David Patrick Stearns
, October 2012
Much is made of Virpi Räisänen’s dual career path…she is now making her name as a mezzo-soprano…Räisänen’s instrument is clear, clean and beautifully produced from a technical standpoint…
With her ability to pour on warmth and cool that any given phrase asks for, she charts a dramatic, extremely effective progression into darkness in Berg’s ‘Schlafen, schlafen’. One is particularly grateful for the clarity she brings when the Berg songs cross the divide between Mahlerian tonality to the weightlessness of atonality.
‘The Ass and the Nightingale’ has some of the best singing on the disc, partly because the Russian language brings out great warmth in Räisänen’s voice, partly because she knows how to natter like a native Russian…it’s a highly impressive calling card. © 2012 Gramophone Read complete review on Gramophone