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Rautavaara: Symphony No 7, Etc / Hannu Koivula, Et Al


Release Date: 02/18/2003 
Label:  Naxos   Catalog #: 8555814   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Einojuhani Rautavaara
Conductor:  Hannu Koivula
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Scottish National Orchestra
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 0 Hours 56 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Hanno Koivula and the Royal Scottish National Orchestra turn in very good performances of these two works. Symphony No. 7, a beautifully luminous piece that has helped to establish Rautavaara's high reputation outside of his native Finland, sounds as lovely as ever in this expertly paced and confidently played rendition. In terms of timings, it falls midway between the premier recording by Segerstam (Ondine) and its slightly leaner immediate successor (Vänskä on BIS), and the bottom line is that there's very little to choose between them. If this performance has any drawbacks, it lies in the somewhat thin sounding violins in the first and third movements, a problem exaggerated by the bright and vivid recorded sound. For this Read more reason Segerstam's recording remains the performance of choice, but only by a hair.


Angels and Visitations presents the composer in a more aggressive mood, a fact that leads some listeners to prefer it to the symphony's melancholy mellowness. Gorgeous string tone is also less of an issue here, and the orchestra's exciting brass and percussion sections make their presence felt to impressive effect. In fact, this coupling offers an excellent overview of Rautavaara's mature style, and even if you own one or all of the previous recordings of this music, you may well want to hear this disc as well. The important point is this: Rautavaara's music rewards the attention, and the fact that large works such as the Symphony enjoy multiple recordings speaks eloquently of their quality and of his importance in today's contemporary music scene. [2/15/2003]
--David Hurwitz, ClassicsToday.com Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
Symphony no 7 "Angel of Light" by Einojuhani Rautavaara
Conductor:  Hannu Koivula
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Scottish National Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1994; Finland 
2.
Angels and Visitations by Einojuhani Rautavaara
Conductor:  Hannu Koivula
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Scottish National Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1978; Finland 

Sound Samples

Symphony No. 7, "Angel of Light": I. Tranquillo
Symphony No. 7, "Angel of Light": II. Molto allegro
Symphony No. 7, "Angel of Light": III. Come un sogno
Symphony No. 7, "Angel of Light": IV. Pesante
Angels and Visitations

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