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Haunted Heart

Renée Fleming , Fred Hersch , Bill Frisell Audio CD
3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (67 customer reviews)

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listen  3. When Did You Leave Heaven? [feat. Bill Frisell] 2:53$0.99  Buy MP3 
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listen  8. The Moon Is A Harsh Mistress [feat. Bill Frisell] 4:08$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  9. Excerpts From Wozzeck/Improvisation/The Midnight Sun [feat. Fred Hersch] 6:15$0.99  Buy MP3 
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listen12. Canção do Amor [feat. Bill Frisell] 3:46$0.99  Buy MP3 
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  • Audio CD (May 10, 2005)
  • SPARS Code: DDD
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Decca
  • ASIN: B0007Z9QUS
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (67 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #45,468 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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While countless fans flock to see soprano Renee Fleming's performances of the Countess in The Marriage of Figaro because she's got the voice and the dramatic ability to handle such meaty roles, the versatile singer throws her fans a curveball on Haunted Heart, singing popular standards and ballads as well as a few altered classical pieces. In her liner notes, Fleming calls this album a "look back at the road not taken" -- she played a weekly gig in a jazz club while in school. Nonetheless, her feel for the material here is undeniable. Interestingly, she drops her voice a full octave from her usual tessitura, and the change reveals a robust gospel-oriented approach filled with dramatic breaths and moans. The lyrical Fred Hersch (piano) and the idiosyncratic Bill Frisell (guitar) provide support, and both are adventurous jazz players who create subtle and uniquely haunting backdrops. It adds up to an interesting cross-section of ideas well carried off by the generous talents of all involved. --Tad Hendrickson

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Ren‚e Fleming brings her voice and spirit to an eclectic mix of ballads, standards and popular songs, with the help of jazz mavericks Bill Frisell and Fred Hersch. Decca. 2005.

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86 of 97 people found the following review helpful
Format:Audio CD
No one really would have suspected it, but Fleming truly does have a strong pop/jazz style voice. At times there are elements or hints of Carly Simon, Phoebe Snow, Nancy Wilson and, oddly, Cher, yet it is a unique sound all hers and and not at all derivative.

Many of the cuts reveal a juicy low voice that purrs and then opens up strongly recalling Nancy Wilson in similar material.

Fleming's cover of Joni Mitchell's "River" is about as classic and stunning a performance of this song as one is likely to hear. Ever. Even from Mitchell.

Fleming tackles one of my favorite songs "The Moon is a Harsh Mistress" and goes one better than my previous favorite recording, Linda Ronstadt's. Not an easy thing to do.

So far I am thrilled with just about every note and phrase I've heard. This is not "crossover" style music, it's "real music" and, if Fleming really sounds like this - or can sound like this - she could pick up another career quite easily. This is gorgeous, late night, candles, glass of port, sink into the sofa music.

Some of Fleming's previous excursions into the realm of pop have met with disaster (notably her over-the-top "Over The Rainbow" at last year's Kennedy Center Honors). This album has none of that affected, show offiness that made even die-hard fans of hers question her taste and musicality.

Many opera fans are going to hate her in this material, many probably won't, on principle, even give it a listen, but those who don't know Fleming as an opera singer, will easily buy that this is a real deal, a golden throated chanteuse singing this material as if to the manner born.
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41 of 45 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars 3 Musicians, Creating Exquisite Art September 26, 2005
Format:Audio CD
Mine is the 39th review for Ammy of this album, and I see it averages 4 stars. I haven't read the various reviews (yet), but I can well guess why. I'm sure there are those who are outraged at the "conceit" of this album. But at the risk of being booed and neggied, I love it.

As one who sings both opera and jazz on a "professional amateur" scale, let me state my insights into why this album is so special, why it is one of the best of 2005, and why it is one of the best "of its kind":

Relatively few opera singers could pull off an album with two jazz musicians brilliantly. It seems to me that coloratura sopranos, Verdi baritones and operatic tenors would have a devil of a time doing such a project, because their vibratos would be so wide as to destroy the flavor of jazz and the interplay with the other two musicians. The singer would have to be a bass-baritone, a contralto, or possibly a very accomplished lyric soprano or a mezzo who can sing an octave down and control the vibrato.

Relatively few jazz pianists could pull off an album with an opera singer brilliantly. It would take not only someone who knows how to accompany singers generally, but also someone who can flow with the ebb and tide of the drama that opera singers create but jazz singers (generally) do not--all the while being able to improvise within that structure.

