Fleming’s French songs

Renée Fleming: Poemes

  • Sensual French Masterpieces

In this CD, Renée Fleming presents her first-ever recording of Ravel’s amazing work, “Shéhérazade”. Also included are two 20th – century French vocal masterpieces.

Complementing Shéhérazade is Olivier Messiaen’s collection of love songs to his young wife, the “Poèmes pour Mi” – a collection of astounding singing. The third composer is Henri Dutilleux with his dramatic “Le Temps l’horloge”. The album is completed by two earlier songs by Dutilleux, specially-orchestrated for this album and recorded in the presence of the composer.

CD tracks are:


  • Le Temps l’horloge


  • Poèmes pour Mi, books 1 & 2 (complete)


  • Shéhérazade

Performed by Renée Fleming (soprano), with the Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France, Alan Gilbert conducting

The Los Angeles Times wrote:

“In Shéhérazade , she revealed how marvelously her voice is maturing . . . Fleming seemed to lose both pretense and herself in Ravel’s erotic never-never land”

Here is a video of the Renée Fleming’s next CD, which will be released on February 13, 2012, featuring the sensual 20th century masterpieces by French composers Maurice Ravel, Henri Dutilleux, and Olivier Messiaen


Tags: Renee Fleming, Poemes, Maurice Ravel, Henri Dutilleux, Olivier Messiaen

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