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The Legacy of Mahler: songs by Mahler, Berg, Schonberg, Shostakovich Britten / Virpi Raisanen, mezzo-soprano; Marita Viitaalo, piano

> Lieder und Gesange aus der Jugendzeit, Book 3 - Lieder und Gesange aus der Jugendzeit, Book 3: No. 2. Ablosung im Sommer
> Lieder und Gesange aus der Jugendzeit, Book 1 - No. 1. Fruhlingsmorgen
> Lieder und Gesange aus der Jugendzeit, Book 1 - No. 2. Erinnerung
> Lieder und Gesange aus der Jugendzeit, Book 1 - No. 3. Hans und Grethe
> Lieder und Gesange aus der Jugendzeit, Book 1 - No. 4. Serenade aus Don Juan
> Lieder und Gesange aus der Jugendzeit, Book 1 - No. 5. Phantasie aus Don Juan
> Jugendlieder, Vol. 1 (text by P. Hohenberg) - Jugendlieder, Vol. 1: Sehnsucht I
> Jugendlieder, Vol. 2 (text by A. Holz and J. Schlaf) - Er klagt das der Fruhling so kortz bluht
> Jugendlieder, Vol. 2 (text by A. Holz and J. Schlaf) - Regen
> Schliesse mir die Augen beide (1st setting) - Schliesse mir die Augen beide (1st setting)
> Schliesse mir die Augen beide (2nd setting) - Schliesse mir die Augen beide (2nd setting)
> 4 Lieder, Op. 2 (text by C.F. Hebbel) - 4 Lieder, Op. 2: No. 1. Schlafen, schlafen
> An Leukon - An Leukon
> Brettl-Lieder (text by F. Wedekind and H. Salus) - No. 6. Galathea
> Brettl-Lieder (text by F. Wedekind and H. Salus) - No. 2. Einfaltiges Lied
> Brettl-Lieder (text by F. Wedekind and H. Salus) - No. 1. Der genugsame Liebhaber
> 2 Fables of Krilov, Op. 4 (arr. for voice and piano) - No. 1. The Dragon-Fly and the Ant
> 2 Fables of Krilov, Op. 4 (arr. for voice and piano) - No. 2. The Donkey and the Nightingale
> A Charm of Lullabies, Op. 41 - No. 1. A Cradle Song
> A Charm of Lullabies, Op. 41 - No. 2. The Highland Balou
> A Charm of Lullabies, Op. 41 - No. 3. Sephestia's Lullaby
> A Charm of Lullabies, Op. 41 - No. 4. A Charm
> A Charm of Lullabies, Op. 41 - No. 5. The Nurse's Song

Album Summary

>Mahler, Gustav : Lieder und Gesange, vol 3
>Mahler, Gustav : Lieder und Gesange, vol 1
>Mahler, Gustav : Lieder und Gesänge, vol 1
>Mahler, Gustav : Phantasie aus Don Juan, for voice & piano (Aus der Jugendzeit Vol. 1, no 5)
>Berg, Alban : Sehnsucht I, song for voice & piano (from "Jugendlieder")
>Berg, Alban : Er klagt, dass der Fruhling so korz bluht, song for voice & piano (from "Jugendlieder")
>Berg, Alban : Regen, song for voice & piano (from "Jugendlieder")
>Berg, Alban : Songs (4), Op. 2
>Berg, Alban : Songs, Op. 2
>Berg, Alban : Jugendlieder, Vol. 2
>Schoenberg, Arnold : Brettl-Lieder
>Shostakovich, Dmitri : Dve Basny, Op. 4
>Britten, Benjamin : A Charm of Lullabies, song cycle for mezzo-soprano & piano, Op. 41
Performers Composers

Notes & Reviews:

Ondine is pleased to announce the debut release of charismatic mezzo -soprano Virpi Räisänen. Following her recent career change from a successful violinist to a concert and opera singer, Virpi Räisänen has already appeared at the Staatsoper in Berlin, the Netherlands Opera, and the Salzburg Festival. Virpi Räisänen is admirably multifaceted being equally at home with contemporary as well as with baroque music, her beautiful timbre seems to fit well in all genres.

