Essential Highlights of Karita Mattila

Essential Highlights of Karita Mattila

by Karita Mattila
     
 

Ondine's Essential Highlights of Karita Mattila brings together two previous releases, Karita Mattila Live in Helsinki from 2001 and Sibelius: Songs from 1996. Karita Mattila Live in Helsinki begins with riotous opening applause that continues through the orchestral introduction to "Dich teure Halle" from "Tannhäuser," greeting See more details below

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Ondine's Essential Highlights of Karita Mattila brings together two previous releases, Karita Mattila Live in Helsinki from 2001 and Sibelius: Songs from 1996. Karita Mattila Live in Helsinki begins with riotous opening applause that continues through the orchestral introduction to "Dich teure Halle" from "Tannhäuser," greeting Mattila like a rock star, and she performs with the passionate abandon and almost tangible audience rapport characteristic of rock stars. The intensity of her performance is palpable and she is fully invested in this material, holding nothing back. Besides the Wagner, Mattila brings characters from Dvorák, Verdi, and Puccini operas to life with a searing focus. Her powerful, radiant voice in the service of such an intelligent and heartfelt commitment to the music communicates viscerally with her audience. The remainder of the concert is devoted to lighter material, which she delivers with no less understanding and effectiveness. The comic gifts she brings to three arias from "Die Fledermaus" and her seductive performances of "Falling in Love Again," "Diamonds Are a Girl's Best Friend," and "Summertime" show that she could have made a career as a chanteuse if she'd chosen not to pursue opera. There are a few ancillary noises and some applause, but generally the sound is terrifically clean and present. Mattila's large, focused, warmly expressive soprano is especially well-suited to the music of the Romantic and post-Romantic eras, so it seems natural that she would have an affinity for the songs of her countryman Jean Sibelius. The songs are especially attractive, harmonically lush and melodically gratifying, beautifully constructed, and written to show off the virtuosic possibilities of the voice. Many of them, such as "Fåfäng önskan" and "Svarta rosor," lie very high, but Mattila soars and floats through their punishing tessitura with apparent effortlessness. Her robust soprano is absolutely secure throughout the full extent of her range (as is especially evident in "Arioso"), and it sounds like an advertisement for superb vocal health and grounded technique. That health comes across in the exuberance of her interpretations and her ability to sing with an abandon that never threatens to veer out of control; she never sounds less than fully at ease. Pianist Ilmo Ranta supplies a supportive accompaniment. Ondine's sound is clear, clean, and vibrant. This album should delight Mattila's fans, as well as Sibelius enthusiasts, and anyone who appreciates luminous vocal performances.

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Product Details

Release Date:
04/27/2010
Label:
Ondine
UPC:
0761195025222
catalogNumber:
252-2
Rank:
11430

