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Artist Portrait - Matti Salminen


Release Date: 06/19/2007 
Label:  Warner Classics   Catalog #: 49711   Spars Code: n/a 
Composer:  Claudio MonteverdiWolfgang Amadeus MozartGioachino RossiniGiuseppe Verdi,   ... 
Performer:  Matti SalminenSiegfried JerusalemJohn TomlinsonFerruccio Furlanetto,   ... 
Conductor:  Nikolaus HarnoncourtLeif SegerstamDaniel Barenboim
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Zurich Opera Monteverdi OrchestraZurich Opera ChorusZurich Opera Orchestra,   ... 
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 12 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Finnish bass Matti Salminen made his debut in 1969 in Verdi's Don Carlo, often sang the big Mozart bass roles in the 1970s, became known as a Wagner specialist in the 1980s, and later added Monteverdi to his repertoire, working with historical-performance specialists. This disc is something between a sampler and a single-CD career retrospective; it covers all of the above-named Salminen specialties and gives an idea of the versatility that has contributed to his remarkable career longevity. The individual recordings, apparently all previously released, involve various backing forces. They come with no dates or other indications of their origins, but given that they must have been made on widely spaced occasions chronologically, Salminen is Read more impressive in the consistency of his sound and personality. His voice is smooth, with a reserved kind of power, and the unusual choice of the lofty "O Isis under Osiris"/"In diesen heil'gen Hallen" from Die Zauberflöte for the opening of the program seizes the listener's attention and works well to introduce his style. Salminen's signature Don Carlo arias have a relaxed quality that is notably gentle and seductive, and he seems in no way underpowered in "Tatest du's wirklich" (Did you really do it?) from Tristan und Isolde. Only in the Monteverdi does Salminen seem somewhat out of place -- the intense declamation inflections historical-performance specialists have brought to Monteverdi's operas are foreign to his well-modulated voice. The mastering of diverse sources creates a coherent sequence of sonic events, and in general this is an enjoyable introduction to a singer better known to European audiences than to Americans.

- James Manheim, All Music Guide Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
L'Incoronazione di Poppea: Ecco la sconsolata donna by Claudio Monteverdi
Performer:  Matti Salminen (Baritone)
Conductor:  Nikolaus Harnoncourt
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Zurich Opera Monteverdi Orchestra
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1642; Venice, Italy 
Length: 3 Minutes 13 Secs. 
Language: Italian 
2.
Die Zauberflöte, K 620: O Isis und Osiris by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer:  Matti Salminen (Baritone)
Conductor:  Nikolaus Harnoncourt
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Zurich Opera Chorus,  Zurich Opera Orchestra
Period: Classical 
Written: 1791; Vienna, Austria 
Length: 2 Minutes 53 Secs. 
Language: German 
3.
Die Zauberflöte, K 620: In diesen heil'gen Hallen by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer:  Matti Salminen (Baritone)
Conductor:  Nikolaus Harnoncourt
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Zurich Opera Chorus,  Zurich Opera Orchestra
Period: Classical 
Written: 1791; Vienna, Austria 
Length: 4 Minutes 3 Secs. 
Language: German 
4.
Il barbiere di Siviglia: La calunnia è un venticello by Gioachino Rossini
Performer:  Matti Salminen (Baritone)
Conductor:  Leif Segerstam
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1816; Italy 
Length: 3 Minutes 54 Secs. 
Language: Italian 
5.
Die Entführung aus dem Serail, K 384: Solche hergelauf'ne Laffen by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer:  Matti Salminen (Baritone)
Conductor:  Nikolaus Harnoncourt
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Zurich Opera Mozart Orchestra
Period: Classical 
Written: 1782; Vienna, Austria 
Length: 4 Minutes 50 Secs. 
Language: German 
6.
Die Entführung aus dem Serail, K 384: Ha! wie will ich triumphieren by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer:  Matti Salminen (Baritone)
Conductor:  Nikolaus Harnoncourt
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Zurich Opera Mozart Orchestra
Period: Classical 
Written: 1782; Vienna, Austria 
Length: 3 Minutes 26 Secs. 
Language: German 
7.
Don Carlos: Ella giammai m'amò...Dormirò sol sul manto mio regal by Giuseppe Verdi
Performer:  Matti Salminen (Baritone)
Conductor:  Leif Segerstam
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1867/1884; Italy 
Length: 10 Minutes 23 Secs. 
Language: Italian 
8.
Don Carlos: Il Grande Inquisitor! by Giuseppe Verdi
Performer:  Matti Salminen (Baritone)
Conductor:  Leif Segerstam
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: Italy 
Length: 8 Minutes 57 Secs. 
Language: Italian 
Notes: Composition written: Italy (1867 - 1884). 
9.
L'Incoronazione di Poppea: Solitudine amata by Claudio Monteverdi
Performer:  Matti Salminen (Baritone)
Conductor:  Nikolaus Harnoncourt
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Zurich Opera Monteverdi Orchestra
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1642; Venice, Italy 
Length: 2 Minutes 0 Secs. 
Language: Italian 
10.
Tristan und Isolde: Tatest du's wirklich by Richard Wagner
Performer:  Matti Salminen (Baritone), Siegfried Jerusalem (Tenor)
Conductor:  Daniel Barenboim
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1859; Germany 
Length: 12 Minutes 32 Secs. 
Language: German 
11.
Don Giovanni, K 527: Don Giovanni, a cenar t'eco m'invinasti by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer:  John Tomlinson (Bass Baritone), Ferruccio Furlanetto (Bass), Matti Salminen (Baritone)
Conductor:  Daniel Barenboim
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra,  Berlin RIAS Chamber Chorus
Period: Classical 
Written: 1787; Prague, Czech Republ 
Length: 7 Minutes 50 Secs. 
Language: Italian 
12.
Der Freischütz, J 277: Hier im ird'schen Jammertal by Carl Maria von Weber
Performer:  Matti Salminen (Baritone), Endrik Wottrich (Tenor)
Conductor:  Nikolaus Harnoncourt
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1817-1821; Dresden, Germany 
Length: 2 Minutes 20 Secs. 
Language: German 
13.
Der Freischütz, J 277: Schweig, damit dich niemand warnt by Carl Maria von Weber
Performer:  Matti Salminen (Baritone)
Conductor:  Nikolaus Harnoncourt
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1817-1821; Dresden, Germany 
Length: 3 Minutes 45 Secs. 
Language: German 

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