​Tarja Turunen to release classical debut album "Ave Maria - En Plein Air"

Nightwish's former vocalist and a solo artist Tarja Turunen will release her debut solo album of classical music "Ave Maria — En Plein Air". The record comes out on September 11 via earMUSIC.

The album will include 12 variations of the traditional prayer "Ave Maria", performed by Tarja with music of various composers, among them Paolo Tosti, David Popper, Astor Piazzolla, Johann Sebastian Bach / Charles Gounod and many others. The closing track of the album presents a composition by Tarja Turunen herself.

"Ave Maria — En Plein Air" was recorded in Lakeuden Risti Church, built on the design by architect Alvar Aalto in the middle of XX century in the Finnish town Seinäjoki. On the album, you can hear the church organ, cello and harp.

Tarja Turunen started her career with classical music. The classically trained soprano studied Church Music at Sibelius Academy in Finland as well as German Lied at the Music University of Karlsruhe, Germany. From 1996 to 2005, Turunen was the vocalist in symphonic metal band Nightwish. After leaving the band she began performing solo.

In support of the new album the singer goes to Christmas tour in Europe:

December 4 — Czech Republic, Olomouc @ Kostel Panny Marie Sněžné
December 10 — Germany, Berlin @ Passionskirche
December 11 — Germany, Bochum @ Christuskirche
December 12 — Germany, Bielefeld @ Altstädter Nikolaikirche
December 14 — Germany, Magdeburg @ Johanniskirche
December 15 — Germany, Mainz @ Frankfurter Hof
December 16 — Switzerland, Zurich @ Theater Spirgarten
December 27 — Russia, Moscow @ The Great Hall of Moscow State Conservatory

AVE MARIA Joulukonsertti 2015

December 21 — Finland, Tampere @ Kalevan kirkko
December 22 — Finlyadniya Helsinki @ Kallion kirkko

Tracklist:

  1. Paolo Tosti
  2. Axel von Kothen
  3. David Popper
  4. Camille Saint-Saëns
  5. Astor Piazzolla
  6. J. S. Bach / Charles Gounod
  7. Pietro Mascagni
  8. Ferenc Farkas
  9. Giulio Caccini
  10. Michael Hoppé
  11. Charles-Marie Wildor
  12. TarjaTurunen

In May 2015, there was a release of Tarja's live album "Luna Park Ride" via earMUSIC.