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Sacred Songs

Renée Fleming , George Frideric Handel , Franz Schubert , Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart , Gabriel Faure , Francis Poulenc , Johann Sebastian Bach , Charles Gounod , Andreas Delfs , Royal Philharmonic Orchestra Audio CD
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listen  1. Gounod: Ave MariaRenée Fleming 3:15$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  2. J.S. Bach: Herz und Mund und Tat und Leben, Cantata BWV 147 - Arr. Chris Hazell - Jesu bleibet meine FreudeRenée Fleming 2:44$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  3. Ochs: Dank sei dir, HerrRenée Fleming 3:16$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  4. Schubert: Ave Maria, D839Renée Fleming 4:16$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  5. Mozart: Mass in C minor, K.427 "Grosse Messe" - Laudamus teRenée Fleming 4:53$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  6. Franck: Panis AngelicusThe London Voices 4:12$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  7. Handel: Messiah / Part 1 - Air: "He shall feed his Flock"Renée Fleming 5:11$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  8. Bernstein: Mass - Simple SongRenée Fleming 4:05$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  9. Fauré: Requiem, Op.48 - Pie JesuRenée Fleming 4:03$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen10. Poulenc: Gloria - Domine DeusThe London Voices 3:50$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen11. Mozart: Vesperae solennes de confessore in C, K.339 - Laudate Dominum omnes gentesThe London Voices 4:22$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen12. Handel: Messiah / Part 1 - Air: Rejoice greatly, o daughter of ZionRenée Fleming 4:40$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen13. Humperdinck: Hänsel und Gretel / Act 2 - "Abends will ich schlafen gehn"Susan Graham 3:20$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen14. Berlioz: L'Enfance du Christ, Op.25 - Arr. Chris Hazell - L'Adieu des bergersThe London Voices 4:09$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen15. Reger: Mariä Wiegenlied, Op.76/52Renée Fleming 2:20$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen16. Traditional: Amazing GraceRenée Fleming 5:20$0.99  Buy MP3 

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  • Orchestra: Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
  • Conductor: Andreas Delfs
  • Composer: George Frideric Handel, Franz Schubert, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Gabriel Faure, Francis Poulenc, et al.
  • Audio CD (September 27, 2005)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Decca
  • ASIN: B000AM6OXK
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (78 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #8,345 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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This lovely CD features Renée Fleming singing religious music in an unaffected, lovely manner. Many favorites are here: both the Bach/Gounod and Schubert versions of "Ave Maria," each offered with long breaths and soft tone; "Rejoice Greatly" from Messiah, delivered with virtuosity and gleaming sound, and "He Shall Feed His Flock," also from Messiah, sung in a smooth, laid-back manner. Bits of the Fauré Requiem and Poulenc Gloria are welcome, as is the gorgeous "L'Adieu des Bergers" from L'Enfance du Christ. In the prayer from Humperdinck's Hansel und Gretel, Fleming is joined by the splendid Susan Graham, and a version of "Amazing Grace" features Mark O'Connor on violin. Two excerpts from Mozart's Mass in C Minor, pieces by Reger and Franck, and a few surprises round out this devotional CD. --Robert Levine

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78 of 84 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Despite a couple of misses, a compelling album November 2, 2005
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
As a voice and choral instructor, I have always been intrigued by artists who attempt music for which they are not primarily known. Renee Fleming is a superb operatic soprano. She had fun with "Haunted Heart", though I found some of the arrangements to be trite and at times totally out of the original style; it was literally saved by the final "Hard Times Come Again No More".

So I am doubly delighted with this album. Certainly, every one of these pieces has been recorded by a plethora of artists, and yes a couple of the arrangements are saccharine (I do agree that the addition of the flute in "Panis Angelicus" is superfluous and detracts from the beauty of the Franck piece),

but I think the Handel "Dank Sei Dir Herr" is breathtaking and most of the album is truly wonderful. Susan Graham is another of my favorite singers and the duet from "Hansel and Gretel" is

memorable. As for its being too heavy, the Humperdinck orchestration for "Hansel and Gretel" is as thick as anything Wagner ever wrote.

As for "Amazing Grace", which so many have trashed, this arrangement shows the folk quality of it, and I find nothing objectionable in Mark O'Connor's violin playing. The hymn itself has been played to death and is one of the favorite hymns of many people world-wide; I feel that she does it justice.

