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Renée Fleming - Strauss: Daphne

Renee Fleming Audio CD
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Disc 1:

Song TitleArtist Time Price
listen  1. Orchestereinleitung - "Kleontes!" / "Adrast" - Orchestereinleitung - "Kleontes!" / "Adrast"Eike Wilm Schulte 5:44$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  2. Leb wohl du Tag - Leb wohl du TagRenée Fleming 9:17Album Only
listen  3. Leukippos, du? - Leukippos, du?Renée Fleming 5:30$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  4. "Daphne!" / "Mutter!" / "Wir warten dein" - "Daphne!" / "Mutter!" / "Wir warten dein"Renée Fleming 5:56$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  5. Ei, so fliegt sie dahin - Ei, so fliegt sie vorbeiMichael Schade 4:25$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  6. Seid ihr um mich, der Hirten alle? - Seid ihr um mich, der Hirten alle?Kwanchul Youn 5:10$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  7. Ich grüße dich, weiser, erfahrener Fischer - Ich grüße dich, weiser, erfahrener FischerJohan Botha 3:48$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  8. Was führt dich her im niedern Gewande? - Was führt dich her im niedern Gewande?Johan Botha 2:32$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  9. Nicht wollen die Götter - Nicht wollen die GötterRenée Fleming 6:30$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen10. Dieser Kuß - dies Umarmen - Dieser Kuß - dies UmarmenRenée Fleming 6:22$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen11. All überal blüht - Allüberall blüht DionysosKwanchul Youn 3:44$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen12. Trinke, du Tochter! - Trinke, du Tochter!Renée Fleming 2:45$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen13. Furchtbare Schmach dem Gotte! - Furchtbare Schmach dem Gotte!Johan Botha 1:47$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen14. Zu dir nun, Knabe! - Zu dir nun, Knabe!Johan Botha 2:49$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen15. Jeden heiligen Morgen - Jeden heiligen MorgenJohan Botha 3:02$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen16. Was blendet so...Ich komme - ich komme - Was blendet so...Ich komme - ich kommeRenée Fleming 2:51$0.99  Buy MP3 

Disc 2:

Song TitleArtist Time Price
listen  1. Unheilvolle Daphne! - Unheilvolle Daphne!Renée Fleming 9:33Album Only
listen  2. Was erblicke ich? - Was erblicke ich?Johan Botha14:55Album Only
listen  3. Daphnes Verwandlung "Ich komme - ich komme" - Daphnes Verwandlung "Ich komme - ich komme"Renée Fleming 4:47$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  4. Mondlichtmusik - MondlichtmusikRenée Fleming 5:08$0.99  Buy MP3 

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  • Audio CD (September 13, 2005)
  • SPARS Code: DDD
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Label: Decca
  • ASIN: B000A3VTS4
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #228,667 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Editorial Reviews

This rarely performed one-act opera dating from 1938 is not one of Strauss's great works, but its 100 minutes has some ravishingly beautiful music. However, the story of a simple nature-girl who rejects the advances of the god Apollo and is turned into a laurel tree is uniquely enchanting, handsomely orchestrated, and contains some wonderful vocal writing for soprano and a pair of tenors--the latter being very rare in Strauss. Renée Fleming sings the title role beautifully, although some might argue that her voice is too ripe and slightly too big for the part of a very young, virginal girl. But she certainly has all the notes and her silvery tone is irresistible. Johann Botha's Apollo is note-perfect: no mean feat given how high and loud the role is. But he sings with less passion than, say, James King in the same role on DG. Michael Schade, as Leukippos, Daphne's innocent suitor, is ardent and also copes well with Strauss's sometimes cruel writing--one phrase begins on a high C! The rest of the cast is very good. Semyon Bychkov leads a clear, well-paced performance and the WDR Symphony and Chorus play and sing expertly. The number one choice may still be the DG recording under Böhm, but Fleming fans will be very pleased to hear her in this beautiful, strange work. --Robert Levine

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Celebrated for her glorious interpretations of Richard Strauss' great soprano roles, Ren‚e Fleming leads an international cast in this eagerly-awaited new and complete recording of Strauss' gorgeously lyrical opera Daphne. The performance is conducted by Strauss specialist Semyon Bychkov, who conducted the work at the Vienna State Opera in 2004 to great critical acclaim. Decca. 2005.

