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Rautavaara: 12 Concertos / Oliveira, Ashkenazy

Release Date: 08/25/2009 
Label:  Ondine   Catalog #: 1156   Spars Code: n/a 
Composer:  Einojuhani Rautavaara
Performer:  Marko YlönenRichard StoltzmanPatrick GalloisMarielle Nordmann,   ... 
Conductor:  Max PommerLeif SegerstamJukka-Pekka SarasteVladimir Ashkenazy,   ... 
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Helsinki Philharmonic OrchestraLeipzig Radio Symphony OrchestraBavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra,   ... 
Number of Discs: 4 
Recorded in: Stereo 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Okay, the Ballade for Harp and String Orchestra technically isn't a concerto, but who's counting? Rautavaara's concertos are arguably more consistent and representative than his symphonies. The First Piano Concerto, the earliest work here, exudes the sort of spiky Finno-Russian neoclassicism that we find in Englund and Shostakovich, but from the Second Piano Concerto on Rautavaara is very much his own man, and every one of these pieces, even the relatively gnarly concertos for organ and double bass, are well worth getting to know. Several strike me as flat-out masterpieces, including the Second and Third Piano Concertos, the Violin Concerto, the Harp Concerto, and of course Cantus Arcticus for taped
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Furthermore, the performances are all first rate, from Ralf Gothóni and Vladimir Ashkenazy in the piano concertos, to Elmar Oliveira, Richard Stolzman, and Patrick Gallois in the concertos for violin, clarinet, and flute, respectively. The orchestral accompaniments leave nothing to be desired either, and the engineering is uniformly excellent. All of these works have appeared previously in Ondine's Rautavaara edition where many have been reviewed in detail at CT.com, but coupling them this way makes an ideal introduction to the composer and his special sound world. I just hope this set, which inevitably has a retrospective feel to it, doesn't mean that Rautavaara will not continue to produce symphonic works and concertos despite the ill-health he has suffered recently. By all means, indulge!

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

Concerto for Cello, Op. 41 by Einojuhani Rautavaara
Performer:  Marko Ylönen (Cello)
Conductor:  Max Pommer
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1968; Finland 
Length: 17 Minutes 41 Secs. 
Notes: Engineer: Enno Maemets. 
Concerto for Clarinet by Einojuhani Rautavaara
Performer:  Richard Stoltzman (Clarinet)
Conductor:  Leif Segerstam
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: Finland 
Length: 26 Minutes 2 Secs. 
Notes: Engineer: Enno Maemets. 
Concerto for Flute, Op. 69 "Dances with the Winds" by Einojuhani Rautavaara
Performer:  Patrick Gallois (Alto Flute), Patrick Gallois (Piccolo), Patrick Gallois (Bass Flute)
Conductor:  Leif Segerstam
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1973 
Length: 22 Minutes 21 Secs. 
Notes: Engineer: Enno Maemets. 
Concerto for Harp by Einojuhani Rautavaara
Performer:  Marielle Nordmann (Harp)
Conductor:  Leif Segerstam
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 2000; Finland 
Length: 23 Minutes 20 Secs. 
Notes: Engineer: Enno Maemets. 
Cantus Arcticus, Op. 61 "Concerto for Birds and Orchestra" by Einojuhani Rautavaara
Conductor:  Leif Segerstam
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1972; Finland 
Length: 19 Minutes 21 Secs. 
Notes: Engineer: Enno Maemets. 
Concerto for Piano no 1, Op. 45 by Einojuhani Rautavaara
Performer:  Ralf Gothóni (Piano)
Conductor:  Max Pommer
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Leipzig Radio Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1969; Finland 
Length: 20 Minutes 20 Secs. 
Notes: Engineer: Fritz Schurig. 
Concerto for Piano no 2 by Einojuhani Rautavaara
Performer:  Ralf Gothóni (Piano)
Conductor:  Jukka-Pekka Saraste
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1989; Finland 
Length: 22 Minutes 18 Secs. 
Notes: Engineer: Hans Christian Georg Schmid. 
Concerto for Piano no 3 "Gift of Dreams" by Einojuhani Rautavaara
Performer:  Vladimir Ashkenazy (Piano)
Conductor:  Vladimir Ashkenazy
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1998; Finland 
Length: 27 Minutes 15 Secs. 
Notes: Engineer: Enno Maemets. 
Ballad for Harp and Strings by Einojuhani Rautavaara
Performer:  Reija Bister (Harp)
Conductor:  Juha Kangas
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Ostrobothnian Chamber Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1973/1981; Finland 
Length: 10 Minutes 14 Secs. 
Notes: Engineer: Bertil Alving. 
Angel of Dusk by Einojuhani Rautavaara
Performer:  Esko Laine (Double Bass)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1980; Finland 
Length: 26 Minutes 18 Secs. 
Notes: Engineers: Enno Maemets; Ingo Petry. 
Annunciations by Einojuhani Rautavaara
Performer:  Kari Jussila (Organ)
Conductor:  Leif Segerstam
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1977; Finland 
Length: 27 Minutes 23 Secs. 
Notes: Engineer: Enno Maemets. 
Concerto for Violin by Einojuhani Rautavaara
Performer:  Elmar Oliveira (Violin)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1977; Finland 
Length: 24 Minutes 19 Secs. 
Notes: Engineer: Enno Maemets. 

Featured Sound Samples

Piano Concerto no 3 "Gift of Dreams": I. Tranquillo
Harp Concerto: III. Solenne

Customer Reviews

Average Customer Review:  2 Customer Reviews )
 Rautavaara concertos October 8, 2017 By C David J Miller (Port Elliot, SA) See All My Reviews "I have been listening to the symphonies of this underappreciated successor to Sibelius but have not until now been able to track down many of the concertos. This collection is apparently complete and a worthy successor to the collected symphonies. The performers are authoritative, but I have no basis for comparison with other recordings, except for the avian one, which has always struck me as one of his weaker efforts. The piano concertos, each so different, are quite a revelation and the rest do justice to the imaginative mind of the composer. Plenty of material here for several improving Sunday afternoons." Report Abuse
 most welcome surprise January 31, 2013 By R. Oxley (St. John's, NL) See All My Reviews "I had some idea about Rautavaare's music before I ordered this set of his concertos, but, I wasn't prepared for so much interesting and engaging music . I can't quite understand why his Concertos are not better known. They are well crafted and very well orchestrated. In the case of the Violin Concerto there is very little orchestra at all. The performances are top flight and the sound of the recordings, mostly made in the mid 70's, is excellent. For even the slightly adventurous this is a real discovery." Report Abuse
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