Irresistible Karita Mattila

> Tannhauser - Tannhauser: Dich, teure Halle, gruss' ich wieder
> Rusalka, Op. 114, B. 203 - Rusalka, Op. 114, Act I: Mesicku na nebi hlobokem
> Aida - Aida, Act I: Ritorna vincitor!
> Tosca - Tosca, Act II: Vissi d'arte
> 5 Songs, Op. 37: No. 5. Flickan kom ifran sin alsklings mote (The girl returned from meeting her lover) (arr. J. Jalas) - 5 Songs, Op. 37: No. 5. Flickan kom ifran sin alsklings mote (The girl returned from meeting her lover) (arr. J. Jalas)
> Myrskyluodon Maija (Stormcar's Maya) (arr. R. Niemi) - Myrskyluodon Maija (Stormcar's Maya) (arr. R. Niemi)
> The Wizard of Oz (arr. Y. Hjelt) - The Wizard of Oz: Over the Rainbow (arr. Y. Hjelt)
> Evita (arr. R. Niemi) - Evita: Don't Cry for Me Argentina (arr. R. Niemi)
> Kiss Me, Kate (arr. Y. Hjelt) - Kiss Me, Kate: Wunderbar (arr. Y. Hjelt)
> West Side Story, Act II: Somewhere (arr. R. Niemi) - West Side Story: Somewhere (arr. R. Niemi)
> My Fair Lady (arr. R. Niemi) - My Fair Lady: I Could Have Danced All Night (arr. R. Niemi)
> Roberta: Smoke Gets in Your Eyes - Roberta: Smoke Gets in Your Eyes
> Misty - Misty
> 'Round Midnight - 'Round Midnight

Album Summary

>Wagner, Richard : Tannhäuser
>Dvorak, Antonin : Rusalka
>Verdi, Giuseppe : Aida, opera
>Puccini, Giacomo : Tosca
>Sibelius, Jean : Flickan kom ifran sin alsklings mote (The Maid Returned from Meeting her Lover), song for voice & pi
>Martenson, Lasse : Myrskyluodon Maija, for voice & orchestra
>Arlen, Harold : Somewhere Over the Rainbow (for the film The Wizard of Oz)
>Webber, Andrew Lloyd : Don't Cry for Me Argentina, song (for the musical Evita)
>Porter, Cole : Wunderbar, song (from "Kiss Me Kate")
>Bernstein, Leonard : West Side Story
>Loewe, Frederick : I Could Have Danced All Night, song (for the musical My Fair Lady)
>Kern, Jerome : Roberta
>Garner, Erroll : Misty, song
>Monk, Thelonious : Round Midnight, song
Performers Conductors Ensembles Composers

Notes & Reviews:

Celebrated soprano Karita Mattila has proved herself to be irresistible in any musical genre. This compilation couples live performances of some of the world's best-loved opera arias together with the Finnish diva's unique interpretations of songs from Broadway musicals and the Great American Songbook. Included are two previously unreleased tracks from her earlier live recorded Fever album (OND 1105): Misty (track 13) and 'Round Midnight (14). Karita Mattila is the biggest Finnish star on the international stage of classical music. She has been named by Musical America the "most electrifying actress of our day (who) drives the public into frenzies" (Musician of the Year 2005). This release marks her 50th birthday in 2010, coinciding with Ondine’s 25th anniversary.

BBC Music Magazine
Common to [all tracks] is a warm, enfolding orchestral presence, and that fusion of fearless strength with the ability to come intimately close to the listener which makes Mattila a totally natural crossover artist. You barely notice when she does make the crossing.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Tampere Hall, Finland (08/2007).



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Works Details

>Wagner, Richard : Tannhäuser :: Dich teure halle
  • Performers: Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra (Soprano); Karita Mattila; Jukka-Pekka Saraste (Soprano)
  • Conductor: Jukka-Pekka Saraste
  • Running Time: 3 min. 32 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1843-1865
  • Studio/Live: Live

>Antonin Dvorák (1841 - 1904) : Rusalka :: Mesicku na nebi hlobokém (Song to the Moon)
  • Performers: Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra (Soprano); Karita Mattila; Jukka-Pekka Saraste (Soprano)
  • Conductor: Jukka-Pekka Saraste
  • Running Time: 5 min. 28 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Studio/Live: Live

