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Väinö Raitio: Fantasia Poetica, Fantasia Estatica, Etc


Release Date: 12/16/2008 
Label:  Ondine   Catalog #: 790   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Väinö Raitio
Conductor:  Jukka-Pekka Saraste
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 12 Mins. 

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This CD is reissued by ArkivMusic.

Works on This Recording

1.
Fantasia poetica, Op. 25 by Väinö Raitio
Conductor:  Jukka-Pekka Saraste
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1923; Finland 
Venue:  House of Culture, Helsinki, Finland 
Length: 10 Minutes 0 Secs. 
Notes: House of Culture, Helsinki, Finland (04/1992 - 05/1992) 
2.
Fantasia estatica, Op. 21 by Väinö Raitio
Conductor:  Jukka-Pekka Saraste
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1921; Finland 
Venue:  House of Culture, Helsinki, Finland 
Length: 10 Minutes 52 Secs. 
Notes: House of Culture, Helsinki, Finland (04/1992 - 05/1992) 
3.
Joutsenet, Op. 15 by Väinö Raitio
Conductor:  Jukka-Pekka Saraste
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1919; Finland 
Date of Recording: 01/1988 
Venue:  House of Culture, Helsinki, Finland 
Length: 7 Minutes 17 Secs. 
4.
Column Fountain by Väinö Raitio
Conductor:  Jukka-Pekka Saraste
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1929; Finland 
Venue:  House of Culture, Helsinki, Finland 
Length: 18 Minutes 30 Secs. 
Notes: House of Culture, Helsinki, Finland (04/1992 - 05/1992) 
5.
Antigone, Op. 23 by Väinö Raitio
Conductor:  Jukka-Pekka Saraste
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1921-1922; Finland 
Venue:  House of Culture, Helsinki, Finland 
Length: 25 Minutes 16 Secs. 
Notes: House of Culture, Helsinki, Finland (04/1992 - 05/1992) 

Sound Samples

Fantasia poetica, Op. 25
Fantasia estatica, Op. 21
Joutsenet (The Swans)
Vesipatsas (Water Column): Scene 1
Vesipatsas (Water Column): Scene 2
Antigone, Op. 23: I. Antigone's Sacrifice for her Brother
Antigone, Op. 23: II. The Fall of the Tyrant
Antigone, Op. 23: III. The Death of Antigone

Customer Reviews

Average Customer Review:  1 Customer Review )
 Scriabin's Heir? August 20, 2014 By Andrew F. (Brockton, MA) See All My Reviews "Although the influence of Scriabin has been widely appreciated in the works of so many composers as Gliere, Joseph Marx, Szymanowski and many of the Expressionist/Decadents who were writing in the period between 1900-1929, perhaps Nikolai Roslavets manifested most a short-lived stylistic inheritance in his quest for a personal style that rang true with the Russian Futurists. Roslavets was one of the most repressed musicians by the Stalinists, and very little of his orchestral and choral music is known to this day, but in the two major orchestral recordings on Hyperion it is clear that Scriabin’s influence was merely a phase in his development. It seems that Finnish composer Vaino Raitio has been overlooked as a more obvious heir to Scriabin. So much of the music of Raitio is unknown to this day; in fact, this recording only survives as a licensed release from Arkivmusic , originally on the label Ondine but now out of print. None of his five operas have been recorded, and three tone-poems, Pyramid, The Avenue, and Moonlight on Jupiter, seem only to have been heard in the concert hall, many years after they were written. A recording of Raitio’s works for smaller orchestra is still in print on Ondine (Queen of the Flowers), and that disc is worth seeking, although with a couple exceptions (the Forest Idylls, for example) the music is pleasant but not particularly memorable. I discovered Raitio from an MP3 recording of The Swans conducted by Leon Botstein with the American Symphony Orchestra. Although Botstein has considerable skill in eliciting the haunting mood of this piece, he presses the tempo a bit too much. On this CD, Saraste is more lenient and lets the music speak for itself. But it is not the highlight of this wonderful disc. The attraction to this disc is without a doubt the two Fantasias, poetica and estatica; originally planned at a triptych, the Fantasia chaotica never appeared. The kinship with Scriabin in the former is apparent from the first notes; the blend of metaphysical spirituality and sensuality will be familiar to admirers of the Russian composer. While the latter is more violent and dissonant than the former, it doesn’t strike me as overtly orgasmic or even romantic. The three-movement Antigone is tinged with melancholy and fatalism, given to angry outbursts, but it is extremely moving all the same; it humanizes the tragic figures of the Sophocles drama. The Finnish Radio Symphony does a fine job with this unfamiliar music, and the conductor, Saraste is not given toward excessive indulgence or emphasis. This is a good recording, but not ideal. Raitio is not a composer who deserves to be forgotten, although his star may be descending. If you love Scriabin, you’ll want to hear this composer." Report Abuse
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