Karita Mattila Helsinki Recital

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Karita Mattila Helsinki Recital


Gramophone Magazine

Editor's Choice - August 2007

BBC Music Magazine

Choral & Song Choice - July 2007



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7th May 2007




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Karita Mattila Helsinki Recital


L'Invitation au voyage

Romance de Mignon

Au pays ou se fait la guerre

Chanson triste



Gypsy Melodies (7), Op. 55 (B104)


Sing not, O lovely one (Ne poi, krasavitsa, pri mne), Op. 4 No. 4

Twilight, Op.21 No. 3

Fragment from A. Musset, Op. 21 No. 6

The Muse, Op. 34 No. 1

What happiness, Op. 34 No.12


Quatre Instants

first recording

Karita Mattila (soprano) & Martin Katz (piano)



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Henri Duparc: L'Invitation au voyage


L'Invitation au voyage

Henri Duparc: Romance de Mignon

Romance de Mignon

Henri Duparc: Au pays ou se fait la guerre

Au pays ou se fait la guerre

Henri Duparc: Chanson triste

Chanson triste

Henri Duparc: Phidyle


Kaija Saariaho: 4 Instants

No. 1. Attente (Longing)

No. 2. Douleur (Torment)

No. 3. Parfum de l'instant

No. 4. Resonances (Echoes)

Sergei Rachmaninov: 6 Songs, Op. 4

6 Songs, Op. 4: No. 4. Ne poy, krasavitsa, pri mne (Sing not to me, beautiful maiden)

Sergei Rachmaninov: 12 Songs, Op. 21

No. 3. Sumerki (Twilight)

No. 6. Otrivok iz A. Myusse (Fragment from Musset)

Sergei Rachmaninov: 14 Songs, Op. 34

No. 1. Muza (The Muse)

No. 12. Kakoye schast'ye (What Happiness)

Antonin Dvorak: Zigeunermelodien (Gypsy Melodies), Op. 55, B. 104 (sang in German)

No. 1. Mein Lied ertont, ein Liebespsalm (I chant my lay, a hymn of love)

No. 2. Ei, wie mein Triangel wunderherrlich lautet (Hark, how my triangle)

No. 3. Rings ist der Wald so stumm und still (Silent and lone the woods around)

No. 5. Reingestimmt die Saiten (Tune the strings, oh gipsy)

No. 6. In dem weiten, breiten, luft'gen Leinenkleide (In his wide and ample, airy linen vesture)

No. 4. Als die alte Mutter (Songs My Mother Taught Me)

No. 7. Horstet hoch der Habicht auf den Felsenhohen (Cloudy hieghts of Tatra)

The Guardian

“The songs push Mattila to her expressive limits as cries of rapture curdle into shrieks of pain and spasms of rage intrude on erotic memories. Its impact on the audience can be gauged from the near hysteria that erupts at the end…Her accompanist, Martin Katz, deals superbly with some of the most fearsomely difficult piano writing in the entire song repertoire.”

Financial Times

“Best of all is the highly expressive Quatre Instants by Finnish composer Kaija Saariaho, dedicated to Mattila and showing how the singer is prepared to extend her range into new music to quite stunning effect.”

Gramophone Magazine

August 2007

“Following the Saariaho, passion is torn to tatters in the Rachmaninov group, with perhaps the strongest advocacy of the two Pushkin settings (Oh, do not sing tome and The Muse) since Söderström. Then, instead of making this the final item, Mattila ops for the gentler, even light-hearted, envoi of the Dvorák songs - superbly done, with a real wit and character. Nothing but praise then for the soprano, with generous, untiring and subtly detailed concentration over a longish time span in heavy repertoire, or for her accompanist (Katz is a real listener to what his singer does).”

BBC Music Magazine

July 2007


“A frame of applause and ecstatic ovations greet what is one of Karita Mattila's most exciting discs yet… The repertoire takes Mattila's voice into thrilling new regions; and Martin Katz's piano is the voice's equal at every turn.”

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