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Renee Fleming

Magazine article Gramophone

Renee Fleming

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Renee Fleming [DVD] [Blu-ray]

'Vienna at the Turn of the 20th Century' Gershwin Porgy and Bess--Summertime Korngold Sterbelied, Op 14 No 1. Das Heldengrab am Pruth, Op 9 No 5. Was du mir bist, Op 22 No 1. Das eilende Bachlein, Op 27 No 2. Die tote Stadt--Frag mich oft Gluck, das mir verblieb Mahler Ruckert-Lieder Schoenberg Erwartung, Op 2 No 1. Jane Grey, Op 12 No 1J Strauss II I'm in love with Vienna (arr Tiomkin) R Strauss Zueignung, Op 10 No 1 Wolf Five Songs to Texts by Goethe Zemlinsky Five Songs to Poems by Richard Dehmel Renee Fleming sop Maciej Pikulski pf Video director Brian Large ArtHaus Musik [F] 222 102196; [F] [Blu-ray] 108 117 (88' * NTSC * 16:9 * 1080i * DTS-HD MA5.0, DD5.0 & PCM stereo * 0 * s)

Recorded live at the Golden Hall of the Musikverein, Vienna, December 11,2012

Here Renee Fleming joins a long line of star recitalists falling victim to later-career stage affectation. Though Maria Callas can't be fully understood without the videos that show how her voice and physicality were all of a piece, Lotte Lehmann is probably better remembered by those not familiar with her oft- documented Kabuki-like repertoire of melodramatic physical gestures. In Fleming's Vienna recital, voice and face sometimes tell different stories, the dissonance between the two creating a fatal distraction from her artistry and fairly healthy vocal state at the expense of the poetic authenticity.

Fleming's programme aims high, themed around the great period of Viennese culture in the decades before the rise of Nazism in 1933. …

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