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All Music Guide - Stephen Eddins
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. ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Stephen Eddins
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.
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.

A frame of applause and ecstatic ovations greet what is one of Karita Mattila's most exciting discs yet.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 6/12/2007
  • Label: Ondine
  • UPC: 761195110058
  • Catalog Number: 1100
  • Sales rank: 253,219

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Applause - Kaija Saariaho & Recorded Sound (0:14)
  2. 2 L'invitation au voyage ("Mon enfant, ma soeur"), song for voice & piano (or orchestra) - Kaija Saariaho & Henri Duparc (4:27)
  3. 3 Romance de Mignon ("Le connais-tu, ce radieux pays"), song for voice & piano, Op. 2/3 - Kaija Saariaho & Henri Duparc (4:11)
  4. 4 Au pays où se fait la guerre, song for voice & piano (or orchestra) - Kaija Saariaho & Henri Duparc (5:34)
  5. 5 Chanson triste ("Dans ton coeur..."), song for voice & piano (or orchestra), Op. 2/4 - Kaija Saariaho & Henri Duparc (3:30)
  6. 6 Phidylé ("L'herbe est molle au sommeil"), song for voice & piano (or orchestra) - Kaija Saariaho & Henri Duparc (6:02)
  7. 7–10 Quatre instants, for soprano & piano - Kaija Saariaho & Kaija Saariaho (21:58)
  8. 8 Georgian Song ("Do not Sing, My Beauty"), for voice & piano, Op. 4/4 - Kaija Saariaho & Sergey Rachmaninov (4:40)
  9. 9 Twilight, song for voice & piano, Op. 21/3 - Kaija Saariaho & Sergey Rachmaninov (2:05)
  10. 10 Fragment from Musset, song for voice & piano, Op. 21/6 - Kaija Saariaho & Sergey Rachmaninov (1:59)
  11. 11 The Muse, song for voice & piano, Op. 34/1 - Kaija Saariaho & Sergey Rachmaninov (4:10)
  12. 12 What happiness, song for voice & piano, Op. 34/12 - Kaija Saariaho & Sergey Rachmaninov (2:21)
  13. 16–22 Gypsy Melodies (7) (Zigeunermelodien) for voice & piano, B. 104 (Op. 55) - Kaija Saariaho & Antonin Dvorák (15:14)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Karita Mattila Primary Artist
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