This past September saw the release of former NIGHTWISH singer Tarja Turunen‘s classical solo debut, “Ave Maria – En Plein Air”.
“Ave Maria” is a traditional prayer dedicated to the Virgin Mary, mother of Jesus, asking for her intercession. It has been set to music in over 4000 songs, some of which kept the original prayer as words while others used a different text than the traditional one.
A five-minute video clip in which Turunen talks about “Ave Maria – En Plein Air” can be seen below.
“Ave Maria – En Plein Air” features 12 beautiful “Ave Maria” songs by a wide variety of composers. Tarja Turunen breathes life into some of the most loved and rare songs of Paolo Tosti, David Popper, Astor Piazzolla, and, of course, Johann Sebastian Bach/Charles Gounod, among others. The closing track of the album presents a magnificent composition by Tarja Turunen herself.
Recorded in the stunning Lakeuden Risti Church in Seinäjoki, Finland — a snow-white landmark, both national heritage and significant example of modern Finnish architecture designed by famous Finnish architect Alvar Aalto — the Lutheran church offers the perfect soundscape for Tarja Turunen‘s crisp clear voice. Combined with a piercing organ, cello and harp, the music blends into a rich sound universe.
“Ave Maria – En Plein Air” was released as limited Super Audio CD, vinyl and download on September 11 on earMUSIC.