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Helsinki Recital [CD & DVD]

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This DVD release features soprano Karita Mattila in a rare Lieder Recital, which the Finnish superstar gave to a compatriot audience at the Finnish National Opera in Helsinki in October 2006. As a free bonus, an additional CD compilation includes a selection of Karita Mattila's 1995-97 studio recordings of German and Finnish Lieder. This release pays tribute to Karita Mattila on the occasion of her 50th birthday on September 5, 2010. The program included selected songs by Henri Duparc and Sergei Rachmaninov, in addition to Dvorak's 'Gipsy Songs' and Kaija Saariaho's song cycle 'Quatre instants', written for Karita Mattila in 2002. This recording features the cycle's national premiere performance in Finland. This product includes an additional free bonus CD compilation, featuring Karita Mattila and pianist Ilmo Ranta with popular Lieder repertoire by Beethoven, Schubert, Brahms, and Finnish composers Kuula and Melartin.

"Karita Mattila at her glorious peak... No wonder the Helinski audience went berserk."- The Daily Telegraph

"one of the most interesting, exciting sopranos in the world today...Nothing but praise."- Gramophone

"spectacular souvenir of her live shows"- International Record Review



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