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Brad Mehldau And Renée Fleming: Love Sublime

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Tough not to completely give in to an album like this, where austerity is tantamount to a confession of faith and jazz rendered almost as psalmody. Mehldau’s concept, realized with spartan instrumentation, is grand: provide pianistic settings for the words of the young Rainer Maria Rilke-composed shortly after a stay in a Russian monastery-and allow for the vocals of opera stalwart Renée Fleming to serve as an invocation of the divine-jazz, literature and gnosticism configured as modern- day classical lieder.

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