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Rautavaara: Cantus Arcticus, Etc / Lintu, Mikkola, Et Al


Release Date: 03/09/1999 
Label:  Naxos   Catalog #: 8554147   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Einojuhani Rautavaara
Performer:  Laura Mikkola
Conductor:  Hannu Lintu
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Scottish National Orchestra
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 14 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Einojuhani Rautavaara is one of the most original and accessible composers of the second half of the 20th century. His music has a deep romanticism to it, yet he often uses twelve-tone and atonal constructs as an integral part of the process.
The First Piano Concerto is a very strong work, and though very original, seems descended from the colors of Debussy, the broadness of Tchaikovsky and the harmonic contours of Sibelius. The piano writing is full, rich and virtuosic, pitting the soloist against the forces of the orchestra. This is a work that truly deserves to be a part of the standard repertory.
The Third Symphony employs much of the same power, but adds the grandeur and religiosity of Bruckner at the opening. At its weakest,
Read more some of the orchestral colors and motifs seem borrowed and melodramatic, but it is an immediately accessible work which opposes the formalist academic tradition.
'Cantus Articus' is the strangest work on this recording. Subtitled a "Concerto for birds and orchestra," this work features recorded Arctic birdsong, not just as background, but as the featured element. Unfortunately, anyone who has seen Hitchcock's THE BIRDS recently will find 'Cantus Articus' more than a little creepy! Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
Cantus Arcticus, Op. 61 "Concerto for Birds and Orchestra" by Einojuhani Rautavaara
Conductor:  Hannu Lintu
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Scottish National Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1972; Finland 
Date of Recording: 08/1997 
Venue:  Henry Wood Hall, SNO Center, Glasgow 
Length: 18 Minutes 44 Secs. 
Notes: This selection includes a tape of bird songs. 
2.
Concerto for Piano no 1, Op. 45 by Einojuhani Rautavaara
Performer:  Laura Mikkola (Piano)
Conductor:  Hannu Lintu
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Scottish National Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1969; Finland 
Date of Recording: 08/1997 
Venue:  Henry Wood Hall, SNO Center, Glasgow 
Length: 20 Minutes 56 Secs. 
3.
Symphony no 3, Op. 20 by Einojuhani Rautavaara
Conductor:  Hannu Lintu
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Scottish National Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1961; Finland 
Date of Recording: 08/1997 
Venue:  Henry Wood Hall, SNO Center, Glasgow 
Length: 33 Minutes 24 Secs. 

Customer Reviews

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 A Rautavaara Experience April 6, 2015 By bess holloway (Boulder, CO) See All My Reviews "The name Rautavaara has long been familiar to me. Until finding this recording, however, I'd put off any attempt to approach his music. Curiosity prevailed, and I'm satisfied to finally own a set of three examples. This is modern Finnish musical expression, streaming out beyond the iconic works of Sibelius. I like it." Report Abuse
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