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    Thu, 27 Aug 2015 14:29:58

    3 Reasons: Tarja Releasing Classical 'Ave Maria' Album -

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    It's her take on the classic prayer.

    Tarja's classical solo debut Ave Maria – En Plein Air drops October 16 via earMUSIC. It's an ode to a classic prayer!

    Not familiar with the prayer?

    Let's fix that with a little education.

    "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 4,000 songs, some of which kept the original prayer as words while others used a different text than the traditional one.

    Why do you need to check out this particular album of "Ave Maria" renditions? Here's three amazing reasons to do so.

    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.

    • It was 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. So it's "Ave Maria," in a church. How breathtaking and beautiful.

    • Check out the trailer! Since classic music was the singer's first love, she really pulled from a place of passion and experience when delivering these renditions.

    The first video teaser trailer can be watched below. It's majestic... because of course it is.

    Tarja Turunen 'Ave Maria – En Plein Air' Track Listing:

    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 Widor

    Say your prayers with Tarja.

    —Amy Sciarretto

    'Ave Maria – En Plein Air' from Tarja is released October 16, 2015 via earMUSIC.

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    Tags: Tarja, Paolo Tosti, David Popper, Astor Piazzolla, Johann Sebastian Bach, Charles Gounod

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