Rautavaara: Manhattan Trilogy; Symphony No. 3

Rautavaara: Manhattan Trilogy; Symphony No. 3

by Leif Segerstam
     
 

The two Rautavaara works on this SACD are separated by over 40 years. The first, "Manhattan Trilogy," was written to commemorate the centennial of the Juilliard School in 2004, and the second, his "Symphony No. 3," was written in 1961, just a few years after the composer's time as a student there. The composer describes "Manhattan Trilogy,"See more details below

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The two Rautavaara works on this SACD are separated by over 40 years. The first, "Manhattan Trilogy," was written to commemorate the centennial of the Juilliard School in 2004, and the second, his "Symphony No. 3," was written in 1961, just a few years after the composer's time as a student there. The composer describes "Manhattan Trilogy," with movements titled "Daydreams," "Nightmares," and "Dawn," both as an evocation of the city as he remembered it from his student days and as a meditation on the moods of a young artist embarking on a creative journey. It has a largely serene, lyrical, and untroubled tone (even its nightmares hold few real terrors), and its mellow optimism is clearly a mature artist's somewhat nostalgic (and rose-tinted) meditation on the pleasant excitement of living in a new environment at the beginning of what would become a fully successful and productive career. The "Symphony No. 3" is surprisingly similar in idiom to the more recent piece. Rautavaara has moved through a variety of stylistic phases, but the Romanticism that characterized his very early works has been on the ascendant, and has shaped the pieces from the last few decades that have established his international popularity. He describes his third symphony as Brucknerian, and even its movements have Brucknerian German descriptions, but Rautavaara's worldview is a great deal sunnier than the Austrian master's; this is an extremely optimistic piece, with more exuberance than the "Manhattan Trilogy." These may not be Rautavaara's most substantial works, but they are radiantly orchestrated and should have broad appeal with general concert audiences. Leif Segerstam leads the Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra in luminous performances, and the sound is clear and natural.

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Editorial Reviews

BBC Music Magazine - Barry Witherden
There is much to be enjoyed in Segerstams' atmospheric reading.

Product Details

Release Date:
03/11/2008
Label:
Ondine
UPC:
0761195109052
catalogNumber:
10905
Rank:
172420

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  1. Manhattan Trilogy, for string orchestra  - Einojuhani Rautavaara  - Leif Segerstam  -  Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra  - Reijo Kiilunen  - Heikki Tuuli  - Cheri Tamminen  - Pekka Hepoluhta
  2. Symphony No. 3, Op. 20  - Einojuhani Rautavaara  - Leif Segerstam  -  Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra  - Reijo Kiilunen  - Heikki Tuuli  - Cheri Tamminen  - Pekka Hepoluhta

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