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Product details

Content
Einojuhani Rautavaara
12 Concertos

Artists

Genres
Instrumental
Orchestral
Finnish contemporary

Series
Compilations

Features
Boxed set of 4 CDs; booklet with liner notes in English and Finnish

Format:
CD

Released:
September 2009

Catalogue No.:
ODE 1156-2Q

EAN/UPC Code:
0761195115626

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Track listing

CD 1
68:21
Concerto for Violin and Orchestra (1977)
24:11
1
I. Tranquillo
12:53

2
II. Energico
11:18


Concerto for Cello and Orchestra No. 1 (1968)
17:33
3
I. Allegro ma non troppo
6:02

4
II. Largo
6:28

5
III. Vivace
5:03


Concerto for Double Bass and Orchestra "Angel of Dusk" (1980)
26:19
6
I. His First Appearance
7:29

7
II. His Monologue
8:41

8
IIII. His Last Appearance
10:09


CD 2
52:59
1
Ballad for Harp and Strings (1973/1981)
10:05

Concerto for Harp and Orchestra (2000)
23:11
2
I. Pesante
9:59

3
II. Adagietto
5:18

4
III. Solenne
7:54


Concerto for Birds and Orchestra "Cantus Arcticus" (1972)
19:23
5
I. The Bog
6:55

6
II. Melancholy
4:19

7
III. Swans Migrating
8:09


CD 3
76:30
Concerto for Flute and Orchestra "Dances with the Winds" (1975)
22:54
1
I. Andantino
8:31

2
II. Vivace
1:48

3
III. Andante moderato
7:28

4
IV. Allegro
5:07


Concerto for Clarinet and Orchestra (2001)
25:54
5
I. Drammatico (ma flessibile)
13:24

6
II. Adagio assai
7:23

7
III. Vivace
5:07


8
Concerto for Organ, Brass Quintet and Symphonic Wind Orchestra "Annunciations" (1977)
27:33

CD 4
70:37
Concerto for Piano and Orchestra No. 1 (1969)
20:11
1
I. Con grandezza
9:37

2
II. Andante
7:24

3
III. Molto vivace
3:10


Concerto for Piano and Orchestra No. 2 (1989)
22:08
4
I. In viaggio
5:24

5
II. Sognando e libero
11:33

6
III. Uccelli sulle passioni
5:11


Concerto for Piano and Orchestra No. 3 "Gift of Dreams" (1998)
27:57
7
I. Tranquillo
10:03

8
II. Adagio assai
11:56

9
III. Energico
5:58



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Awards

ClassicsToday.com '10/10'

Press review

This superb box is a wonderful successor to Ondine's similar 4 CD venture for the eight symphonies on ODE1145-2Q. The two sets make ideal companions. Rautavaara's artistic journey is always powerful and often directly accessible, nuanced and patently sincere.
Rob Barnett, Musicweb-International, December 2009

The four CDs (...) will expand your love for the 81-year-old Finnish composer's oeuvre far beyond his wondrous, best-selling "Cantus Arcticus" Concerto for Birds and Orchestra.
Jason Victor Serinus, San Francisco Classical Voice, November 30, 2009

Every one of these pieces (...) are well worth getting to know. (...) the performances are all first rate (...) the orchestral accompaniments leave nothing to be desired either, and the engineering is uniformly excellent.
David Hurwitz, ClassicsToday.com, September 14, 2009, Disc of the Month

Like the German composer Paul Hindemith, Finish composer Einojuhani Rautavaara loves composing concertos with diverse instruments. You get to hear them all in this stimulating collection (...). This is the only collection of his concertos and it is splendidly performed.
Peter Bates, Audiophile Audition, September 14, 2009

Complete description

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This edition of twelve concertos by Einojuhani Rautavaara follows on the great success of the release of his eight symphonies, in a collectors' box set.

Ondine's long-time house composer is recognized as one of the greatest musical figures in Finland after Jean Sibelius. Between 1968 and 2001, he wrote solo works with orchestra for the violin, cello, double bass, harp, flute, clarinet, organ and the piano. Highlights include the Violin Concerto which won a Cannes Classical Award in 1998, the Concerto for Birds (on tape) and Orchestra "Cantus Arcticus" which remains Rautavaara's most popular and most frequently performed work of any kind, and the Third Piano Concerto "Gift of Dreams" which was commissioned, premiered and recorded by pianist-conductor Vladimir Ashkenazy. The list of featured star performers also includes Patrick Gallois (flute) and Richard Stoltzman (clarinet).

These recordings were produced in collaboration with the composer between 1991 and 2005 and have been previously released to international popular and critical acclaim. The soloists are:

  • Elmar Oliveira on violin with the Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra under Leif Segerstam (Violin Concerto; originally released on ODE 881-2)
  • Marko Yl÷nen on cello with the Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra under Max Pommer (Cello Concerto; ODE 819-2)
  • Esko Laine on double bass with the Tapiola Sinfonietta under Jean-Jacques Kantorow (Double Bass Concerto; under license from BIS Records AB Sweden)
  • Reija Bister on harp with the Ostrobothnian Chamber Orchestra under Juha Kangas (Ballad for Harp and Strings; ODE 983-2D)
  • Marielle Nordmann on harp with the Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra under Leif Segerstam (Harp Concerto; ODE 978-2)
  • Leif Segerstam with the Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra and a tape recording of arctic bird song (Cantus Arcticus; ODE 1041-2)
  • Patrick Gallois on C flute / piccolo / alto / bass with the Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra under Leif Segerstam (Flute Concerto; ODE 921-2)
  • Richard Stoltzman on clarinet with the Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra under Leif Segerstam (Clarinet Concerto; ODE 1041-2)
  • Kari Jussila on organ with the Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra under Leif Segerstam (Organ Concerto; ODE 869-2)
  • Ralf Gothˇni on piano with the Leipzig RSO under Max Pommer (Piano Concerto No. 1) and the Bavarian RSO under Jukka-Pekka Saraste (No. 2; ODE 757-2)
  • Vladimir Ashkenazy who conducts the Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra from the piano (No. 3; ODE 950-2)

This compilation does not include the more recent Percussion Concerto (2008) and Second Cello Concerto (2008-09), released both on a later recording (ODE 1178-2).

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