Rautavaara: Complete Works for Male Choir

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All Music Guide - Stephen Eddins
Since Einojuhani Rautavaara is still actively composing, it might seem premature to label a collection his Complete Works for Male Chorus, but there is already enough material to fill out two CDs. Rautavaara is an exceptionally prolific composer, and he has been writing for men's voices since early in career; the pieces collected here span more than 50 years. The composer is a master of graceful choral writing; each piece is put together with skill and imagination. It's unfortunate that the pieces aren't presented in chronological order, since it would have been helpful to hear the composer's growth. As it is, this ordering tends to homogenize the impression of ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Stephen Eddins
Since Einojuhani Rautavaara is still actively composing, it might seem premature to label a collection his Complete Works for Male Chorus, but there is already enough material to fill out two CDs. Rautavaara is an exceptionally prolific composer, and he has been writing for men's voices since early in career; the pieces collected here span more than 50 years. The composer is a master of graceful choral writing; each piece is put together with skill and imagination. It's unfortunate that the pieces aren't presented in chronological order, since it would have been helpful to hear the composer's growth. As it is, this ordering tends to homogenize the impression of Rautavaara's styles, and while his versatility is evident from piece to piece, and individual works are striking, it's easy for a sense of monotony to set in over the course of the nearly 100 minutes of music. The composer favors dense textures and the unrelenting sound of massed a cappella low voices over such a long time tends to dull the ear and makes it easy to miss the felicities of individual works. The pieces with sections for a solo voice stand out dramatically for the textural contrast they provide. The best way to appreciate these works would be to savor a few at a time. The YL Male Voice Choir, led by Matti Hyökki, and the Talla Vocal Ensemble, led by Pasi Hyökki, sing with excellent intonation and blend, and their tone is rounded and full. Ondine's sound is present and warm; it's hard to know whether or not the engineers could have done anything to alleviate the darkness of such bass-heavy repertoire.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 10/14/2008
  • Label: Ondine
  • UPC: 761195112526
  • Catalog Number: 1125
  • Sales rank: 209,628

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Laulaja (The Singer), for male chorus - Einojuhani Rautavaara & Matti Hyokki (2:36)
    Composed byEinojuhani Rautavaara
    Conducted byMatti Hyokki
    Performed byMatti Hyokki, YL Male Voice Choir
  2. 2 Syksy virran suussa (Autumn at the River Mouth), for male chorus - Einojuhani Rautavaara & Matti Hyokki (2:55)
    Composed byEinojuhani Rautavaara
    Conducted byMatti Hyokki
    Performed byMatti Hyokki, YL Male Voice Choir
  3. 3–4 Preludes (2) by T. S. Eliot, for male chorus - Einojuhani Rautavaara & T.S. Eliot (2:59)
    Composed byEinojuhani Rautavaara
    Conducted byPasi Hyökki
    Performed byPasi Hyökki, Talla Vocal Ensemble
    1. 3 Winter Evening
    2. 4 The Morning Comes
  4. 5–6 Psalms (2), for male or mixed chorus, Op. 37 - Einojuhani Rautavaara & Matti Hyokki (5:25)
    Composed byEinojuhani Rautavaara
    Conducted byMatti Hyokki
    Performed byMatti Hyokki, YL Male Voice Choir
    1. 5Psalm 23
    2. 6Psalm 130
  5. 7 Ave Maria, for male chorus, Op. 10/1 - Einojuhani Rautavaara & Reijo Kiilunen (3:30)
    Composed byEinojuhani Rautavaara
    Conducted byPasi Hyökki
    Performed byPasi Hyökki, Talla Vocal Ensemble
  6. 8 Joulun virsi, elämän virsi (Christmas Carol), 3 versions, for children's, male, and mixed chorus - Einojuhani Rautavaara & Matti Hyokki (1:40)
    Composed byEinojuhani Rautavaara
    Conducted byMatti Hyokki
    Performed byMatti Hyokki, YL Male Voice Choir
  7. 9–19 Elämän kirja (A Book of Life), 11 songs in 5 languages for male chorus & soloists - Einojuhani Rautavaara & Emily Dickinson (27:53)
    Composed byEinojuhani Rautavaara
    Conducted byMatti Hyokki, Pasi Hyökki
    Performed byMatti Hyokki, Pasi Hyökki, Pasi Hyökki, Tuomas Katajala, YL Male Voice Choir, Olli Hannuksela, Timo Mannonen, Talla Vocal Ensemble
    1. 9 Kindheit (Childhood) (Lapsuus)
    2. 10 Ma bohème (My Bohemian Life) (Taiteilijanelääni)
    3. 11 L'Amoureuse (One in Love) (Rakastunut)
    4. 12 Vanitas! Vanitatum vanitas (Turhuuksien turhuus)
    5. 13 Hope Is the Thing With Feathers (Toivo on höyhenpukuinen)
    6. 14 Are You Ready? (Tahdotko?)