American Record Guide, January/February 2013
The accompaniment is consistently excellent and unobtrusive. Texts and translations.

Gramophone Magazine, Awards Issue 2012
With a Nordic timbre suggesting a genetic kinship with Karita Mattila, Räisänen's instrument is clear, clean and beautifully produced from a technical standpoint, with an extra something that's initially hard to put your finger on. Then, as the recital goes on, you realise a violinist's sensibility is at work...As much as her sound recalls Mattila, her vocal line is like Felicity Lott's...it's a highly impressive calling-card.

International Record Review, February 2013
The precision of Raisenen's singing is most impressive, although it doesn't come across as cold or overly technical...Her sound is bright on top and her lower register is rich without being matronly. She is idiomatic in German, Russian and English...The only thing that I miss in her singing is communicative warmth and intimacy...Here is a singer to keep an ear on.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Järvenpää Hall, Finland (10/31/2011); Järvenpää Hall, Finland (11/01/2011); Järvenpää Hall, Finland (11/03/2011).



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>Mahler, Gustav : Lieder und Gesänge, vol 3
  • Performers: Marita Viitasalo (Piano); Virpi Raisanen
  • Notes: Järvenpää Hall, Finland (10/31/2011); Järvenpää Hall, Finland (11/01/2011); Järvenpää Hall, Finland (11/03/2011)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 49 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Vocal
  • Written: 1887-1890

>Mahler, Gustav : Lieder und Gesänge, vol 1
  • Performers: Marita Viitasalo (Piano); Virpi Raisanen
  • Notes: Järvenpää Hall, Finland (10/31/2011); Järvenpää Hall, Finland (11/01/2011); Järvenpää Hall, Finland (11/03/2011)
  • Running Time: 2 min. sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Vocal
  • Written: 1880-1887

>Mahler, Gustav : Lieder und Gesänge, vol 1
  • Performers: Marita Viitasalo (Piano); Virpi Raisanen
  • Notes: Järvenpää Hall, Finland (10/31/2011); Järvenpää Hall, Finland (11/01/2011); Järvenpää Hall, Finland (11/03/2011)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 59 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Vocal
  • Written: 1880-1887

>Mahler, Gustav : Lieder und Gesänge, vol 1
  • Performers: Marita Viitasalo (Piano); Virpi Raisanen
  • Notes: Järvenpää Hall, Finland (10/31/2011); Järvenpää Hall, Finland (11/01/2011); Järvenpää Hall, Finland (11/03/2011)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 26 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Vocal
  • Written: 1880-1887

>Mahler, Gustav : Lieder und Gesänge, vol 1
  • Performers: Marita Viitasalo (Piano); Virpi Raisanen
  • Notes: Järvenpää Hall, Finland (10/31/2011); Järvenpää Hall, Finland (11/01/2011); Järvenpää Hall, Finland (11/03/2011)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 48 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1880-1887

>Mahler, Gustav : Phantasie aus Don Juan, for voice & piano (Aus der Jugendzeit Vol. 1, no 5)
  • Performers: Marita Viitasalo (Piano); Virpi Raisanen
  • Notes: Järvenpää Hall, Finland (10/31/2011); Järvenpää Hall, Finland (11/01/2011); Järvenpää Hall, Finland (11/03/2011)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 43 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Vocal
  • Written: 1880-1887

>Berg, Alban : Sehnsucht I, song for voice & piano (from "Jugendlieder")
  • Performers: Marita Viitasalo (Piano); Virpi Raisanen
  • Notes: Järvenpää Hall, Finland (10/31/2011); Järvenpää Hall, Finland (11/01/2011); Järvenpää Hall, Finland (11/03/2011)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 14 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: circa 1902

