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Great Opera Scenes - Renée Fleming

Renée Fleming Audio CD
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Winner of the 2013 Grammy Award for Best Classical Vocal Solo and one of the most beloved and celebrated musical ambassadors of our time, soprano Renée Fleming captivates audiences with her sumptuous voice, consummate artistry, and compelling stage presence. Known as “the people’s diva”, she continues to grace the world’s greatest opera stages and concert halls, ... Read more in Amazon's Renée Fleming Store

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  • Performer: Renée Fleming, Larissa Dyadkova, Jonathan Summers
  • Orchestra: London Symphony Orchestra
  • Conductor: Sir Georg Solti
  • Composer: Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Pyotr Il'yich Tchaikovsky, Antonín Dvorák, Giuseppe Verdi
  • Audio CD (24 Mar 2011)
  • SPARS Code: DDD
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Decca
  • ASIN: B0000042HU
  • Other Editions: MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 96,857 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Song TitleArtist Time Price
Listen  1. Mozart: Le nozze di Figaro, K.492 / Act 2 - "Porgi amor"Sir Georg Solti 3:53£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  2. Mozart: Le nozze di Figaro, K.492 / Act 3 - "E Susanna non vien!" - "Dove sono i bei momenti"Sir Georg Solti 6:19£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  3. Tchaikovsky: Eugene Onegin, Op.24 / Act 1 - Letter scene. "Puskai pogilabnu ya, no pryezhde"Sir Georg Solti21:22£2.59  Buy MP3 
Listen  4. Dvorák: Rusalka, Op.114 / Act 1 - O Silver MoonSir Georg Solti 6:45£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  5. Verdi: Otello / Act 4 - "Era più calmo?..."Piangea cantando".."Ave Maria"Sir Georg Solti16:11£2.29  Buy MP3 
Listen  6. Britten: Peter Grimes, Op.33 / Act 3 - "Embroidery in childhood"Sir Georg Solti 5:58£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  7. R. Strauss: Daphne, Op.82 - Ich komme, ich komme (transformation scene)Sir Georg Solti11:32£1.49  Buy MP3 


