Essential Highlights of Karita Mattila

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All Music Guide - Stephen Eddins
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 ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Stephen Eddins
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: 4/27/2010
  • Label: Ondine
  • UPC: 761195025222
  • Catalog Number: 252-2
  • Sales rank: 313,849

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Tannhäuser, opera, WWV 70: Dich teure Halle (I Greet You, Dear Hall) - Richard Wagner & Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra (3:27)
    Composed byRichard Wagner
    Conducted byJukka-Pekka Saraste
    Performed byFinnish Radio Symphony Orchestra, Jukka-Pekka Saraste, Karita Mattila
  2. 2 Rusalka, opera, B. 203 (Op. 114): Mesícku na nebi hlobokém - Antonin Dvorák & Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra (5:31)
    Composed byAntonin Dvorák
    Conducted byJukka-Pekka Saraste
    Performed byFinnish Radio Symphony Orchestra, Jukka-Pekka Saraste, Karita Mattila
  3. 3 Aida, opera: Ritorna vincitor (Return, victorius!) - Giuseppe Verdi & Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra (6:34)
    Composed byGiuseppe Verdi
    Conducted byJukka-Pekka Saraste
    Performed byFinnish Radio Symphony Orchestra, Jukka-Pekka Saraste, Karita Mattila
  4. 4 La forza del destino, opera: ace, pace mio Dio (Peace, Grant Me Peace, O Lord) - Giuseppe Verdi & Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra (5:33)
    Composed byGiuseppe Verdi
    Conducted byJukka-Pekka Saraste
    Performed byFinnish Radio Symphony Orchestra, Jukka-Pekka Saraste, Karita Mattila
  5. 5 Tosca, opera: Vissi d'arte (I Have Lived for Art) - Giacomo Puccini & Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra (3:03)
    Composed byGiacomo Puccini
    Conducted byJukka-Pekka Saraste
    Performed byFinnish Radio Symphony Orchestra, Jukka-Pekka Saraste, Karita Mattila
  6. 6 Die Fledermaus (The Bat), operetta (RV 503): Ich lade gern mir Gäste ein (I Like to Invite Gues - Johann Strauss II & Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra (2:52)
    Composed byJohann Strauss II
    Conducted byJukka-Pekka Saraste
    Performed byFinnish Radio Symphony Orchestra, Jukka-Pekka Saraste, Karita Mattila
  7. 7 Die Fledermaus (The Bat), operetta (RV 503): Mein Herr Marquis (My Dear Marquis) - Johann Strauss II & Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra (3:23)
    Composed byJohann Strauss II
    Conducted byJukka-Pekka Saraste
    Performed byFinnish Radio Symphony Orchestra, Jukka-Pekka Saraste, Karita Mattila
  8. 8 Die Fledermaus (The Bat), operetta (RV 503): Klänge der Heimat (Sounds of My Homeland) - Johann Strauss II & Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra (4:08)
    Composed byJohann Strauss II
    Conducted byJukka-Pekka Saraste
    Performed byFinnish Radio Symphony Orchestra, Jukka-Pekka Saraste, Karita Mattila
  9. 9 Luulit, ma katselin sua (You thought I was watching you), for voice & piano, Op. 68/3 - Leevi Madetoja & Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra (2:53)
    Composed byLeevi Madetoja
    Conducted byJukka-Pekka Saraste
    Performed byFinnish Radio Symphony Orchestra, Jukka-Pekka Saraste, Karita Mattila
  10. 10 Miksi laulan (Why Do I Sing), song for voice & piano, Op. 20/2 - Oskar Merikanto & Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra (1:34)
    Composed byOskar Merikanto
    Conducted byJukka-Pekka Saraste
    Performed byFinnish Radio Symphony Orchestra, Jukka-Pekka Saraste, Karita Mattila
  11. 11 Ich hab' noch einen Koffer in Berlin (I still have a Suitcase in Berlin) - Ralph Siegel & Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra (3:48)
    Composed byRalph Siegel, Ralph Maria Siegel
    Conducted byJukka-Pekka Saraste
    Performed byFinnish Radio Symphony Orchestra, Jukka-Pekka Saraste, Karita Mattila
  12. 12 Falling in love again (Ich bin von Kopf bis Fuss) - Friedrich Hollaender & Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra (4:12)
