Einojuhani Rautavaara
Song of My Heart
Orchestral Songs

Gabriel Suovanen, baritone
Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra
Leif Segerstam, conductor



Booklet with liner notes written by the composer, in English, German, French and Finnish, and the song lyrics in the original language and in English; slipcase


October 2006 (Finland)
January 2007 (internationally)

Catalogue No.:
ODE 1085-2


Track listing

CD 57:52
Einojuhani Rautavaara (1928-2016)
Three Sonnets of Shakespeare (1951/2005) 7:48
1 That Time of Year 3:02
2 When I Do Count the Clock 2:47
3 Shall I Compare Thee 1:59
Fünf Sonette an Orpheus (Five Sonnets to Orpheus) (1955-56/1960) 12:26
4 Da stieg ein Baum (A Tree Arose) 2:12
5 Und fast ein Mädchen wars (A Maiden Almost) 2:11
6 Ein Gott vermags (A God Can Do It) 2:38
7 O ihr Zärtlichen (O Tender Ones) 3:23
8 Errichtet keinen Denkstein (Raise No Memorial) 2:02
Die Liebenden (The Lovers) (1958-59/1964) 18:28
9 Liebes-Lied (Love Song) 3:37
10 Der Schauende (Man Looking) 6:43
11 Die Liebende (Woman Loving) 4:43
12 Der Tod der Geliebten (The Death of the Beloved) 3:24
Guds väg (God's Way) (1964/2003) 6:19
13 Guds väg (God's Way) 2:04
14 Barnet (The Child) 1:52
15 Pingst (Pentecost) 0:56
16 Dröm i katedralen (Dream in the Cathedral) 1:29
Three Songs from the Opera Aleksis Kivi (1997) 12:19
17 Ikävyys (Melancholy) 4:45
18 Laulu oravasta (The Squirrel) 3:21
19 Sydämeni laulu (Song of My Heart) 4:13

Awards '10/10'

Press review

These are important songs by an indispensable composer, realized with one of the most striking performances of a male singer caught on disc in the past year.
Christopher Williams, Fanfare Magazine, January/February 2008

This exceedingly successful production offers interesting insight into the Lied oeuvre of Einojuhani Rautavaara. His songs cannot be better performed than by Gabriel Suovanen with Leif Segerstam and the Helsinki Philharmonic.
Tobias Pfleger,, March 20, 2007, *****

Baritone Gabriel Suovanen sings all of this music with warm tone and great musical intelligence, and he couldn't be better accompanied than by Segerstam and the Helsinki Philharmonic.
David Hurwitz,, February 2007, Disc of the Month, Artistic Quality 10 / Sound Quality 10

A beautifully produced survey of Rautavaara's songs. (...) Ondine's sound, as ever, is first rate.
Guy Rickards, Gramophone, December 2006

This production combines half a century of musical poetry. (...) A wonderful, sometimes even dreamlike recording, which requires much calm from the listener, but gives back to him at least as much calm and beauty.
Rasmus van Rijn,, September 10, 2006

Complete description

This is the first anthology on CD of Finnish cult composer Einojuhani Rautavaara's orchestral songs. Rautavaara composed these Shakespeare and Rilke songs in his twenties but revised them later and in recent years when he reaffirmed his love of literature and poetry. The religious and metaphysical dimension in his music is manifest in the song cycle God's Way, a setting of Swedish poetry by Bo Sitterlind. The three final songs are Rautavaara's own excerpts from his opera Aleksis Kivi and employ texts by the great Finnish poet.

Baritone Gabriel Suovanen is accompanied by the Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra and their Chief Conductor Leif Segerstam, who have a lengthy pedigree in their compatriot's music.