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Posted July 11, 2011
Many people already know the great Finnish composer Einojuhani Rautavaara for his large scale works; the operas, symphonies and choral works. This wonderful collection of his solo violin work illustrates that his trademark soaring long line melodies and ethereal harmonies that unfold slowly can be found in his intimate work as well. The "familiar" Rautavaara, like in "Angels of Light" for example, can be heard in the beautiful four movement "Lost Landscapes", each movement representing a place with personal meaning both to the composer and also to the violinist, Midori, for whom it was written. Similarly, the flow and beauty of "April Lines" is stunning as is "Dithyrambos" - a work containing reflection and beauty as well as some dynamic motion. These works alone are truly among the best contemporary pieces for violin and piano I have heard. The brief "Summer Thoughts" is a reworking of some early work and makes a nice, albeit "darker" addition to this program. The melodies are lower and the chords a little more modal and minor oriented. Rautavaara's "Nottorno e danza" makes a similar strong impression. Beginning in a characteristically floating and ethereal way, the "dance" half makes for a strong, bouyant conclusion. The inclusion of Rautavaara's 'The Fiddlers' is almost a bonus on this disc. The piano suite "Pelimannit" is based on six different Finnish folk tunes as heard on by country "fiddlers" In this recording, soloist Pekka Kuusisto plays each of the original melodies individually, followed by the piano movement in the suite upon which the tune is based. In a way, this piece seems light and a bit out of character compared to the rest of the music, showing Rautavaara's versatility and talent. This is a terrific recording. Kuusisto and pianist Paavali Jumppanen play with sensitivity and beautiful tone throughout. I truly believe anyone would deeply enjoy this album; certainly violinists and pianist looking for something new and beautiful as well as those already familiar with Rautavaara. For me, I already love Rautavaara's music. This is simply another reason to add to my collection!Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.