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

Audio Samples

  1. Lieder und Gesange aus der Jugendzeit, Book 3: No. 2. Ablosung im Sommer $0.99 on iTunes
  2. Lieder und Gesange aus der Jugendzeit, Book 1: No. 1. Fruhlingsmorgen $0.99 on iTunes
  3. Lieder und Gesange aus der Jugendzeit, Book 1: No. 2. Erinnerung $0.99 on iTunes
  4. Lieder und Gesange aus der Jugendzeit, Book 1: No. 3. Hans und Grethe $0.99 on iTunes
  5. Lieder und Gesange aus der Jugendzeit, Book 1: No. 4. Serenade aus Don Juan $0.99 on iTunes
  6. Lieder und Gesange aus der Jugendzeit, Book 1: No. 5. Phantasie aus Don Juan $0.99 on iTunes
  7. Jugendlieder, Vol. 1: Sehnsucht I $0.99 on iTunes
  8. Jugendlieder, Vol. 2 (text by a. Holz and J. Schlaf): Er klagt das der Fruhling so kortz bluht $0.99 on iTunes
  9. Jugendlieder, Vol. 2 (text by a. Holz and J. Schlaf): Regen $0.99 on iTunes
  10. Schliesse mir die Augen beide (1st setting) $0.99 on iTunes
  11. Schliesse mir die Augen beide (2nd setting) $0.99 on iTunes
  12. 4 Lieder, Op. 2: No. 1. Schlafen, schlafen $0.99 on iTunes
  13. An Leukon $0.99 on iTunes
  14. Brettl-Lieder (text by F. Wedekind and H. Salus): No. 6. Galathea $0.99 on iTunes
  15. Brettl-Lieder (text by F. Wedekind and H. Salus): No. 2. Einfaltiges Lied $0.99 on iTunes
  16. Brettl-Lieder (text by F. Wedekind and H. Salus): No. 1. Der genugsame Liebhaber $0.99 on iTunes
  17. 2 Fables of Krilov, Op. 4 (arr. for voice and piano): No. 1. The Dragon-Fly and the Ant $0.99 on iTunes
  18. 2 Fables of Krilov, Op. 4 (arr. for voice and piano): No. 2. The Donkey and the Nightingale $0.99 on iTunes
  19. A Charm of Lullabies, Op. 41: No. 1. A Cradle Song $0.99 on iTunes
  20. A Charm of Lullabies, Op. 41: No. 2. The Highland Balou $0.99 on iTunes
  21. A Charm of Lullabies, Op. 41: No. 4. A Charm $0.99 on iTunes

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
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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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Works Details

>Mahler, Gustav : Lieder und Gesänge, vol 3
  • Performers: Virpi Raisanen; Marita Viitasalo (Piano)
  • 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: Virpi Raisanen; Marita Viitasalo (Piano)
  • 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: Virpi Raisanen; Marita Viitasalo (Piano)
  • 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: Virpi Raisanen; Marita Viitasalo (Piano)
  • 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: Virpi Raisanen; Marita Viitasalo (Piano)
  • 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: Virpi Raisanen; Marita Viitasalo (Piano)
  • 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: Virpi Raisanen; Marita Viitasalo (Piano)
  • 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: Virpi Raisanen; Marita Viitasalo (Piano)
  • 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: Virpi Raisanen; Marita Viitasalo (Piano)
  • 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: Virpi Raisanen; Marita Viitasalo (Piano)
  • 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: Virpi Raisanen; Marita Viitasalo (Piano)
  • 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: Virpi Raisanen; Marita Viitasalo (Piano)
  • 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: Virpi Raisanen; Marita Viitasalo (Piano)
  • 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: Virpi Raisanen; Marita Viitasalo (Piano)
  • 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: Virpi Raisanen; Marita Viitasalo (Piano)
  • 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: Virpi Raisanen; Marita Viitasalo (Piano)
  • 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: Virpi Raisanen; Marita Viitasalo (Piano)
  • 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: Virpi Raisanen; Marita Viitasalo (Piano)
  • 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