Guilty Pleasures is the long-awaited follow-up to Renees Grammy winner The Beautiful Voice. This album allows Renee to indulge in musical cherry-picking, singing songs and arias in eight different languages. The sheer, unabashed beauty of these pieces provides their thematic connection. Ranging from familiar favorites like the Flower Duet from Lakme (sung with Renees friend Susan Graham) to rapturous, rarely-heard melodies of Tchaikovsky, Dvorak and Rachmaninov, Guilty Pleasures is a collection of treats Renee has long wanted to enjoy: an album of pure gratification. A special treat is an aria from John Coriglianos The Ghosts of Versailles, a twentieth-century American opera that allows Renee the chance to sing in her native language.Renee Fleming was awarded the National Medal of Arts by the President of the USA on July 10th. The recognition is for her contributions to American music. Known to many as the peoples diva, Ms Fleming has captivated audiences around the world with an adventurous repertoire spanning opera and the classical tradition to jazz and contemporary pop.
A stunningly beautiful collection of music performed by the finest voice in classical music today. Renee Fleming never disappoints! Her voice has become more beautiful over the years and this collection of songs transports you away from the more familiar operatic compositions to the romantic lieder music of Strauss, Wagner, Delibes, Duparc and more. Beautiful and delicate the songs float into your consciousness and offer a wonderful escape into a happy place of rel..
Renee' has done it again. I find her last four or five albums have been great for the selections she includes. There is great organization in the tracks too. She has such good control and we are treated to the long, slow treatment because she can sing without rushing. You tube her incomparable National Anthem from the 2013 Super Bowl and you'll see. No one rushes Renee' and no one should. Get ready for the "Danny Boy"; it will slay you.