And relatively few jazz guitarists could pull off an album with an opera singer brilliantly.
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46 of 54 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A lovely experience May 10, 2005
Format:Audio CD
First and foremost, put aside any preconceived ideas that you might have as to what this album is going to or should sound like. If someone didn't tell you this was an opera singer in general and the glorious Renee Fleming in particular, you would think you've stumbled upon a wholly sophisticated sonic experience, born in the jazz clubs of lower Manhattan, far from Carnegie Hall, 92nd Street Y or Lincoln Center. I truly loved this CD and to be honest, I wasn't sure that I would. With a bluesy and earthy vocal palette, what we ultimately come realize is what a personal statement this CD is and it's just so darn refreshing to hear Ms. Fleming pouring forth these wonderful works with such tender and obvious affection and commitment. This love letter to jazz and blues (and select classical) is as intelligent and artistic as anything Ms. Fleming's ever done. So go ahead and light a few candles, pour yourself a cocktail, sit back and enjoy the seduction.
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Better than I thought it would be April 10, 2007
Format:Audio CD
I have to admit, Haunted Heart was a lot better than I thought it would be,especially her recordings of "River", "The Moon's a Harsh Mistress, "My Cherie Amour" and "In my life".

I think this is the most artistically successful recording of Pop/Jazz by a classical singer. I enjoyed it even better than the Anna Sophie Von Otter'/ Elvis Costello CD.

The perspective I am coming from is that of a classical singer who started out as a pop singer/songwriter. I perform and teach cross-genre but love a world class instrument such as Flemming's

I wanted to get the perspective of a friend who used to sing jingles and is also a trained singer but is usually critical of any attempts that opera singers make at crossing -over.

My friend is very familiar with Flemming's voice, but did not recognise it in this context when I played the CD for her. Her reaction was very complimentary, although she did comment that the diction was a bit strange.

She then played it for her brother a well known jazz singer and arranger who had a somewhat negative reaction.He found the singing to be overly dark and round. He prefers a cleaner more 'spoken' approach to this style of singing. I understand this perspective and therefore personally prefer Ella to Sarah as well, but let's not get too picky. Obviously, Rene Flemming is of the Sarah Vaghan School of jazz singing, which is not too shabby.

I will continue to enjoy this CD and will wait for another opera diva to top this one. But, somehow I think the next really good CD of Pop/ jazz from an opera star will also come from Rene.

To those who have been unreasonably mean and negative towards her, I can only say you are not fit to polish her shoes!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
This was a gift and my friend loved it.
Published 1 month ago by Rosie Grady
1.0 out of 5 stars Ugly voice
When she sings opera, she is perfect. In this CD, the songs are excellent, the lyrics inspiring, the arrangements technically interesting, but in my opinion the only problem here... Read more
Published 4 months ago by Giampaolo Talamo
5.0 out of 5 stars A new great star in jazz voices (if we can convince her to do it)
This lady has an outstanting voice and sense of rythm. One of the best jazz/ballad discs I ever listened to. Read more
Published on August 7, 2012 by Aldo
1.0 out of 5 stars This is absolutely horrendous
I can't say I know much about opera. I purchases "Dark Hope" based on a NPR interview and thought it was interesting (and indeed liked it). So, I thought I'd give this puppy a try. Read more
Published on November 13, 2010 by Brad Millman
3.0 out of 5 stars Haunted Heart
My past experience listening to other divas effort to crossover into the pop world has been disappointing. Read more
Published on July 16, 2010 by Grace Westfall
5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful!!...unless you're a snob.
The amateur opera critics have had a field day despising this cd. But for anyone else, this is just gorgeous music, and can't we let Renee' out of the opera cage once in awhile? Read more
Published on July 14, 2010 by L. Fisher
5.0 out of 5 stars Love it!
Here is why I love this cd: most opera singers, when they decide to delve into other styles, sound like opera singers singing jazz, pop, rock, what have you. Read more
Published on May 10, 2010 by KC
5.0 out of 5 stars Delivered From the Heart
"This is a project I have long dreamed of realizing," she tells us in the liner notes. This was the path she intended to take before Fate stepped in and steered her into the world... Read more
Published on April 18, 2010 by Norats Inthecorn
4.0 out of 5 stars Haunted Heart
An unusal CD for Ms. Fleming and I purchased on advise from friend. Knew nothing about Ms. Fleming with the exception of being an opera singer and I was very pleasantly surprised... Read more
Published on February 8, 2010 by P. D. Bainter
2.0 out of 5 stars Not for me
I really wanted to like this. I am not a great fan of Ms Fleming's opera work. I find her pretentious, syrupy, sugary and sentimentalized. Read more
Published on January 15, 2010 by Tin Tin
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