Scene d'amore

Scene d'amore

by Soile Isokoski


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Scene d'amore

Finnish soprano Soile Isokoski's recital includes arias central to the lyric soprano repertoire. She brings an especially full and burnished sound to these performances, each of which is a model of flawless technique, lovely tone, and thoughtful expressiveness. Not least among her virtues is her absolutely true intonation, which gives her voice its characteristic gleaming purity. Isokoski's interpretations are subtly nuanced; she is reportedly not a natural stage actor, but vocally she fully embodies the characters whose passion she is expressing. She's especially effective in the longer scenes, in which the character passes through a variety of emotional states, such as The Letter scene from "Eugene Onegin," and Desdemona's Act IV scene. She invests no less feeling and insight in the arias, such as Micäela's "Je dis, que rien ne m'épouvante," and Liù's "Tu che di gel sei cinta." Her luminous and passionate "Mi chiamano Mimi" is a marvel. The playing of the Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra, conducted by Mikko Franck, isn't quite up to Isokoski's standards; it occasionally has intonation issues, and attacks aren't always unanimous. Ondine's sound is clean and spacious.

Product Details

Release Date: 10/14/2008
Label: Ondine
UPC: 0761195112625
catalogNumber: 1126


  1. Eugene Onegin, opera, Op. 24: Act 2. Letter scene. Puskay pogibnu ya
  2. Carmen, opéra-comique in 4 acts: Act 4. Je dis, que rien ne m'épouvante
  3. Faust, opera: Scene and Aria: Je voudrais bien savoir... Ah! Je
  4. Faust, opera: Act 3. Jewel Song. O Dieu, que de bijoux
  5. La bohème, opera: Act 1. Sì. Mi chiamano Mimì
  6. Turandot, opera: Act 3. Tu che di gel sei cinta
  7. Simon Boccanegra, opera: Act 1. Come in quest' ora bruna
  8. Otello, opera: Act 4. Emilia, te ne prego... Piangea cantando...

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