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Poèmes - Ravel, Messiaen, Dutilleux
 
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Poèmes - Ravel, Messiaen, Dutilleux

20 Feb 2012 | Format: MP3

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  • Label: Decca Music Group Ltd.
  • Copyright: (C) 2012 Decca Music Group Limited
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  • Total Length: 1:08:58
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  • ASIN: B0073F7P3K
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 100,911 in MP3 Albums (See Top 100 in MP3 Albums)

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22 of 22 people found the following review helpful By Santa Fe Listener on 3 Mar 2012
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It must have taken all of Renee Fleming's clout to persuade a major label to record French orchestral songs, doubly so when two of the composers, Messiaen and Dutilleux, are modern. One expects that fleming's opera fans will stay away in droves. But whatever popularity this CD gains, it's among her very best, and at age 53 she enjoys the good vocal fortune, as did de los Angeles, of sounding young and seductive. In fact, Fleming's account of Ravel's often-recorded Sheherazade sounds at moments uncannily like de los Angeles - both a trembling and almost breathless, girlish and voluptuous at the same time. Fleming seems fully at home in French (although the printed claim that she is a Francophone belies the fact that she was born in Indiana and went to college in New York).

The Messiaen song cycle, Poemes pour Mi (Mi being the nickname of his first wife), dates form the Thirites, which means that it is written in a post-Debussy idiom before Messiaen became Messiaen. That doesn't imply conservatism. The agitated "Epouvante" ("Terror") portrays a kind of nauseous fear using a slippery, exotic sound palette that the mature Messiaen would famously extend even further. But most of the nine poems celebrate a sense of loving calm with religious overtones. Melody is not the cycle's strong point - it takes off from the sing-song style of Debussy's Pelleas et Melisande, often repeating the same note or remaining within a narrow band. Amazingly, Fleming performed the Messiaen as part of a PBS broadcast from Lincoln Center; such events are generally restricted to standard fare. Alan Gilbert conducted then and repeats here with the Orchestre Philharmonique of French Radio (one of the country's most forward-looking ensembles under their music director Myung-Whun Chung).
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By KJ on 9 April 2012
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I'm not going into detail as 'Santa Fe' tells you most of what you need to know about this disc, good review!

My reason for posting is that I'm not a great fan of Ms Fleming but believe in credit where it's due. I investigated this disc as I love the Ravel & Messiaen pieces and don't mind her recording of 'Thais', and it's excellent. Her marshmallow approach to singing really suits the eroticism of 'Sherezade' and the lighter approach to 'Poemes pour Mi' works well even though, as Ms F says in her interesting programme note, the songs were intended for a dramatic soprano voice. I like the Dutilleux pieces and am glad to have added them to my collection. Glad I didn't let my preconceptions stop me getting this disc.
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It's hard to say whatb pleasure I have had from this disc. I think I have now bought 4 copies of it, three to give to friends, so impressed have I been. Fleming's rich voice is ideally suited to the Ravel - she blossoms into full flood at the big climax to the first song in a way that leaves me awestruck. She quickly converted me to the Messaien Poemes pour Mi, and I am even enjoying the Dutilleux. Heartily recommended.
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This is not repertoire that the average listener will find appealing, particularly the Messiaen cycle. But this latest offering from her is vintage Fleming at her best. What hallmarks the performance is her intelligence that permeates this collection of twentieth-century works. The other qualities of this performance--the radiant beauty of the voice, the purity of the legato line, the breathtaking French pronunciation and diction--are all there, as one would expect of a singer of this calibre.

I think most Fleming aficionados will agree with me... I wish she would leave the cross-over stuff alone for lesser singers and do what she does best.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Trevensky on 3 May 2013
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Compared to many of her previous recordings this CD does not grab me to same degree. Tracks 1-3 by Ravel were very enjoyable but many of the others, though well sung, were very similar to listen to and one soon lost interest. Renee seems to be appealing to a more narrow audience and her music loses some appeal accordingly. She does try to experiment with her music, which is great, but this recording does not move me emotionally which is a shame as some of her greatest works have the ability to enthral and enrapture so moving are they by one of the greatest singers of our time.
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