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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Renée Fleming - Great Opera Scenes 3 April 2011
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What happened to the original title "Signatures" of this gorgeous Fleming-CD from 1997? I am the happy owner of practically every CD and DVD this smashing lady with the double-cream voice has ever made and would gladly have bought another fleming-cd with great opera scenes, but not the same once more. New listeners can start here though - and they'll love it!! There's not only double-cream, but also real drama in the letter scene! Renée Fleming is an outstanding artist no matter what she sings - from Händel to Alban Berg - and this cd certainly shows it !!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Wow . . . 15 Oct 2000
By NewWorldSmurf - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
Although I've loved classical music since I was a child, I've always found it difficult to enjoy opera--to the untrained ear, opera is just a bunch of people screeching in a foreign language! Coming home after a horrendous day at work one evening, I flipped on the local classical radio station to unwind--and the most absolutely gorgeous soprano voice I had ever heard poured out of the speakers. I literally stopped dead in my tracks to listen. I had no idea what she was singing, but the sound was so beautiful it brought tears to my eyes. When the aria ended, I ran to the phone, called the radio station, and asked who the soprano was. The answer was Renee Fleming.
"Signatures" was the first CD of Renee's that I purchased, and even though I've acquired most of her catalog, this is the one I always come back to. The sheer beauty and emotion in her voice transcends any and all barriers. I still am a bit of a neophyte when it comes to opera--okay, a lot of a neophyte--but I know what I like. A great CD to win over opera haters--or at least get them to grudgingly admit that some of it isn't that bad--and a tremendous CD for those who can appreciate the voice of one of the greatest modern sopranos. Bravo, Renee!
23 of 24 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A delightful collection 29 Jun 2001
By jhorro - Published on Amazon.com
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This CD goes beyond its purpose of being a showcase for Renee Fleming. The items for this CD were well-chosen, VERY well-chosen. The excerpt form Verdi's Otello is a flexible reading, catching the dexterity of Fleming's voice. The excerpt from Strauss's opera Daphne is by far the most valuable item on this CD. To have part of this rarely performed opera with Fleming and Solti conducting the LSO is quite special. The excerpt from Rusalka anticipates the success of the complete set and it is obvious that Fleming has affinity for this music. The Figaro and Onegin excerpts will impress but I think are more for variety. The six-minute excerpt from Peter Grimes is not really worth buying the CD for. Fleming is in superb voice and the LSO is on the peak of their form throughout. As great as the entire program is, the Daphne excerpt will make it a classic.
21 of 22 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Well-deserved recognition 2 Mar 2000
By "tenor_in_training" - Published on Amazon.com
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I am truly excited about this CD release. As a young man, I would hate to see opera becoming something grandparents talk about remembering the good old times. After all, that's how most of the opera magazines sound these days: Milanov did this and Callas did that and Vickers showed us how to, etc, etc. But, thank God, the art of opera is alive and well, and thanks to great recording technology available today we can enjoy the incredible young artists not only "picking up the torch" and "following the tradition" (which seems to be the highest form of praise in those magazines) but also inventing their own traditions and their own interpretations, which is essential if we want to see the art of opera survive and flourish. Soprano Renée Fleming has been singing major roles for quite some time before Decca finally made this release happen along with several others to follow. It almost appears as though she got her big break too late. Thankfully, that's not the case, this great singer is still in her prime and, as the three-plus years after this recording showed, she will remain on top for quite a few years to come.
This CD offers splendidly done scenes and arias from the greatest operas in five different languages of which Ms. Fleming has impeccable command. And what a treat it is to hear Sir Georg Solti at the helm providing beautiful, tactful, and rich orchestration! Ms. Fleming's voice is incredibly resonant and sensuous, simply gorgeous. (No shrieking or loud breathing whatsoever.) And her interpretations never fail to impress with passion and thoughtfulness. I have to mention that her Russian is fantastic for a non-native speaker (btw, listen to the nurse in the letter scene - it's Kirov's Larissa Diadkova). And I also absolutely have to say that Ms. Fleming is the "total package" so to speak - great voice and artistry plus phenomenal good looks. Oh yes, I do imagine her clearly as Countess or Desdemona, and even as Tatiana.
This disc also shows why she is one of the most diverse singers in the world; is there something she cannot sing and sing well? Not likely. Not only this album is an absolute must-have for anyone interested in opera, it is also a proud statement that we the young generation will also have stories to tell of great singers with whom we were fortunate to share a time period with.
8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Rarities and Chestnuts Performed With Signature Style 31 Jan 2001
By M. Bish - Published on Amazon.com
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Once again, Ms. Fleming has met all of my expectations with this superlative disc of arias and scenes from some of her "signature" roles (operas she has sung onstage, often to much acclaim). This CD begins with selections written by a composer Ms. Fleming is oft associated with: Mozart. Her interpretations of "Porgi amor" and "Dove sono" are assured with flawless intonation (which is a requirement for any good Mozartian singing). She sings (pianissimi that are) gloriously in tune even when she has to get "big" during the repeat of the second aria. This, despite the fact that much of "Dove sono" hovers on a lyric soprano's passagio. There has been much talk and debate about the new generation of Russian singers, many of whom hold a monopoly on Russian repertoire. The "Letter Scene" from Tchaikovsky's EUGENE ONEGIN is performed impressively (in its original language) with the mezzo Larissa Diadkova acquitting herself admirably as Tatyana's maid. Tchaikovsky's music may pre-date the advent of film (with audio) but his compositions are very cinematic in scope and, like good films or any piece of good art for that matter, is successful in evoking mood that ebbs and flows. The "Ave Maria" from Verdi's OTELLO is delivered heartbreakingly, especially notable is the way she floats that last "Ave". Prior to owning this CD, I had never heard any Britten but am suitably impressed with the excerpt featured here that I am going to investigate this contemporary (20th Century) composer. The closing piece is a fitting finale as it was written by another composer with whom Renee Fleming has been associated: Strauss. (While on this note, run out and get her disc entitled STRAUSS HEROINES. You will be impressed by the beauty of the singing and the caliber of the vocal acting.) DAPHNE is yet another opera with which I am not familiar but the committed performance on this disc whets my appetite to hear it in its entirety. The wordless singing near the conclusion (which, I interpret, is supposed to symbolize Daphne's transformation) is gorgeous, full of plush tone and ease between registers. This disc is illuminating as it shows Ms. Fleming's abiding interest in composers and operas that are not heard all that often, while proving that she can also excel at the standard repertoire. Brava!
7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Pure gold and cream 18 Aug 2003
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
Renee's voice is drop dead gorgeous - pure gold and cream. I like the Countess' arias. In my view, Renee has a more beautiful voice than Kanawa (I have Solti's classic Figaro). Also, Solti takes the arias faster here than in his Figaro recording and I prefer his speeds here. Rusalka is Renee's audition piece - she uses it (together with the Countess'a arias) when she auditions and she is simply gorgeous here. The willow song is captivating - I was mesmerized from start to finish. I like the Daphne extract, I think Renee is 100% suited for Strauss. What can I say Renee has one of the most beautiful voices in the world. one of the most beautiful I've ever heard. I can only advise you to buy this CD. Unfortunately, we won't get her full Desmonoma, or full Countess on CD(there is a DVD of a production in 1994), or full Tytiana because I think the catalogue has too many of recordings. What a pity! She has to make do with producing albums of arias. But I am still grateful I can hear Renee. If you love soprano voices, buy this!! Pure gold and cream!!
Also, I highly recommend Renee's stunning Fiordiligi in Solti's Cosi Fan Tutte and her incredibly beautiful Donna Anna in Solti's Don Giovanni. If you want a more complete 'Mozart' profile of Renee, her Decca CD of mozart arias (her first CD with Decca), is still available and you can here her sing an aria each of Susanna, Donna Elvira, Pamina, Konstanze and some other concert pieces and arias from Mozart's lesser known operas. It's a pity I won't get to hear her full Donna Elvira or full Konstanze or full Pamina or full Susanna. I would have loved to hear them all.
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