Tarja – Act I
Label: EarMusic/Nuclear Blast/Universal
Release date: Aug. 24, 2012 – Sept. 6, 2012
Long awaited and highly anticipated; both terms ascribed to the first live release for Finnish soprano metal vocalist and songwriter Tarja Turunen. Tarja: Act I is a true gift for longtime fans and followers from her earliest days with Nightwish.
The event features a glorious setlist which encompasses her time with her former band, her solo efforts, and special gems such as covers of Gary Moore’s “Over The Hills and Far Away”, and Whitesnake’s “Still Of The Night”. She even offers a rousing rendition of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s “The Phantom of the Opera”.
For those that want the full effect, Act I will be available in 2-CD, 2-DVD and Blu-Ray formats. Act I was recorded and filmed with 10 HD cameras at the breathtaking Teatro El Círculo in Rosario, Argentina in Spring 2012.
Tarja said of her choice to film in Rosario, Argentina:
“Teatro el Circulo is an old opera theatre and one of the most important theatres in Argentina. I have had a chance to perform the year before in this theatre and it was love at the first sight. I knew at that time already that if one day I would be filming my DVD, it should be filmed there. The atmosphere, the acoustics of the place and the magical beauty of the theatre made that decision very easy.”
Every moment of Tarja: Act I is filled with theatrical and sonic bombast. It represents Tarja at her absolute best, using her incredible soprano voice to bring the magic of music to life in a manner that both entertains and inspires.
The two CD set includes 24 tracks, while the two DVD set also runs through 29 tracks; including a five song acoustic set.
The first single from the album is “Into The Sun”, the video for which can be seen below.
There is simply nothing not to enjoy and love about this package, especially if you are a fan of classic Nightwish; her latest album, What Lies Beneath; and grand musical performances. Tarja and her band capture the magic and majesty in a manner befitting the term, “epic”: Symphonic metal collides with classical grandiosity and even a touch of pop embellishment. It’s all here in exceptional aural clarity.