Einojuhani Rautavaara: The 8 Symphonies

Einojuhani Rautavaara: The 8 Symphonies

     
 
This four-disc set collects Ondine's recordings of the eight symphonies of Finnish composer Einojuhani Rautavaara. The symphonies themselves fall into two groups. The "First" through "Fourth" were written from 1955 through 1962 and trace the young composer's growth from neo-classical modernism through neo-expressionism, post-romanticism, and flat-out serialism, while

Overview

This four-disc set collects Ondine's recordings of the eight symphonies of Finnish composer Einojuhani Rautavaara. The symphonies themselves fall into two groups. The "First" through "Fourth" were written from 1955 through 1962 and trace the young composer's growth from neo-classical modernism through neo-expressionism, post-romanticism, and flat-out serialism, while the "Fifth" through "Eighth" were written from 1986 though 1999 and are more stylistic homogenous and more all-stops-out ecstatic. The performances range from the merely utilitarian "First" with Mikko Franck leading the National Orchestra of Belgium through the more acceptable "Second" through "Sixth" with Max Pommer directing the Leipzig Radio Symphony Orchestra to the altogether magnificent "Seventh" and "Eighth" with Leif Segerstam heading up the Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra. For a taste of the journeyman composer, try the sweeping, searing "Third Symphony." But for a taste of Rautavaara at his best, try the "Seventh Angel of Light Symphony" that fairly radiates incandescent excitement in its towering waves of sound. Throughout, Ondine's digital sound is clear and deep, though the later recordings are clearer and deeper than the earlier recordings.

Product Details

Release Date:
02/24/2009
Label:
Ondine
UPC:
0761195114520
catalogNumber:
1145
Rank:
39780

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Tracks

  1. Symphony No. 1 (second revision)
  2. Symphony No. 2 ("Sinfonia intima")
  3. Symphony No. 3, Op. 20
  4. Symphony No. 4 ("Arabescata")
  5. Symphony No. 5
  6. Symphony No. 6 ("Vincentiana"), for orchestra & synthesizer
  7. Symphony No. 7 ("Angel of Light")
  8. Symphony No. 8 ("The Journey")

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