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 "Since 2009, she has wisely focused on singing, and now all of a sudden

 she has a world-class voice capacity. Räisänen interprets the solo songs

 with amazing confidence and boldness."




"Räisänen's strength lies in the dynamic flexibility of her voice and in her ability to express the nuances of music and drama."



"Astonishingly naturally Räisänen played and sang simultaneously, as if having an expressive dialogue between bright and dark sides of her personality. She has similar kind of lyrical and radiantly beautiful tone both in her singing voice and in her violin."

-Helsingin Sanomat-



"...creative tone world accented by mezzo-soprano Virpi Räisänen's magnetic charisma and expression."

-Norrbottens Kuriren-


"...the moonlike scenery, which is lightend up by mezzo soprano Virpi Räisänen's radiant, heart touching singing."



"Playfull and surprising Virpi Räisänen shows that one can combine voice and body in many unexpected ways. Sequenza III from Luciano Berio is exploring all the possibilities of a female voice and Virpi was facinating and impressively agile both in her voice and body."





" A New Mezzo Star born with her debut album"   Aamulehti



     " Cd of the Month - Virpi Räisänen's debut cd is an artistic success"   Rondo Classic



" Highly impressive calling card"   Gramophone







The Legacy of Mahler 

Virpi Räisänen, mezzo soprano

     Marita Viitasalo, piano
" Räisänen's considerable story-telling talents come into play in these selections, sometimes with broadly elongated phrases, a laugh here and there and a huge range of vocal colour"  Gramophone
"Her interpretations are thoroughly lively and technically superb"    Huvudstadsbladet 
"This is a well thought-over disc. - A disc for the lied lovers, absolutely." Innerworld Audio
"Such splendor of sound, tone color spectrum and the maturity of the interpretation is seldom heard in the debut album of a singer in the beginning of her career."  Aamulehti
"Räisänen is a singer to watch and this is a terrific debut recording"
"One can hear the violincareer of mezzo-soprano Virpi Räisänen in her certainty of rhythm
and intonation"   Helsingin Sanomat




August 2012
Catalogue No.:
ODE 1208-2





Virpi Räisänen, mezzo soprano

Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra

Hannu Lintu, conductor





September 2014

Catalogue No.:

ODE 1227-5


"Calmo for mezzo-soprano and small orchestra flows gently understarlit sky. Thanks belongs in large extent to mezzo-soprano Virpi Räisänen. In difficult textue she manages to create a sleek and intonation wise high-precision interpretation, without sounding too instrumental."




"Any singer must exorcise the ghost of Cathy Berberian in this and other vocal works of Berio and, as the actor of heroines from Haydn to Nono, Virpi Räisänen has the measure of it"









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