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Renée Fleming|Voice of Nature: The Anthropocene

Voice of Nature: The Anthropocene

Renee Fleming, Yannick Nézet-Séguin

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Leave the "Anthropocene" theme aside for a moment and revel in Renée Fleming's voice on this album, released in 2021 when the singer was in her early 60s. The instrument is in fine shape, and Fleming's decision to forgo operatic performances in favor of art song is looking better and better. The top notes don't have the force of a 30-year-old's but have a rather eerie precision. Perhaps there's a bit of strain in the register just below the top, but the burnished quality of her low notes is absolutely gorgeous and more than compensates. As for the music, the new term "Anthropocene" denotes the current epoch in which the effect of human activities on the climate is fundamental. Fleming mixes French and German late Romantic songs about nature with contemporary compositions on the same theme. She avoids Schubert, whose output furnishes plenty of examples, which works well, for the Romantic works, with Britten more or less of a model, are of a piece with the new compositions, and the whole thing is unusually focused. Only one of those new works, Nico Muhly's Endless Space, addresses the Anthropocene theme directly, and it has a 17th century text, but two of the three were commissioned for this project, and the third, Caroline Shaw's remarkable Aurora Borealis, receives its world premiere here. Fleming indicates that the album's genesis came during the coronavirus pandemic, as she walked in the forest near her Virginia home and became aware of the power of nature to heal. She realizes her goal beautifully, not only technically but in terms of forging a program that is as strong as that of any song recital she has ever done.
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1
Puts: Evening
00:05:57

Renee Fleming, Soprano, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Yannick Nézet-Séguin, Piano, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Kevin Puts, Composer - David Frost, Producer, Editor, Mix Engineer, Recording Producer, StudioPersonnel - Silas Brown, Mastering Engineer, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Dorianne Laux, Author - Dominic Fyfe, Producer, Executive Producer

℗ 2021 Universal Music Operations Limited

2 Songs, Op. 83 (Gabriel Fauré)

2
No. 1, Prison
00:02:23

Gabriel Fauré, Composer - PAUL VERLAINE, Author - Renee Fleming, Soprano, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Yannick Nézet-Séguin, Piano, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - David Frost, Producer, Editor, Mix Engineer, Recording Producer, StudioPersonnel - Silas Brown, Mastering Engineer, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Dominic Fyfe, Producer, Executive Producer

℗ 2021 Universal Music Operations Limited

12 Rondels (Reynaldo Hahn)

3
No. 9, Les étoile
00:03:19

Reynaldo Hahn, Composer - Renee Fleming, Soprano, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Yannick Nézet-Séguin, Piano, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Theodore de Banville, Author - David Frost, Producer, Editor, Mix Engineer, Recording Producer, StudioPersonnel - Silas Brown, Mastering Engineer, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Dominic Fyfe, Producer, Executive Producer

℗ 2021 Universal Music Operations Limited

Chansons grises (Reynaldo Hahn)

4
No. 5, L'heure exquise
00:02:53

Reynaldo Hahn, Composer - Renee Fleming, Soprano, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Yannick Nézet-Séguin, Piano, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Paul Marie Verlaine, Author - David Frost, Producer, Editor, Mix Engineer, Recording Producer, StudioPersonnel - Silas Brown, Mastering Engineer, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Dominic Fyfe, Producer, Executive Producer

℗ 2021 Universal Music Operations Limited

5 Mélodies de Venise, Op. 58 (Gabriel Fauré)

5
No. 2, En sourdine
00:03:29

Gabriel Fauré, Composer - PAUL VERLAINE, Author - Renee Fleming, Soprano, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Yannick Nézet-Séguin, Piano, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - David Frost, Producer, Editor, Mix Engineer, Recording Producer, StudioPersonnel - Silas Brown, Mastering Engineer, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Dominic Fyfe, Producer, Executive Producer

℗ 2021 Universal Music Operations Limited

6
Fauré: Rêve d'amour, Op. 5 No. 2
00:02:31

Gabriel Fauré, Composer - Renee Fleming, Soprano, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Yannick Nézet-Séguin, Piano, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - David Frost, Producer, Editor, Mix Engineer, Recording Producer, StudioPersonnel - Silas Brown, Mastering Engineer, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Dominic Fyfe, Producer, Executive Producer

℗ 2021 Universal Music Operations Limited

7
Liszt: S'il est un charmant gazon, S. 284
00:03:06

Franz Liszt, Composer - Renee Fleming, Soprano, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Yannick Nézet-Séguin, Piano, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - David Frost, Producer, Editor, Mix Engineer, Recording Producer, StudioPersonnel - Silas Brown, Mastering Engineer, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Victor Marie Hugo, Author - Dominic Fyfe, Producer, Executive Producer

℗ 2021 Universal Music Operations Limited

8
Muhly: Endless Space
00:08:42

Renee Fleming, Soprano, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Yannick Nézet-Séguin, Piano, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Nico Muhly, Composer - Thomas Traherne, Author - David Frost, Producer, Editor, Mix Engineer, Recording Producer, StudioPersonnel - Silas Brown, Mastering Engineer, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Dominic Fyfe, Producer, Executive Producer - Robinson Meyer, Author

