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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.
Einojuhani Rautavaara: Violin Concerto
Einojuhani Rautavaara: Cello Concerto, Op. 41
I. Allegro ma non troppo
Einojuhani Rautavaara: Angel of Dusk
I. His First Appearance
II. His Monologue
III. His Last Appearance
Einojuhani Rautavaara: Ballad
Einojuhani Rautavaara: Harp Concerto
Einojuhani Rautavaara: Cantus arcticus, Op. 61, "Concerto for Birds and Orchestra"
I. The Bog
III. Swans Migrating
Einojuhani Rautavaara: Flute Concerto, Op. 63, "Dances with the Winds"
III. Andante moderato
Einojuhani Rautavaara: Clarinet Concerto
I. Drammatico ma flessibile
II. Adagio assai
Einojuhani Rautavaara: Annunciations
Einojuhani Rautavaara: Piano Concerto No. 1, Op. 45
I. Con grandezza
III. Molto vivace
Einojuhani Rautavaara: Piano Concerto No. 2
I. In viaggio
II. Sognando e libero
III. Uccelli sulle passioni
Einojuhani Rautavaara: Piano Concerto No. 3, "Gift of Dreams"
II. Adagio assai
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