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The Beautiful Voice [CD]

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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  • Audio CD (9 Feb 1998)
  • SPARS Code: DDD
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: London
  • ASIN: B0000042I6
  • Other Editions: MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 15,649 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Listen  1. G. Charpentier: Louise / Act 3 - "Depuis le jour"Jeffrey Tate 6:03£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  2. Gounod: Faust / Act 3 - No.14b Air des bijoux: "Ah! Je ris de me voir"Jeffrey Tate 4:43£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  3. Massenet: Manon / Act 3 - Je marche sur les chemins...Obéissons quand leur voix appelle)Jeffrey Tate 6:14£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  4. Dvorák: Gypsy Melodies, Op.55, No.4 - Songs My Mother Taught MeJeffrey Tate 2:24£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  5. Flotow: Martha (opera in 4 Acts) / Act 2 - Last Rose of Summer (Thomas Moore)Jeffrey Tate 4:52£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  6. Puccini: La Rondine / Act 1 - Chi il bel sogno di Doretta (Doretta's Dream Song)Jeffrey Tate 3:40£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  7. Korngold: Die tote Stadt / Act 1 - Glück, das mir verblieb (Mariettalied)Jeffrey Tate 5:59£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  8. Orff: Carmina Burana / 3. Cour d'amours - "In trutina"Jeffrey Tate 2:41£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  9. R. Strauss: Morgen, Op.27, No.4Jeffrey Tate 4:06£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen10. Rachmaninov: Vocalise, Op.34, No.14Jeffrey Tate 5:38£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen11. J. Strauss II: Die Fledermaus / Act 2 - Nr.10 Csárdás: "Klänge der Heimat"Jeffrey Tate 4:34£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen12. Lehár: The Merry Widow (Die lustige Witwe) / Act 2 - Vilja-LiedJeffrey Tate 5:57£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen13. Cano: Luna - EpilogoJeffrey Tate 5:08£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen14. Canteloube: Chants d'Auvergne - 2. BaileroJeffrey Tate 7:09£0.79  Buy MP3 

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Soprano Renée Fleming is unquestionably one of the outstanding artists of our time, and she does indeed have a beautiful voice. It is well and interestingly displayed in this decidedly eclectic collection. That eclecticism may prove a problem for some listeners; Ms. Fleming's singing is the only motif the album could be said to have. There are assorted arias by assorted composers, a brief chunk of Orff's Carmina Burana, one lone number from Canteloube's Songs of the Auvergne, a bit of operetta, Rachmaninoff's Vocalise, and a single song by Richard Strauss. Thematically it's a jumble, but it's all exquisitely performed. --Sarah Bryan Miller

