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Orchestrals sonorous, but...Renee not well-suited,
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This review is from: Music of Villa-Lobos (Audio CD)
The orchestral selections are rich, spacious, and sonorous...they hold the attention consistently and happily. The CD is well worth its price for those alone.
But, Renee Fleming is not suited for the music in her Bachianas Brasileiras No. 5. The top-most notes get thin and screechy...and the humming section is pinched, pale, and puny -- not pleasant. I am a Renee Fleming admirer of the very first order....but, my "love" is not unconditional, and in this case...if asked, I would have advised her to avoid it.
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Initial post: Feb 10, 2014 10:38:31 AM PST
Gordon M. Brown says:
Couldn't agree more. Just because someone like Fleming is a "hot commodity" in the operatic world, it doesn't follow that he/she should be performing every song cycle on the planet, particularly this one. This is among the dreariest of the BB No. 5's that I've ever heard...right near the bottom of the pile with Dame Kiri Te Kanawa.
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