It is an album that I will listen to often...with some reservations but the whole a fine effort.
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38 of 40 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Lovely recording October 27, 2005
By Anna
Format:Audio CD
Finally a recording that is as stunning as her luminous Handel Album! Brava Renee!
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39 of 42 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fleming delivers deeply spiritual recital disc! September 29, 2005
By J. Wood
Format:Audio CD
Renee Fleming has followed up her great Handel recital from last year with this fantastic recital disc of sacred music. She truly does perform these with her illustrious lyric soprano voice, and she resisted being overtly operatic as many of these are chorale songs with melodic lines known the world over. She obviously wanted to focus on these beautiful melodies. Although she does many favorites such as both Ave Marias - Gounod and Schubert, she also records some lesser known gems such as the Bernstein track and the duet with mezzo Susan Graham. There are 2-3 Handel pieces for the Handel fans. I really believe she is the best soprano performing before the public today when you consider the whole package - vocal beauty, committment to acting craft, winsome personality, solid vocal technique and production, experimentation with lesser known operas, and her total presentation. The beauty of voice is here on this disc, and most of her vocal mannerisms that her detractors criticize her for are absent from Sacred Songs. It is recorded in beautiful digital sound with Andreas Delfs presiding over the Royal Philharmonic.
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50 of 55 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Surrender to the Voice of La Suprema October 5, 2005
By pastre
Format:Audio CD
The most prolific and gorgeous among all sopranos has released this collection of spitritual songs and true to her craft, has again stunned audiences with her pitch perfect golden tone, though her voice seems too creamy to some sone songs. I've always loved Emma Kirkby's "nun-like" version of Laudate Dominum. Curiously, when Madama takes over territories she hasn't trod before, she does always emerge triumphant. I think this is a hallmark of a genius. Yes, this isn't her masterpiece but still, it is La Suprema Fleming and even her harshest critics have to bow to the fact that Madama's voice ranks number one bar none.

I play the cd to relax and indulge. Ms Fleming is in her mid 40's but her voice doesn't show any hint of decline. Brava La Suprema! Brava!
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27 of 28 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Lovely music October 28, 2005
By Rita
Format:Audio CD
I'm by no means an expert but I really like this disc. My favourites are the Ave Marias and the Pie Jesu. I did prefer her Amazing Grace at the Charity even for 9/11 though. Still, a most enjoyable disc.
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49 of 55 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Delicately Haunting September 29, 2005
Format:Audio CD
Sacred Songs: 16 songs, beautifully arranged, starting with Ave Maria by Bach, and going through a vast repertoire in English, French, German, and Latin. Ms. Fleming again shows why she takes risks of taking the "road not taken" and making the songs unique. The Schubert arrangement of Ave Maria alone is enough reason to buy this beautifully constructed recording. Ms. Fleming is not afraid to explore well-known Choir music such as two selections from Handel's Messiah, as well as the lesser known "L'adieu des bergers" by Berloiz.

One of the most beautiful sounding releases in Classical Music for 2005.

Yes, this isn't standard Bel Canto repertoire, and yes, this is the second CD of "alternative repertoire" of this year that she has released that had nothing to do with opera.

Before you bash this carefully constructed collection of songs, take the time to actively LISTEN to the phrasing and the interpretation of each song. Then write your review.
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29 of 31 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Somebody apparently forgot to pay the claque! October 25, 2005
By L. Buck
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
Is this Renee Flemming's best effort? Not by a long shot, but it certainly doesn't deserve the thrashing it's getting here. What's wrong with a crossover album anyway? If it exposes more people to classical music, I think it's great.

OTOH, if you're the type that regards opera as some sort of elitist bloodsport, give it a pass. For the rest of us, sit back and enjoy.
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48 of 54 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars RENEE!! October 9, 2005
By Diva
Format:Audio CD
I don't care how "well trodden" this is, how "bland" it is to's fabulous to me and- IT'S RENEE FLEMING. Our National treasure. Buy the CD, like everything else with her name on it you will not be disappointed. Classic songs, beautiful voice, what else can you ask for? Buy the cd, sit back, and enjoy.
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5.0 out of 5 stars what's not to like?
Received item on time as promised --- Renee Fleming, what's not to like?
Published 1 month ago by Fran Perkins
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Soothing sounds of sacred music by Renee Fleming. Quick delivery. No problems.
Published 2 months ago by jane t
5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful Voice
These selections of sacred songs is so beautiful. I'm glad I purchased it. This singer is a great vocal artist.
Published 5 months ago by Cheryl L Spear
5.0 out of 5 stars Renee Fleming
Arrived quickly and well packaged! I absolutely love this album. Ren'ee is one of my favorites opera singers. Her voice is soothing, and full of JOY!
Published 5 months ago by Booklady
5.0 out of 5 stars Renee - what more needs to be said?
A nice selection of songs, done in the style that has made Renee Fleming a favorite female singer. We love her in opera, in popular, in sacred.
Published 7 months ago by J. Robbins
3.0 out of 5 stars Good
A fairly good selection performed by the peerless Rene'e Fleming. Still, not all of the pieces (or songs) are to my taste (certainly not the fault of the producers). Read more
Published 8 months ago by Books Furnish the Mind
5.0 out of 5 stars Pure Relaxation and Inspiration all in one!
This music gives me a push to sit back, Be Still
and just listen to something beyond the day to day grind.
Renee Fleming always does that to me though.
Published 8 months ago by Tressa
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful
This is a wonderful concert CD to bring out every Christmas season. It's full of joy and warmth and always a pleasure.
Published 9 months ago by Luna
5.0 out of 5 stars Renee album
Who could resist this album of Sacred Songs? I'll listen to it a lot
and forever enjoy Renee Fleming so much as I do. Cool!
Published 17 months ago by devoted2as
5.0 out of 5 stars An artist who needs little introduction...
The artist and CD title says it all! One of the greatest voices of at least a century singing a variety of sacred music. Superb accompaniment and technically outstanding. Read more
Published 22 months ago by International Ron
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