Lilli Paasikivi (mezzo-soprano), Topi Lehtipuu (tenor), Jyrki Korhonen (bass), Pia Freund (soprano), Petteri Salomaa (baritone), Satu Klemi (soprano), Heta Kokkomaki (soprano), Kaija Nuoranne (soprano), Tuuli Lindeberg (soprano), Johanna Talasniemi (alto), Annica Sjolund (soprano), Mia Huhta (soprano), Sade Rissanen (alto), Jaakko Kortekangas (baritone)
Finnish Radio Chamber Choir, Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra, Finnish Philharmonic Choir, Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra, Timo Nuoranne, Eric-Olof Soderstrom, Leif Segerstam
After releasing boxes featuring Einojuhani Rautaavara’s eight Symphonies and twelve Concertos, Ondine is pleased to release a four-CD box of his Choral Works.
This box includes both sacred and secular works, and shows the composer’s diversity in style, expression and content.
Rautavaara is perhaps the most well-known and certainly the most recorded living Finnish composer today.
These recordings feature two acclaimed Finnish mixed choirs – the Finnish Radio Chamber Choir and the Finnish Philharmonic Chorus – as well as the Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra under conductors Timo Nuoranne, Eric-Olof Söderström and Leif Segerstam.
The recordings are taken from existing acclaimed releases on Ondine.
“The performances, mainly by the Finnish Radio Chamber Choir, are consistently very fine and the recorded sound is excellent throughout...a compelling release that continues Ondine’s doughty championship of Finland’s leading living composer.” MusicWeb International, April 2013