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Vocal Recital: Raisanen, Virpi - MAHLER, G. / BERG, A. / SCHOENBERG, A. / SHOSTAKOVICH, D. / BRITTEN, B. (The Legacy of Mahler)

Vocal Recital: Raisanen, Virpi - MAHLER, G. / BERG, A. / SCHOENBERG, A. / SHOSTAKOVICH, D. / BRITTEN, B. (The Legacy of Mahler)

The Classical Shop
release date: August 2012

Recorded in 24 Bit / 96Khz
album available as a Studio File
Originally recorded in 2012

Artists:

Virpi Raisanen

Soloist

Marita Viitasalo

Soloist

Venue:

Jarvenpaa Hall



Record Label
Ondine

Genre:

Vocal & Song


Classical

Total Time - 52:28
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Vocal Recital: Raisanen, Virpi - MAHLER, G. / BERG, A. / SCHOENBERG, A. / SHOSTAKOVICH, D. / BRITTEN, B. (The Legacy of Mahler)

     
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ACHIM VON ARNIM

1 

Lieder und Gesange aus der Jugendzeit, Book 3

1:48
 Virpi Raisanen Soloist
     
 

GUSTAV MAHLER

 

Lieder und Gesange aus der Jugendzeit, Book 1

 
2 No. 1. Fruhlingsmorgen 2:00
 Virpi Raisanen Soloist
     
 

TIRSO DE MOLINA

3 No. 2. Erinnerung 2:59
 Marita Viitasalo Soloist
     
 

RICHARD LEANDER

4 No. 3. Hans und Grethe 2:26
 Virpi Raisanen Soloist
     
 

TIRSO DE MOLINA

5 No. 4. Serenade aus Don Juan 1:48
 Marita Viitasalo Soloist
     
 

GUSTAV MAHLER

6 No. 5. Phantasie aus Don Juan 2:30
 Virpi Raisanen Soloist
     
 

ALBAN BERG

7 

Jugendlieder, Vol. 1 (text by P. Hohenberg)

1:14
 Virpi Raisanen Soloist
     
 

ARNO HOLZ

 

Jugendlieder, Vol. 2 (text by A. Holz and J. Schlaf)

 
8 Er klagt das der Fruhling so kortz bluht 1:04
 Virpi Raisanen Soloist
     
9 Regen 1:30
 Marita Viitasalo Soloist
     
 

AUGUST LUDVIG STORM

10 

Schliesse mir die Augen beide (1st setting)

1:04
 Marita Viitasalo Soloist
     
11 

Schliesse mir die Augen beide (2nd setting)

1:39
 Virpi Raisanen Soloist
     
 

ALBAN BERG

12 

4 Lieder, Op. 2 (text by C.F. Hebbel)

2:56
 Marita Viitasalo Soloist
     
13 

An Leukon

1:18
 Virpi Raisanen Soloist
     
 

FRANK WEDEKIND

 

Brettl-Lieder (text by F. Wedekind and H. Salus)

 
14 No. 6. Galathea 3:17
 Marita Viitasalo Soloist
     
 

H SALUS

15 No. 2. Einfaltiges Lied 2:34
 Virpi Raisanen Soloist
     
 

ARNOLD SCHOENBERG

16 No. 1. Der genugsame Liebhaber 2:47
 Virpi Raisanen Soloist
     
 

DMITRY SHOSTAKOVICH

 

2 Fables of Krilov, Op. 4 (arr. for voice and piano)

 
17 No. 1. The Dragon-Fly and the Ant 2:41
 Virpi Raisanen Soloist
     
18 No. 2. The Donkey and the Nightingale 4:47
 Virpi Raisanen Soloist
     
 

ROBERT BURNS

 

A Charm of Lullabies, Op. 41

 
19 No. 1. A Cradle Song 2:25
 Marita Viitasalo Soloist
     
 

BENJAMIN BRITTEN

20 No. 2. The Highland Balou 2:00
 Marita Viitasalo Soloist
     
 

ROBERT GREENE

21 No. 3. Sephestia's Lullaby 2:01
 Virpi Raisanen Soloist
     
 

ROBERT BURNS

22 No. 4. A Charm 1:45
 Marita Viitasalo Soloist
     
 

JOHN PHILIP

23 No. 5. The Nurse's Song 3:55
 Marita Viitasalo Soloist


Virpi Räisänen has made a career like a comet in recent years. Her debut album on Ondine, "The Legacy of Mahler", is a collection of late Romanticism lieder. In addition to Mahler you find lieder by Alban Berg, Arnold Schoenberg, Dmitri Shostakovich and Benjamin Britten, all strongly inspired by Mahler. Räisänen’s duo partner at the piano is Marita Viitasalo.

Virpi Räisänen’s unique sound and strong artist’s personality make her one of the most interesting new singers. She completed her vocal studies at the Utrecht and Amsterdam Conservatories with the highest distinction. Following her recent career change from a successful violinist to a concert and opera singer, she has appeared on the stages of the Salzburg Festival, Radio France’s Festival Présences, the Aix-en-Provence Festival, the Amsterdam Concertgebouw, Musashino Recital Hall in Tokyo, the Helsinki Music Centre, the Staatsoper in Berlin, the Netherlands Opera and the Handel Festival in Halle. Virpi Räisänen made her debut at the Salzburg Festival in 2009 in Luigi Nono’s opera Al gran sole carico d’amore, with Ingo Metzmacher conducting the Vienna Philharmonic. She was invited back to the Salzburg Festival in 2010 for the premiere of Wolfgang Rihm’s Dionysos, which was presented in Amsterdam and Berlin as well. She also appeared in Frank Martin’s Le vin herbé in the Netherlands. In addition to her achievements in contemporary repertoire, she has sung the leading roles of Elmira in Handel’s Floridante, Orfeo in Gluck’s Orfeo ed Euridice and the double roles of the Muse and Nicklausse in Offenbach’s Les contes d’Hoffmann. In addition to her singing career, Virpi Räisänen is Artistic Director of the Oulunsalo Soi Chamber Music Festival.

"...It was fascinating to hear this debut recital disc from Virpi Räisänen. She performs with great enthusiasm and assurance. Räisänen is a mezzo who clearly has the ability to sing in a higher range. I admired the emotion she brings to bear in her mid-to-lower register. This is heard to fine effect in Mahler’s mellifluous Phantasie (Fantasy) with its emotional ending and Berg’s poignant Schlafen, schlafen (Sleep, sleep) sung softly with tenderness and fine control. I also admire Räisänen’s beautiful word painting in Berg’s Regen (Rain)... Viitasalo does sterling work throughout and deserves praise. Räisänen is very talented and I would like to hear her record in an acoustic more flattering to her voice..."

Michael Cookson - MusicWeb-International.com - 2 November 2012
 




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