Rautavaara: Song of My Heart; Orchestral Songs

Rautavaara: Song of My Heart; Orchestral Songs

by Gabriel Suovanen
     
 

Known for his symphonies and above all for his sui genesis "Cantus Arcticus for taped bird songs and orchestra," Finnish composer Einojuhani Rautavaara has also written a considerable body of vocal music. This disc unites five sets of songs for baritone and orchestra -- the "Three Sonnets" with texts by Shakespeare, the "Five Sonnets toSee more details below

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Known for his symphonies and above all for his sui genesis "Cantus Arcticus for taped bird songs and orchestra," Finnish composer Einojuhani Rautavaara has also written a considerable body of vocal music. This disc unites five sets of songs for baritone and orchestra -- the "Three Sonnets" with texts by Shakespeare, the "Five Sonnets to Orpheus" and "The Lovers" with texts by Rainer Maria Rilke, "God's Way" with a text by Swedish poet Bo Setterlind, and "Three Songs" with texts by Aleksis Kivi from the opera "Aleksis Kivi." Most of the music is from early in Rautavaara's career, although much of it was subsequently revised. But all the music, earlier or later, melancholy or joyful, tender or assertive, is easily identifiable as Rautavaara's. The strong but supple melodies, the stark but effective forms, the hard but brilliant colors, the tonally influenced but thoroughly modernist harmonies all sound like no one else but the Finnish postwar master. Baritone Gabriel Suovanen has a powerful voice with a nuanced delivery, and he seems to intuitively grasp the meaning of the texts. Conductor Leif Segerstam, himself a composer of note, directs the Helsinki Philharmonic in performances that glow with the fire of inspiration. Ondine does its standard standout job of presenting the music in amazingly vivid sound.

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Product Details

Release Date:
01/30/2007
Label:
Ondine
UPC:
0761195108529
catalogNumber:
1085
Rank:
166549

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Tracks

  1. Sonnets (3) of Shakespeare, song cycle for high or medium voice & piano (or orchestra)  - Einojuhani Rautavaara  - Leif Segerstam  - William Shakespeare  -  Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra  - Reijo Kiilunen  - Jaakko Mäntyjärvi  - Gabriel Suovanen  - Cheri Tamminen  - Keith Bosley
  2. Sonnets (5) to Orpheus, for medium voice & orchestra (or piano)  - Einojuhani Rautavaara  - Leif Segerstam  -  Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra  - Reijo Kiilunen  - Jaakko Mäntyjärvi  - Rainer Maria Rilke  - Gabriel Suovanen  - Cheri Tamminen  - Keith Bosley
  3. Die Liebenden, song cycle for high voice & chamber orchestra (or string orchestra, or string quintet)  - Einojuhani Rautavaara  - Leif Segerstam  -  Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra  - Reijo Kiilunen  - Jaakko Mäntyjärvi  - Rainer Maria Rilke  - Gabriel Suovanen  - Cheri Tamminen  - Keith Bosley
  4. Guds väg (God's Way), song cycle for high or medium voice & piano (or orchestra)  - Einojuhani Rautavaara  - Leif Segerstam  -  Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra  - Reijo Kiilunen  - Jaakko Mäntyjärvi  - Bo Setterlind  - Gabriel Suovanen  - Cheri Tamminen  - Keith Bosley
  5. Songs (4) from the Opera Aleksis Kivi, for voice & piano (or orchestra): 1. Ikävyys (Melancholy)  - Einojuhani Rautavaara  - Leif Segerstam  -  Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra  - Reijo Kiilunen  - Aleksis Kivi  - Jaakko Mäntyjärvi  - Gabriel Suovanen  - Cheri Tamminen  - Keith Bosley
  6. Songs (4) from the Opera Aleksis Kivi, for voice & piano (or orchestra): 2. Laulu oravasta (The Squirrel)  - Einojuhani Rautavaara  - Leif Segerstam  -  Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra  - Reijo Kiilunen  - Aleksis Kivi  - Jaakko Mäntyjärvi  - Gabriel Suovanen  - Cheri Tamminen  - Keith Bosley
  7. Songs (4) from the Opera Aleksis Kivi, for voice & piano (or orchestra): 3. Sydämeni laulu (Song of My Heart)  - Einojuhani Rautavaara  - Leif Segerstam  -  Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra  - Reijo Kiilunen  - Aleksis Kivi  - Jaakko Mäntyjärvi  - Gabriel Suovanen  - Cheri Tamminen  - Keith Bosley

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