Tracks

  1. Jubal, song for voice & piano, Op. 35/1  - Jean Sibelius  - Ernst Josephson  - Reijo Kiilunen  - Karita Mattila  - Antti Metsaranta  - Ilmo Ranta  - Cheri Tamminen
  2. May (Maj), song for voice & piano, Op. 57/4  - Jean Sibelius  - Ernst Josephson  - Reijo Kiilunen  - Karita Mattila  - Antti Metsaranta  - Ilmo Ranta  - Cheri Tamminen
  3. Black Roses (Svarta rosor), song for voice & piano, Op. 36/1  - Jean Sibelius  - Ernst Josephson  - Reijo Kiilunen  - Karita Mattila  - Antti Metsaranta  - Ilmo Ranta  - Cheri Tamminen
  4. Dragon-Fly (En slända), song for voice & piano, Op. 17/5  - Jean Sibelius  - Reijo Kiilunen  - Oscar Levertin  - Karita Mattila  - Antti Metsaranta  - Ilmo Ranta  - Cheri Tamminen
  5. The Echo Nymph (Kaiutar), somg for voice & piano, Op. 72/4  - Jean Sibelius  - Reijo Kiilunen  - Karita Mattila  - Antti Metsaranta  - Ilmo Ranta  - Cheri Tamminen  - Larin Kyösti
  6. The North (Norden), song for voice & piano, Op. 90/1  - Jean Sibelius  - Reijo Kiilunen  - Karita Mattila  - Antti Metsaranta  - Ilmo Ranta  - Johan Ludvig Runeberg  - Cheri Tamminen
  7. Songs (6) for voice & piano, Op. 88  - Jean Sibelius  - Reijo Kiilunen  - Karita Mattila  - Antti Metsaranta  - Ilmo Ranta  - Johan Ludvig Runeberg  - F.M. Franzen  - Cheri Tamminen
  8. Idle Wishes (Fåfäng önskan), song for voice & piano, Op. 61/7  - Jean Sibelius  - Reijo Kiilunen  - Karita Mattila  - Antti Metsaranta  - Ilmo Ranta  - Johan Ludvig Runeberg  - Cheri Tamminen
  9. Arioso, for voice & piano (arranged from voice/orchestra version), Op. 3  - Jean Sibelius  - Reijo Kiilunen  - Karita Mattila  - Antti Metsaranta  - Ilmo Ranta  - Johan Ludvig Runeberg  - Cheri Tamminen
  10. But my Bird is Long in Homing (Men min fågel märks dock icke), song for voice & piano, Op. 36/2  - Jean Sibelius  - Reijo Kiilunen  - Karita Mattila  - Antti Metsaranta  - Ilmo Ranta  - Johan Ludvig Runeberg  - Cheri Tamminen
  11. The First Kiss (Den förste kyssen, II), song for voice & piano, Op. 37/1  - Jean Sibelius  - Reijo Kiilunen  - Karita Mattila  - Antti Metsaranta  - Ilmo Ranta  - Johan Ludvig Runeberg  - Cheri Tamminen
  12. Spring is flying (Våren flyktar hastigt) song for voice & piano, Op. 13/4  - Jean Sibelius  - Reijo Kiilunen  - Karita Mattila  - Antti Metsaranta  - Ilmo Ranta  - Johan Ludvig Runeberg  - Cheri Tamminen
  13. Row, row duck (Souda, souda, sinisorsa), for voice & piano  - Jean Sibelius  - Reijo Kiilunen  - Karita Mattila  - Antti Metsaranta  - Ilmo Ranta  - Cheri Tamminen  - August Valdemar Forsman
  14. Driftwood (Lastu Lainehilla), song for voice & piano, Op. 17/7  - Jean Sibelius  - Reijo Kiilunen  - Karita Mattila  - Antti Metsaranta  - Ilmo Ranta  - Cheri Tamminen  - Ilmari Calamnius
  15. Enticement (Fågellek), song for voice & piano, Op. 17/3  - Jean Sibelius  - Reijo Kiilunen  - Karita Mattila  - Antti Metsaranta  - Ilmo Ranta  - K.A. Tavaststjerna  - Cheri Tamminen
  16. The Diamond on the March Snow (Demanton på marssnön), song for voice & piano, Op. 36/6  - Jean Sibelius  - Reijo Kiilunen  - Karita Mattila  - Antti Metsaranta  - Ilmo Ranta  - J. J. Wecksell  - Cheri Tamminen
  17. Was it a dream? (Var det en dröm), song for voice & piano, Op. 37/4  - Jean Sibelius  - Reijo Kiilunen  - Karita Mattila  - Antti Metsaranta  - Ilmo Ranta  - J. J. Wecksell  - Cheri Tamminen
  18. To Evening (Illalle), song for voice & piano, Op. 17/6  - Jean Sibelius  - Reijo Kiilunen  - Karita Mattila  - Antti Metsaranta  - Ilmo Ranta  - Cheri Tamminen  - August Valdemar Forsman
