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Ave Maria – En Plein Air

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Ave Maria – En Plein Air
Studio album by
Released11 September 2015
Recorded21–23 November 2011
VenueLakeuden Risti Church, Seinäjoki, Finland
Length45:34 (48:21 with bonus track)
ProducerTarja & Mic
Tarja chronology
Luna Park Ride
Ave Maria – En Plein Air
The Brightest Void

Ave Maria is the first classical, and the fifth studio album released by the Finnish soprano Tarja Turunen.[1]

On the 22 July 2015, earMUSIC released a video announcing the existence of the album, following with a teaser trailer on 6 August. The full music video was not released until 13 August that year, with Tarja singing the rare "Ave Maria" by Paolo Tosti.



In an interview with Winter Storm Slovakia, Tarja talked a little about the recording sessions :

"All the musicians performed the songs together with me without an audience" and continues saying "Nothing has been edited nor any studio tricks have been used" and finishes with "So what you hear on the record, is purely how the songs sounded in Lakeuden Risti church during the recording session."[2]

She also says that this is a very important album to her, since "It represents her long background in classical music and her knowledge as a lyrical singer".

Track listing

Ave Maria – En Plein Air
1."Ave Maria"Paolo Tosti3:51
2."Ave Maria"Axel von Kothen3:00
3."Ave Maria"David Popper3:45
4."Ave Maria"Camille Saint-Saëns4:27
5."Ave Maria"Astor Piazzolla5:13
6."Ave Maria"J. S. Bach / Charles Gounod2:46
7."Ave Maria"Pietro Mascagni3:29
8."Ave Maria"Ferenc Farkas2:16
9."Ave Maria"Vladimir Vavilov[3]4:12
10."Ave Maria"Michael Hoppé3:21
11."Ave Maria"Charles-Marie Widor3:28
12."Ave Maria"Tarja Turunen5:11
iTunes bonus track
13."Ave Maria Stella" (i.e. Ave maris stella)Edvard Grieg2:47



Chart performance

Chart (2015) Peak
Belgian Albums (Ultratop Flanders)[5] 165
Belgian Albums (Ultratop Wallonia)[6] 159
Finnish Albums (Suomen virallinen lista)[7] 31


  1. ^ "New Album Ave Maria – En Plein Air". Tarja-avemaria.com. Retrieved 2015-08-24.
  2. ^ a b c "English – Winter Storm Slovakia | Oficiálny fanklub Tarji Turunen na Slovensku". Winter Storm Slovakia. Archived from the original on 2016-03-11. Retrieved 2015-08-24.
  3. ^ misattributed to Giulio Caccini
  4. ^ Tarja Kuittinen. "Tarja Turunen palasi viimein klassisen pariin – katso video ensimmäisestä sinkusta! – Musiikki – Ilta-Sanomat". Iltasanomat.fi. Archived from the original on August 15, 2015. Retrieved 2015-08-24.
  5. ^ "Ultratop.be – Tarja Turunen – Ave Maria En Plein Air" (in Dutch). Hung Medien. Retrieved 2 October 2015.
  6. ^ "Ultratop.be – Tarja Turunen – Ave Maria En Plein Air" (in French). Hung Medien. Retrieved 29 September 2015.
  7. ^ "Tarja Turunen: Ave Maria En Plein Air" (in Finnish). Musiikkituottajat – IFPI Finland. Retrieved 29 September 2015.