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12 Concertos

Artist: Einojuhani Rautavaara
Einojuhani Rautavaara - 12 Concertos CD
Label: Ondine
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Year: 2009
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This four-disc Ondine set collects the complete concertos of Einojuhani Rautavaara. While these 12 works may not make the best argument for the Finnish post-modernist's status as a great composer -- his eight symphonies surely make good that claim -- they certainly make the best argument for his status as an amazingly effective, astoundingly diverse, and wonderfully individualistic composer. The works themselves are all from Rautavaara's wide-ranging maturity. There are three piano concertos, one concerto each for violin, cello, double bass, flute, clarinet, organ, and harp, as well as a Ballad for harp and orchestra, plus the sui generic "Cantus Arcticus" for taped Artic bird songs and orchestra. Though the majority of the works are in three movements, each is unlike any other in conception and execution. From the megalomaniacal Piano Concerto No. 1 through the atmospheric Flute Concerto "Dances of the Winds" to the luminous Bass Concerto "Angel of Dusk," Rautavaara never repeats himself. Each work is superbly composed for its chosen soloist; the nearly Romantic Piano Concerto No. 3, "Gift of Dreams," written for Vladimir Ashkenazy, is a prime example. The soloists are always technically impressive, particularly Patrick Gallois' virtuosity on four separate flutes. They are also often emotionally compelling, especially Elmar Oliveira's seamless legato in the Tranquillo that opens the Violin Concerto. Recorded in cool, clear, deep, and very vivid digital sound, this set deserves to be heard by fans of the best of post-modernism. ~ James Leonard, Rovi
ARTISTS
Composers: Einojuhani Rautavaara

Conductors: Jean-Jacques Kantorow, Juha Kangas, Jukka-Pekka Saraste, Leif Segerstam, Max Pommer, Vladimir Ashkenazy

Orchestras: Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra, Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra, Leipzig Radio Symphony Orchestra, Ostrobothnian Chamber Orchestra, Tapiola Sinfonietta

Performers: Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra, Elmar Oliveira, Esko Laine, Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra, Kari Jussila, Leipzig Radio Symphony Orchestra, Marielle Nordmann, Marko Ylönen, Ostrobothnian Chamber Orchestra, Patrick Gallois, Ralf Gothóni, Reija Bister, Richard Stoltzman, Tapiola Sinfonietta, Vladimir Ashkenazy

