Rufus Wainwright · Gregory Porter
Wynton Marsalis · Kelli O'Hara
Chris Botti · Brad Mehldau · Kurt Elling
Int. Release 03 Nov. 2014
1 CD / Download
0289 478 6770 8 CD DDD DH

Track List

Felix Bernard (1897 - 1944)
Renée Fleming, Wynton Marsalis

Hugh Martin
Renée Fleming, Gregory Porter

Jay Livingston, Raymond B. Evans (1915 - )

Renée Fleming, Kelli O'Hara

Richard Carpenter, Frank Pooler
Renée Fleming, Chris Botti

Jule Styne (1905 - 1994)
Renée Fleming

Alexandra Denny
Renée Fleming, Brad Mehldau

Leroy Anderson (1908 - 1975)

Renée Fleming, Wynton Marsalis

Russell Faith, Clarence Kehner

Renée Fleming, Kurt Elling

Harold Edwin Darke (1888 - 1976)
Renée Fleming, Rufus Wainwright

Diane Warren (1956 - )
Renée Fleming, Gregory Porter

Dudley Brooks, Harold Stanley, Irving Taylor
Renée Fleming

Paul Simon (1941 - )
Renée Fleming, Brad Mehldau

Renée Fleming, Kurt Elling

Total Playing Time: 56:04

This is a perfect collection for New Yorkers or those who are just fans of the Big Apple.

Backed by an illustrious group of artists providing vocal and instrumental support, she offers 13 holiday standards . . . best of all is a collaboration with Rufus Wainwright on "In the Dark Midwinter," a gorgeous setting of a Christina Rossetti poem by the English composer Harold Edwin Darke.

. . . a stunning, velvety voice . . .

. . . beautiful music . . .

The opera star delivers a lively, thoroughly adult Christmas album that leans decidedly jazz. Her way with melody is assured, and she truly swings in several numbers . . . Fleming also has a gorgeous duet on "In the Bleak Midwinter" with singer/songwriter Rufus Wainwright.

Soprano Fleming always classes up the joint. And this disc of sophisticated Big Apple jazz -- with cameos by Rufus Wainwright, Wynton Marsalis, Brad Mehldau and more -- is no exception.

. . . [Renée Fleming is] having fun on her first holiday album, "Christmas in New York" . . . she isn't really crossing over; she was always there, and [on] . . . the beautiful duet with Wainwright -- it comes across very naturally.

Fleming sings in the rich lower registers of her voice . . . she maintains the style of a mature jazz vocalist. She seems quite comfortable singing with Wynton Marsalis' combo on "Winter Wonderland" and "Sleigh Ride", but she sounds even better on romantic ballads like "Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas" (with Gregory Porter) or "Snowbound" (with Kurt Elling) . . . she adroitly expresses the sentiments of "Merry Christmas Darling" (with Chris Botti), Paul Simon's "Love and Hard Times" (with Brad Mehldau) and the digital bonus track "New York Tendaberry" (with Yo-Yo Ma) . . . In addition to the guest stars, Fleming has a wonderful group of musicians accompanying her . . .

. . . a bounty of holiday reworks. After one listen to Fleming and friends on "Sleigh Ride," "Silver Bells," and "Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas," you will feel all "Big Apple" inside just in time for the holidays.

Fleming delivers her signature emotion . . . [it's the jazz greats she invites around the tree] who add the sparkle and glow.

. . . the classical soprano brings a sumptuous tone to a romantic collection that also features jazz trumpeters Wynton Marsalis and Chris Botti. Rufus Wainwright is an unmistakable presence on "In The Bleak Midwinter".

With this jazzy, cosmopolitan array of holiday songs, Renée Fleming sets out to capture the singular sense of festivity that pervades New York City from Thanksgiving to the New Year . . . Fleming sounds completely at home in "Who Knows Where the Time Goes" and "Love and Hard Times" . . . ["Snowbound" and "Central Park Serenade" are] the two most appealing duets on the disc. Though Rufus Wainwright's voice is the furthest from Fleming's in tone and style, the contrast in their timbres makes "In the Bleak Midwinter" compelling . . . Fleming is at her most legit here. "The Man with the Bag" is buoyant good fun, and while Santa is the man in question, Fleming's embrace of the gentle swing calls to mind a happy-go-lucky Fifth Avenue shopper . . . the range of songs succeeds in capturing something of New York's unique Christmas spirit . . . a fine addition to the holiday catalogue.

. . . [Renée Fleming hat sich für ihr Weihnachtsalbum] nicht nur der klassischen Musik, sondern auch Pop- und Jazz- Klängen gewidmet. Eine kräftige Dosis New-York-Flair sorgt für zusätzliches Hörvergnügen.

. . . "Christmas in New York" ist der feierlich-schmissige Soundtrack für Festtage . . .

. . . eine Weltklasse-Sopranistin, die ihr Organ passgenau auf die Atmosphäre der hier versammelten Weihnachtsklassiker zuschneidet. Im Duett mit Gregory Porter gerät "Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas" zur gefühlvollen Ballade, beim "Slide Ride" sorgt Trompeter Wynton Marsalis für zusätzliche Dynamik. Ein ebenso beschwingtes wie beseeltes Album.

Diese Operndiva singt Jazz mit so viel Gefühl, Verstand, Sinn für Timing und vor allem: so entspannt wie keine ihrer Kolleginnen. Die schöne Song-Auswahl meidet das vermeintlich unverzichtbar Amerikanisch-Weihnachtliche und ist doch New Yorkisch bis in die Fingerspitzen . . . Exquisite Beiträge von Wynton Marsalis oder Brad Mehldau helfen, dass hier null Gramm Kitsch ins Gewicht fällt, dafür kiloweise Wärme und Freude.

Elegante Versionen amerikanischen Standards wie "Have yourself a merry little Christmas", mit exzellenten Gastbeiträgen von Wynton Marsalis oder Jazz-Shooting-Star Gregory Porter -- hier sind Profis am Werk, die ein rundes, unaufgeregtes Werk abliefern.

. . . [für das Album "Christmas in New York"] holte sich Fleming die Crème de la Crème der amerikanischen Jazzszene an ihre Seite. Allen voran den Jazztrompeter Wynton Marsalis, mit dem der "Sleigh Ride" noch viel verspielter und improvisierter klingt, als man es gewohnt ist . . .