Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas with Gregory Porter
Silver Bells with Kelli O Hara
Merry Christmas Darling with Chris Botti
Who Knows Where the Time Goes with Brad Mehldau
Sleigh Ride with Wynton Marsalis
Snowbound with Kurt Elling
In the Bleak Midwinter with Rufus Wainwright
Central Park Serenade with Gregory Porter
The Man with the Bag
Love and Hard Times with Brad Mehldau
Still, Still, Still with Kurt Elling
Renee Fleming :
Christmas In New York
"a superstar by any measure" - The New York Times
Renée Fleming releases
Her First-Ever Holiday Album Christmas In New York
Available October 14 on Decca/Universal Music Classics
Chris Botti, Kurt Elling, Wynton Marsalis, Brad Mehldau, Kelli O'Hara, Gregory Porter and Rufus Wainwright Join Fleming For Intimate Pop, Jazz and Acoustic Performances Of Holiday Favorites
PBS Special Premieres Thursday, December 4, 2014
Following her acclaimed performance at Super Bowl XLVIII, America's favorite soprano Renée Fleming is set to release her first-ever holiday album, Christmas In New York. The album celebrates the sparkle and sophistication of the beloved Christmas season in New York City, with its music conjuring such iconic scenes as the holiday windows lining 5th Avenue, the Christmas Tree at Rockefeller Center and carriage rides in Central Park. Christmas in New York will be released October 14 on Decca/UMC.
A richly collaborative recording, Christmas in New York finds Fleming singing with a relaxed intimacy and freedom distinct from her soaring classical voice. Holiday evergreens and nostalgic favorites are both featured with fresh arrangements, joined by a wish list of guests from jazz, pop and Broadway including Chris Botti, Kurt Elling, Kelli O'Hara, Gregory Porter, Wynton Marsalis, Brad Mehldau, and Rufus Wainwright. Highlights include "Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas," "Silver Bells," "Winter Wonderland," "Sleigh Ride" and "Central Park Serenade," a brand new duet by songwriting legend Diane Warren. Fleming and her album guests have amassed a total of 16 Grammy Awards across multiple categories between them.
On December 4, Fleming's PBS holiday TV special premieres at 9pm ET (check local listings). Joined by select guests from the album including Elling, O'Hara, Porter and Wainwright, the show features musical performances and storytelling about family, food, traditions and more. Renee's daughters and sister also join her for heartwarming carols by the fireside.
Explaining the sound and sensibility of Christmas in New York, Fleming says: "New York City is where I live and where I spend my holidays – and I think it's an ideal place for fully experiencing what the holidays can mean. The mix of such a wide range of cultures, coming together in a spirit of celebration, is rare and truly heartwarming. It's a time when both New Yorkers and visitors make time to appreciate what makes the city so special."
The intimate voice Fleming uses for Christmas in New York may sound new to some opera fans, but has always been there. "I sang with a jazz trio when I was still a student, and a lot of this music felt like going back to my roots," she explains. "In singing these songs, I remembered how to relax, how to be free, how to move with the music. I found new colors in my voice, a new lightness. These songs move between the worlds of pop, jazz, and roots music, in arrangements that are fresh and different. When you're a bit stressed-out during the hustle and bustle of the season, my hope is that you can put this album on, kick your shoes off, pour yourself a drink and just unwind."