Live review: Tarja in Moscow, Russia (September 13, 2019)

On August 30, Finnish vocalist Tarja Turunen released her new album titled “In The Raw”. With the main theme referring to the saying “All is not gold that glitters.”, the gold was treated as a metal, a raw material, and not as a luxury product. However, soon after the release of the second single “Railroads”, Tarja announced she would kick-off “Raw Tour” in Russia, which, as opposed to album’s concept, turned out to be one of the most luxurious moments ever.

When Tarja announced a show in Moscow, I had some doubts about going but in the end, I decided to go. And I don’t regret anything, it was one of the best concert experiences I’ve ever had.

The supporting band from Spain called Saltimbankya was rather good. They did a real performance with the plot and theatre costumes. I had the impression of attending a musical. Unfortunately, Saltimbankya had some troubles with their microphones, so I could hardly hear the vocalists from the front row.

The main act of the evening, Tarja, started the show with her new song “Serene”. I would like to pay attention to the well-balanced setlist, composed of well-known songs loved by everyone (such as “Victim of Ritual”, “I Walk Alone”, “Falling Awake” etc.) and the new ones. Thanks to the skilled sound technician, the sound during Tarja’s show was very good and her powerful voice could be heard perfectly and therefore enjoyed the way it deserves. 

After “Serene” came such hits as “Demons In You” and “Diva”. Tarja surprised the audience when she performed a solo medley of “The Golden Chamber (Loputon Yo)” and “You and I”; her haunting voice and the piano enchanting the audience. In the middle of the concert, she sang “Wishmaster”, a song from her Nightwish era. “Last time I played this song in Moscow in 2008. Do you remember this song?”- she asked with a slyly smile. The crowd was so excited they were screaming and chanting her name for several minutes. Before playing “I Walk Alone”, Tarja gave a rather grateful and motivating little speech about the first months of her solo career. She finished off the set with “Dead Promises” and, as usual, “Until My Last Breath”. 

Throughout the whole concert, she seemed to be very touched by the warm welcome of the audience. I have never received such energy from the stage. Tarja and her musicians looked so enthusiastic and happy to be performing. They outshined some of the best live bands I’ve seen so far. Seeing this lady live is always gold.


  1. Serene
  2. Demons in You
  3. My Little Phoenix
  4. Anteroom of Death
  5. Diva
  6. Goodbye Stranger
  7. Band Solo
  8. Falling Awake
  9. Wishmaster (Nightwish cover)
  10. The Golden Chamber (Loputon Yo)/You And I
  11. Undertaker
  12. Tears In Rain
  13. Victim of Ritual


  1. Innocence
  2. I Walk Alone
  3. Dead Promises
  4. Until My Last Breath

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