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Beauty & The Beat Double CD


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The brightest star on the Finnish rock scene, the soprano singer known as Tarja Turunen, has become one of the most well known Finnish faces in the world of music.

Tarja started her musical studies at the age of six, and continued them in a Musical Institute in her hometown of Puhos, a small Finnish village close to the city of Kitee. She moved to the Music College in Savonlinna and ... Read more in Amazon's Tarja Store

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  • Audio CD (2 Jun. 2014)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Format: Double CD
  • Label: earMUSIC
  • ASIN: B00JJ4MO84
  • Other Editions: Audio CD
  • Average Customer Review: 3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 23,169 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Listen  1. Concert for Violin & Oboe (Live) 3:44£0.99  Buy MP3 
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Listen  9. Can-Can (Live) 2:30£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen10. I Feel Pretty (Live) 2:39£0.99  Buy MP3 
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Listen16. Witch-Hunt (Live) 6:00£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen17. Led Zeppelin Medley (Live) 8:05£0.99  Buy MP3 
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Listen21. I Walk Alone (Live) 4:46£0.99  Buy MP3 

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“Beauty & The Beat” is something very different than your ordinary rock show, let alone your ordinary classic concert. It’s music played in an unorthodox manner, it’s the performance of a wide range of classical pieces and rock songs together with an orchestra and choir. It strikes you with awe. Originally planned as a one-time event – the first performance was already held in 2011, the show was too successful with fans and critics to simply never happen again. In spring 2013, Tarja Turunen and drummer Mike Terrana, who is also part of her current live band, toured throughout the world, from Poland over Russia to Mexico. During this tour, the live CD, DVD and Blu-ray was recorded in stunning HD.
“Beauty & The Beat”’s music ranges from immortal classic music pieces ranging from Bach, Strauss and Mozart to Rossini, and doesn’t neglect pure rock music with songs from Led Zeppelin, Queen and Tarja’s as well as Mike’s own pieces. All combined with an enormous orchestra sound, energetic drums and Tarja’s angelic voice. Tarja and Mike complement each other musically. Whereas Mike bangs his drums like a mad man, Tarja shines with her crystal clear voice and incredible stage presence all lulled with the warm, full sound of an orchestra.

Tarja Turunen explains: “The idea of having a symphonic orchestra, choir and Mr. Terrana on drums was originally mine. I believe this kind of combination of instruments, particularlyplaying mainly classical music, is very unique. I have been making collaborations with orchestras before, but those concerts were different. Our main goal with this kind of concerts is that the younger audience experiences the beauty and power of a symphonic orchestra and choir. Hopefully it will serve as an introduction to classical music for some of our fans.” Mike Terrana jokingly adds: “It’s obvious that I provide the BEAT & Tarja provides the BEAUTY.”

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By James Waddell on 16 Jun. 2014
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To sum up this album : some immaculate singing interspersed with some self indulgent twaddle from an otherwise competant rock drummer. The first track is simply dreadful, it sounds like a drunk bloke staggering through some dustbins behind a concert hall. I really can't recommend this to anyone but the most rabid Tarja fan, and even then I'm hesitant.
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This double CD is Tarja’s latest “incursion” into classical music, but unlike the 2011 “Live At Sibelius Hall” album, the focus this time is not on Christmas songs, rather classical pieces from the likes of Bach and Strauss, to name a few.

Through vocal and instrumental rearrangements by this extraordinary duet, - Tarja and drummer Terrana -, classical pieces gain new life! Same applies to classic rock pieces as in the “Led Zeppelin Medley” on Disc 2, where that raw hard rock sound is suppressed giving Page’s and Plant’s songs a whole new twist.

All in all “Beauty and the Beat” shows that genre borders can be pushed further; that a given rock song or a classical piece can evolve into something else without losing characteristics that makes them distinct from other contemporary pieces! Praise Tarja for allowing that crisscrossing to become a reality. Undoubtedly, FIVE STARS IN FIVE!
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Tarja is a fabulous singer and has produced some wonderful stuff. My Winter Storm and What Lies Beneath are stellar - buy them now if you don't have them. Underneath and The Reign are simply beautiful and remain in my top 5 favourite songs... Beauty and The Beat is, however, something else. For me, it has two issues. Firstly, it's a bit of an odd mix of tracks, for example The William Tell Overture (Lone Ranger version), The Barber of Seville and I Feel Pretty? Believe me, I know very little about classical music but on Henkäys Ikuisuutta we got and Ave Maria and Magnificat Quia Respexit, which were stunning. These just feel a little odd. There are some decent tracks in there, but nothing that draws me back again and again. However, the bigger problem is the drumming which just ruins a lot of the tracks. The first track (Concert for Violin and Oboe), in particular, is just a mess from start to finish. However, with 21 tracks on there, you can get 10 decent ones out so all is not lost...
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Tarja sounds really amazing in this concert, even more so than usual. At the end she performs a few songs from her rock repertoire, and you can really hear how differently she approaches rock and classical songs.

The setlist is pretty cliche, but I would definitely recommend this album purely because of how awesome Tarja is.
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1 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Mr. R. E. Wright on 9 July 2014
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This is my least favourite CD of Tarja. I really enjoy listening to What Lies beneath and Winterstorm and Act 1 as they are what I have come to expect from her, having followed her output since leaving Nightwish.

I have listened to Beauty & The Beat twice but it is now languishing in the loft, never to see the light of day again. I will be more circumspect before buying more of her albums, making sure that I at least hear snippets of the tracks to ensure it is not more of this.
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