Rautavaara: Angels and Visitations

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All Music Guide - Blair Sanderson
More than any other recording company, Ondine has fostered Einojuhani Rautavaara's reputation internationally and produced extraordinary albums that many regard as definitive presentations of his music. To sample Rautavaara's and the label's extensive catalog, look no further than this ample double-disc compilation, which features extracted movements from longer works, such as the popular concertos and symphonies, single-movement tone poems, and a smattering of short excerpts, all of which give a well-rounded portrait of Rautavaara and demonstrate the uniformly high quality of the performances and the recordings. The roster of soloists is impressive, with such names as ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Blair Sanderson
More than any other recording company, Ondine has fostered Einojuhani Rautavaara's reputation internationally and produced extraordinary albums that many regard as definitive presentations of his music. To sample Rautavaara's and the label's extensive catalog, look no further than this ample double-disc compilation, which features extracted movements from longer works, such as the popular concertos and symphonies, single-movement tone poems, and a smattering of short excerpts, all of which give a well-rounded portrait of Rautavaara and demonstrate the uniformly high quality of the performances and the recordings. The roster of soloists is impressive, with such names as Vladimir Ashkenazy, Richard Stoltzman, and Patrick Gallois standing out, and the five orchestras represented are sure to be recognized for their long association with this leading Finnish composer. That said, Rautavaara's oeuvre is not for everybody, insofar as his music is unabashedly neo-Romantic in impulse and coloration, fairly conservative in tonality and style, and often ethereal and misty in its moods. Like many of his generation, notably Arvo Pärt and John Tavener, Rautavaara regards creating art as something close to a religious expression, and draws connections between artistic and spiritual varieties of ecstasy. Yet unlike Pärt and Tavener, Rautavaara usually makes music that works as secular concert fare; while his mystical themes are important, they don't interfere with appreciating the music on its own abstract terms. So if you like pieces with plenty of atmosphere and placid harmonies, and are not put off by the ephemeral imagery which at times seems calculated to appeal to new age sensibilities, Rautavaara's pleasant, dreamy music may fill the bill. Recorded between 1991 and 2005, the recordings have remarkably clear sound and are well balanced despite the different venues.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 9/19/2006
  • Label: Ondine
  • UPC: 761195107928
  • Catalog Number: 1079
  • Sales rank: 254,459

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1–3 Cantus Arcticus (Concerto for Birds & Orchestra), for orchestra & taped bird songs, Op. 61 - Einojuhani Rautavaara & Leif Segerstam (19:31)
  2. 2 Autumn Gardens (Syksyn puutarhat), for orchestra: 3rd Movement (Giocoso e leggiero) - Einojuhani Rautavaara & Vladimir Ashkenazy (10:42)
  3. 3 Piano Concerto No.1: 3rd Movement (Molto vivace) - Einojuhani Rautavaara & Eduardo Nestor Gomez (3:23)
  4. 4 Clarinet Concerto: 2nd Movement (Adagio assai) - Einojuhani Rautavaara & Leif Segerstam (7:33)
  5. 5 Symphony No. 7 ("Angel of Light"): 3rd Movement (Come un sogno) - Einojuhani Rautavaara & Leif Segerstam (10:24)
  6. 6 Vigilia (All-Night Vigil), for chorus & soloists: Psalm of Invocation - Einojuhani Rautavaara & Eduardo Nestor Gomez (1:53)
  7. 7 Vigilia (All-Night Vigil), for chorus & soloists: Evening Hymn - Einojuhani Rautavaara & Eduardo Nestor Gomez (2:06)
  8. 8 Vigilia (All-Night Vigil), for chorus & soloists: Ekteniya - Einojuhani Rautavaara & Eduardo Nestor Gomez (1:16)
  9. 9 Vigilia (All-Night Vigil), for chorus & soloists: Final Blessing - Einojuhani Rautavaara & Eduardo Nestor Gomez (1:25)
  10. 10 Apotheosis (4th movement from the Symphony No.6), for orchestra - Einojuhani Rautavaara & Eduardo Nestor Gomez (7:50)
Disc 2
  1. 1 Adagio celeste, for strings - Einojuhani Rautavaara & Eduardo Nestor Gomez (7:41)
  2. 2 Flute Concerto ("Dances with the Winds"), Op. 69: 3rd Movement (Allegro) - Einojuhani Rautavaara & Leif Segerstam (5:16)
  3. 3 True & False Unicorn, 3 versions, final one for chorus & orchestra: The Unicorn - Einojuhani Rautavaara & Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra (2:07)
  4. 4 True & False Unicorn, 3 versions, final one for chorus & orchestra: Young Sagittarius - Einojuhani Rautavaara & Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra (1:30)
  5. 5 True & False Unicorn, 3 versions, final one for chorus & orchestra: A Virgin, waiting - Einojuhani Rautavaara & Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra (2:46)
  6. 6 Anadyomene ("Adoration of Aphrodite"), for orchestra - Einojuhani Rautavaara & Leif Segerstam (12:23)
  7. 7 Piano Concerto No.3 ("Gift of Dreams"): 3rd Movement - Vladimir Ashkenazy & Einojuhani Rautavaara (6:08)
  8. 8 Symphony No. 1 (first revision): 2nd Movement (Poetico) - Einojuhani Rautavaara & Eduardo Nestor Gomez (7:49)
  9. 9 Halavan himmeän alla (In the Shade of the Willow), for chorus: Laulu oravasta (The Squirrel) - Einojuhani Rautavaara & Eduardo Nestor Gomez (2:38)
  10. 10 Halavan himmeän alla (In the Shade of the Willow), for chorus: Sydämeni laulu (Song of My Heart) - Einojuhani Rautavaara & Eduardo Nestor Gomez (4:01)
  11. 11 Angels and Visitations, for orchestra - Einojuhani Rautavaara & Eduardo Nestor Gomez (19:16)
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