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Rautavaara: Song of My Heart - Orchestral Songs / Suovanen


Release Date: 01/30/2007 
Label:  Ondine   Catalog #: 1085   Spars Code: n/a 
Composer:  Einojuhani Rautavaara
Performer:  Gabriel Suovanen
Conductor:  Leif Segerstam
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 0 Hours 58 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews


The most wonderful thing about Rautavaara's songs is that no matter what the technical basis of his compositional method, he understands that "song" means an evocative text set to a singable melody. You may not go away humming all of the tunes here, particularly in the brief, powerful, and oddly disturbing cycle God's Way (to poems by Bo Setterlind), but there's no questioning the fundamental rightness of Rautavaara's reaction to the words, or his ability to project his feelings into an expressive vocal line. That's not something to be taken for granted nowadays, when grateful and effective writing for the voice is no longer the basis of most composers' techniques, whether writing for
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The remaining four sets of songs on this disc all employ texts of the highest quality, by Shakespeare (in English, by the way), Rilke, and Finnish poet Aleksis Kivi. The Rilke settings are particularly moving, nowhere more so than The Lovers, whose third song, "Woman Loving", ought to be a recital classic by now. The three songs taken from the opera Aleksis Kivi also deserve to find a life of their own away from the larger work. They stand among the most hauntingly beautiful of Rautavaara's latest creations. 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. Ideally balanced sound rounds out this most enticing picture of Rautavaara's generously lyrical art.

--David Hurwitz, ClassicsToday.com
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Works on This Recording

1.
Aleksis Kivi: Song of my Heart by Einojuhani Rautavaara
Performer:  Gabriel Suovanen (Baritone)
Conductor:  Leif Segerstam
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: Finland 
Venue:  Live  Finlandia Hall, Helskinki, Finland 
Length: 4 Minutes 13 Secs. 
Language: Finnish 
Notes: Finlandia Hall, Helskinki, Finland (03/15/2006 - 03/16/2006)
Composition written: Finland (1995 - 1996). 
2.
Sonnets (3) of Shakespeare: no 1, That time of year... by Einojuhani Rautavaara
Performer:  Gabriel Suovanen (Baritone)
Conductor:  Leif Segerstam
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1962; Finland 
Venue:  Live  Finlandia Hall, Helskinki, Finland 
Length: 3 Minutes 2 Secs. 
Language: English 
Notes: Finlandia Hall, Helskinki, Finland (03/15/2006 - 03/16/2006) 
3.
Sonnets (3) of Shakespeare: no 2, When I do count the clock by Einojuhani Rautavaara
Performer:  Gabriel Suovanen (Baritone)
Conductor:  Leif Segerstam
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1962; Finland 
Venue:  Live  Finlandia Hall, Helskinki, Finland 
Length: 2 Minutes 47 Secs. 
Language: English 
Notes: Finlandia Hall, Helskinki, Finland (03/15/2006 - 03/16/2006) 
4.
Sonnets (3) of Shakespeare: no 3, Shall I compare thee... by Einojuhani Rautavaara
Performer:  Gabriel Suovanen (Baritone)
Conductor:  Leif Segerstam
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1962; Finland 
Venue:  Live  Finlandia Hall, Helskinki, Finland 
Length: 1 Minutes 59 Secs. 
Language: English 
Notes: Finlandia Hall, Helskinki, Finland (03/15/2006 - 03/16/2006) 
5.
Die Liebenden by Einojuhani Rautavaara
Performer:  Gabriel Suovanen (Baritone)
Conductor:  Leif Segerstam
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Venue:  Finlandia Hall, Helskinki, Finland 
Length: 18 Minutes 27 Secs. 
Language: German 
Notes: Version: 2003
Finlandia Hall, Helskinki, Finland (03/17/2006 - 03/18/2006)
Composition written: 1958.
Composition revised: 1959.
Composition revised: 1964.
Composition revised: 2001. 
6.
God's Way by Einojuhani Rautavaara
Performer:  Gabriel Suovanen (Baritone)
Conductor:  Leif Segerstam
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: Finland 
Venue:  Finlandia Hall, Helskinki, Finland 
Length: 6 Minutes 21 Secs. 
Language: Finnish 
Notes: Version: 2003
Finlandia Hall, Helskinki, Finland (03/17/2006 - 03/18/2006)
Composition written: 1964.
Composition revised: 2003. 
7.
Aleksis Kivi: The Squirrel by Einojuhani Rautavaara
Performer:  Gabriel Suovanen (Baritone)
Conductor:  Leif Segerstam
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1997; Finland 
Venue:  Live  Finlandia Hall, Helskinki, Finland 
Length: 3 Minutes 21 Secs. 
Language: Finnish 
Notes: Finlandia Hall, Helskinki, Finland (03/15/2006 - 03/16/2006) 
8.
Sonnets to Orpheus (5) by Einojuhani Rautavaara
Performer:  Gabriel Suovanen (Baritone)
Conductor:  Leif Segerstam
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1954; Finland 
Venue:  Finlandia Hall, Helskinki, Finland 
Length: 12 Minutes 26 Secs. 
Language: German 
Notes: Version: 1959
Finlandia Hall, Helskinki, Finland (03/17/2006 - 03/18/2006)
Composition written: 1954.
Composition revised: 1959. 
9.
Aleksis Kivi: Melancholy by Einojuhani Rautavaara
Performer:  Gabriel Suovanen (Baritone)
Conductor:  Leif Segerstam
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1997; Finland 
Venue:  Live  Finlandia Hall, Helskinki, Finland 
Length: 4 Minutes 45 Secs. 
Language: Finnish 
Notes: Finlandia Hall, Helskinki, Finland (03/15/2006 - 03/16/2006) 

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