The Irresistible Karita Mattila

Karita Mattila, soprano
How Many Sisters Vocal Trio
Fever band & String section
Tapiola Sinfonietta
Jyväskylä Sinfonia
Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra
Pekka Savijoki, conductor
Riku Niemi, conductor
Kirmo Lintinen, conductor
Jukka-Pekka Saraste, conductor

Crossover / Jazz



Booklet with tracklist


March 2010 (Finland)
April 2010 (internationally)

Catalogue No.:
ODE 1171-2


Track listing

CD 57:26
Richard Wagner (1813-1883)
1 Dich teure Halle (Elisabeth's Greeting to the Hall of Song), from: Tannhäuser 3:28
Antonín Dvorák (1841-1904)
2 Měsíčku na nebi hlobokém, from: Rusalka 5:25
Giuseppe Verdi (1813-1901)
3 Ritorna vincitor, from: Aida 6:30
Giacomo Puccini (1858-1924)
4 Vissi d'arte, from: Tosca 2:56
Jean Sibelius (1865-1957)
5 Flickan kom ifrån sin älsklings möte (The Tryst), Op. 37/5 2:57
Lasse Mårtenson (1934-)
6 Myrskyluodon Maija (Stormscar's Maya) 5:25
Harold Arlen (1905-1986)
7 Over the Rainbow, from: The Wizard of Oz 4:52
Andrew Lloyd Webber (1948-)
8 Don't Cry for Me Argentina, from: Evita 5:15
Cole Porter (1891-1964)
9 Wunderbar, from: Kiss me Kate 2:09
Leonard Bernstein (1918-1990)
10 Somewhere, from: West Side Story 3:38
Frederick Loewe (1901-1988)
11 I Could Have Danced All Night, from: My Fair Lady 2:32
Jerome Kern (1885-1945)
12 Smoke Gets in Your Eyes 3:42
Thelenious Monk & Cootie Williams
13 'Round Midnight 3:30

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Press review

A very attractive disc where one of the world’s leading opera singers proves that she has several other strings to her bow.
Göran Forsling, MusicWeb-International, September 2010

Deutsche Romantik und Wagner, Mozart und Richard Strauss, Janácek, Puccini und selbst die zeitgenössische Moderne - alles scheint diese Stimme bewältigen zu können. Eines ist sicher: Sie liefert sich der Musik aus, ihr Gesang sprüht vor draufgängerischem Engagement.
Werner Pfister, Fono Forum, August 2010

Die berühmte finnische Sopranistin Karita Mattila singt (...) als versierte Interpretin in verschiedenen Stilen und Gattungen: sei es im einfachen Lied, in der anspruchsvollsten Opernarie, im Musical oder in der Filmmusik, sie ist mit ihrer weitgestreckten, in der Tiefe wie in der Höhe kräftigen Stimme eine wunderbare Interpretin.
Rémy Franck, Pizzicato, Juni 2010

Complete description

Celebrated soprano Karita Mattila has proved herself to be irresistible in any musical genre. This compilation couples live performances of some of the world's best-loved opera arias together with the Finnish diva's unique interpretations of songs from Broadway musicals and the Great American Songbook. Included are two previously unreleased tracks from her earlier live recorded Fever album (ODE 1105-2): Misty (track 13) and 'Round Midnight (14).

These recordings showcase highlights from the past fifteen years of Karita Mattila's career, with studio recordings from 1995 (tracks 7–11) and 1997 (6), as well as live recordings from her 40th birthday concert at Helsinki's Hartwall Arena in 2000 (tracks 1–5) and from 2007 at Tampere Hall in Finland.

Karita Mattila is the biggest Finnish star on the international stage of classical music. She has been named by Musical America the “most electrifying actress of our day (who) drives the public into frenzies” (Musician of the Year 2005). This release marks her 50th birthday in 2010, coinciding with Ondine’s 25th anniversary.