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Sudie Marcuse
American Record Guide, January 2013

There are lovely, even bewitching songs here, and Raisanen can command a wide range of vocal colors as well as fine accuracy and control…

The accompaniment is consistently excellent and unobtrusive. © 2013 American Record Guide Read complete review on American Record Guide online

Michael Cookson
MusicWeb International, November 2012

This Finnish duo present a fascinating and well chosen collection of twentieth-century lieder/songs.

It was fascinating to hear this debut recital disc from Virpi Räisänen. She performs with great enthusiasm and assurance. Räisänen is a mezzo who clearly has the ability to sing in a higher range. I admired the emotion she brings to bear in her mid-to-lower register. This is heard to fine effect in Mahler’s mellifluous Phantasie (Fantasy) with its emotional ending and Berg’s poignant Schlafen, schlafen (Sleep, sleep) sung softly with tenderness and fine control. I also admire Räisänen’s beautiful word painting in Berg’s Regen (Rain). Viitasalo does sterling work throughout and deserves praise. Räisänen is very talented and I would like to hear her record in an acoustic more flattering to her voice. © 2012 MusicWeb International Read complete review

David Patrick Stearns
Gramophone, 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

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