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Rautavaara: Rubáiyát, Balada, Canto V & 4 Songs from Rasputin

Release date: 13 May 2016, ODE1274-2


Gerald Finley, Mika Pohjonen, Helsinki Music Centre Choir, Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra, John Storgårds


Einojuhani Rautavaara





Late 20th

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Rubáiyát: John Storgårds 18:10   $
I. Awake! 03:00   $
Interlude I 01:27   $
II. And lately 02:46   $
Interlude II 00:54   $
III. Here with a loaf of bread 02:19   $
Interlude III 01:35   $
IV. We are no other than a moving row 03:06   $
Interlude IV 00:35   $
V. Oh, make haste! 02:28   $
Einojuhani Rautavaara: Into the Heart of Light, "Canto V" 13:5   $
Into the Heart of Light, "Canto V" 13:05   $
Einojuhani Rautavaara: Balada 16:55   $
Balada 16:55   $
Einojuhani Rautavaara: 4 Songs from the Opera Rasputin 10:41   $
No. 1. Troikka kiitää (Troika trotting) 01:11   $
No. 2. Koston aika (The day of vengeance) 02:18   $
No. 3. En pelkää nyt (I fear not) 02:39   $
No. 4. Loista, Siion, loista! (Shine, Zion, shine!) 04:33   $

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This new recording by Ondine includes the world premiere recordings of four works by the celebrated Finnish contemporary composer Einojuhani Rautavaara (b. 1928).

Rubáiyát (2015) is a song cycle based on the poetry of Omar Khayyam (1048–1131). The work was written for Gerald Finley who in this recording sings the solo part of the orchestral version of the work.

Balada (2014), based on texts by Lorca, is a large-scale work for tenor, mixed choir and orchestra. Tenor Mika Pohjonen sings as the soloist. This cantata was premiered in Madrid in May 2015.

Into the Heart of Light (Canto V; 2012) is the composer’s latest installment in a series of works for string orchestra that share the title Canto. Rautavaara wrote the first of his Cantos in the 1960s, and each piece in the series have represented well the latest stylistic developments by the composer.

The concluding work of the recording is Four Songs from the opera Rasputin. These dramatic songs were arranged by the composer for mixed choir and orchestra in 2012.

In the last two decades the Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra - conducted in this present recording by John Storgårds - has released several award-winning recordings of the music of Einojuhani Rautavaara.

Rautavaara: Rubáiyát, Balada, Canto V & 4 Songs from Rasputin

Category Vocal

Period Late 20th

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