Karita Live!

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Barnes & Noble - EJ Johnson
Karita Mattila, the down-to-earth diva with self-confidence to spare, rose to prominence in the early 1980s after winning the Cardiff "Singer of the World" competition. She began her recording career with Mozart but has since expanded her repertoire to include a variety of composers spanning the musical spectrum. Her voice defies classification: Softly warm and glowing, it seems as appropriate for Wagner and Strauss as for Verdi and Puccini. Karita Live!, recorded in performance with the Finnish Radio Symphony directed by Jukka-Pekka Saraste, highlights the Scandinavian soprano's eclectic abilities with a smorgasbord recital of famous arias and popular songs. From ...
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Barnes & Noble - EJ Johnson
Karita Mattila, the down-to-earth diva with self-confidence to spare, rose to prominence in the early 1980s after winning the Cardiff "Singer of the World" competition. She began her recording career with Mozart but has since expanded her repertoire to include a variety of composers spanning the musical spectrum. Her voice defies classification: Softly warm and glowing, it seems as appropriate for Wagner and Strauss as for Verdi and Puccini. Karita Live!, recorded in performance with the Finnish Radio Symphony directed by Jukka-Pekka Saraste, highlights the Scandinavian soprano's eclectic abilities with a smorgasbord recital of famous arias and popular songs. From Elisabeth's stirring aria "Dich teure Halle" from Wagner's Tannhäuser to Puccini's celebrated "Vissi d'arte" to "Ich bin von Kopf bis Fuss auf Liebe eingestellt" the song of weltschmerz immortalized by Marlene Dietrich Mattila does it all with self-assured artistry. The encore finale, George Gershwin's "Summertime," may suffer from Mattila's slight Finnish accent, but the golden-voiced soprano slides and glides her way through Gershwin's classic with stylish, jazzy aplomb.
All Music Guide - Stephen Eddins
Beginning with the riotous opening applause that continues through the orchestral introduction to Dich teure Halle from "Tannhäuser," Karita Mattila is greeted at this live 2000 concert at the Helsinki arena 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; she is fully invested in this material, and is holding nothing back. The concert opens with dazzle. Besides the Wagner, Mattila brings characters from Dvorák, Verdi, and Puccini operas to life with a searing focus. The climax of Vissi d'arte in particular has a startling, gleaming purity. Her powerful, radiant voice in the service of such an intelligent and heartfelt commitment to the music viscerally communicates with her audience. The remainder of the concert is devoted to lighter material, which she delivers with no less understanding and effectiveness. She demonstrates her mastery of comedy in three arias of three different characters from "Die Fledermaus." Two of the three pieces in the set of songs by late and post-Romantic Finnish composers have a distinctly popular character and show how much at ease Mattila is in a wide range of music. That impression is confirmed in her seductive performances of "Falling in Love Again" in its original German version, "Diamonds Are a Girl's Best Friend," and "Summertime"; she could have made a career as a chanteuse if she had chosen not to pursue opera. Mattila's fans will not want to miss this distinctive and vibrant recital, and it should appeal to a broad range of listeners who love vocal music. There are a few ancillary noises and some applause, but generally the sound is terrifically clean and present.
New York Times - Matthew Gurewitsch
Karita Live! captures Ms. Mattila at her most exuberant, aglow with show-biz pizazz.

Karita Live! captures Ms. Mattila at her most exuberant, aglow with show-biz pizazz.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 1/23/2001
  • Label: Ondine
  • UPC: 761195096826
  • Catalog Number: 968
  • Sales rank: 327,101

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)
  2. 2 Rusalka, opera, B. 203 (Op. 114): Mesicku na nebi hlobokém (Song to the Moon) - Antonin Dvorák & Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra (5:31)
  3. 3 Aida, opera: Ritorna vincitor (Return Victorious!) - Giuseppe Verdi & Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra (6:34)
  4. 4 La forza del destino, opera: Pace, pace mio Dio (Peace, Grant Me Peace, O Lord) - Giuseppe Verdi & Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra (5:33)
  5. 5 Tosca, opera: Vissi d'arte (I Have Lived For Art) - Giacomo Puccini & Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra (3:03)
  6. 6–8 Die Fledermaus (The Bat), operetta (RV 503) - Johann Strauss II & Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra (10:23)
  7. 7 Luulit, ma katselin sua (You thought I was watching you), for voice & piano, Op. 68/3 - Leevi Madetoja & Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra (2:53)
  8. 8 Why Do I Sing - Oskar Merikanto & Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra (1:34)
  9. 9 Ich hab' noch einen Koffer in Berlin (I still have a Suitcase in Berlin) - Ralph Siegel & Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra (3:48)
  10. 10 Ich bin Kopf bis Fuß (Falling in love again) (for the film The Blue Angel) - Friedrich Hollaender & Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra (4:12)
  11. 11 Diamonds are a Girl's Best Friend, song (from Gentlemen Prefer Blondes) - Jule Styne & Leo Robin (4:03)
  12. 12 Porgy and Bess, opera: Summertime - George Gershwin & Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra (2:34)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Karita Mattila Primary Artist
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