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Guilty Pleasures ()

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composed by Antonin Dvorák, Bedrich Smetana, Frederick Edward Weatherly, Hector Berlioz, Henri Duparc, Johann Strauss I, John Corigliano, Joseph Canteloube, Léo Delibes, Licinio Refice, Manuel de Falla, Pyotr Il'yich Tchaikovsky, Richard Wagner, Sergey Rachmaninov

The "guilty pleasures" referred to in the title of this release by American soprano Renée Fleming are Fleming's own; they are small pieces that she has always wanted to record. Of course they require no apology at all. Even the familiar numbers, such as the Flower Duet from Délibes' Lakmé (track 9, performed with Susan Graham), have the kind of freshness that seems impossible if you consider that Fleming has been singing them for decades. Actually some of the music is quite unusual for an orchestral-song-and-aria collection ...

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  1. Les Nuits d'été, song cycle for voice & piano (or orchestra), H. 81 (Op. 7): No. 1. Villanelle
  2. Phidylé ("L'herbe est molle au sommeil"), song for voice & piano (or orchestra)
  3. Ombra di nube, for voice & piano (or orchestra)
  4. Siete canciones populares española (7 Popular Spanish Songs), for voice & piano, G. 40: No. 5. Nana
  5. Siete canciones populares española (7 Popular Spanish Songs), for voice & piano, G. 40: No. 6. Canción
  6. Undine, opera (part destroyed): Act 1. Vodopad moy dyadya (Pesn Undinï)
  7. Songs (12) for voice & piano, Op. 21: No. 3. Sumerki
  8. Les Filles de Cadix, bolero for voice & piano (or orchestra)
  9. Lakmé, opera: Act 1. Dôme épais le jasmin (Duo des fleurs)
  10. La Delaïssádo (La délaissée), folksong for voice & orchestra (Chants d'Auvergne, Series 2, No. 4)
  11. Malurous qu'o uno fenno, folksong for voice & orchestra (Chants d'Auvergne, Series 3, No. 5)
  12. Armida, opera, B. 206 (Op.115): Act 1. Scene 3. Za stíhlou gazelou
  13. Hubicka (The Kiss), opera, JB 1:104: Act 1. Scene 7. Hajej, muj andílku (Vendulka ukolébavky)
  14. Walzer aus Wien, operetta (Strauss works arr. by E. W. Korngold, J. Bittner, B. Granichstaedten, & E. Cools): Act 3. No. 14. Frag' mich oft, woran's denn wohl liegt, lied
  15. Träume (Dreams) for violin & small orchestra in A flat major (from Wesendonck Lieder No. 5), WWV 91b
  16. Ghosts of Versailles, opera: Act 2. Once there was a golden bird (from "She must stay", Marie-Antoinette's final aria)
  17. Danny Boy
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Guilty Pleasures
2013, Decca

UPC: 028947851073


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