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Content
Richard Strauss: Three Hymns & Opera Arias

Artists

Genres
Opera
Vocal

Features
Booklet with liner notes in English, German and Finnish and the lyrics in German and English

Format:
CD

Released:
August 2012 (Finland)
September 2012 (international)

Catalogue No.:
ODE 1202-2

EAN/UPC Code:
0761195120224

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Track listing

CD
61:21
from Ariadne auf Naxos, Op. 60
1
Ein Schönes war (Ariadne)
5:51

2
Es gibt ein Reich (Ariadne)
5:13


Three Hymns, Op. 71
3
1. Hymne an die Liebe
8:42

4
2. Rückkehr in die Heimat
7:04

5
3. Die Liebe
6:28


from Der Rosenkavalier, Op. 59
6
Die Zeit, die ist ein sonderbar Ding (Marschallin)
2:38

7
Da geht er hin (Marschallin)
4:51


from Capriccio, Op. 85
8
Closing scene (Countess)
19:59



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Press review

Hier (Drei Hymnen) wie in den drei Opernrollen zeigt sich die unverbrauchte Frische der Stimme, die in der Höhe wahrhaft hymnische Leuchtkraft entwickelt.
Ekkehard Pluta, Klassik-Heute.de, 16.11.2012

La admirable soprano finlandesa, que se encuentra en su dorada madurez, posee las mejores cuualidades para ello: un timbre de perladas irisaciones, que se expande límpido y generoso -cada vez con más cuerpo, lo que le permite incorporar papeles levemente dramáticos-, y un fraseo aristocrático.
Rafael Banús Irusta, Diverdi 11/2012

Soile Isokoski is an ideal interpreter of Richard Strauss's music. This satisfying if not electrifying recital combines poised performances of scenes from the operas ... with the rarely heard Three Hymns, written in 1921 in a style that is palpitating and creamily rapturous.
Rupert Christiansen, The Daily Telegraph, 13.10.2012

Soile Isokoski in dieser Partie (der Madeleine aus Capriccio) zu loben hieße Eulen nach Athen tragen - dass das Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra unter Leitung von Okko Kamu einen so flammenden Strauss-Klang beherrscht, hat sich hingegen noch nicht genug herumgesprochen.
Andreas Schubert, HR2-Kultur, Der CD-Tipp, 11.10.2012

Soile Isokosken sointi on edelleen majesteetillisen lempeä.
Auli Särkiö, Rondo Classic 10/2012

It's good to have a souvenir of her distinguished Marschallin and her Madeleine (...). With Kamu's Helsinki orchestra providing a lush underlay, Isokoski soars in the ecstatic Hölderlin settings.
HC, The Sunday Times, 30.9.2012 - CD of the Week

Huhtikuussa Helsingin uudessa Musiikkitalossa äänitetty levy on syntynyt onnellisten tähtien alla. Kapellimestarin, orkesterin ja solistin yhteistyö on saumatonta, ja esityksistä huokuu rauha ja tasapainoinen tunnelma. (...) Uudella levyllä kuuntelijan on turvallista heittäytyä Straussin musiikin hehkuun, intohimoon ja lähes ekstaattiseen tilaan: Soile Isokoski, Okko Kamu ja orkesteri kyllä kannattelevat kuulijaa ensimmäisestä viimeiseen nuottiin.
Risto Nordell, YLE Radio 1, Uudet levyt, 6.9.2012

Complete description

On this release of legendary Strauss-singer Soile Isokoski the rarely recorded Three Hymns are coupled with opera arias from Ariadne auf Naxos, Der Rosenkavalier and Capriccio. All these arias are part of Soile Isokoski's standard repertoire, she has performed them regularly at opera houses like Vienna State Opera, Covent Garden, Milan's La Scala, the Semperoper in Dresden, in Berlin, Paris and at prestigious festivals like Salzburg, Edinburgh, Orange and Savonlinna.
A multiple award-winner, Iskokoski's recording of Strauss's Four Last Songs won a Gramophone Award in 2002, in March this year it was the Winner in the blind test arranged by French magazine Classica.

Three Hymns
is a major work, which so far has been surprisingly rarely recorded, no doubt partly because of the great vocal demand it poses to the soloist. Nonetheless they are atmospheric concert pieces with Strauss' orchestration in full bloom. They already anticipate the Four Last Songs and are waiting to be rediscovered.

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