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Karita Mattila - Helsinki Recital

Album Summary

>Sound, Recorded : Applause
>Duparc, Henri : L'invitation au voyage
>Duparc, Henri : Romance de Mignon ("Le connais-tu, ce radieux pays"), song for voice & piano, Op. 2/3
>Duparc, Henri : Au pays où se fait la guerre
>Duparc, Henri : Chanson triste
>Duparc, Henri : Phidyle
>Saariaho, Kaija : Quatre instants, for soprano & piano
>Rachmaninov, Sergei : Ne poy, krasavitsa, pri mne (Do not sing to me, fair maiden), Op. 4/4
>Rachmaninov, Sergei : Twilight, song for voice & piano, Op. 21/3
>Rachmaninov, Sergei : Fragment from Musset, song for voice & piano, Op. 21/6
>Rachmaninov, Sergei : The Muse, song for voice & piano, Op. 34/1
>Rachmaninov, Sergei : What happiness, song for voice & piano, Op. 34/12
>Dvorak, Antonin : Zigeunermelodien (7), Op. 55
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Notes & Reviews:

"Given her position as one of the most interesting, exciting sopranos in the world today, Karita Mattila seems to record comparatively little (or is it me?). So it is especially good to have this excellent recital. Never one to rely on the beauty of her dusky, honeyed voice, Mattila undertakes real emotional journeys through Duparc, Dvorak and Rachmaninov." -Gramophone (Editor's Choice)

The Guardian
The songs push Mattila to her expressive limits as cries of rapture curdle into shrieks of pain and spasms of rage intrude on erotic memories. Its impact on the audience can be gauged from the near hysteria that erupts at the end... Her accompanist, Martin Katz, deals superbly with some of the most fearsomely difficult piano writing in the entire song repertoire.

Financial Times
Best of all is the highly expressive Quatre Instants by Finnish composer Kaija Saariaho, dedicated to Mattila and showing how the singer is prepared to extend her range into new music to quite stunning effect.



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Works Details

>Sound, Recorded : Applause
  • Performers: Martin Katz (Piano); Karita Mattila
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Studio/Live: Live

>Duparc, Henri : L'invitation au voyage
  • Performers: Martin Katz (Piano); Karita Mattila
  • Running Time: 4 min. 27 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1870
  • Studio/Live: Live

>Duparc, Henri : Romance de Mignon ("Le connais-tu, ce radieux pays"), song for voice & piano, Op. 2/3
  • Performers: Martin Katz (Piano); Karita Mattila
  • Running Time: 4 min. 11 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1869
  • Studio/Live: Live

>Duparc, Henri : Au pays où se fait la guerre
  • Performers: Martin Katz (Piano); Karita Mattila
  • Running Time: 5 min. 34 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: ?1869-70
  • Studio/Live: Live

>Duparc, Henri : Chanson triste
  • Performers: Martin Katz (Piano); Karita Mattila
  • Running Time: 3 min. 30 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1868
  • Studio/Live: Live

>Duparc, Henri : Phidylé
  • Performers: Martin Katz (Piano); Karita Mattila
  • Running Time: 6 min. 2 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1882
  • Studio/Live: Live

>Saariaho, Kaija : Quatre instants, for soprano & piano
  • Performers: Martin Katz (Piano); Karita Mattila
  • Notes: Composition written: 2002.
  • Running Time: 21 min. 58 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Form: Vocal
  • Written: 2002
  • Studio/Live: Live

>Rachmaninov, Sergei : Ne poy, krasavitsa, pri mne (Do not sing to me, fair maiden), Op. 4/4
  • Performers: Martin Katz (Piano); Karita Mattila
  • Notes: Composition written: 1890-93.
  • Running Time: 4 min. 40 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1890-1893
  • Studio/Live: Live

>Rachmaninov, Sergei : Twilight, song for voice & piano, Op. 21/3
  • Performers: Martin Katz (Piano); Karita Mattila
  • Running Time: 2 min. 5 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1902
  • Studio/Live: Live

>Rachmaninov, Sergei : Fragment from Musset, song for voice & piano, Op. 21/6
  • Performers: Martin Katz (Piano); Karita Mattila
  • Running Time: 1 min. 59 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1902
  • Studio/Live: Live

>Rachmaninov, Sergei : The Muse, song for voice & piano, Op. 34/1
  • Performers: Martin Katz (Piano); Karita Mattila
  • Running Time: 4 min. 10 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1912
  • Studio/Live: Live

>Rachmaninov, Sergei : What happiness, song for voice & piano, Op. 34/12
  • Performers: Martin Katz (Piano); Karita Mattila
  • Running Time: 2 min. 21 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1906
  • Studio/Live: Live

>Antonin Dvorák (1841 - 1904) : Zigeunermelodien (7), Op. 55
  • Performers: Martin Katz (Piano); Karita Mattila
  • Notes: Composition written: ?01/18/1880-02/23/1880.
  • Running Time: 14 min. 34 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Studio/Live: Live