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Einojuhani Rautavaara (1928-2016)

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Rautavaara - 12 Concertos (Collector’s Edition)

Rautavaara - 12 Concertos (Collector’s Edition)


Rautavaara:

Violin Concerto

Elmar Oliveira (violin)

Cello Concerto. Op. 41

Marko Ylönen (cello)

Angel of Dusk - Concerto for Double Bass and Orchestra

Esko Laine (double bass)

Ballad for Harp and Strings (1973/81)

Reija Bister (harp)

Concerto for Harp and Orchestra

Marielle Nordmann (harp)

Cantus Arcticus, Op. 61 (Concerto for Birds & Orchestra)

Dances with the Winds, Op. 69 (Concerto for Flutes & Orchestra)

Patrick Gallois (flute)

Clarinet Concerto

Richard Stoltzman (clarinet)

Annunciations (Concerto for Organ, Brass Group and Symphonic Wind Orchestra)

Kari Jussila (organ)

Piano Concerto No. 1

Ralf Gothóni (piano)

Piano Concerto No. 2

Ralf Gothóni (piano)

Piano Concerto No. 3 'Gift of Dreams'

Vladimir Ashkenazy (piano)


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This first-ever edition of Einojuhani Rautavaara’s complete twelve concertos (written and recorded to this date) follows on the great success of the release of his eight symphonies, in a special box set.

Ondine’s long-time house composer is recognized as one of the greatest musical figures in Finland after Jean Sibelius. Between 1968 and 2001, he wrote solo works with orchestra for the violin, cello, double bass, harp, flute, clarinet, organ and the piano.

Highlights include the Violin Concerto which won a Cannes Classical Award in 1998, the Concerto for Birds (on tape) and Orchestra “Cantus Arcticus” which remains Rautavaara’s most popular and most frequently performed work of any kind, and the Third Piano Concerto “Gift of Dreams” which was commissioned, premiered and recorded by pianist-conductor Vladimir Ashkenazy. The other featured star performers include Patrick Gallois (flute) and Richard Stoltzman (clarinet).

The included recordings have been previously released to international popular and critical acclaim, and were all produced in close collaboration with the composer. The elegant box packaging, with the use of metallic colours, underlines the exclusivity of this edition, in combination with an attractive price.

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Rautavaara: Aleksis Kivi

Rautavaara: Aleksis Kivi

(complete opera)


Jorma Hynninen, Lasse Pöysti, Eeva-Liisa Saarinen, Helena Juntunen, Gabriel Suovanen, Marcus Groth, Lassi Virtanen, Jaakko Hietikko

Jyväskylä Sinfonia, Markus Lehtinen

“Idyll turned to nightmare, optimism to disillusionment, creative fruitfulness to barren schizophrenia and premature death. The tragic fate of the founder of Finnish-language literature has haunted Rautavaara ever since his youth. The opera Aleksis Kivi (1995-6) was the melodious crystallisation of a lifetime's pondering. Kivi (1834-72) was active while Swedish words still predominated in Finnish literature, the Finnish poet Johan Ludvig Runeberg having been the best-known Swedish-language exponent of the genre. Kivi's descent from lyrical flights of pastoral fancy to mental derangement was caused in part by damning assessments of his work from the poet and aesthetician August Ahlqvist, the only speaking role in the opera. Ahlqvist is portrayed here by the actor Lasse Pöysti, whose rhythmically inflected recitation is utterly bewitching.
Musically Aleksis Kivi calls on a varied array of styles. The Prologue depicts Kivi as despondent, despairing and deranged, the music dark and grainy, with a reptilian clarinet in the foreground and a skilfully deployed synthesiser. The scoring is economical throughout (strings, clarinets, percussion) but those who gravitate most readily to his 'angel' orchestral works will likely respond best to the First Act, music filled with mellow light which reflects, in its rich, constantly shifting hues, the protagonist's inspirational flights. The performance is consistently good, the mezzo Eeva-Liisa Saarinen excelling as Charlotta. Confidently conducted, keenly played and vividly recorded, Aleksis Kivi is a powerful narrative written with the kind of descriptive facility that Bartók employed for Bluebeard's Castle.”
Gramophone Classical Music Guide, 2010