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20 of 23 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A wonderful Strauss recording. September 25, 2005
By T. C.
Format:Audio CD
Maybe this is not one of R. Strauss greatest stage works, but it contains much ravishingly beautiful music. Obviously, there are those who don't like Fleming voice or singing, so it is beyond my comprehension why they buy a recording of an artist they dislike so much... I find Fleming singing here very beautiful and idiomatic. Strauss music really suits her voice admirably.
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16 of 18 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Richard Strauss's Daphne February 24, 2006
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Both Mlle. Fleming and Richard Strauss are favorites of mine. I have heard Mlle. Fleming in Rosenkavalier as well as Arabella on stage. This recording does not disappoint devotees of either the soprano or the composer. And the supporting cast -- particularly Johan Botha as Apollo -- provides glorious singing.

The Cologne WDR symphony orchestra does full justice to Strauss's heavy demands.
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28 of 34 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Bravíssima "Daphne" ! October 6, 2005
By Guntram
Format:Audio CD
For years I was waiting for a modern recording of this Strauss' precious little jewel;just like in Gaea's words;"-This is your dream come true,perennial dreamer!".All these singers are great,the fabulous WDR crew,especially this amazing principal flute and horn section shine,Bychkov is a clever straussian conductor,Fleming has her Stradivarius throat to sing fast and delicate notes piano and pianíssimo that I just can't heard before by Güden and a special "bravíssimo" to this very well done Botha's Apollo;amazing "Jeden,heiligen Morgen",when Apollo reveals himself and humbles Leukippos."Bravi" to all of you,guys!Really,this set is a victorious,very desirable one.
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15 of 18 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Wooden Daphne October 19, 2005
Format:Audio CD
I was looking forward to this recording, it's time we had a new version of this wonderful Strauss work, but this is another middle of the road, overhyped Fleming recording.

Many opera lovers do care about the text, the drama, and hearing a singer that responds to the story rather than vocalizing through it. Fleming can spin nice musical line, get good high and very high notes (though here she does not fully hit the mark) but on this album she does not deliver anything else other than sound. It's like she is already a tree. Her German is mushy and meaningless to the point of absurdity. She even misspronounces the name Dahne, it should be Daph-na, not Daph-nay, someone should have pointed that out to her. And Fleming's sound is not just "too ripe" as Amazon review calls it, it's quite matronly, rather wrong for a young girl.

The orchestra is really good, and the two tenors cope with extreme difficulties of their roles admirably. I especially liked Michael Schade as Leukippos, who sings with a beautiful tone and sounds like he means what he sings. Too bad he gets killed so soon in the story! Johan Botha as Apollo is note-perfect, but he is little hard in tone, and does not offer much in terms of passionate delivery. Anna Larsson's Gaea is very, shall we say it, grave and appropriate, and Kwangchul Youn as Daphne's father is very good, with a powerful resonant voice.

The sound though is not that great, especially given that this is a digital recording. It also seems that the sound engineers captured Fleming's voice little too close, which is strange, because hers is a good instrument in terms of pure volume.

My overall impression of this album is not favourable. What a wasted opportunity. Fleming fans who like her "timber" may enjoy this album, but anybody interested in Strauss who does not have a copy of Daphne yet may want to listen to Robert Levine's advice and get the Bohm set instead.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A complete recording in beautiful sound December 8, 2007
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I love this opera and have listened to almost all the recordings. The best is the Haitink, but this one is very fine as well. All the Fleming bashers are really making it sound like her German is awful here, but it just isn't true! I am not a completely uncritical fan of Fleming, and she can be a little over-emphatic here and there in this recording, but I had to admire her portrayal of Daphne. She sounds gorgeous, and as far as the critics of her German are concerned, I listened to several bits of this recording again followed by a close listen listen to the Gueden one, and Fleming is pronouncing everything EXACTLY the same way. Gueden even says "Daph-nay" the same way, because, the fact is, it is hard to sing a sustained short "e" sound: it just turns into a long "e" if you have to hold the note for any length of time. Also, for those who love the Gueden recording: I love it too, but I still think her voice is a little light for the role. The early Daphnes like Teschmacher and Reining had voices more like Fleming's. Botha and Schade are excellent, of course. The conductor brings out everything in the music the right way.
Anyway, another attractive aspect of the recording is that it is complete. I am a bit of a stickler about completeness, especially in works that I love, and I don't like the cuts Boehm made. I agree with the other reviewer who pointed out that the sound is better on this recording than on the Haitink one, another important consideration with operas as orchestrally rich as Strauss's. All in all, this is a perfectly fine first choice if you can't get the Haitink.

