Karita Mattila Sings Sibelius and Beethoven

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Thursday, February 10, 2011

The Finnish soprano Karita Mattila is a regular fixture at the Metropolitan Opera, having made her name in New York in roles such as Tosca and Salome. In this broadcast she joins music director Alan Gilbert in Beethoven's virtuosic aria Ah! Perfido and three songs by her countryman Jean Sibelius. Also featured is Beethoven’s Eighth Symphony and the Danish composer Carl Nielsen’s Symphony No. 2 (“The Four Temperaments").

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Kenneth Bennett Lane from BOONTON, NJ

KARITA MATTILA, with her silvery soprano ought to be fantastic in Beethoven's Ah, perfido. Alan Gilbert has a Renaissance man's talent in interpreting a wide repertoire with insight and passion. The New York Philharmonic has a long history of great conductors conducting Beethoven. Beethoven's 8th Symphony, while not one of his greatest masterpieces, has memorable melodies and deserves more performances.
Carl Nielsen's Symphony #2 offers coloristic details that differ it from the rest of the program. The program should prove to be a hedonist's delight.

Feb. 10 2011 05:16 PM

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