Rich, smooth, creamy, and very, very warm, Renée Fleming's soprano pours all over the music of George Frideric Handel like melting chocolate. From the voluptuous Oh sleep, why dost thou leave me through the luxurious Endless pleasure to the opulent Calm thou my soul, Fleming's voice fulfills the heart and soul of Handel's music. Better yet, Fleming sounds like she really means it. Each aria has its own emotional character and each aria has its own musical personality. Fleming makes the listener believe the ecstasy of Semele, the longing of Rodelinda, and the sorrow of Agrippina. When coupled with the expert accompaniment of the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment conducted by Harry Bickert, Fleming's performances will seduce anyone who loves passionately beautiful music. Decca's sound is as soft as a rose and as flattering as satin.
Handel Arias Review
by James Leonard