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Rautavaara: Missa A Cappella / Klava, Latvian Radio Choir

Rautavaara / Latvian Radio Choir / Klava
Release Date: 06/25/2013 
Label:  Ondine   Catalog #: 1223   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Einojuhani Rautavaara
Conductor:  Sigvards Klava
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Latvian Radio Choir
Number of Discs: 1 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Ondine continues its long-term collaboration with Einojuhani Rautavaara, the Latvian Radio Choir, and Sigvards Klava by presenting the world premiere recording of Rautavaara’s Missa a cappella. Being praised by Gramophone as an outstanding body of singers, the Latvian Radio Choir is one of the top chamber choirs in Europe. This is the choir’s follow-up disc to their highly successful recording of Rachmaninov's All-Night Vigil. Ondine continues its long-term collaboration with Einojuhani Rautavaara, the Latvian Radio Choir, and Sigvards Klava by presenting the world premiere recording of Rautavaara’s Missa a cappella. Being praised by Gramophone as an outstanding body of singers, the Latvian Radio Choir is one of the top chamber choirs in Europe. This is the choir’s follow-up disc to their highly successful recording of Rachmaninov's All-Night Vigil. Read less

Works on This Recording

1. Our joyful'st feast by Einojuhani Rautavaara
Conductor:  Sigvards Klava
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Latvian Radio Choir
Period: 20th Century 
2. Missa Duodecanonica by Einojuhani Rautavaara
Conductor:  Sigvards Klava
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Latvian Radio Choir
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1963; Finland 
3. Die erste Elegie by Einojuhani Rautavaara
Conductor:  Sigvards Klava
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Latvian Radio Choir
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1993; Finland 
4. Canticum Mariae Virginis by Einojuhani Rautavaara
Conductor:  Sigvards Klava
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Latvian Radio Choir
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1978; Finland 
5. Ave Maria by Einojuhani Rautavaara
Conductor:  Sigvards Klava
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Latvian Radio Choir
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1957; Finland 
6. Missa a cappella by Einojuhani Rautavaara
Conductor:  Sigvards Klava
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Latvian Radio Choir
7. Vigilia: Psalm of Invocation by Einojuhani Rautavaara
Conductor:  Sigvards Klava
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Latvian Radio Choir
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1972/1996; Finland 
8. Vigilia: Evening Hymn by Einojuhani Rautavaara
Conductor:  Sigvards Klava
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Latvian Radio Choir
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1972/1996; Finland 

Sound Samples

Missa a cappella: Kyrie
Missa a cappella: Gloria
Missa a cappella: Credo
Missa a cappella: Sanctus
Missa a cappella: Benedictus
Missa a cappella: Agnus Dei
Vigilia (Sung in English): Vespers: Psalm of Invocation
Vigilia (Sung in English): Vespers: Evening Hymn
Missa duodecanonica: Kyrie
Missa duodecanonica: Sanctus
Missa duodecanonica: Agnus Dei
Ave Maria gratia plena
Canticum Mariae Virginis
Our Joyful'st Feast
Die erste Elegie

Customer Reviews

Average Customer Review:  2 Customer Reviews )
 Old faith, new music October 22, 2013 By Jim  D. See All My Reviews "Though God endures unchanging on, the music of praise is constantly renewed and refreshed. Einojuhani Rautavaara, probably the most important Finnish composer since Sibelius, has produced works in every genre, not neglecting choral music--his sacred pieces even include a commission for the very British carol service at King's College. This program leads off with a full Mass setting for unaccompanied voices; there's also a twelve-tone Missa Brevis. It is unlikely you would hear music like this in any ordinary church--for one thing, there can't be more than a handful of choirs that could perform it! Also, much of it sounds (at first hearing) more suitable for a science-fiction movie than for a worship service. It was meant for church, however, and it does grow on one, with its ethereal beauty. The musically timid may want to start with "Evening Hymn," the most traditional piece on offer, and work their way into some of the more challenging music. Performance and recording are all that could be desired; notes and texts provided. (Watch out: There's an earlier Ondine disc with some of the same pieces.)" Report Abuse
 Beautiful music, beautifully recorded August 7, 2013 By Ralph Graves (Hood, VA) See All My Reviews "There's a consistency about Einojuhani Rautavaara's writing that gives his music a timeless quality. After auditioning this new release, I revisited the earliest recording I owned of his music, "Angels and Visitations" (1997). The style was virtually identical. <br /> <br /> That's not to say Rautavaara hasn't grown creatively. Rather, to me it shows that once he hit upon the best way to express himself musically, he's simply continued in that vein, creating works that continue to be deeply spiritual and thought-provoking. <br /> <br /> This new release is no exception. The major work on the album, Missa a cappela, is a floating, ever-changing cloud of sound that benefits from the resonant echoes of the cathedral it was recorded in. This is not music for the concert hall, but truly music for the church. Rautavaara writes masterfully for choir, creating a work that is ethereal and spiritual, yet rooted in human emotion. <br /> <br /> The release is filled out with several shorter a cappella selections that compliment the Missa perfectly. The Latvian Radio Choir under Sigvards Klava has a warm, blended sound ideally suited to Rautavaara's music. Beautiful music beautifully recorded." Report Abuse
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