    Composed byFriedrich Hollaender
    Conducted byJukka-Pekka Saraste
    Performed byFinnish Radio Symphony Orchestra, Jukka-Pekka Saraste, Karita Mattila
  13. 13 Diamonds are a Girl's Best Friend, song (from Gentlemen Prefer Blondes) - Jule Styne & Leo Robin (4:03)
    Composed byJule Styne
    Conducted byJukka-Pekka Saraste
    Performed byFinnish Radio Symphony Orchestra, Jukka-Pekka Saraste, Karita Mattila
  14. 14 Porgy and Bess, opera: Summertime - George Gershwin & Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra (2:34)
    Composed byGeorge Gershwin
    Conducted byJukka-Pekka Saraste
    Performed byFinnish Radio Symphony Orchestra, Jukka-Pekka Saraste, Karita Mattila
Disc 2
  1. 1 To Evening (Illalle), song for voice & piano, Op. 17/6 - Jean Sibelius & Reijo Kiilunen (1:32)
    Composed byJean Sibelius
    Performed byKarita Mattila
  2. 2 Was it a dream? (Var det en dröm), song for voice & piano, Op. 37/4 - Jean Sibelius & Reijo Kiilunen (2:13)
    Composed byJean Sibelius
    Performed byKarita Mattila
  3. 3 The Diamond on the March Snow (Demanton på marssnön), song for voice & piano, Op. 36/6 - Jean Sibelius & Reijo Kiilunen (3:25)
    Composed byJean Sibelius
    Performed byKarita Mattila
  4. 4 Enticement (Fågellek), song for voice & piano, Op. 17/3 - Jean Sibelius & Reijo Kiilunen (1:49)
    Composed byJean Sibelius
    Performed byKarita Mattila
  5. 5 Driftwood (Lastu Lainehilla), song for voice & piano, Op. 17/7 - Jean Sibelius & Reijo Kiilunen (1:17)
    Composed byJean Sibelius
    Performed byKarita Mattila
  6. 6 Row, row duck (Souda, souda, sinisorsa), for voice & piano - Jean Sibelius & Reijo Kiilunen (1:24)
    Composed byJean Sibelius
    Performed byKarita Mattila
  7. 7 Spring is flying (Våren flyktar hastigt) song for voice & piano, Op. 13/4 - Jean Sibelius & Reijo Kiilunen (1:40)
    Composed byJean Sibelius
    Performed byKarita Mattila
  8. 8 The First Kiss (Den förste kyssen, II), song for voice & piano, Op. 37/1 - Jean Sibelius & Reijo Kiilunen (2:08)
    Composed byJean Sibelius
    Performed byKarita Mattila
  9. 9 But my Bird is Long in Homing (Men min fågel märks dock icke), song for voice & piano, Op. 36/2 - Jean Sibelius & Reijo Kiilunen (2:36)
    Composed byJean Sibelius
    Performed byKarita Mattila
  10. 10 Arioso, for voice & piano (arranged from voice/orchestra version), Op. 3 - Jean Sibelius & Reijo Kiilunen (4:51)
    Composed byJean Sibelius
    Performed byKarita Mattila
  11. 11 Idle Wishes (Fåfäng önskan), song for voice & piano, Op. 61/7 - Jean Sibelius & Reijo Kiilunen (3:27)
    Composed byJean Sibelius
    Performed byKarita Mattila
  12. 12–17 Songs (6) for voice & piano, Op. 88 - Jean Sibelius & Reijo Kiilunen (9:06)
    Composed byJean Sibelius
    Performed byKarita Mattila
    1. 12 Blåsippan
    2. 13 De bägge rosorna
    3. 14 Vitsippan
    4. 15 Sippan
    5. 16 Törnet
    6. 17 Blommans öde
  13. 18 The North (Norden), song for voice & piano, Op. 90/1 - Jean Sibelius & Reijo Kiilunen (2:55)
    Composed byJean Sibelius
    Performed byKarita Mattila
  14. 19 The Echo Nymph (Kaiutar), somg for voice & piano, Op. 72/4 - Jean Sibelius & Reijo Kiilunen (3:33)
    Composed byJean Sibelius
    Performed byKarita Mattila
  15. 20 Dragon-Fly (En slända), song for voice & piano, Op. 17/5 - Jean Sibelius & Reijo Kiilunen (5:18)
    Composed byJean Sibelius
    Performed byKarita Mattila
  16. 21 Black Roses (Svarta rosor), song for voice & piano, Op. 36/1 - Jean Sibelius & Ernst Josephson (2:07)
    Composed byJean Sibelius
    Performed byKarita Mattila
  17. 22 May (Maj), song for voice & piano, Op. 57/4 - Jean Sibelius & Ernst Josephson (2:44)
    Composed byJean Sibelius
    Performed byKarita Mattila
  18. 23 Jubal, song for voice & piano, Op. 35/1 - Jean Sibelius & Ernst Josephson (5:08)
    Composed byJean Sibelius
    Performed byKarita Mattila
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Performance Credits
Karita Mattila Primary Artist
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