Einojuhani Rautavaara: 12 Concertos

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All Music Guide - James Leonard
This four-disc Ondine set collects the complete concertos of Einojuhani Rautavaara. While these 12 works may not make the best argument for the Finnish post-modernist's status as a great composer -- his eight symphonies surely make good that claim -- they certainly make the best argument for his status as an amazingly effective, astoundingly diverse, and wonderfully individualistic composer. The works themselves are all from Rautavaara's wide-ranging maturity. There are three piano concertos, one concerto each for violin, cello, double bass, flute, clarinet, organ, and harp, as well as a "Ballad for harp and orchestra," plus the sui generic "Cantus Arcticus for taped ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - James Leonard
This four-disc Ondine set collects the complete concertos of Einojuhani Rautavaara. While these 12 works may not make the best argument for the Finnish post-modernist's status as a great composer -- his eight symphonies surely make good that claim -- they certainly make the best argument for his status as an amazingly effective, astoundingly diverse, and wonderfully individualistic composer. The works themselves are all from Rautavaara's wide-ranging maturity. There are three piano concertos, one concerto each for violin, cello, double bass, flute, clarinet, organ, and harp, as well as a "Ballad for harp and orchestra," plus the sui generic "Cantus Arcticus for taped Artic bird songs and orchestra." Though the majority of the works are in three movements, each is unlike any other in conception and execution. From the megalomaniacal "Piano Concerto No. 1" through the atmospheric "Flute Concerto Dances of the Winds" to the luminous "Bass Concerto Angel of Dusk," Rautavaara never repeats himself. Each work is superbly composed for its chosen soloist; the nearly Romantic "Piano Concerto No. 3, Gift of Dreams," written for Vladimir Ashkenazy, is a prime example. The soloists are always technically impressive, particularly Patrick Gallois' virtuosity on four separate flutes. They are also often emotionally compelling, especially Elmar Oliveira's seamless legato in the Tranquillo that opens the "Violin Concerto." Recorded in cool, clear, deep, and very vivid digital sound, this set deserves to be heard by fans of the best of post-modernism.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 8/25/2009
  • Label: Ondine
  • UPC: 761195115626
  • Catalog Number: 1156
  • Sales rank: 74,978

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1–2 Violin Concerto - Leif Segerstam & Einojuhani Rautavaara (24:19)
  2. 3–5 Cello Concerto - Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra & Einojuhani Rautavaara (17:41)
  3. 6–8 Angel of Dusk, concerto for double bass & orchestra (also version for bass, 2 pianos & percussion) - Jean-Jacques Kantorow & Einojuhani Rautavaara (26:18)
Disc 2
  1. 1 Ballad for Harp and Strings (also version for harp & string quartet) - Einojuhani Rautavaara & Reija Bister (10:14)
  2. 2–4 Harp Concerto - Leif Segerstam & Einojuhani Rautavaara (23:20)
  3. 5–7 Cantus Arcticus (Concerto for Birds & Orchestra), for orchestra & taped bird songs, Op. 61 - Leif Segerstam & Einojuhani Rautavaara (19:21)
Disc 3
  1. 1–4 Flute Concerto ("Dances with the Winds"), Op. 69 - Einojuhani Rautavaara & Leif Segerstam (23:01)
  2. 5–7 Clarinet Concerto - Leif Segerstam & Einojuhani Rautavaara (26:02)
  3. 6 Annunciations, concerto for organ, brass & symphonic winds - Leif Segerstam & Einojuhani Rautavaara (27:23)
Disc 4
  1. 1–3 Piano Concerto No.1 - Ralf Gothóni & Einojuhani Rautavaara (20:20)
  2. 4–6 Piano Concerto No.2 - Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra & Einojuhani Rautavaara (22:18)
  3. 7–9 Piano Concerto No.3 ("Gift of Dreams") - Einojuhani Rautavaara & Vladimir Ashkenazy (27:55)
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