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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
on 4 October 2013
I purchased my first CD of this singer early this year. Since then I have bought five others. I have been married for fifty years and am now in love again. Few singers have managed to make me misty eyed, but she succeeds effortlessly. The range of her voice and her delivery stuns. I am no expert technically, but she must be on of the best Sopranos in the world. I do not have a second language sadly, but I have typed the words to her songs in large type (kindly provided in her covers) and can thus drown myself in the luxury of her voice.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on 22 December 2013
Absolutely first class. Beautifully recorded and even more beautiful performance by Rene'e Fleming. The information booklet has been excellently produced in Black printing on White -- no problems with reading ! Thumbs up to Decca!
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful
Old hands will already know if they like Renée Fleming's smoky, lustrous soprano as I do, so I suggest that if you do you will find here everything to satisfy your desire to hear this glorious voice caress some of the most beautiful melodies in the classical repertoire.

Just the presence of that most stately yet affecting of arias, "Ombra di Nube", was enough to make me buy this disc. Does Fleming efface memories of the divine Claudia Muzio? No; the combination of incipient frailty and suppressed hysteria in Muzio's account is here replaced by a more measured mellowness but the glorious sound given to Fleming and her creamy legato afford their own pleasures.

This is a voice still in its prime because, now approaching her mid-fifties, Fleming has looked after it and paced her career very carefully. Fleming sings in seven languages and at no point seems to be stretched beyond her already ample vocal resources. I can hear no deterioration or even change in her voice since she burst upon the international scene twenty-five years ago. The trill is intact, the top notes floaty, the lower register trenchant. Her French diction is a bit mushy but that is a drawback inherent in a soprano which eschews Gallic brightness in favour of Latinate warmth; the slightly husky sound is ideally suited to the musky, Arabic melismata of Falla's songs or the erotic, languorous Songs of the Auvergne by Canteloube. She pays tribute to her long-standing partnership with mezzo Susan Graham by their singing together the Flower Duet from "Lakmé". The Dvorak song bears an uncanny but not unwelcome resemblance to the celebrated "Song to the Moon" from"Rusalka".

A thematic rag-bag this compilation may be, but her fans won't care and you won't hear a more seductive assemblage of vocal plums than this homage to the supremacy of pure melody - nor have we heard a plusher, more velvety sound since Leontyne Price in her glory years.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 31 December 2013
Renee Flemming voice is always `perfection`. And on this recording it is astonishing. I just wish that I could find some disappointing aspect or criticism of this diva`s voice. But can find none. It is just superb.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 28 December 2013
Renee Fleming stays on the right side of kitsch and the result is a truly lovely compilation beautifully sung and recorded.
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on 21 September 2014
Lovely CD from one of the finest contemporary soprano voices, whose versatility and range shines on this album. For those who are fans, a must have...
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on 8 March 2015
Renee Fleming's beautiful voice in good recording. Very interesting choice of repertoire.
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on 13 January 2015
Not sure this is as good as her other work but nice all the same
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on 20 October 2014
Blissful voice, enjoying getting to know more of her music
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on 22 November 2013
Renee Fleming has a beautiful voice. Some of the material was new to me and I found it a little heavy going. The flower Duet was a bit disappointing were the soprano was too strong. For all that a reasonable price for a reasonable CD. I am sure Renee followers and fans will love it.
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