I was surfing and found this first video and being a huge Mike Oldfield fan I had to watch it. Featuring Tarja Turunen, the name didn’t ring a bell, but the voice intrigued me, as did the video.
That beautiful voice. I had to check my other computer with the massive storage and found this track on the 2013 album “Tubular Beats” but Tarja is uncredited on my version.
So I searched some more and duhhhh! Tarja Turunen was the lead singer and one of the founders of Nightwish the Finnish symphonic metal band. I came late to the symphonic metal genre having given up on heavy metal when Deep Purple and Black Sabbath sort of imploded and Metallica came on the scene. I had become aware of Nightwish back in 2010, even had one of their tracks on a series I was doing on the old Bearly Rambling blog featuring songs with the word “Angel” in the title. I used “Wish I had An Angel” on one of the posts.
At the time I was fascinated by their lead singer, but I guess other things came up and I forgot to follow-up, my bad.
Tarja Soile Susanna Turunen-Cabuli, generally known as Tarja Turunen or simply Tarja, is a Finnish singer-songwriter, a soprano with a vocal range of three octaves.
So this time I was determined to do justice to that fine voice.
There is a lot of music to get through, so let’s get to it.
This is the aforementioned video of Mike Oldfields track with Tarja as vocalist. A beautiful tune with wonderful vocalizing and some enticing visuals.
Mike Oldfield “Never Too Far” feat. Tarja Turunen
Check out this video from GEMINNA with edited clips from Game of Thrones and the awesome voice of Tarja. A beautiful song from her “What Lies Beneath” album. Just beautiful.
I Feel Immortal [CINEMATIC]
Moving along into the current day, very much so, Tarja’s new album “The Shadow Self” was released a week ago. A truly fine album.
Directed by Argentinean movie director Mariano Cattaneo and filmed in Buenos Aires, the video surprises with a movie like optic and a corresponding, emotional plot.
But it is not only the video clip that leaves you astonished – so does the song.
“Innocence” perfectly captures the essence of Tarja: her unique way of melting heavy rock and classical music. Adding a melancholic piano etude inspired by Chopin, a driven beat and a striking chorus, the first single from “The Shadow Self” leads the way to even more inspiring music of Tarja.
If you don’t have it yet you must get “The Shadow Self”.
Directed by Maarten van Welzen.
“No Bitter End”, the opening track of the prequel album “The Brightest Void”, is the first glimpse on Tarja’s new work – her heaviest to date. Surprising with massive guitar riffs, a driving beat provided by no other than Chad Smith and of course Tarja’s incredible vocals, the powerful rock tune paves the way of what is yet to come.
A true rocker, Tarja in great voice, what else do you want, or need. Rock on.
No Bitter End
“The Brightest Void”, is a specially priced prequel album with over 50 minutes of brand new music, was released on June 3rd, 2016 on earMUSIC as 1CD Digipak, 1LP+Download Code and Digital. It was to sweeten the wait until the release of the new studio album “The Shadow Self”, that was released on August 5th, 2016.
OK, let’s slow things down a bit and see what Tarja can do with a classic. And what a classic. Such a beautiful voice. Chills and goose bumps. This is from YLE TV in Finland, not sure how long ago though, maybe 2008. Just beautiful.
This is the final one for today, and we are going out with a bang.
This is an awesome amazing version of this theatre classic.
Such a brilliant arrangement, love the metal touch added to this it really fits the song. This was featured on the “Act 1” album.
This was live in Rosario,Argentina. Simply the best.
The Phantom of the Opera
Sorry, I couldn’t resist. Another amazing version.
This is the Nightwish version. No more words.
The Phantom Of The Opera
Tarja Turunen – vocals
Emppu Vuorinen – guitar
Marco Tapani Hietala – bass,vocals
Jukka “Julius” Nevalainen – drums, percussion
Tuomas Holopainen – synthesizer