>Verdi, Giuseppe : Aida, opera :: Ritorna vincitor!
  • Performers: Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra (Soprano); Karita Mattila; Jukka-Pekka Saraste (Soprano)
  • Conductor: Jukka-Pekka Saraste
  • Notes: Composition written: 1871.
  • Running Time: 6 min. 33 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1871
  • Studio/Live: Live

>Puccini, Giacomo : Tosca :: Vissi d'arte
  • Performers: Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra (Soprano); Karita Mattila; Jukka-Pekka Saraste (Soprano)
  • Conductor: Jukka-Pekka Saraste
  • Running Time: 3 min. sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1900
  • Studio/Live: Live

>Sibelius, Jean : Flickan kom ifrån sin älsklings möte (The Maid Returned from Meeting her Lover), song for voice & pi
  • Performers: Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra (Soprano); Karita Mattila; Jukka-Pekka Saraste (Soprano)
  • Conductor: Jukka-Pekka Saraste
  • Running Time: 3 min. sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1901
  • Studio/Live: Live

>Lasse Mårtenson (1934 - ) : Myrskyluodon Maija, for voice & orchestra
  • Performers: Sinfonia Finlandia Jyväskylä (Accordion); Sinfonia Finlandia Jyväskylä (Soprano); Riku Niemi (Soprano); Karita Mattila
  • Conductor: Riku Niemi
  • Running Time: 5 min. 28 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary

>Arlen, Harold : Somewhere Over the Rainbow (for the film The Wizard of Oz)
  • Performers: Pekka Savijoki (Saxophone); Tapiola Sinfonietta (Soprano); Karita Mattila
  • Conductor: Pekka Savijoki
  • Running Time: 4 min. 55 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1939

>Webber, Andrew Lloyd : Don't Cry for Me Argentina, song (for the musical Evita)
  • Performers: Tapiola Sinfonietta (Soprano); Karita Mattila; Pekka Savijoki (Saxophone)
  • Conductor: Pekka Savijoki
  • Running Time: 5 min. 18 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 1976

>Porter, Cole : Wunderbar, song (from "Kiss Me Kate")
  • Performers: Pekka Savijoki (Saxophone); Tapiola Sinfonietta (Saxophone); Karita Mattila
  • Conductor: Pekka Savijoki
  • Running Time: 2 min. 12 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern

>Bernstein, Leonard : West Side Story
  • Performers: Pekka Savijoki (Saxophone); Karita Mattila; Tapiola Sinfonietta (Saxophone)
  • Conductor: Pekka Savijoki
  • Running Time: 3 min. 42 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Vocal
  • Written: 1957

>Loewe, Frederick : I Could Have Danced All Night, song (for the musical My Fair Lady)
  • Performers: Pekka Savijoki (Saxophone); Tapiola Sinfonietta (Saxophone); Karita Mattila
  • Conductor: Pekka Savijoki
  • Notes: Composition written: United States of America.
  • Running Time: 2 min. 36 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Studio/Live: Live

>Kern, Jerome : Roberta
  • Performers: How Many Sisters (Flute); Peter Lerche (Guitar); Fever Band (Flute); Jukka Eskola (Trumpet); Jukka Eskola (Flugelhorn); Karita Mattila; Timo Lassy (Flute); Mikko Mustonen (Trombone); Ville Herrala (Double Bass); Kirmo Lintinen (Piano); Mika Kallio (Drums)
  • Conductor: Kirmo Lintinen
  • Ensemble: Fever (Ensemble)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 43 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Studio/Live: Live

>Garner, Erroll : Misty, song
  • Performers: Mikko Mustonen (Trombone); Ville Herrala (Double Bass); Kirmo Lintinen (Piano); Mika Kallio (Drums); Peter Lerche (Guitar); Fever Band (Soprano); Jukka Eskola (Trumpet); Jukka Eskola (Flugelhorn); Karita Mattila; Timo Lassy (Flute)
  • Conductor: Kirmo Lintinen
  • Running Time: 4 min. 20 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1954
  • Studio/Live: Live

>Monk, Thelonious : Round Midnight, song
  • Performers: Mikko Mustonen (Trombone); Ville Herrala (Double Bass); Kirmo Lintinen (Piano); Mika Kallio (Drums); Peter Lerche (Guitar); Fever Band (Flute); Jukka Eskola (Flugelhorn); Jukka Eskola (Trumpet); Karita Mattila; Timo Lassy (Flute)
  • Conductor: Kirmo Lintinen
  • Ensemble: Fever (Ensemble)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 29 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Vocal
  • Studio/Live: Live