Renee Fleming: Poemes

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Poèmes - Sensual French Masterpieces

Renée Fleming (soprano)

Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France, Orchestre National de France, Alan Gilbert, Seiji Ozawa

As the sensual centrepiece of an album of 20th century French vocal masterpieces, Renée Fleming makes her first-ever recording of Ravel’s ravishing Shéhérazade.

Complementing Shéhérazade is Olivier Messiaen’s collection of love songs to his young wife, the Poèmes pour Mi – a tour de force of voluptuous vocalism.

A trio of major works is completed by one written for Renée Fleming by the doyen of French composers, Henri Dutilleux – 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.


Ravel: Shéhérazade
Messiaen: Poèmes pour Mi, books 1 & 2
Dutilleux: Deux Sonnets by Jean Cassou
Dutilleux: Le Temps l’horloge