Renée Fleming | Guilty Pleasures has arrived!

Guilty Pleasures has arrived!

18 September 2013

Guilty Pleasures has arrived!

"Vocalism so sumptuous... listeners will find themselves begging for more."
The first review is in, from San Francisco Classical Voice: "Renée Fleming has been on a recording roll of late. First came the Grammy Award–winning Poèmes, a gorgeous disc of French masterpieces that includes a superb, sensually inflected version of Ravel’s Shéhérazade. Then followed, among other titles, a live DVD recording of her role debut in Ariadne auf Naxos that displays her impeccable, soaring Straussian line in all its glory. Now, just three months later, comes Guilty Pleasuresa luscious grab bag of songs and arias that allows Fleming to indulge in personal favorites — music she has long wanted to record." Jason Victor Serinus

Preview Träume on Soundcloud
Here's your exclusive sneak peak at Guilty Pleasures. Infatuated with Mathilde Wesendonck, the wife of a wealthy patron, Wagner set her poetry to music. The rapturous "Träume" may sound familiar: it was a study for the love duet in Tristan und Isolde. 

Renée talks about her new album
The follow-up to Renée's 1999 Grammy winner The Beautiful Voice, Guilty Pleasures is an album of sheer indulgence. Of the program of delectable musical offerings, Renée says, "This is like jewelry... It's like chocolate."  Unabashed beauty is the thread connecting gems that range from familiar favorites like the ambrosial Flower Duet from Lakmé (sung with Renée's friend Susan Graham) to rapturous, rarely-heard melodies of Tchaikovsky, Dvořák and Rachmaninov. See Renée discuss the repertoire here.