Renée Fleming has announced a new album entitled “Voice of Nature: The Anthropocene” for Decca Classics
The new album will showcase the soprano alongside Yannick Nézet-Séguin in by Edvard Grieg, Franz Liszt, Gabriel Fauré, and Reynaldo Hahn. The album also includes premieres of two new commissions from living composers. Pulitzer Prize-winning composer Kevin Puts sets “Evening” by the American poet Dorianne Laux, and Nico Muhly collages poetry from the 17th-century English theologian Thomas Traherne with excerpts from writings by Robinson Meyer, a journalist who covers climate change, in “Endless Space.”
The new CD was inspired by the solace Fleming found while hiking near her Virginia home during the lockdown. In a press release, Fleming said, “This music begins in a time almost two centuries ago, when people had a profound connection to the beauty of nature. Now, in the Anthropocene, we see the effects of our own activity, and the fragility of our environment. Nature has been so good to us: we have not been so good to nature.”
“Voice of Nature: The Anthropocene” will be released on Oct. 8, 2021.