Helsinki Recital

Helsinki Recital

by Karita Mattila
     
 

Karita Mattila brings her dusky soprano to a strong and varied program of songs by French, Finnish, Russian, and Czech composers. Her performance of five songs by Duparc, including a particularly ravishing reading of "L'Invitation au Voyage," is warm and sensual. Kaija Saariaho wrote "Quatre Instants" for MattilaSee more details below

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Karita Mattila brings her dusky soprano to a strong and varied program of songs by French, Finnish, Russian, and Czech composers. Her performance of five songs by Duparc, including a particularly ravishing reading of "L'Invitation au Voyage," is warm and sensual. Kaija Saariaho wrote "Quatre Instants" for Mattila, who premiered them in Paris at the Châtelet Theatre in 2003. Saariaho's deeply expressive settings of the poetry of Lebanese writer Amin Maalouf are largely atonal, but her vocal lines are lyrical and soaring, with accompaniments that underline the intense emotions of the texts, and Mattila sings them with the abandon of a woman in the throes of passion. Mattila is perhaps strongest in the Slavic repertoire; the five Rachmaninov songs fall ideally for her voice, and she fully invests herself in the intensity of their sentiments. "Kakoje Stsastje," the final song of the set, is especially effective. Dvorák originally wrote his "Gypsy Songs, Op. 55," to texts in German, but Mattila sings them in Czech, which seems better suited to their character than German. Mattila is especially free and uninhibited in these songs, and her rollicking enthusiasm is infectious. Pianist Martin Katz provides an unusually sensitive and nuanced accompaniment. The SACD recording, made at a live recital in Helsinki, has a few extraneous noises, but generally the sound is clean, with good balance between the performers.

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Editorial Reviews

Gramophone - Mike Ashman
Nothing but praise then for the soprano, with generous, untiring and subtly detailed concentration over a longish time span in heavy repertoire.
BBC Music Magazine - Hilary Finch
A frame of applause and ecstatic ovations greet what is one of Karita Mattila's most exciting discs yet.

Product Details

Release Date:
06/12/2007
Label:
Ondine
UPC:
0761195110058
catalogNumber:
1100
Rank:
218483

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Tracks

  1. Applause  -  Recorded Sound  - Kaija Saariaho  - Charles Baudelaire  - Eduardo Nestor Gomez  - Martin Katz  - Reijo Kiilunen  - Karita Mattila
  2. L'invitation au voyage ("Mon enfant, ma soeur"), song for voice & piano (or orchestra)  - Henri Duparc  - Kaija Saariaho  - Charles Baudelaire  - Eduardo Nestor Gomez  - Martin Katz  - Reijo Kiilunen  - Karita Mattila
  3. Romance de Mignon ("Le connais-tu, ce radieux pays"), song for voice & piano, Op. 2/3  - Henri Duparc  - Kaija Saariaho  - Eduardo Nestor Gomez  - Martin Katz  - Reijo Kiilunen  - Karita Mattila  -  Wilder
  4. Au pays où se fait la guerre, song for voice & piano (or orchestra)  - Henri Duparc  - Kaija Saariaho  - Théophile Gautier  - Eduardo Nestor Gomez  - Martin Katz  - Reijo Kiilunen  - Karita Mattila
  5. Chanson triste ("Dans ton coeur..."), song for voice & piano (or orchestra), Op. 2/4  - Henri Duparc  - Kaija Saariaho  - Eduardo Nestor Gomez  - Martin Katz  - Reijo Kiilunen  - Jean Lahor  - Karita Mattila
  6. Phidylé ("L'herbe est molle au sommeil"), song for voice & piano (or orchestra)  - Henri Duparc  - Kaija Saariaho  - Eduardo Nestor Gomez  - Martin Katz  - Reijo Kiilunen  - Charles Marie Leconte de Lisle  - Karita Mattila
  7. Quatre instants, for soprano & piano  - Kaija Saariaho  - Kaija Saariaho  - Eduardo Nestor Gomez  - Martin Katz  - Reijo Kiilunen  - Karita Mattila  - Amin Maalouf
  8. Georgian Song ("Do not Sing, My Beauty"), for voice & piano, Op. 4/4  - Sergey Rachmaninov  - Kaija Saariaho  - Eduardo Nestor Gomez  - Martin Katz  - Reijo Kiilunen  - Karita Mattila  - Alexander Pushkin
  9. Twilight, song for voice & piano, Op. 21/3  - Sergey Rachmaninov  - Kaija Saariaho  - Eduardo Nestor Gomez  - Martin Katz  - Reijo Kiilunen  - Karita Mattila  - M. Guyot
  10. Fragment from Musset, song for voice & piano, Op. 21/6  - Sergey Rachmaninov  - Kaija Saariaho  - Aleksei N. Apukhtin  - Eduardo Nestor Gomez  - Martin Katz  - Reijo Kiilunen  - Karita Mattila
  11. The Muse, song for voice & piano, Op. 34/1  - Sergey Rachmaninov  - Kaija Saariaho  - Eduardo Nestor Gomez  - Martin Katz  - Reijo Kiilunen  - Karita Mattila  - Alexander Pushkin
  12. What happiness, song for voice & piano, Op. 34/12  - Sergey Rachmaninov  - Kaija Saariaho  - Afansij Afanas'evic Fet  - Eduardo Nestor Gomez  - Martin Katz  - Reijo Kiilunen  - Karita Mattila
  13. Gypsy Melodies (7) (Zigeunermelodien) for voice & piano, B. 104 (Op. 55)  - Antonin Dvorák  - Kaija Saariaho  - Eduardo Nestor Gomez  - Adolf Heyduk  - Martin Katz  - Reijo Kiilunen  - Karita Mattila

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