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30 of 33 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great singing from a great artist. 26 July 2001
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No quibbles here - it is a beautiful voice, no matter what standards you apply. Fleming's glory is essentially vocal, and this is not a recital geared to showcase Fleming's gift for characterisation. That matters little in this exquisite selection of melodies, for the soprano is quite adept at matching the musical styles of her composers, and a canny interpreter of the texts. One's interest is aroused by a beautifully spun "Songs my mother taught me", which she cements with the following "Last rose of summer", perfectly balanced verses making more sense of the piece than usual. If Strauss' "Morgen" is a trifle slow, it suits the mood of the album well and the words really mean something. Fleming is on top form throughout, and is well matched by the English Chamber Orchestra under Jeffrey Tate. Buy it, if only to hear Fleming let loose on Puccini's lollipop "Chi il bel sogno". Great singing from a great artist.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A truly wonderful piece of music 18 Mar 2014
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There can't be any dispute that Renee Fleming is one of our lifetime greats.
Sometime its the music that sets her apart so when she sings Korngold's
'Mariettas Lied' you know you are listening to something extra, extra special
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4 of 13 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars The Beautiful Voice 13 Oct 2012
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When I first became aware of Renee Fleming I was watching an excellent performance of The Marriage of Figaro on TV. And I really admired her. So I sent for two DVDs -The Art of RF and The Beautiful Voice. Oh dear was I disappointed! Blame my hearing, but I felt that all the arias and songs were sung at high pitch, giving them no individuality. There was not one that I wanted to have on my iPod for future listening. Yvonne Kenny, Kiri Te Kanawa can still sound sweet, defying age. What has happened to Renee?
Dear Amazon .co I am sorry, but I did not like them"
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22 of 22 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fleming's Brightest Flame 1 Dec 2002
By pastre - Published on
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First, I am not an opera connoseur. Whilst I do appreciate classical and opera, I do not have the knowledge of other reviewers when it comes to having this album reviewed. However, I can't help but include myself in Ms. Fleming's legion of admirers and I felt I must write something about this extraordinary album.
I already have ALL of Renee Fleming's cd's but I shall always go back to this one as her very best, a vehicle if there ever was one, no wonder, her fans just absolutely adore it. Barbra Streisand has always been my favourite singer and there never was a second one. Until now. Renee has absolutely commanded my respect. Her talent, specially her voice is a wonder to behold. it has been described as creamy, tremulouus, rich, like being enveloped in warm silk, honey-like. Listening to her is like watching Michaelangelo paint the Sistine Chapel, it is an experience of joy.
Her Mariettas Lied is the most hypnotic version I've ever heard, her voice soars and she is in absolute control, the beauty will just take your breath away. Chi Il Bel Sogno is a knockout. Goosebumps. The famous Rachmaninov Vocalise is also beautiful. My favourite amongst all is Bailero. For years, I have admired Kiri Te Kanawa's seductive version of this piece but Fleming's version is so awesome that the opening verse, "Pastre de delai l'aio, as gaiire de boun tems..." is worth the price alone of this cd. Her thick and creamy voice is the MOST beautiful soprano the art of music has ever produced.
Yes, many critics have pointed out her tendency to over-inflect and "Flemingise" arias. But this is just an exhibition of her genius as a soprano, aren't all great singers blamed for making it appear that songs were tailor-made for them? Yes she does inject her own brand of style and technique but they are so beautiful to listen to that I don't understand what the fuss are all about? (How Bel Canto was lambasted!)
I know some people who are lions guarding the celestial gates of opera that have elevated Caballe, Callas, Sutherland as goddesses and have a responsibility to be loyal, But
Renee Fleming is here and she is THE greatest among all of them.I have curiouly bought works of these women, they are good but Miss Fleming's voice is complete, powerful and perfect. Yes, perfect.
All of us her fans will make sure that Miss Fleming will continue to burn her bright flame and more of your music. Brava! Brava!
23 of 26 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One of those magical recordings 13 May 2004
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You will love this CD. I heard a friend playing it and knew that I would have to get it some day. It is truly gorgeous.
I am amazed by some of the reviewers who can dare to give this recording fewer than five stars. I know there are some opera perfectionists out there who can be fickle, but this recording is gorgeous. I'm willing to concede that Renee Fleming may not be the greatest opera singer the world has had in the last 100 years, but her voice is what the title says--beautiful. Fleming has worked hard to get where she is today and it shows. Jeffrey Tate seems to do a fine job, and he doesn't get in the way.
Fleming sings each aria with flair, amazing presence, and musical integrity. Each aria showcases her voice, and yet is quite musically inspiring. "Chi il bel sogno" by Puccini and "Marietta's Lied" by Korngold (an oft-overlooked composer) are among my favorites. I also like the aria from Carmina Burana as well as the one from Manon. If you click on the Manon aria (Track 3) to listen online, you will be sold on the CD.
If you don't know anything about opera, you will love this recording. If you are an opera fanatic--no matter who your "favorite" soprano is--you will be forced to admit the singing here deserves instant respect.
15 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great CD of an exquisite singer! 18 Mar 2002
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This is a great CD. "Chi il bel sogno di Doretta" is my favorite track. Ms. Fleming's voice is lovely. I don't understand the incessant need of some reviewers to downrate modern opera recordings. Yes, there were some magnificent singers in the past; however, there are magnificent singers today too. Ms. Fleming is one of them. It would be a shame to miss out on the lovliness of this recording as a show of loyalty to a singer of the past. This is a great CD and you won't be sorry you purchased it. It has the lyrics to the songs printed in the language in which they're sung along with an English translation where needed. This is an excellent addition to an opera or vocal music collection.
10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A magnificent Fleming sampler 22 Sep 2004
By Bruce Hodges - Published on
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Although Renee Fleming seems to stir strong opinions, this writer generally adores her work, and on this project there is unmistakable artistry on display. The combination of Fleming's instrument, Jeffrey Tate's sensitive accompaniment, and the not-insignificant contribution of the English Chamber Orchestra makes a memorable recording.

The highlight for me is the moving "Marietta's Lied" by Korngold; for awhile following September 11, 2001, Fleming performed it as an (entirely appropriate) encore on her recitals. "In trutina," from Orff's Carmina Burana, has both purity and gentleness, as does Richard Strauss' touching "Morgen!" The project as a whole seems to have a nice balance between the more lyrical numbers such as these, and vocal fireworks like her track from Manon.

Jeffrey Tate, whose work is sorely missed by this U.S. listener, does his usual superb and tasteful job, and the English Chamber Orchestra sounds positively glowing. Decca's sound is clear with lots of presence, capturing the instrumental passages such as the beautiful violin solo in "Morgen!" as naturally as Fleming's voice.

All told, a gorgeous recording, and possibly one of Fleming's best to date.
10 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A truly EXTRAORDINARY Soprano -- a rare treat! 26 Feb 1999
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I initially read a captivating review on Renee Fleming in Europe last summer, and purchased "The Beautiful Voice" album via the Internet upon my return. It has become my favorite and most treasured CD. I was thrilled to see her receive a 1999 Grammy for this album, in the Category "Best Classical Vocal Performance". The album, together with a booklet with the texts, including translations, includes songs which she "loves to sing". Never mind that the collection is a bit mumbo-jumbo; simply every song is a treat, and I have difficulty picking a favorite, however, for me the standouts from this outstanding group are #3, "Je marche sur tous les chemins..." from Massenet's Manon -- it is simply glorious and full of exuberance, and #11, "Klaenge der Heimat" from Johann Strauss' Fledermaus -- a song filled at once with melancholy, at once with fire. The voice is so captivating, that the texts, the words, seem to not matter at all, no matter what language they are sung in. A simply indescribably beautiful voice!
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