ABCD 331 BEING BEAUTEOUS Anu Komsi (sop); Ostrobothnian CO/Juha Kangas, cond; Uusinta C Ens/Sakari Oramo, cond

"Anu Komsi has an extraordinarily beautiful and interesting voice: small yet headily vibrant, with a timbral similarity at times to Janet Baker; she can also drain the voice of vibrato and sound very close to a boy soprano. [...] And what a performance they give here! Rhythmically alert, even pointed at times, the music dances as if on the head of a pin, and Komsi injects a musical and textual interpretation that makes one's head spin. It's so hard to describe, but the best way I can put it is that she uses her voice as an instrument, articulating many of the notes the way she might have done on the flute or violin. You simply have to hear her to believe it. [...] This disc shoots straight to the top of avant-garde vocal CDs so far this year (2012). Being Beauteous may best be described as "getting down and Zen with atonality." Brava, Anu!"

Lynn René Bayley / Fanfare

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