Rautavaara - Complete Works for Male Choir

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Rautavaara - Complete Works for Male Choir


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24th Nov 2008




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Rautavaara - Complete Works for Male Choir


The Singer

Autumn at the Rivermouth

2 Preludes by T.S. Eliot

2 Psalms

Ave Maria

Joulun virsi - Christmas Hymn

Book of Life - complete songs for male voice choir

4 Songs to Poems of Aleksis Kivi

Legenda - Legend

Leaves are Leaves

4 Serenades

Hammarskjöld Fragment, Op. 84

2 Finnish Folk Song Arrangements

The Fox and the Sick Cockerel

4 Romances from Rasputin

YL Male Voice Choir & Talla Vocal Ensemble, Pasi Hyökki & Matti Hyökki

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This release marks the culmination of the 80th birthday celebrations for Ondine's best-selling omposer, Einojuhani Rautavaara, following a successful campaign on his back catalogue. Ondine has had a long and fruitful association with the Finnish cult composer since the late 1980s, having recorded the premières of many of his works and garnering many awards along the way, including a Grammy nomination for his Angel of Light (Symphony No. 7). This new recording features his complete works for male choir - one of the most popular genres in this composer's artistic output.The two ensembles are the YL Male Voice Choir (Helsinki University Choir), one of the world's most prominent male voice choirs and the commissioner and dedicatee of most of Rautavaara's (and also Jean Sibelius') works for male voice choir. Only recently the Choir was featured on the critically acclaimed recording of Sibelius' Kullervo, along with the Talla Vocal Ensemble, a smaller group of 10 singers originally founded within the YL Choir.

Einojuhani Rautavaara: Laulaja (The Singer)

Laulaja (The Singer)

Einojuhani Rautavaara: Syksy virran suussa (Autumn at the River Mouth)

Syksy virran suussa (Autumn at the River Mouth)

Einojuhani Rautavaara: 2 Preludes

No. 1. Winter Evening

No. 2. The Morning Comes

Einojuhani Rautavaara: Psalm 23

Psalm 23

Einojuhani Rautavaara: Psalm 130

Psalm 130

Einojuhani Rautavaara: Ave Maria

Ave Maria

Einojuhani Rautavaara: Joulun virsi (Christmas Hymn)

Joulun virsi (Christmas Hymn)

Einojuhani Rautavaara: Elaman kirja (A Book of Life)

No. 1. Kindheit (Childhood)

No. 2. Ma boheme (My Bohemian Life)

No. 3. L'Amoureuse (One in Love)

No. 4. Vanitas! Vanitatum vanitas (Turhuuksien turhuus)

No. 5. Hope Is the Thing With Feathers (Toivo on hoyhenpukuinen)

No. 6. Are You Ready? (Tahdotko)

No. 7. Huojuva keula (The Swaying Prow)

No. 8. Le Bain (Swimming)

No. 9. Me emme kuole koskaan (We Shall Never Die)

No. 10. Sa var det (So it was)

No. 11. Song of Myself (Laulu itsestani)

Einojuhani Rautavaara: 4 Songs from the Opera Aleksis Kivi (arr. for choir)

No. 1. Ikavyys (Melancholy)

No. 2. Olven kunnia (The Glory of Beer)

No. 3. Oravan laulu (The Squirrel)

No. 4. Sydameni laulu (Song of My Heart)

Einojuhani Rautavaara: Legenda


Einojuhani Rautavaara: Lehdet lehtia (Leaves are Leaves)

Lehdet lehtia (Leaves are Leaves)

Einojuhani Rautavaara: 4 Serenadia

No. 1. Serenade fur meine Frau (Serenade to My Wife)

No. 2. La mort des pauvres (Serenade to Death)

No. 3. Serenadien serenadi (Serenade of Serenades)

No. 4. Serenadi oluelle (Serenade to Beer)

Einojuhani Rautavaara: Hammarskjold-fragment


Einojuhani Rautavaara: Isontalon Antti Rannanjarvi (Andy from the Big House)

Isontalon Antti Rannanjarvi (Andy from the Big House)

Einojuhani Rautavaara: Hallin Janne

Hallin Janne

Einojuhani Rautavaara: Kettu ja sairas kukko (The Fox and the Sick Cockerel)

Kettu ja sairas kukko (The Fox and the Sick Cockerel)

Einojuhani Rautavaara: 4 Romanssia oopperasta Rasputin (4 Romances from the Opera Rasputin)

No. 1. Lavitse kimmeltavan yon (Through the Glimmering Night)

No. 2. Kaukana on minun maani (Far Away Lies My Husband)

No. 3. Troikka kiitaa (The Troika Speeds)

No. 4. Kuu kelmea vain virtaan kuvastuu (Moonlight is Pale Upon the River)

Gramophone Magazine

January 2009

“…so this comprehensive and magnificently sung new collection has the field to itself.”

BBC Music Magazine

March 2009


“Especially striking, its tenor line soaring over a quasi-orchestral vocal fabric, is the literary Leaves are Leaves; but finer still are the Four Alexis Kivi Songs (1998-2005), from his opera about Finland's equivalent of Pushkin and Burns, the main solo 'Melancholy' movingly underpinned by YL's awesomely dark, firm basses.”

Gramophone Classical Music Guide


“YL divide up the works between the main body and their 10-man offshoot, the Talla Vocal Ensemble – the latter, incidentally, are superb in the two TS Eliot Preludes (1956, rev 1967).
Ondine's recording is rich, with great presence, matched by singing of urgency and vividness.
And YL and Talla's interpretations have impetus and power, as in the half-hour-long A Book ofLife (1972), which is split between the two groups (as are the Four Serenades, 1978), setting 11 poems – including texts by Rilke, Rimbaud, Goethe, Emily Dickinson and Whitman – in five languages.
The greater textural palette attained through using two differently sized choirs is more akin to that found in some early-music recordings. Perhaps there's a loss of intimacy and a certain dreamy quality – for instance in the Psalms (1968-71) or some of the folksong arrangements.
But this is a small price to pay for the gains which, for collectors of Rautavaara, will chiefly be the quartets of songs to poems by Aleksis Kivi (arr 2005) or from the opera Rasputin (arr 2006), not otherwise issued.”

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