REVISION: 9/1/09--On further listening, I now prefer this Fleming recording to the Haitink.
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13 of 16 people found the following review helpful
Format:Audio CD
SOURCE: Studio recording made in the Cologne Philharmonie, February 28 to March 12, 2005.

SOUND: Satisfactory contemporary digital stereo.

CAST: Daphne - Renee Fleming (soprano); Apollo - Johan Botha (tenor); Leukippos - Michael Schade (tenor); Peneios - Kwanchul Youn (bass); Gaea - Anna Larson (mezzo-soprano); First Shepherd - Eike Wilm Schulte; Second Shepherd - Cosmin Ifrim; Third Shepherd - Gregory Reinhart; Fourth Shepherd - Carsten Wittmoser; First Maid - Julia Kleiter; Second Maid - Twyla Robinson.

CONDUCTOR: Semyon Bychkov with the Men of the WDR Rundfunkchors and the WDR Simphonieorchester, Koeln.

DOCUMENTATION: Libretto in German and English. Short essay on the creation of the opera. Track list that identifies singers and provides timings.

FORMAT: Disk 1 - tracks 1-16, 72:35. Disk 2 - tracks 1 - 4, 27:08.

COMMENTARY: "Daphne" is one of a pair of one-act operas by Richard Strauss--the other was "Friedenstag"--that premiered as a double bill in Dresden in October 1938. Neither opera has ever been a part of anybody's standard repertory. For nearly all intents and purposes, "Friedenstag" was stillborn. There are a couple of bits in "Daphne" that are attractive concert pieces for big-time divas, so the opera maintains a sort of thin, half-ghostly existence. At long intervals, it earns a complete recording when a particularly prominent diva is in the mood for it.

There will always be fans who will argue that "Daphne" is a neglected gem, but to me it is just late, largely uninspired Strauss. It explores no new territories and is hobbled by lame libretto by Joseph Gregor, an oddly elusive literary figure, usually described dismissively as a Viennese stage historian and amateur poet.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
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Published 1 month ago by Robin Hames
5.0 out of 5 stars I am not going to claim it's the top choice - but it is still a great...
Daphne is a one-act opera, although it still runs for about 100 minutes. It was premiered in 1938, together with Friedenstag, but has managed to retain its toehold in the... Read more
Published on February 9, 2011 by G.D.
3.0 out of 5 stars Bychkov still bows to Böhm
Several reviewers have already done a very good and thorough job in comparing the two available recordings of this opera, so I'll try not to go too much over already well-trodden... Read more
Published on December 28, 2010 by Ralph Moore
4.0 out of 5 stars Which "Daphne,' Bychkov's or Bohm's?
It would be mean to say that "Daphne" is a sow's ear, but it certainly has to be made into a silk purse to succeed. Read more
Published on September 16, 2007 by Santa Fe Listener
4.0 out of 5 stars My current first choice...!8.25/10!
My current first choice - only because I haven't heard much else except the live Boehm which I give 6.5/10 mainly due to sound and good tenors shouting at each other! Read more
Published on July 10, 2007 by Mr. DAVID Geer
3.0 out of 5 stars Strictly for Fleming lovers!
AsI write this, there are 17 reviews for the Byschoff /Fleming version and 8 for the Bohm/Hilde Gueden/James King version. Read more
Published on May 29, 2007 by V. Arni
5.0 out of 5 stars Renee is wonderful
If you like Strauss, and it takes a few listens, then you will love this recording. Renee Fleming is wonderful and breaks your hear with her voice.
Published on May 6, 2007 by Matthew J. Smith
2.0 out of 5 stars Not the Best Recording
I know in recent years Renee Fleming has developed an opinion that she can pretty much sing anything well (how else do you explain her recording a Stevie Wonder song?). Read more
Published on September 24, 2006 by Ronald T. Shuman
5.0 out of 5 stars A gorgeous recording of a very underrated opera
Sadly, Daphne is probably one of Srauss's most underrated operas, yet it is truly a masterpiece. And this album certainly does the opera every single bit of justice. Read more
Published on May 8, 2006 by Holly Carr
2.0 out of 5 stars Dull Daphne
Very disappointing recording. I like the orchestra playing under Byczkov, it's lively and elegant, Michael Schade as Leukippos is excellent, Botha is good enough in very demanding... Read more
Published on March 18, 2006 by C. Harris "Harpie"
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