  19. Die Fledermaus (The Bat), operetta (RV 503): Ich lade gern mir Gäste ein (I Like to Invite Gues  - Johann Strauss  -  Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra  - Jukka-Pekka Saraste  - Reijo Kiilunen  - Karita Mattila  - Antti Metsaranta  - Cheri Tamminen
  20. Tosca, opera: Vissi d'arte (I Have Lived for Art)  - Giacomo Puccini  -  Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra  - Jukka-Pekka Saraste  - Reijo Kiilunen  - Karita Mattila  - Antti Metsaranta  - Cheri Tamminen
  21. La forza del destino, opera: ace, pace mio Dio (Peace, Grant Me Peace, O Lord)  - Giuseppe Verdi  -  Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra  - Jukka-Pekka Saraste  - Reijo Kiilunen  - Karita Mattila  - Antti Metsaranta  - Cheri Tamminen
  22. Aida, opera: Ritorna vincitor (Return, victorius!)  - Giuseppe Verdi  -  Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra  - Jukka-Pekka Saraste  - Reijo Kiilunen  - Karita Mattila  - Antti Metsaranta  - Cheri Tamminen
  23. Rusalka, opera, B. 203 (Op. 114): Mesícku na nebi hlobokém  - Antonin Dvorák  -  Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra  - Jukka-Pekka Saraste  - Reijo Kiilunen  - Karita Mattila  - Antti Metsaranta  - Cheri Tamminen
  24. Tannhäuser, opera, WWV 70: Dich teure Halle (I Greet You, Dear Hall)  - Richard Wagner  -  Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra  - Jukka-Pekka Saraste  - Reijo Kiilunen  - Karita Mattila  - Antti Metsaranta  - Cheri Tamminen
  25. Porgy and Bess, opera: Summertime  - George Gershwin  -  Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra  - Ira Gershwin  - Jukka-Pekka Saraste  - Reijo Kiilunen  - Karita Mattila  - Antti Metsaranta  - Cheri Tamminen  - Peter Lerche  - Peter Lerche
  26. Diamonds are a Girl's Best Friend, song (from Gentlemen Prefer Blondes)  - Jule Styne  - Leo Robin  -  Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra  - Jukka-Pekka Saraste  - Reijo Kiilunen  - Karita Mattila  - Antti Metsaranta  - Cheri Tamminen  - Yrjö Hjelt
  27. Falling in love again (Ich bin von Kopf bis Fuss)  - Friedrich Hollaender  -  Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra  - Jukka-Pekka Saraste  - Reijo Kiilunen  - Karita Mattila  - Antti Metsaranta  - Cheri Tamminen  - Yrjö Hjelt
  28. Ich hab' noch einen Koffer in Berlin (I still have a Suitcase in Berlin)  - Ralph Siegel  -  Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra  - Jukka-Pekka Saraste  - Reijo Kiilunen  - Karita Mattila  - Antti Metsaranta  - Cheri Tamminen  - Ralph Maria Siegel  - Yrjö Hjelt
  29. Miksi laulan (Why Do I Sing), song for voice & piano, Op. 20/2  - Oskar Merikanto  -  Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra  - Jukka-Pekka Saraste  - Reijo Kiilunen  - Karita Mattila  - Antti Metsaranta  - Cheri Tamminen  - J.H. Erkko  - Nils-Eric Fougstedt
  30. Luulit, ma katselin sua (You thought I was watching you), for voice & piano, Op. 68/3  - Leevi Madetoja  -  Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra  - Jukka-Pekka Saraste  - Reijo Kiilunen  - Karita Mattila  - Antti Metsaranta  - Cheri Tamminen  - L. Onerva
  31. Die Fledermaus (The Bat), operetta (RV 503): Klänge der Heimat (Sounds of My Homeland)  - Johann Strauss  -  Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra  - Jukka-Pekka Saraste  - Reijo Kiilunen  - Karita Mattila  - Antti Metsaranta  - Cheri Tamminen
  32. Die Fledermaus (The Bat), operetta (RV 503): Mein Herr Marquis (My Dear Marquis)  - Johann Strauss  -  Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra  - Jukka-Pekka Saraste  - Reijo Kiilunen  - Karita Mattila  - Antti Metsaranta  - Cheri Tamminen

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