19 Feb 2017

Renée Fleming Crosses Over

From New Horizons, 5:00 pm on 19 February 2017
Renée Fleming, 'Distant Light' cover image

Renée Fleming, 'Distant Light' cover image Photo: Decca Records

Opera soprano Renée Fleming has included three songs by Björk on her most recent release, Distant Light.

It's not the first time she's 'crossed over': in 2005, she released Haunted Heart - a sort of jazz album with pianist Fred Hersch and guitarist Bill Frisell; and in 2010 there was Dark Hope, a collection of indie-rock covers produced by David Kahne.

It's dangerous when opera stars venture into more popular territory and there have been some horrendous failures. William Dart puts a critical ear to all three of these discs by Fleming.

Playlist

'Song title' (Composer) – Performers
Album title
(Label)

'The Crucifixion, from Hermit Songs' (Barber) – Leontyne Price (sop), Samuel Barber (pno)
Modern American Vocal Works, Premiere Recordings 1950-53
(Sony)

'Falling in Love Again' (Hollander) – Leontyne Price (sop), André Previn (conductor)
Right as the Rain
(BMG)

'Blowin’ in the Wind' (Dylan) – Leontyne Price (sop), National PO/Gerhardt
God Bless America
(RCA)

'In My Life' (Lennon/McCartney) – Renée Fleming (sop), Fred Hersch (piano)
Haunted Heart
(Decca)

'My Cherie Amour' (Wonder) – Renée Fleming (sop), Fred Hersch (piano)
Haunted Heart
(Decca)

'Hallelujah' (Cohen) – Renée Fleming
Dark Hope
(Mercury)

'Soul Meets Body' (Gibbard) – Renée Fleming
Dark Hope
(Mercury)

'Soul Meets Body' (Gibbard) – Death Cab for Cutie
Plans
(Atlantic)

'Knoxville, Summer of 1915' (Barber) – Renée Fleming
Distant Light
(Decca)

'The Strand Settings' (Hillborg) – Renée Fleming
Distant Light
(Decca)

'All is Full of Love' (Björk) – Renée Fleming
Distant Light
(Decca)

'Jóga' (Björk) – Renée Fleming
Distant Light
(Decca)

'Jóga' (Björk) – Björk
Homogenic
(Polydor)

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