sir Georg Solti
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: England 
Date of Recording: 12/1996 
Venue:  Henry Wood Hall, London, England 
Length: 5 Minutes 55 Secs. 
Language: English 
Notes: This selection begins "Peter seems to have disappeared...". 
7. Daphne, Op. 82: Ich komme, grünende Brüder [Final scene] by Richard Strauss
Performer:  Renée Fleming (Soprano)
Conductor:  Sir Georg Solti
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1936-1937; Germany 
Date of Recording: 12/1996 
Venue:  Henry Wood Hall, London, England 
Length: 11 Minutes 26 Secs. 
Language: German 

Sound Samples

Le nozze di Figaro, K.492 / Act 2: "Porgi amor"
Le nozze di Figaro, K.492 / Act 3: "E Susanna non vien!" - "Dove sono i bei momenti"
Eugene Onegin, Op.24 / Act 1: Letter scene. "Puskai pogilabnu ya, no pryezhde"
Rusalka, Op.114 / Act 1: O Silver Moon
Otello / Act 4: "Era più calmo?..."Piangea cantando".."Ave Maria"
Peter Grimes, Op.33 / Act 3: "Embroidery in childhood"
Daphne, Op.82: Ich komme, ich komme (transformation scene)

Customer Reviews

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 R.Fleming/'90's May 11, 2012 By E. Robinson (Brooklyn, NY) See All My Reviews "The timbre of her voice is full, neither slipping nor forced in the fullness of her range.A beautiful time for her and this recording." Report Abuse
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