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Rautavaara: Aleksis Kivi

Rautavaara: Aleksis Kivi

sung and recited in Finnish


Jorma Hynninen (Aleksis Kivi), Janne Reinikainen (August Ahlqvist), Riikka Rantanen (Charlotta), Pauliina Linnosaari (Hilda), Ville Rusanen (Young Alexis) & Tobias Zilliacus (J.L. Runeberg)

Finnish National Opera Orchestra, Mikko Franck (conductor) & Pekka Milonoff (stage director)

Set Designer: Eeva Ijäs

Costume Designer: Niina Pasanen

Lighting Designer: Juha Westman

Choreographer: Ari Numminen

This DVD features the three-act opera Aleksis Kivi (1996) by iconic Finnish composer Einojuhani Rautavaara who also wrote the libretto.

The opera tells the story of Finland’s national author Aleksis Kivi (1834-1872) and draws on many of Kivi’s own poems and texts. Aleksis Kivi wrote the first significant novel in the Finnish language (“Seven Brothers”), but during his short lifetime he suffered from moral and artistic condemnation by literary rivals. He died, insane and impoverished, at age 38.

This Finnish National Opera production is conducted by Mikko Franck and staged by Pekka Milonoff and features Jorma Hynninen in the lead role. Hynninen, upon whose request the opera was written, already headed the casts at the opera’s world première performance in 1997, as well as for the acclaimed première CD recording in 2002 (released on Ondine).

DVD Video [90’ • 23’ Extras]

Subtitles: Finnish / English

NTSC colour • 16:9

5.1 Dolby Digital Surround / PCM Stereo

Region Code 0

English Menu

DVD Video

Region: 0

Format: NTSC

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Rautavaara: Anadyomene, Flute Concerto & On the Last Frontier

Rautavaara: Anadyomene, Flute Concerto & On the Last Frontier


Rautavaara:

Anadyomene

Flute Concerto, Op. 63

On the Last Frontier


Patrick Gallois (flute)

Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra, Finnish Philharmonic Chorus, Leif Segerstam,

“Anadyomene (1968) suggests a Turner canvas recast in sound. It opens restlessly among undulating pastels, the tone darkens further, there are brief comments from flute and bass clarinet, the brass prompts a swelling climax, then the mood gradually becomes more animated before we're ferried back whence we came. It's 'a homage to Aphrodite, born of the sea foam, the goddess of love', and a very appealing one at that. The colourful Flute Concerto Dances with the Winds is a more extrovert piece with Nielsen as a fairly certain forebear. It shares its material between ordinary flute, bass flute, alto flute and piccolo.
The action-packed opening movement withstands some fairly aggressive interjections from the brass, the brief second movement recalls the shrill sound world of fifes and drums; the elegiac Andante moderato offers plenty of jam for the alto flute, and the finale's striking mood-swings have just a hint of Bernsteinian exuberance.
Rautavaara's prompt for On the Last Frontier (1997) was an early encounter with The Narrativeof Arthur Gordon Pym by Edgar Allan Poe. He calls it 'a seafaring yarn in the typical boys' reading mould' and responds accordingly with a 24-minute slice of descriptive musical reportage, not of Poe's exact 'narra- tive', but of an imagined Last Frontier based on ideas from the story's closing section. It's an eventful, majestic, slow-burning tone-poem, nourished further by some distinctive instrumental solos and with telling use of a fullblown chorus.
No texts are provided, and yet the aura of unexplored maritime depths and a sense of mystery associated with them carry their own wordless narrative. All three works are expertly performed and exceptionally well recorded.”
Gramophone Classical Music Guide, 2010

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Rautavaara - Angel of Dusk

Rautavaara - Angel of Dusk


Rautavaara:

Angel of Dusk - Concerto for Double Bass and Orchestra

Esko Laine (double-bass)

Symphony No. 2

Suomalainen myytti (A Finnish Myth) for string orchestra

Pelimannit, Op. 1


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Rautavaara: Angel of Light

Rautavaara: Angel of Light


Rautavaara:

