Kommentare / Besprechungen


Sanna Kurki-Suonio über Huria: "Dieses Album ist eine Ehrung der Sängerinnen der alten, längst vergangenen Zeiten. Die wundervollen, originalen Töne dieser Sängerinnen hatten maßgeblichen Einfluss am letztendlichen Sound dieses Albums. Einige dieser Lieder, wie "The Vagabond Girl", haben sich sehr verändert, während andere, wie "With This Song", fast unverändert geblieben sind. Ich bin fasziniert von der Fülle der Emotionen und der Weisheit in den Texten. Die innere Welt dieser Sängerinnen muss voll von Gefühlen gewesen sein, etwas, was wir heute noch spüren können, und voll von Gedanken, die auch ein Jahrhundert danach immer noch nachwirken, obwohl sie heute anders ausgedrückt werden. Der Totengräber zum Beispiel mit seiner Lebensphilosophie der Gelassenheit, egalitär und friedliebend, findet auch in unserer Zeit seinen Seelenverwandten. Einige der Lieder sind Original-Kompositionen. Von diesen wurde "On The Road" in strengem Dialog mit dem anderen Material dieses Albums geboren."

Pirkko Kotirinta, Helsingin Sanomat, Helsinki, November 10, 2007:
A song turns small into great
Huria by Sanna Kurki-Suonio and her trio is an album of strong songs and a strong singer. The emotional register of the voice reveals a range of nuances that is rich and approaches the listener, without a need to emphasize the skills of the singer with extreme forms of expression. On the contrary, the journey takes, at its best, inward and towards the core, deep into the story.
Among the best are the original piece Reckless (Huria) and The vagabond girl (Tyttö kulkija) whose lyrics are traditional. I woke up (Nousin) rises into hypnotic blues and would have endured a longer buildup. Bidding farewell (Eron hetki) resounds with the power of a hymn.
Riitta Huttunen's kantele is filled with character and Jari Lappalainen's percussions are fine-tuned and minimalist. The bass clarinet of the album's producer, Tapani Rinne, paints Evening song (Iltalaulu) with peace.
These are humble folk songs, but the epithet 'merely' can be forgotten. The alliance of old and new is seamless.

Markku Makkonen, Aamulehti/Valo
, Tampere, November 9, 2007:
Sanna Kurki-Suonio hits with a versatile album. Rooted into tradition, Huria stretches into many directions but keeps its style. The album, created with Riitta Huttunen, Jari Lappalainen and Tapani Rinne, rocks and rattles at times like the best of them: The vagabond girl (Tyttö kulkija) and On the road (Matkalla) are exactly the kind of songs that folk music needs to increase its audience.

Matti Komulainen, Turun sanomat/Viikkoliite, Turku, November 14, 2007:
The former Hedningarna singer Sanna Kurki-Suonio returns with aplomb on her third solo album. Huria focuses on folk tradition, especially street ballads from Kainuu, but the renditions are contemporary.
The songs, with their joys and sorrows, arise from the earth and the people. In the exotically groovy The gravedigger (Haudankaivaja), man's hurry and hustle are set into the right dimensions, and the catchy title song rolls like autumn waves.
The soloist is accompanied by Riitta Huttunen, Jari Lappalainen and Tapani Rinne, who has also produced the album. Kantele, percussions, wind instruments, and synthesizers which subtly complement the organic sound, create an amazing soundscape with references to primitive ethnomusic as well as meditative ambient music. Minimalist accompaniment, hypnotic performances and moving lyrics unite into a magnificent whole: the songs come close and make you ponder on the relativity of time and experiences.