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Guilty Pleasures / Renee Fleming


Release Date: 09/17/2013 
Label:  Decca   Catalog #: 001903302   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Hector BerliozHenri DuparcLicinio ReficeManuel de Falla,   ... 
Performer:  Renée FlemingSusan GrahamJanet Simpson
Conductor:  Sebastian Lang-Lessing
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philharmonia Orchestra
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Guilty Pleasures is both celebration of lush Late Romanticism and a sequel to the album Beautiful Voice, which won Renée Fleming a Grammy for Best Classical Vocal Performance.

This is an album of sheer indulgence: the beautiful voice of Renée Fleming in a new and very personal selection of songs and arias featuring a feast of music, much of which we might never hear her sing on stage. She has chosen famous arias from roles which are not normally associated with her repertoire – romantic highlights from operas by Dvorák, Smetana, and Tchaikovsky, among others. She also sings in her native tongue on the Irish folksong "Danny Boy" and in music from John Corigliano’s The Ghosts of
Read more Versailles. Susan Graham joins Renée for the celebrated Flower Duet from Lakmé. Sebastian Lang-Lessing conducts the Philharmonia Orchestra in a program that ranges from Berlioz via Tchaikovsky, Dvorák, Smetana, Wagner, and Rachmaninov to Canteloube, Delibes, and Massenet.

Renée Fleming was awarded the National Medal of Arts and National Humanities Medal by the President of the United States. The recognition is for her contributions to American music. Known to many as “the people’s diva,” Ms. Fleming has captivated audiences around the world with an adventurous repertoire spanning opera and the classical tradition to jazz and contemporary pop.

"It's an album full of goodies... designed both to showcase Fleming's voracious appetite for all kinds of music and to appeal to the widest possible audience. Fleming has managed to preserve the quality of the loveliest voice among the world's top sopranos these past 20 years. Indeed, she might easily be described as a guilty pleasure herself." – Hugh Canning, The Times (London) 7/13/13 Read less

Works on This Recording

1. Les nuits d'été, Op. 7: no 1, Villanelle by Hector Berlioz
Performer:  Renée Fleming (Soprano)
Conductor:  Sebastian Lang-Lessing
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philharmonia Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1840-1841; France 
2. Phidylé by Henri Duparc
Performer:  Renée Fleming (Soprano)
Conductor:  Sebastian Lang-Lessing
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philharmonia Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1882; France 
3. Ombra di Nube by Licinio Refice
Performer:  Renée Fleming (Soprano)
Conductor:  Sebastian Lang-Lessing
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philharmonia Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
4. Canciones populares españolas (7): no 5, Nana by Manuel de Falla
Performer:  Renée Fleming (Soprano)
Conductor:  Sebastian Lang-Lessing
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philharmonia Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1914-1915; Spain 
5. Canciones populares españolas (7): no 6, Canción by Manuel de Falla
Performer:  Renée Fleming (Soprano)
Conductor:  Sebastian Lang-Lessing
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philharmonia Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1914-1915; Spain 
6. Undine: Undine's aria by Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Performer:  Renée Fleming (Soprano)
Conductor:  Sebastian Lang-Lessing
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philharmonia Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1869; Russia 
7. Songs (12), Op. 21: no 3, Twilight by Sergei Rachmaninov
Performer:  Renée Fleming (Soprano)
Conductor:  Sebastian Lang-Lessing
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philharmonia Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1902; Russia 
8. Les Filles de Cadiz "Chanson Espagnole" by Léo Delibes
Performer:  Renée Fleming (Soprano)
Conductor:  Sebastian Lang-Lessing
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philharmonia Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: France 
9. Lakmé: Sous le ciel tout étoilé by Léo Delibes
Performer:  Renée Fleming (Soprano), Susan Graham (Mezzo Soprano)
Conductor:  Sebastian Lang-Lessing
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philharmonia Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1883; France 
10. Chants d'Auvergne: Volume 3 - no 5, Malurous qu'o uno fenno by Joseph Canteloube
Performer:  Renée Fleming (Soprano)
Conductor:  Sebastian Lang-Lessing
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philharmonia Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1923-1930; France 
11. Chants d'Auvergne: Volume 2 - no 4, La delaïssádo by Joseph Canteloube
Performer:  Renée Fleming (Soprano)
Conductor:  Sebastian Lang-Lessing
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philharmonia Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1923-1930; France 
12. Armida, Op. 115: I chased a young gazelle by Antonín Dvorák
Performer:  Renée Fleming (Soprano)
Conductor:  Sebastian Lang-Lessing
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philharmonia Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1902-1903; Bohemia 
13. The kiss, T 115: Lullaby by Bedrich Smetana
Performer:  Renée Fleming (Soprano)
Conductor:  Sebastian Lang-Lessing
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philharmonia Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1875-1876; Czech Republic 
14. Walzer aus Wien: Frag mich oft by Johann Strauss Jr.
Performer:  Janet Simpson (Piano), Renée Fleming (Soprano)
Conductor:  Sebastian Lang-Lessing
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philharmonia Orchestra
15. Wesendonck Lieder: no 5, Träume by Richard Wagner
Performer:  Renée Fleming (Soprano)
Conductor:  Sebastian Lang-Lessing
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philharmonia Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1857-1858; Germany 
16. The Ghosts of Versailles: Once There Was A Golden Bird by John Corigliano
Performer:  Renée Fleming (Soprano)
Conductor:  Sebastian Lang-Lessing
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philharmonia Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1991 
17. Danny Boy "Londonderry Air" by Traditional
Performer:  Renée Fleming (Soprano)
Conductor:  Sebastian Lang-Lessing
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philharmonia Orchestra
Written: Ireland 

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