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  Исполнитель(и) :
   Fleming, Renee  (Soprano Voice) , Jean-Yves Thibaudet (Piano
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  Наименование CD :
   Night Songs



Год издания : 2001

Компания звукозаписи : Decca

Время звучания : 1:12:59

Код CD : 467 697-2 (0 28946 76972 0)

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CD, стоящие на полке рядом : Classics Vocal (Woman Vocal)      

Recording location: The Hit Factory, New York, 16-20 November 2000 & 13-14 January 2001

This idea - a recital focusing on songs with themes of night - is not new; but it's also not surprising when you consider such a subject's enticing possibilities for poets and composers, and thus the wealth of repertoire it has produced. One of the more memorable forays was by Dawn Upshaw on a recording for Nonesuch titled White Moon - Songs to Morpheus. It was a brilliant piece of work - a study in intelligent, creative programming, skillfully, beautifully sung. I can't say the same for this self-indulgent, ineffectual recital, made up of wrongly chosen songs - wrong, that is, for Ren?e Fleming's voice. For as much acclaim as she has received, I expected much more sensitive singing, better control of the subtleties of song-interpretation, and at the very least, technically assured performances. Instead, we find a voice that doesn't seem to know what kind, color, shape, or size it is; a voice that constantly switches and shifts depending on the register or vowel; a voice that hides in a strangely covered lower register then explodes in more open upper notes, which can change just as easily to a wider, shrill quality. To make things worse, you rarely can tell what language Fleming is singing - articulation seems only incidental to her interpretations.

The singer's fans will think I'm crazy, but these performances prove once again that just because a singer is totally in love with certain repertoire doesn't mean that he or she has any business singing it. Fleming's voice - and, to no small degree, her technique - just isn't suited to many of these songs, especially the French ones. For instance, she has no clue how to sing Debussy's "Beau soir" - not only is her French highly suspect, but the whole thing, from tempo to dynamics to phrasing, never finds a convincing, comfortable, coherent expressive point of view (a problem with many of the other selections as well). In the songs that demand more overt drama, she seems at home - a place where a little messiness is less noticeable, where splashy extremes (of dynamics and emphasis) distract from the less carefully controlled soft touches. Fleming's accompanist, Jean-Yves Thibaudet, is an experienced and attentive partner who gets major credit for sensitively following and authoritatively leading where required. Ultimately, you're left either to puzzle over this disappointingly performed, confusingly programmed recital - or, as I would suggest, to pull your Dawn Upshaw recordings from the shelf and (for night songs) listen to White Moon or (for French songs) her superb 1999 Paris recital Hommage ? Jane Bathori on Erato.

- David Vernier

www.classicstoday.com/review.asp?ReviewNum=3274

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A little night music from two internationally famous soloists. There is no reason why they should automatically hit it off, but they do, and the results are spectacular. Fleming and Thibaudet make a fantastic, and entirely natural partnership. For a start they both have a bit of showbiz about them; a more immaculately dressed couple of musicians would be hard to imagine. But they are both extremely gifted - technically and musically - and furthermore, their gifts and concerns dovetail to make a convincing whole. Both are interested in the infinite little shadings, the colours that make songs so beautiful, and neither are afraid to strain for the extreme that makes them interesting.

Thibaudet is a fantastic accompanist, or collaborator as Fleming more accurately calls him. He has worked with top quality singers before - recordings with Bartolli and Fassbaender - and understands the art of songs perfectly. His voicing is immaculate, and his sense of balance, both within the piano writing and with the singer is excellent Fleming is at the height of her powers, an artist whose interpretations Strauss are pre-eminent amongst current singers. His music is represented here, almost a calling card, but she has indulged her Francophile tendencies, and also her musicological ones, including some lesser known works by Marx and Rachmaninov.

Indeed, the most enjoyable of the many fine aspects to this disc is that in its beautifully varied selection it captures so many aspects of the night : the tired, the erotic, the warm, the cold, the long, the short. Some are obvious choices, like Faure's Clair de Lune, some inspired, like the Marx selection and some tenuous, like the Chansons de Bilitis, but they all combine to make a most beautifully varied dish.

