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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 (68 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #8,950 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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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.

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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Her voice possesses beauty and emotion most singers lack.
Signor Destino
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.
The sublime: much of the artistry of this recording is about sound, and the subtle blending/responding of voice with guitar sounds and / or piano sounds.
James E. Anderson

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86 of 97 people found the following review helpful By G P Padillo VINE VOICE on May 10, 2005
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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42 of 46 people found the following review helpful By Rick Cornell VINE VOICE on 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 By wolfgang731 on 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 By Mrs. Lori J. Fredrics on April 10, 2007
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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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