Summer Thoughts: Rautavaara Works for Violin and Piano

Summer Thoughts: Rautavaara Works for Violin and Piano

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by Pekka Kuusisto
     
 

This release on Finnish label Ondine offers Einojuhani Rautavaara's complete works for violin and piano. This isn't a large group, and even the composer's chamber works in general are not numerous. Accordingly the collection of music here is something of a miscellany, and the buyer new to Rautavaara will probably find that his genius reveals itself better in larger… See more details below

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This release on Finnish label Ondine offers Einojuhani Rautavaara's complete works for violin and piano. This isn't a large group, and even the composer's chamber works in general are not numerous. Accordingly the collection of music here is something of a miscellany, and the buyer new to Rautavaara will probably find that his genius reveals itself better in larger genres. This said, fans of the composer will find much of interest here. Among the highlights is Rautavaara's very first published work, "Pelimannit (The Fiddlers)," a suite for piano from 1952. The work consists of variations, one each, on six traditional Finnish fiddle tunes, and violinist Pekka Kuusisto here had the inspired idea to pair the variations with the fiddle tunes themselves. For listeners may not have the sound of Finnish folk music in their heads, this brings out the imagination of these little pieces, whose luminous tone took them far beyond the world of Bartók in which they were probably based. "Lost Landscapes," composed in 2005 for violinist Midori, comes from the other end of Rautavaara's career; it fits depictions of four of Rautavaara's temporary homes -- Tanglewood in Massachusetts, Ascona (Switzerland), Vienna, and New York City -- into his winding, contrapuntal style. In between are a variety of short pieces, several of them written for competition settings; they boil Rautavaara's spacious style down to the simple dimensions of the violin-and-piano duet. Kuusisto's playing is a major attraction here; he cultivates a wiry yet attractive tone that seems tailor-made for Rautavaara. Ondine's engineering is at its usual high level.

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Product Details

Release Date:
06/28/2011
Label:
Ondine
UPC:
0761195117729
catalogNumber:
1177-2
Rank:
110254

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  1. Nocturne and Dance, for violin & piano  - Einojuhani Rautavaara  - Reijo Kiilunen  - Pekka Kuusisto  - Paavali Jumppanen  - Armand Alcazar
  2. Dithyrambos, for violin & strings (or violin & piano)  - Einojuhani Rautavaara  - Reijo Kiilunen  - Pekka Kuusisto  - Paavali Jumppanen  - Armand Alcazar
  3. Pelimannit (The Fiddlers), for piano  - Einojuhani Rautavaara  - Reijo Kiilunen  - Paavali Jumppanen  - Armand Alcazar

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