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Artist Portrait - Monica Groop


Release Date: 06/19/2007 
Label:  Warner Classics   Catalog #: 49704   Spars Code: n/a 
Composer:  Jean SibeliusJohann Sebastian BachGeorge Frideric HandelChristoph W. Gluck,   ... 
Performer:  Monica GroopJorma HynninenHĺkan WikmanSanna Niemikunnas
Conductor:  Jukka-Pekka SarasteJuha KangasMuhai Tang
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Finnish Radio Symphony OrchestraOstrobothnian Chamber Orchestra
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 17 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

As a single-disc collection of recordings by Finnish mezzo-soprano Monica Groop, this 2007 release entitled Artist Portrait could hardly be bettered. As showcased here, Groop's voice is a warm and plush instrument with a rich, creamy tone and a smooth yet agile technique, and there doesn't seem to be anything she can't do with it. From the devotional intensity of the three Bach arias that open the disc through the ravishing arias from Bizet's Carmen and Saint-Saëns' Samson et Dalila that form its centerpiece to the scorching excerpt from Sibelius' Kullervo Symphony that closes it, Groop is totally on top of the repertoire. Accompanied by Juha Kangas and the Ostrobothinian Chamber Orchestra in the Baroque works by Muhai Tang and the Read more Finnish Radio Symphony in the French works and by Jukka-Pekka Saraste and the Finnish Radio Symphony in the Sibelius symphony, Groop never lacks for firm but sympathetic support. Drawn from four discs she recorded for Finlandia, the selection may for some lean too much toward the Baroque/early classical end of the catalog considering the breadth of Groop's repertoire, but no one could complain about the quality of the singing, or about the consistently clean yet evocative sound.

- James Leonard, All Music Guide Read less

Works on This Recording

1. Kullervo, Op. 7: Kullervo and his Sister - En ole sukua suurta by Jean Sibelius
Performer:  Monica Groop (Mezzo Soprano), Jorma Hynninen (Baritone)
Conductor:  Jukka-Pekka Saraste
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1892; Finland 
Length: 9 Minutes 34 Secs. 
Language: Finnish 
2. Vergnügte Ruh, beliebte Seelenlust, BWV 170: no 1, Vergnügte Ruh' by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Monica Groop (Mezzo Soprano), Hĺkan Wikman (Organ)
Conductor:  Juha Kangas
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Ostrobothnian Chamber Orchestra
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1726; Leipzig, Germany 
Length: 6 Minutes 21 Secs. 
Language: German 
3. Geist und Seele wird verwirret, BWV 35: no 7, Ich wünsche nur, bei Gott zu leben by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Hĺkan Wikman (Organ), Monica Groop (Mezzo Soprano)
Conductor:  Juha Kangas
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Ostrobothnian Chamber Orchestra
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1726; Leipzig, Germany 
Length: 2 Minutes 55 Secs. 
Language: German 
4. Alcina, HWV 34: Sta nell' Ircana pietrosa tana by George Frideric Handel
Performer:  Monica Groop (Mezzo Soprano)
Conductor:  Juha Kangas
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Ostrobothnian Chamber Orchestra
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1735; London, England 
Length: 5 Minutes 57 Secs. 
Language: Italian 
5. Serse, HWV 40: Ombra mai fu "Largo" by George Frideric Handel
Performer:  Monica Groop (Mezzo Soprano)
Conductor:  Juha Kangas
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Ostrobothnian Chamber Orchestra
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1738; London, England 
Length: 3 Minutes 35 Secs. 
Language: Italian 
6. Giulio Cesare, HWV 17: Va tacito e nascosto by George Frideric Handel
Performer:  Monica Groop (Mezzo Soprano)
Conductor:  Juha Kangas
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Ostrobothnian Chamber Orchestra
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1724; London, England 
Length: 6 Minutes 19 Secs. 
Language: Italian 
7. Orfeo ed Euridice: Che farň senza Euridice? by Christoph W. Gluck
Performer:  Monica Groop (Mezzo Soprano)
Conductor:  Juha Kangas
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Ostrobothnian Chamber Orchestra
Period: Classical 
Written: 1762/1774; Vienna, Austria 
Length: 4 Minutes 20 Secs. 
Language: Italian 
8. La molinara: Nel cor piů non mi sento by Giovanni Paisiello
Performer:  Monica Groop (Mezzo Soprano)
Conductor:  Juha Kangas
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Ostrobothnian Chamber Orchestra
Period: Classical 
Written: 1789/1790; Italy 
Length: 1 Minutes 36 Secs. 
Language: Italian 
Notes: Arranger: Tilmann Köster. 
9. Carmen: L'amour est un oiseau rebelle "Habańera" by Georges Bizet
Performer:  Sanna Niemikunnas (English Horn), Monica Groop (Mezzo Soprano)
Conductor:  Muhai Tang
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra
Written: 1873-1874 
Length: 5 Minutes 0 Secs. 
Language: French 
Notes: Composition written: France (1873 - 1874). 
10. Samson et Dalila, Op. 47: Mon coeur s'ouvre ŕ ta voix by Camille Saint-Saëns
Performer:  Monica Groop (Mezzo Soprano)
Conductor:  Muhai Tang
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1877; France 
Length: 5 Minutes 51 Secs. 
Language: French 
11. Mignon: Connais-tu le pays? by Ambroise Thomas
Performer:  Monica Groop (Mezzo Soprano)
Conductor:  Muhai Tang
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1866; France 
Length: 5 Minutes 10 Secs. 
Language: French 
12. Benvenuto Cellini: Tra-la-la...mais qu'ai-je donc? by Hector Berlioz
Performer:  Monica Groop (Mezzo Soprano)
Conductor:  Muhai Tang
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1834-1837; France 
Length: 5 Minutes 16 Secs. 
Language: French 
13. La damnation de Faust, Op. 24: D'amour, l'ardente flamme by Hector Berlioz
Performer:  Monica Groop (Mezzo Soprano)
Conductor:  Muhai Tang
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1845-1846; France 
Length: 7 Minutes 57 Secs. 
Language: French 
14. Gott soll allein mein Herze haben, BWV 169: no 4, Stirb in mir by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Monica Groop (Mezzo Soprano), Hĺkan Wikman (Organ)
Conductor:  Juha Kangas
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Ostrobothnian Chamber Orchestra
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1726; Leipzig, Germany 
Length: 5 Minutes 8 Secs. 
Language: German 

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