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Karita Mattila - Arias & Scenes / Yutaka Sado, London Po


Release Date: 06/19/2001 
Label:  Erato   Catalog #: 85785   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Peter Ilyich TchaikovskyGiacomo PucciniRichard WagnerGiuseppe Verdi,   ... 
Performer:  Karita MattilaDuncan Riddell
Conductor:  Yutaka Sado
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Philharmonic Orchestra
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 0 Hours 56 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Mattila's technical dexterity, emotional acuity and sheer beauty of sound deftly showcased.

We are surely a favoured generation that has three singers - Renée Fleming, Angela Gheorghiu and Karita Mattila (and perhaps more that don't come quite so easily to mind) - who satisfy so pre-eminently the taste for a soprano voice that has these sensuous virtues of richness, smoothness, firmness and purity. It makes us appear very sybaritic, we voice-lovers in the community of musicians. And maybe we are: I'm very inclined, for instance, to enjoy the present recital for its sheer beauty of sound in the knowledge that it's not such a soft touch after all (the diaphragm is working hard down there to support these blissful
Read more phrases, years of work on scales and other exercises have gone into the preparation of this easy flow, and a serious discipline of musical and linguistic study has made possible the performance of such a demanding repertoire). And indeed perhaps I will do just that, for why risk the pleasure inherent in such beauty as this because of ghosts of other singers that play in the mind, invoking a richer coloration at one point, a subtler inflection at another, a charge of impulse, a flash of passion? On their own, and number by number, the performances are delightful. A lovelier voice one could not wish for, and it suits all of these operatic characters in turn, for all, whatever the nationality and present mood, presuppose a lyric soprano with powers of generous expansion, a warmth of tone in the essential middle register, and resources on high that can match the excitements of an emotional climax with a voice rich in its reserves of range and volume. Mattila has all of that, and the mastery to turn from Russian to Italian, German to Czech, Puccini to Janacek, Wagner to Lehar. She phrases well (hear the start of 'In quelle trine morbide'), commands a mature tone and manner (try Sieglinde's narrative) and is scrupulous over matters of detail (getting the climax of Lisa's 'midnight' aria right, for instance, where many don't).

-- John Steane, Gramophone [7/2001]
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Works on This Recording

1. Queen of Spades, Op. 68: Midnight is nearing (Lisa's Aria) by Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Performer:  Karita Mattila (Soprano)
Conductor:  Yutaka Sado
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1890; Russia 
Date of Recording: 11/2000 
Venue:  Colosseum, Watford, England 
Length: 5 Minutes 2 Secs. 
Language: Russian 
2. Manon Lescaut: In quelle trine morbide by Giacomo Puccini
Performer:  Karita Mattila (Soprano)
Conductor:  Yutaka Sado
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1893; Italy 
Date of Recording: 11/2000 
Venue:  Colosseum, Watford, England 
Length: 2 Minutes 23 Secs. 
Language: Italian 
3. Lohengrin: Einsam in trüben Tagen "Elsa's dream" by Richard Wagner
Performer:  Karita Mattila (Soprano)
Conductor:  Yutaka Sado
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1847; Germany 
Date of Recording: 11/2000 
Venue:  Colosseum, Watford, England 
Length: 6 Minutes 39 Secs. 
Language: German 
4. Lohengrin: Act 2, scene 2 by Richard Wagner
Performer:  Karita Mattila (Soprano)
Conductor:  Yutaka Sado
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1850; Weimar, Germany 
Date of Recording: 11/2000 
Venue:  Colosseum, Watford, England 
Length: 3 Minutes 51 Secs. 
Language: German 
5. Queen of Spades, Op. 68: Why these tears? by Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Performer:  Karita Mattila (Soprano)
Conductor:  Yutaka Sado
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1890; Russia 
Date of Recording: 11/2000 
Venue:  Colosseum, Watford, England 
Length: 4 Minutes 4 Secs. 
Language: Russian 
6. Simon Boccanegra: Come in quest' ora bruna by Giuseppe Verdi
Performer:  Karita Mattila (Soprano)
Conductor:  Yutaka Sado
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1857; Italy 
Date of Recording: 11/2000 
Venue:  Colosseum, Watford, England 
Length: 6 Minutes 23 Secs. 
Language: Italian 
7. Jenufa: This is my mother's room by Leos Janácek
Performer:  Karita Mattila (Soprano), Duncan Riddell (Violin)
Conductor:  Yutaka Sado
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1894-1903; Brno, Czech Republic 
Date of Recording: 11/2000 
Venue:  Colosseum, Watford, England 
Length: 8 Minutes 35 Secs. 
Language: Czech 
8. Die Walküre: Der Männer Sippe sass hier im Saal by Richard Wagner
Performer:  Karita Mattila (Soprano)
Conductor:  Yutaka Sado
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1856; Germany 
Date of Recording: 11/2000 
Venue:  Colosseum, Watford, England 
Length: 4 Minutes 32 Secs. 
Language: German 
9. Die Walküre: Du bist der Lenz by Richard Wagner
Performer:  Karita Mattila (Soprano)
Conductor:  Yutaka Sado
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1856; Germany 
Date of Recording: 11/2000 
Venue:  Colosseum, Watford, England 
Length: 2 Minutes 9 Secs. 
Language: German 
10. Elektra, Op. 58: Ich kann nicht sitzen by Richard Strauss
Performer:  Karita Mattila (Soprano)
Conductor:  Yutaka Sado
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1906-1908; Germany 
Date of Recording: 11/2000 
Venue:  Colosseum, Watford, England 
Length: 6 Minutes 20 Secs. 
Language: German 
11. Die lustige Witwe: Es lebt eine Vilja...Vilja, o Vilja by Franz Lehár
Performer:  Karita Mattila (Soprano)
Conductor:  Yutaka Sado
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1905; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 11/2000 
Venue:  Colosseum, Watford, England 
Length: 4 Minutes 56 Secs. 
Language: German 

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