Although the technical performances are stunning, the French songs that open this album seem to me the least successful, although these things are relative. They are a little robust for my cliche-ridden taste, perhaps a little over-wrought at the climax, and her Debussy, whilst admirably free of mist or vagueness, is a little too direct.

Everything else is pure gold however. The Strauss lieder are every bit as good as you imagined they would be. The Rachmaninov songs are deliciously dark. My favourite of all are the four Marx songs. They are well worth discovering, introverted and delicate music of real yearning. The performances are gorgeous, the two musicians in complete sympathy with each other and the music, alternately soaring convincingly and whispering tenderly. Gorgeous.

- Aidan Twomey, MusicWeb International

www.arkivmusic.com/classical/album.jsp?album_id=330&album_group=8


  Соисполнители :

Claude Debussy (Composer)
Gabriel Faure (Composer)
Richard Georg Strauss (Composer)
Richard Marx (Composer)
Sergey Rachmaninov (Composer)


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   1 Clair De Lune, Song For Voice & Piano (or Orchestra) In B Flat Minor, Op. 46 / 2         0:02:59 Gabriel Faure
   2 Mandoline, Song For Voice & Piano (Cinq Melodies 'De Venise'), Op. 58 / 1         0:01:44 -"-
   3 Apres Un Reve ('Dans Un Sommeil'), Song For Voice & Piano, Op. 7 / 1         0:03:24 -"-
   4 Soir, Song For Voice & Piano In D Flat Major, Op. 83 / 2         0:02:15 -"-
   5 Nell, Song For Voice & Piano In G Flat Major, Op. 18 / 1         0:02:15 -"-
   6 Beau Soir ('Lorsque Au Soleil Couchant Les Rivieres Sont Roses'), Song For Voice & Piano, L. 6         0:02:49 Claude Debussy
   7 Mandoline ('Les Donneurs De Serenades'), Song For Voice & Piano, L. 29         0:01:23 -"-
   8 Apparition ('La Lune S'attristait'), Song For Voice & Piano, L. 53         0:03:44 -"-
   9 I. La Flute De Pan         0:02:42 Claude Debussy - Chansons De Bilitis (3), Song Cycle For Voice & Piano, L. 90
   10 II. La Chevelure         0:03:32 -"-
   11 III. Le Tombeau Des Naiades         0:02:51 -"-
   12 Nocturne, For Voice & Piano         0:03:21 Joseph Marx
   13 Nachtgebet, For Voice & Piano         0:03:06 -"-
   14 Selige Nacht, For Voice & Piano         0:02:48 -"-
   15 Pierrot Dandy, For Voice & Piano         0:01:56 -"-
   16 Ruhe, Meine Seele ('Nicht Ein Luftchen Regt Sich Leise'), Song For Voice & Piano (or Orchestra), Op. 27 / 1 (TrV 170 / 1)         0:04:15 Richard Strauss
   17 Schlechtes Wetter ('Das Ist Ein Schlechtes Wetter'), Song For Voice & Piano, Op. 69 / 5 (TrV 237 / 5)         0:02:14 -"-
   18 Leises Lied ('In Einem Stillen Garten'), Song For Voice & Piano, Op. 39 / 1 (TrV 189 / 1)         0:02:36 -"-
   19 Leise Lieder ('Leise Lieder Sing Ich Dir Bei Nacht'), Song For Voice & Piano, Op. 41 / 5 (TrV 195 / 5)         0:02:51 -"-
   20 Cacilie ('Wenn Du Es Wusstest'), Song For Voice & Piano (or Orchestra), Op. 27 / 2 (TrV 170 / 2)         0:02:15 -"-
   21 How Fair This Spot, Song For Voice & Piano, Op. 21 / 7         0:02:18 Sergey Rachmaninov
   22 In The Silence Of The Secret Night, Song For Voice & Piano, Op. 4 / 3         0:02:59 -"-
   23 The Water Lily, Song For Voice & Piano, Op. 8 / 1         0:01:25 -"-
   24 The Dream, Song For Voice & Piano, Op. 38 / 5         0:03:43 -"-
   25 These Summer Nights, Song For Voice & Piano, Op. 14 / 5         0:01:52 -"-
   26 Georgian Song ('Do Not Sing, My Beauty'), For Voice & Piano, Op. 4 / 4         0:05:41 -"-

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