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Bel Canto

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Surely Renée Fleming's soprano must be one of the most beautiful voices before the public today. Though renowned for her interpretations of Mozart, Strauss, and Verdi, as well as for her commitment to contemporary music, she says that the bel canto repertoire has always been central to her career. On this recording, which features scenes and arias from operas by Bellini, Donizetti, and Rossini, she proves that she has achieved total, effortless technical mastery of the uniquely difficult vocal writing characteristic of the style. Every note is perfectly placed. Her runs, including scales over a huge range in both directions, are as clear and evenly paced as a chain of exquisite pearls. Her leaps always land in the center of the pitch. Her intonation is flawless.

Fleming also displays her emotional affinity for the drama, pathos, and lyricism of the music and her ability to identify with her larger-than-life heroines. Chosen from familiar and unfamiliar operas, the music is beguilingly beautiful, ranging from peacefully pastoral to darkly menacing. However, some listeners may feel that Fleming's tendency to overinflect, overphrase, make long pauses, and put swells on long notes, especially in the slow arias, undercuts the music's simplicity and the directness of her expressive communication. The performances are based on the latest scholarly research into the "bel canto" style regarding historically correct ornamentation (only in repeats) and the problems of balancing textual fidelity with imaginative freedom. The Orchestra of St. Luke's gives splendid support, with outstanding solos, especially from the winds. --Edith Eisler

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  • Performer: Renée Fleming, Kristine Jepson, Coro del Maggio Musicale Fiorentino
  • Orchestra: Orchestra of St. Luke's
  • Conductor: Patrick Summers
  • Composer: Vincenzo Bellini, Gaetano Donizetti, Gioachino Rossini
  • Audio CD (August 27, 2002)
  • SPARS Code: DDD
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Decca
  • Run Time: 72 minutes
  • ASIN: B00006589U
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars 116 customer reviews
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #159,807 in CDs & Vinyl (See Top 100 in CDs & Vinyl)
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