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PostSubject: Tarja's 'My Winter Storm'   Tue May 07, 2013 3:16 am

My Winter Storm

Review by Brian Kelman



It appears that I'm 5 and half years behind the times, but I thought I'd review Tarja My Winter Storm anyway.

Treat yourself to Tarja's excellent debut album, My Winter Storm (MWS) Fan Edition (which includes an added CD of new material, remixes and live performances): an eclectic journey in sound artistically fusing rock/metal and classical music complimenting one of the finest singing voices in the world of entertainment. This CD is a pleasure to listen to. Over and over again.

MWS defies easy classification. Tarja took the familiar of two seemingly distinct worlds, classical and rock/metal, and blended them into a unique balance between them. It is a balance she achieves with ease.


MWS is a departure from her past. To compare the music she made with the Symphonic Power Metal band Nightwish with Tarja's solo musical vision on MWS is to compare apples and oranges. If you are looking for a Nightwish imitation or parody you'll be disappointed.

It is a common mistake by the uninitiated to confuse Tarja's classical vocals with opera. From the age of fifteen (1992) Tarja has formally studied classical voice and music in her native Finland and Germany. She first attended the Senior Secondary School of Art and Music (1992-1996). While Tarja was performing and recording with Nightwish (1997-2005), she studied church music and classical singing at the Sibelius Academy (1996-2000) and studied classical voice and piano at the Music University of Karlsruhe in Germany (2000-2003).

Although Tarja has appeared twice at the Savonlinna Opera Festival in Finland (the 'Voice of Finland' and an alumnus who has become an international recording star is welcome everywhere in her native land, even if it is outside her formal training), she is not and never has been considered an opera singer nor formally trained as one. As a classical singer Tarja has performed on two tours in Europe and South America singing classical German Lied. Tarja has also worked as a soloist with orchestras and choirs around the world.


"It's all about the emotion and if you can give that emotion to the people then you have definitely the gift"--Tarja, 2007


As for Tarja's instrument (her voice) on MWS, the full lyric soprano with a range of at least 3 octaves not only shines....but soars. Whether she is a singing a classically inspired ballad accompanied by an orchestra and/or piano, Oasis  and The Reign, or rocking and headbanging on Die Alive and Ciaran's Well, or in between with I Walk Alone and Boy And The Ghost, Tarja's gift is on full display through the melodic power and passion of her instrument.

If there is a problem with MWS, it is with the guitars. Tarja's musical vision sees contrast between and fusion of classical elements (her voice, the cello, and the orchestras and choirs) with punchy heavy guitars with an 'edge'. Producer Daniel Presley either didn't understand Tarja's vision for a heavy guitar sound or he didn't listen and went ahead with what he thought they should sound like. The result is that he took the 'edge off' and smoothed out the guitar sound. As a result of this, the heaviness is lacking and the classical influences seem to be more to the forefront. If you want to hear what the guitars should have been produced to sound like, listen to Ciaran's Well [Live] on the bonus disc. It's Metal to the core.

Over her entire career, Tarja Turunen has been at the forefront of innovation and reinvention of the Metal genre in general and the fusion of Metal/Classical sub-genre in particular. My Winter Storm represents the dawning of new era of innovation and the establishment of a new boundaries between the worlds of Classical and Rock/Metal courtesy of Tarja Turunen.

Bravo!

© 2013

4.4/5

5 Classic
4.5-4.9 Excellent
4.0-4.4 Very Good
3.5-3.9 Good
3.0-3.4 So So
2.0-2.9 Poor
1.0-1.9 Bad
0-0.9 Crap

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PostSubject: Re: Tarja's 'My Winter Storm'   Sat Jul 27, 2013 3:21 am

Quote :
"It's all about the emotion and if you can give that emotion to the people then you have definitely the gift"--Tarja, 2007

She definitely has that gift.

I will admit though My Winter Storm is not my favorite. It had its flaws but I am also a fan of pure metal. It was not a bad album though. I give it a 4 out of 5. She deserves it. Another great review from Brian.
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PostSubject: Re: Tarja's 'My Winter Storm'   Sun Aug 04, 2013 2:47 am

Great review Smile

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PostSubject: Re: Tarja's 'My Winter Storm'   Sun Aug 04, 2013 7:07 pm

I love that quote there by Tarja. that is who shee is
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