Einojuhani Rautavaara: The 8 Symphonies

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All Music Guide - James Leonard
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 ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - James Leonard
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.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 2/24/2009
  • Label: Ondine
  • UPC: 761195114520
  • Catalog Number: 1145
  • Sales rank: 52,962

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1–3 Symphony No. 1 (second revision) - Einojuhani Rautavaara & Einojuhani Rautavaara (27:41)
  2. 4–7 Symphony No. 2 ("Sinfonia intima") - Einojuhani Rautavaara & Einojuhani Rautavaara (21:19)
Disc 2
  1. 1–4 Symphony No. 3, Op. 20 - Einojuhani Rautavaara & Einojuhani Rautavaara (32:30)
  2. 5–8 Symphony No. 4 ("Arabescata") - Einojuhani Rautavaara & Einojuhani Rautavaara (16:35)
Disc 3
  1. 1 Symphony No. 5 - Einojuhani Rautavaara & Einojuhani Rautavaara (31:45)
  2. 2–5 Symphony No. 6 ("Vincentiana"), for orchestra & synthesizer - Einojuhani Rautavaara & Einojuhani Rautavaara (41:55)
Disc 4
  1. 1–4 Symphony No. 7 ("Angel of Light") - Einojuhani Rautavaara & Einojuhani Rautavaara (38:01)
  2. 5–8 Symphony No. 8 ("The Journey") - Einojuhani Rautavaara & Einojuhani Rautavaara (29:05)
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