Title - 'Lieder: Brahms, Schumann & Mahler'
Artist - Renée Fleming
For those not in the know, Renée Fleming is an American opera singer and soprano who has a full lyric soprano voice.
She has performed coloratura, lyric, and lighter spinto soprano operatic roles in Italian, German, French, Czech, and Russian, aside from her native English.
She has also sung chansons, jazz and indie rock and speaks fluent German and French, along with limited Italian.
Her signature roles include Countess Almaviva in Mozart's Le nozze di Figaro, Desdemona in Verdi's Otello, Violetta in Verdi's La traviata, the title role in Dvořák's Rusalka, the title role in Massenet's Manon, the title role in Massenet's Thaïs, the title role in Richard Strauss's Arabella, the Marschallin in Der Rosenkavalier, and the Countess in Capriccio.
A National Medal of Arts and Richard Tucker Award winner, she regularly performs in opera houses and concert halls worldwide and in 2008, she was awarded the Swedish Polar Music Prize for her services in music.
In 2010, she took the title of 'Creative Consultant' to the Lyric Opera of Chicago, the first person to hold such a title with the company.
Conductor Sir Georg Solti said of Fleming, "In my long life, I have met maybe two sopranos with this quality of singing; the other was Renata Tebaldi."
Four-time Grammy winner Renée Fleming now presents her first full-length Lieder album in almost two decades (out June 14th, 2019 via Decca Records), featuring a selection of favorite songs from Brahms, Schumann, and Mahler.
1. ‘Wiegenlied’ (‘Lullaby’), Op. 49, No. 4
2. ‘Ständchen’, Op. 106, No. 1
3. ‘Lerchengesang’, Op. 70, No. 2
4. ‘Mondnacht’, WoO 21
5. ‘Des Liebsten Schwur’, Op. 69, No. 4
6. ‘Die Mainacht’, Op. 43, No. 2
7. ‘Du Unten Im Tale’, WoO 33, No. 6
8. ‘Vergebliches Ständchen’
Frauenliebe Und Leben, Op. 42
9. ‘Seit Ich Ihn Gesehen’
10. ‘Er, Der Herrlichste Von Allen’
11. ‘Ich Kann’s Nicht Fassen, Nicht Glauben’
12. ‘Du Ring An Meinem Finger’
13. ‘Helft Mir, Ihr Schwestern’
14. ‘Süßer Fruend, Du Blickest’
15. ‘An Meinem Herzen, An Meiner Brust’
16. ‘Nun Hast Du Mir Den Ersten Schmerz Getan’
17. ‘Ich Atmet’ Einen Linden Duft’
18. ‘Liebst Du Um Schönheit’
19. ‘Um Mitternacht’
20. ‘Blicke Mir Nicht In Die Lieder!’
21. ‘Ich Bin Der Welt Abhanden Gekommen’
Spanning six decades of German song, Lieder: Brahms, Schumann & Mahler features songs by the aforementioned trio of composers, each of whom bring Romantic poetry to life.
Fleming is partnered by her long-standing artistic collaborator Hartmut Höll on piano for songs by Brahms, including the beloved Brahms’ ‘Lullaby’, and also for Schumann’s ‘Frauenliebe Und-Leben’.
She is also joined by Christian Thielemann and the Munich Philharmonic for a performance of Mahler’s ‘Rückert Lieder’ which, in my humble opinion, is the stand out highlight of this gorgeous new collection.
“I love lieder for the marriage of poetry and music that allows both profound emotion and the most intimate, nuanced expression”, Renée explains.
"The German lied is, for me, both the foundation and the pinnacle of song literature. I am especially excited to have been able to collaborate with some of the greatest interpreters in the world for this repertoire.”
For my money, here on Lieder: Brahms, Schumann & Mahler Renée, quite easily the world’s most beloved soprano has conjured up a magnificent trio of works to embody and embrace within the German vernacular of Lieder.
Indeed, her lower register has become ever-richer toned, yet fluid, while higher up her silken soprano remains undiminished within the lengths and breadths of all these works.