℗ 2021 Universal Music Operations Limited

3 Songs, Op. 23 (Gabriel Fauré)

9
No. 1, Les berceaux
00:03:08

Gabriel Fauré, Composer - Renee Fleming, Soprano, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Yannick Nézet-Séguin, Piano, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - René François Sully-Prudhomme, Author - David Frost, Producer, Editor, Mix Engineer, Recording Producer, StudioPersonnel - Silas Brown, Mastering Engineer, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Dominic Fyfe, Producer, Executive Producer

℗ 2021 Universal Music Operations Limited

3 Songs, Op. 8 (Gabriel Fauré)

10
No. 1, Au bord de l'eau
00:02:01

Gabriel Fauré, Composer - Renee Fleming, Soprano, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Yannick Nézet-Séguin, Piano, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Sully Prudhomme, Author - David Frost, Producer, Editor, Mix Engineer, Recording Producer, StudioPersonnel - Silas Brown, Mastering Engineer, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Dominic Fyfe, Producer, Executive Producer

℗ 2021 Universal Music Operations Limited

11
Hahn: L'énamourée
00:03:34

Reynaldo Hahn, Composer - Renee Fleming, Soprano, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Yannick Nézet-Séguin, Piano, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Theodore de Banville, Author - David Frost, Producer, Editor, Mix Engineer, Recording Producer, StudioPersonnel - Silas Brown, Mastering Engineer, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Dominic Fyfe, Producer, Executive Producer

℗ 2021 Universal Music Operations Limited

12
Liszt: Über allen Gipfeln ist Ruh, S. 306
00:03:47

Franz Liszt, Composer - JOHANN WOLFGANG VON GOETHE, Author - Renee Fleming, Soprano, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Yannick Nézet-Séguin, Piano, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - David Frost, Producer, Editor, Mix Engineer, Recording Producer, StudioPersonnel - Silas Brown, Mastering Engineer, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Dominic Fyfe, Producer, Executive Producer

℗ 2021 Universal Music Operations Limited

6 Songs, Op. 48 (Edvard Grieg)

13
No. 3, Lauf der Welt
00:01:36

Edvard Grieg, Composer - Renee Fleming, Soprano, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Yannick Nézet-Séguin, Piano, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Johann Ludwig Uhland, Author - David Frost, Producer, Editor, Mix Engineer, Recording Producer, StudioPersonnel - Silas Brown, Mastering Engineer, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Dominic Fyfe, Producer, Executive Producer

℗ 2021 Universal Music Operations Limited

14
No. 5, Zur Rosenzeit
00:03:09

Edvard Grieg, Composer - JOHANN WOLFGANG VON GOETHE, Author - Renee Fleming, Soprano, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Yannick Nézet-Séguin, Piano, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - David Frost, Producer, Editor, Mix Engineer, Recording Producer, StudioPersonnel - Silas Brown, Mastering Engineer, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Dominic Fyfe, Producer, Executive Producer

℗ 2021 Universal Music Operations Limited

15
No. 6, Ein Traum
00:02:15

Edvard Grieg, Composer - Renee Fleming, Soprano, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Yannick Nézet-Séguin, Piano, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Friedrich von Bodenstedt, Author - David Frost, Producer, Editor, Mix Engineer, Recording Producer, StudioPersonnel - Silas Brown, Mastering Engineer, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Dominic Fyfe, Producer, Executive Producer

℗ 2021 Universal Music Operations Limited

16
Shaw: Aurora Borealis
00:04:58

Renee Fleming, Soprano, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Yannick Nézet-Séguin, Piano, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Caroline Shaw, Composer - David Frost, Producer, Editor, Mix Engineer, Recording Producer, StudioPersonnel - Silas Brown, Mastering Engineer, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Dominic Fyfe, Producer, Executive Producer - Mary Jo Salter, Author

℗ 2021 Universal Music Operations Limited

Album Description

Leave the "Anthropocene" theme aside for a moment and revel in Renée Fleming's voice on this album, released in 2021 when the singer was in her early 60s. The instrument is in fine shape, and Fleming's decision to forgo operatic performances in favor of art song is looking better and better. The top notes don't have the force of a 30-year-old's but have a rather eerie precision. Perhaps there's a bit of strain in the register just below the top, but the burnished quality of her low notes is absolutely gorgeous and more than compensates. As for the music, the new term "Anthropocene" denotes the current epoch in which the effect of human activities on the climate is fundamental. Fleming mixes French and German late Romantic songs about nature with contemporary compositions on the same theme. She avoids Schubert, whose output furnishes plenty of examples, which works well, for the Romantic works, with Britten more or less of a model, are of a piece with the new compositions, and the whole thing is unusually focused. Only one of those new works, Nico Muhly's Endless Space, addresses the Anthropocene theme directly, and it has a 17th century text, but two of the three were commissioned for this project, and the third, Caroline Shaw's remarkable Aurora Borealis, receives its world premiere here. Fleming indicates that the album's genesis came during the coronavirus pandemic, as she walked in the forest near her Virginia home and became aware of the power of nature to heal. She realizes her goal beautifully, not only technically but in terms of forging a program that is as strong as that of any song recital she has ever done.
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