    7. 15 Huojuva keula (The Swaying Prow)
    8. 16 Le Bain (Swimming) (Uinti)
    9. 17 Me emme kuole koskaan (We Shall Never Die)
    10. 18 Så var det (So it was) (Niin oli)
    11. 19 Song of Myself (Laulu itsestäni)
Disc 2
  1. 1–4 Songs (4) from the Opera Aleksis Kivi, for voice & piano (or orchestra) - Einojuhani Rautavaara & Matti Hyokki (12:52)
    Composed byEinojuhani Rautavaara
    Conducted byMatti Hyokki
    Performed byMatti Hyokki, YL Male Voice Choir
    1. 1 Ikävyys (Melancholy)
    2. 2 Olven kunnia (The Glory of Beer)
    3. 3 Oravan laulu (The Squirrel)
    4. 4 Sydämeni laulu (Song of My Heart)
  2. 5 Legenda (A Legend), for male chorus - Einojuhani Rautavaara & Reijo Kiilunen (3:12)
    Composed byEinojuhani Rautavaara
    Conducted byPasi Hyökki
    Performed byPasi Hyökki, Talla Vocal Ensemble
  3. 6 Lehdet lehtiä (Leaves are Leaves), for male chorus - Einojuhani Rautavaara & Matti Hyokki (4:36)
    Composed byEinojuhani Rautavaara
    Conducted byMatti Hyokki
    Performed byMatti Hyokki, Tuomas Katajala, YL Male Voice Choir
  4. 7–10 Serenades (4), for male chorus - Einojuhani Rautavaara & Charles Baudelaire (7:41)
    Composed byEinojuhani Rautavaara
    Conducted byMatti Hyokki, Pasi Hyökki
    Performed byMatti Hyokki, Pasi Hyökki, Pasi Hyökki, Tuukka Haapaniemi, YL Male Voice Choir, Talla Vocal Ensemble
    1. 7 Serenade für meine Frau (Serenade to My Wife) (Serenadi vaimolleni)
    2. 8 La mort des pauvres (Serenadi kuolemalle) (Serenade to Death)
    3. 9 Serenadien serenadi (Serenade of Serenades)
    4. 10 Serenadi oluelle (Serenade to Beer)
  5. 11 Hammarskjöld-fragment, for male chorus, Op. 84 - Einojuhani Rautavaara & Reijo Kiilunen (5:57)
    Composed byEinojuhani Rautavaara
    Conducted byPasi Hyökki
    Performed byPasi Hyökki, Jussi Salovaara, Talla Vocal Ensemble
  6. 12 Isontalon Antti ja Rannanjärvi (Andy from the Big House), for male chorus - Einojuhani Rautavaara & Matti Hyokki (3:51)
    Composed byEinojuhani Rautavaara
    Conducted byMatti Hyokki
    Performed byMatti Hyokki, Tuomas Katajala, YL Male Voice Choir
  7. 13 Hallin Janne, for male chorus - Einojuhani Rautavaara & Reijo Kiilunen (1:57)
    Composed byEinojuhani Rautavaara
    Conducted byPasi Hyökki
    Performed byPasi Hyökki, Talla Vocal Ensemble
  8. 14 Kettu ja sairas kukko (The Fox and the Sick Cockerel), for male chorus - Einojuhani Rautavaara & Matti Hyokki (2:01)
    Composed byEinojuhani Rautavaara
    Conducted byMatti Hyokki
    Performed byMatti Hyokki, YL Male Voice Choir
  9. 15–18 Romances (4) from the opera Rasputin, for male chorus - Einojuhani Rautavaara & Einojuhani Rautavaara (9:43)
    Composed byEinojuhani Rautavaara
    Conducted byMatti Hyokki
    Performed byMatti Hyokki, YL Male Voice Choir
    1. 15 Lävitse kimmeltävän yön (Through the Glimmering Night)
    2. 16 Kaukana on minun maani (Far Away Lies My Homeland)
    3. 17 Troikka kiitää (The Troika Speeds)
    4. 18 Kuu kelmeä vain virtaan kuvastuu (Moonlight is Pale Upon the River)
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Matti Hyokki Primary Artist
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