Symphony No. 7 'Angel of Light'

Dances with the Winds, Op. 69 (Concerto for Flutes & Orchestra)

Petri Alanko (flute)

Cantus Arcticus, Op. 61 (Concerto for Birds & Orchestra)


“The BIS recording is excellent, with state-of-the-art sound, and Vanska's performance has impressive power and atmosphere; he keeps the music moving and casts a strong spell.” Penguin Guide, 2011 edition

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Rautavaara: Angels and Visitations

Rautavaara: Angels and Visitations


Rautavaara:

Angels and Visitations

Violin Concerto

Isle of Bliss


“Rautavaara's wholly original Violin Concerto is hauntingly accessible and grips the listener completely...Segerstam provides a shimmering backing and directs a committed and persuasively spontaneous orchestral response throughout all three works.” Penguin Guide, 2011 edition

Penguin Guide

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Rautavaara - Angels and Visitations

Rautavaara - Angels and Visitations

This double CD contains fifteen of Finnish cult composer Einojuhani Rautavaara's most popular works from the 1950s until the present day.


Rautavaara:

Cantus Arcticus, Op. 61 (Concerto for Birds & Orchestra)

Autumn Gardens

3rd movement

Piano Concerto No. 1

3rd movement

Clarinet Concerto

2nd movement

Symphony No. 7 'Angel of Light': III - Come un sogno

Vigilia

(excerpts)

Apotheosis

Adagio celeste

Dances with the Winds, Op. 69 (Concerto for Flutes & Orchestra)

3rd movement

True & False Unicorn

(excerpts)

Anadyomene

Piano Concerto No. 3 'Gift of Dreams'

3rd movement

Symphony No. 1

2nd movement

Halavan himmeän alla - In the Shade of the Willow

Angels and Visitations


Patrick Gallois (flute), Ralf Gothoni (piano), Richard Stoltzman (clarinet), Leif Segerstam, Mikko Franck & Timo Nuoranne

Helsinki PO, Swedish RSO, National Orchestra of Belgium, Finnish RSO, Leipzig RSO & Finnish Radio Chamber Choir, Vladimir Ashkenazy (piano & conductor)

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Rautavaara - A Requiem in our time

Rautavaara - A Requiem in our time


Rautavaara:

A Requiem in Our Time

Playgrounds for Angels

Tarantara

Independence Fanfare

A Soldier's Mass, Op. 40

Octet for Winds

Hymnus

world premiere recording


Finnish Brass Symphony, Hannu Lintu

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Rautavaara - Before The Icons & A Tapestry Of Life

Rautavaara - Before The Icons & A Tapestry Of Life


Rautavaara:

Before the Icons

A Tapestry of Life


These works are both presented here in their world première recording

Einojuhani Rautavaara is recognized as one of the most notable Finnish composers after Jean Sibelius. His recordings on Ondine have been bestsellers and garnered numerous awards (including a 1997 Grammy nomination for Angel of Light).

This new recording features the mystical composer’s latest orchestral works, two poignant testimonies of a mature artistic, spiritual and human personality.

The uplifting orchestral work Before the Icons (2005) is based on the earlier piano cycle Icons (1955) and therefore spans over Rautavaara’s entire career. The work drew its inspiration from a book of Orthodox icons.

Rautavaara wrote A Tapestry of Life in 2007 after an almost miraculous recovery from an acute illness. “Few contemporary composers are as skilled (…) in using tonality without compromise,” wrote the New Zealand Herald, upon its premiere.

Leif Segerstam and the Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra build on their long-time pedigrees of performing their compatriot’s music.

“The music still retains something of a 1950s feeling...Segerstam and the excellent Helsinki players provide appropriately atmospheric support...there's no doubt about the beauty of the soundworlds [Rautavaara] creates” BBC Music Magazine, September 2010 *****

“Rautavaara's musical voice remains fully audible although British listeners may hear resonances in places of Vaughan Williams-like modality.” Gramophone Magazine, August 2010

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