Reviews roundup – Tarja Turunen vs. Koritni

TARJA TURUNEN Ave Maria En Plain AirTARJA TURUNEN
Ave Maria En Plain Air
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Well this is what she was trained to do, and even if it’s been a long time coming, the debut studio classical album from the onetime Nightwish singer has been well worth the wait.

If you’ve got a copy of the “Live at Sibelius Hall” she recorded with the Finnish classical outfit, Harus, then you know she definitely has the chops for this kind of material.

As the Catholics amongst us will know, Ave Maria is a traditional prayer dedicated to the Virgin Mary, mother of Jesus, asking for her intercession. There are thousands of versions set to music, but here Tarja selects 11 well known and lesser known interpretations, as well as an original one.

So in amongst the Bach and the Saint-Saens, you will find her wrapping her glorious voice around music by Paolo Tosti, David Popper, Astor Piazzolla and others.  It won’t be for everyone who has followed her metallic career, but for those who like a classical soprano, this is a joy.

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KORITNI Night Goes On For DaysKORITNI
Night Goes On For Days
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Of course, if classical isn’t your thing, then you could always turn up some classic hard rock, courtesy of Koritni.

Now the Australians have form at riff fuelled, hands in the air, dandruff shaking rock and roll, and this lot, headed by Leo Koritini make a fine fist of it. It’s album number four, and they really have developed into a hard hitting, hard rocking treasure.

Even back in the early days, they were opening shows for the likes of Scorpions, Motorhead and Status Quo and even managed to snag Trust legend, Vivi, for a couple of tours.  And it’s the latter who’ve provided one of the frantic four on ‘Water Of Life’, one of the many fine songs on offer.  Because, yes, that is a tub thumping John Coghlan on drums.  The album also sounds great, no doubt helped by a Kevin Shirley mix.

It’s a real treat, and anyone who likes old school hard rock with a touch of the boogie should be checking it out sharpish.

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