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  • Audio CD (Sept. 27 2005)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Decca
  • ASIN: B000AM6OXK
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
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1. Ave Maria
2. Jesu bleibet meine Freude
3. Dank sei dir, Herr
4. Ave Maria, D839
5. Laudamus te
6. Panis Angelicus
7. Air: "He shall feed his Flock"
8. Simple Song
9. Pie Jesu
10. Domine Deus
11. Laudate Dominum omnes gentes
12. Air: Rejoice greatly, o daughter of Zion
13. Abends will ich schlafen gehn
14. L'Adieu des bergers
15. Mariä Wiegenlied, Op.76/52
16. Amazing Grace

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Cranium Dendrits on Oct. 19 2009
Format: Audio CD
I am a fleming fan and love the iterpretation of her songs. however I was disappointed with her voice in some selections. In the lower range Renee's voice seemed to be very hard and almost too controlled. Overall, the CD is still a great selection of favorites and great works.
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By M. Mckeown on Feb. 28 2013
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
This cd has had some criticism, but if one overlooks some of its flaws there is some fine singing and it is well worth having
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83 of 89 people found the following review helpful
Despite a couple of misses, a compelling album Nov. 2 2005
By A. C. Hughes - Published on
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.
41 of 43 people found the following review helpful
Lovely recording Oct. 27 2005
By Anna - Published on
Format: Audio CD
Finally a recording that is as stunning as her luminous Handel Album! Brava Renee!
40 of 43 people found the following review helpful
Fleming delivers deeply spiritual recital disc! Sept. 29 2005
By J. Wood - Published on
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.
51 of 56 people found the following review helpful
Surrender to the Voice of La Suprema Oct. 5 2005
By pastre - Published on
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!
27 of 28 people found the following review helpful
Lovely music Oct. 28 2005
By Rita - Published on
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.