>Berg, Alban : Er klagt, dass der Frühling so korz blüht, song for voice & piano (from "Jugendlieder")
  • Performers: Marita Viitasalo (Piano); Virpi Raisanen
  • Notes: Järvenpää Hall, Finland (10/31/2011); Järvenpää Hall, Finland (11/01/2011); Järvenpää Hall, Finland (11/03/2011)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 4 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: circa 1902

>Berg, Alban : Regen, song for voice & piano (from "Jugendlieder")
  • Performers: Marita Viitasalo (Piano); Virpi Raisanen
  • Notes: Järvenpää Hall, Finland (10/31/2011); Järvenpää Hall, Finland (11/01/2011); Järvenpää Hall, Finland (11/03/2011)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 30 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: circa 1905-1909

>Berg, Alban : Songs (4), Op. 2
  • Performers: Marita Viitasalo (Piano); Virpi Raisanen
  • Notes: Järvenpää Hall, Finland (10/31/2011); Järvenpää Hall, Finland (11/01/2011); Järvenpää Hall, Finland (11/03/2011)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 4 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1909-1925

>Berg, Alban : Songs, Op. 2 :: Schlafen, schlafen, from Dem Schmerz sein Recht
  • Performers: Marita Viitasalo (Piano); Virpi Raisanen
  • Notes: Järvenpää Hall, Finland (10/31/2011); Järvenpää Hall, Finland (11/01/2011); Järvenpää Hall, Finland (11/03/2011)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 56 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Vocal
  • Written: circa 1909-1910

>Berg, Alban : Jugendlieder, Vol. 2 :: Leudon
  • Performers: Marita Viitasalo (Piano); Virpi Raisanen
  • Notes: Järvenpää Hall, Finland (10/31/2011); Järvenpää Hall, Finland (11/01/2011); Järvenpää Hall, Finland (11/03/2011)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 28 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1900-1908

>Schoenberg, Arnold : Brettl-Lieder :: 7. Galathea
  • Performers: Marita Viitasalo (Piano); Virpi Raisanen
  • Notes: Järvenpää Hall, Finland (10/31/2011); Järvenpää Hall, Finland (11/01/2011); Järvenpää Hall, Finland (11/03/2011)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 16 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1901

>Schoenberg, Arnold : Brettl-Lieder :: 2. Einfältiges Lied
  • Performers: Marita Viitasalo (Piano); Virpi Raisanen
  • Notes: Järvenpää Hall, Finland (10/31/2011); Järvenpää Hall, Finland (11/01/2011); Järvenpää Hall, Finland (11/03/2011)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 34 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1901

>Schoenberg, Arnold : Brettl-Lieder :: 1. Der genügsame Liebhaber
  • Performers: Marita Viitasalo (Piano); Virpi Raisanen
  • Notes: Järvenpää Hall, Finland (10/31/2011); Järvenpää Hall, Finland (11/01/2011); Järvenpää Hall, Finland (11/03/2011)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 57 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1901

>Shostakovich, Dmitri : Dve Basny, Op. 4 :: 1. Strkozá i Muravéy
  • Performers: Marita Viitasalo (Piano); Virpi Raisanen
  • Notes: Järvenpää Hall, Finland (10/31/2011); Järvenpää Hall, Finland (11/01/2011); Järvenpää Hall, Finland (11/03/2011)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 41 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Vocal
  • Written: 1922

>Shostakovich, Dmitri : Dve Basny, Op. 4 :: 2. Osyól i Solovéy
  • Performers: Marita Viitasalo (Piano); Virpi Raisanen
  • Notes: Järvenpää Hall, Finland (10/31/2011); Järvenpää Hall, Finland (11/01/2011); Järvenpää Hall, Finland (11/03/2011)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 57 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Vocal
  • Written: 1922

>Britten, Benjamin : A Charm of Lullabies, song cycle for mezzo-soprano & piano, Op. 41
  • Performers: Marita Viitasalo (Piano); Virpi Raisanen
  • Notes: Järvenpää Hall, Finland (10/31/2011); Järvenpää Hall, Finland (11/01/2011); Järvenpää Hall, Finland (11/03/2011)
  • Running Time: 11 min. 26 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1947