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Schubert Album

Franz Peter Schubert Audio CD
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
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This is where Renee Fleming proved herself as a voice of international importance, not just with the luster of her instrument but with her artistic integrity. Her song selection includes some rarely heard items such as the 15-minute ballad "Viola" and lots of the Schubert hits, such as "Ave Maria," "Die Forelle" and especially "Gretchen am Spinnrade," which she renders with a chillingly intense sense of drama. Throughout this disc, she eschews the usual tidy, well- mannered lieder approach of so many, giving each song a highly individualistic, even rugged profile. -- David Patrick Stearns

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3.0 out of 5 stars It's Music that Matters March 5 2003
By BLee
Format:Audio CD
Yes, Fleming's has a beautiful voice but the way she sings isn't quite as deeply musical or lyrical as Schwarzkopf-- jazz lovers may find it otherwise though.
Since the avant-garde collabaration of Furtwangler ( one of the greatest of conductors of all times and definitely a musician of the top calibre) and Schwarzkopf, not all pianists would follow the footstep of Gerald Moore. Pearson for example is bolder, Zimerman too.
Soloists and their accompanying pianists now resemble the left hand and the right hand in piano playing more: we have more balance instead of just the melody floating along almost like a monologue. We hear more fanfares, more dialogues, and the suggestiveness of the background is now more vivid, and the music as a result is more organic: everything is more at the dictation of music, be it a harmomic or polyphonic line. The part of the piano isn't just some muted properties setting the scene however symbolic that may be, nor is it content just to shadow the soloist. It amounts almost to the whole of the backdrop. It's MUSIC that they are making after all.
I rather enjoy Eschenbach here, no overdoing whatsoever. The reason why we are more attracted to the piano is: the piano is more musical here, if not more beautiful than the voice.
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I first heard Renée Fleming's voice through this recording during the Schubert unit of one of my music classes in college. It was her playful and carefree rendition of "Die Forelle" that really won me over to exploring Schubert lieder in my own voice lessons.
What I find to be the best attribute of the album is Fleming's choice of lieder--a difficult decision since Schubert was a very prolific song writer. She includes both well-known works ("Ave Maria," "Die Forelle" and the powerful "Gretchen am Spinnrade") along with lesser-heard works such as the 15-minute "Viola" and the humorous "Die Männer sind mechant."
Fleming's voice is consistently smooth throughout the recording. Her rendition of "Nacht und Träume" had me slightly jealous. I had never heard a singer handle that song's long phrases at such a slow tempo with ease and consistency. Another performance of note is "Der Tod und das Mädchen" in which Fleming dips into her lower register. Her take on the priestly chant in the last half of the song is breathtaking, and MUST be heard!
If you are planning to sing some Schubert lieder, or are just plainly curious about Schubert's smaller works, I highly recommend this CD. Ms. Fleming has provided one of the most sensitive and thoughtful treatments of Schubert's works that I have heard in a long time.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Shubert lieder sung by the Beautiful Voice Feb. 27 2000
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
This Shubert album is sung by Renee Fleming, that's why I bought it. (I'm ardent Fleming fan! ) There are very famous and popular songs such as "Heidenroslein", "Die Forelle", "Ave Maria", etc; and also rare song called "Viola". (I've never heard it before.) Whenever singer sing a lieder, they wants to show their "own" interpretation. Sometimes it makes me annoyed becaouse they seems to place a special emphasis on their "own" interpretaion. And it seems to me they forget the pleasure of singing. But Renee Fleming isn't one of them. Her way of singing gave me the pleasure of singing. Shubert songs sung by the Beautiful Voice are pleasant to hear. Wow, she can sing various songs and arias!
Speaking of the pianist, Christof Eschenbach overdone it. (However, he did a great job in Renee Fleming's the latest album, "Strauss Heroines".) Sometimes Renee Fleming and he doesn't tie together. Is there any pianist instead of him?
If you are Renee Fleming fan like me, you will enjoy it very much. Or if you are looking for the Beautiful Voice, this is the one. But if you are seeking a unique interpretation, you'll be disappointed.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Could one expect anything less? April 12 2001
By jhorro
Format:Audio CD
There is nothing wrong with Fleming's Schubert - it is worth all the stars in the sky for the control of phrasing and the ability to bring the voice to a faint whisper. The recording is up to Decca's standard and Eschenbach is an understanding partner as so often he has been in the past. Fleming's creamy sound can easily be taken for granted in my opinion and it is not hard to imagine stronger characterizations, but her fans will find no need for disappointment.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Lovely June 24 2003
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
It has a lovely collection of very sweet songs. I loved 'Im Fruling', 'An die nachtigall', 'Nacht and Traume','Du Bist di Ruh', and 'Viola'. She sings them at very "twinkly" high register,sort of matching the high keys of the piano.The vibratos are very small and closed, like little flutters.
She can give her voice a delicate, silvery quality and bring her voice to faint whisper and still maintain a a full, rich sound.
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