TRACKS
1    Violin Concerto -  (1. Tranquillo)
Composer: Einojuhani Rautavaara
Length: 12:52
Performers: Elmar Oliveira (Violin), Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra (Orchestra)
Conductor: Leif Segerstam
Orchestra/Ensemble: Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra   
2    Violin Concerto - (2. Energico)
Composer: Einojuhani Rautavaara
Length: 11:27
Performers: Elmar Oliveira (Violin), Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra (Orchestra)
Conductor: Leif Segerstam
Orchestra/Ensemble: Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra   
3    Cello Concerto - (1. Allegro ma non troppo)
Composer: Einojuhani Rautavaara
Length: 6:01
Performers: Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra (Orchestra), Marko Ylönen (Cello)
Conductor: Max Pommer
Orchestra/Ensemble: Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra   
4    Cello Concerto - (2. Largo)
Composer: Einojuhani Rautavaara
Length: 6:27
Performers: Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra (Orchestra), Marko Ylönen (Cello)
Conductor: Max Pommer
Orchestra/Ensemble: Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra   
5    Cello Concerto - (3. Vivace)
Composer: Einojuhani Rautavaara
Length: 5:13
Performers: Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra (Orchestra), Marko Ylönen (Cello)
Conductor: Max Pommer
Orchestra/Ensemble: Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra   
6    Angel of Dusk, concerto for double bass & orchestra (also version for bass, 2 pianos & percussion) - (1. His First Appearance)
Composer: Einojuhani Rautavaara
Length: 7:29
Performers: Esko Laine (Double Bass), Tapiola Sinfonietta (Orchestra)
Conductor: Jean-Jacques Kantorow
Orchestra/Ensemble: Tapiola Sinfonietta   
7    Angel of Dusk, concerto for double bass & orchestra (also version for bass, 2 pianos & percussion) - (2. His Monologue)
Composer: Einojuhani Rautavaara
Length: 8:41
Performers: Esko Laine (Double Bass), Tapiola Sinfonietta (Orchestra)
Conductor: Jean-Jacques Kantorow
Orchestra/Ensemble: Tapiola Sinfonietta   
8    Angel of Dusk, concerto for double bass & orchestra (also version for bass, 2 pianos & percussion) - (3. His Last Appearance)
Composer: Einojuhani Rautavaara
Length: 10:08
Performers: Esko Laine (Double Bass), Tapiola Sinfonietta (Orchestra)
Conductor: Jean-Jacques Kantorow
Orchestra/Ensemble: Tapiola Sinfonietta   
9    Ballad for Harp and Strings (also version for harp & string quartet)
Composer: Einojuhani Rautavaara
Length: 10:14
Performers: Ostrobothnian Chamber Orchestra (Orchestra), Reija Bister (Harp)
Conductor: Juha Kangas
Orchestra/Ensemble: Ostrobothnian Chamber Orchestra   
10    Harp Concerto - (1. Pesante)
Composer: Einojuhani Rautavaara
Length: 9:59
Performers: Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra (Orchestra), Marielle Nordmann (Harp)
Conductor: Leif Segerstam
Orchestra/Ensemble: Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra   
11    Harp Concerto - (2. Adagietto)
Composer: Einojuhani Rautavaara
Length: 5:17
Performers: Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra (Orchestra), Marielle Nordmann (Harp)
Conductor: Leif Segerstam
Orchestra/Ensemble: Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra   
12    Harp Concerto - (3. Solenne)
Composer: Einojuhani Rautavaara
Length: 8:04
Performers: Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra (Orchestra), Marielle Nordmann (Harp)
Conductor: Leif Segerstam
Orchestra/Ensemble: Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra   
13    Cantus Arcticus (Concerto for Birds & Orchestra), for orchestra & taped bird songs, Op. 61 - (1. The Bog)
Composer: Einojuhani Rautavaara
Length: 6:54
Performers: Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra (Orchestra)
Conductor: Leif Segerstam
Orchestra/Ensemble: Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra   
14    Cantus Arcticus (Concerto for Birds & Orchestra), for orchestra & taped bird songs, Op. 61 - (2. Melancholy)
Composer: Einojuhani Rautavaara
Length: 4:18
Performers: Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra (Orchestra)
Conductor: Leif Segerstam
Orchestra/Ensemble: Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra   
15    Cantus Arcticus (Concerto for Birds & Orchestra), for orchestra & taped bird songs, Op. 61 - (3. Swans Migrating)
Composer: Einojuhani Rautavaara
Length: 8:09
Performers: Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra (Orchestra)
Conductor: Leif Segerstam
Orchestra/Ensemble: Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra   
16    Flute Concerto ("Dances with the Winds"), Op. 69 - (1. Andantino)
Composer: Einojuhani Rautavaara
Length: 8:30
Performers: Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra (Orchestra), Patrick Gallois (Flute), Patrick Gallois (Flute (Alto)), Patrick Gallois (Flute (Bass)), Patrick Gallois (Piccolo)
Conductor: Leif Segerstam
Orchestra/Ensemble: Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra   
17    Flute Concerto ("Dances with the Winds"), Op. 69 - (2. Vivace)
Composer: Einojuhani Rautavaara
Length: 1:47
Performers: Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra (Orchestra), Patrick Gallois (Flute), Patrick Gallois (Flute (Alto)), Patrick Gallois (Flute (Bass)), Patrick Gallois (Piccolo)
Conductor: Leif Segerstam
Orchestra/Ensemble: Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra   
18    Flute Concerto ("Dances with the Winds"), Op. 69 - (3. Andante moderato)
Composer: Einojuhani Rautavaara
Length: 7:28
Performers: Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra (Orchestra), Patrick Gallois (Flute), Patrick Gallois (Flute (Alto)), Patrick Gallois (Flute (Bass)), Patrick Gallois (Piccolo)
Conductor: Leif Segerstam
Orchestra/Ensemble: Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra   
19    Flute Concerto ("Dances with the Winds"), Op. 69 - (4. Allegro)
Composer: Einojuhani Rautavaara
Length: 5:16
Performers: Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra (Orchestra), Patrick Gallois (Flute), Patrick Gallois (Flute (Alto)), Patrick Gallois (Flute (Bass)), Patrick Gallois (Piccolo)
Conductor: Leif Segerstam
Orchestra/Ensemble: Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra   
20    Clarinet Concerto - (1. Drammatico (ma flessibile))
Composer: Einojuhani Rautavaara
Length: 13:23
Performers: Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra (Orchestra), Richard Stoltzman (Clarinet)
Conductor: Leif Segerstam
Orchestra/Ensemble: Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra   
21    Clarinet Concerto - (2. Adagio assai)
Composer: Einojuhani Rautavaara
Length: 7:23
Performers: Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra (Orchestra), Richard Stoltzman (Clarinet)
Conductor: Leif Segerstam
Orchestra/Ensemble: Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra   
22    Clarinet Concerto - (3. Vivace)
Composer: Einojuhani Rautavaara
Length: 5:16
Performers: Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra (Orchestra), Richard Stoltzman (Clarinet)
Conductor: Leif Segerstam
Orchestra/Ensemble: Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra   
23    Annunciations, concerto for organ, brass & symphonic winds
Composer: Einojuhani Rautavaara
Length: 27:23
Performers: Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra (Orchestra), Kari Jussila (Organ)
Conductor: Leif Segerstam
Orchestra/Ensemble: Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra   
24    Piano Concerto No.1 - (1. Con grandezza)
Composer: Einojuhani Rautavaara
Length: 9:37
Performers: Leipzig Radio Symphony Orchestra (Orchestra), Ralf Gothóni (Piano)
Conductor: Max Pommer
Orchestra/Ensemble: Leipzig Radio Symphony Orchestra   
25    Piano Concerto No.1 - (2. Andante)
Composer: Einojuhani Rautavaara
Length: 7:24
Performers: Leipzig Radio Symphony Orchestra (Orchestra), Ralf Gothóni (Piano)
Conductor: Max Pommer
Orchestra/Ensemble: Leipzig Radio Symphony Orchestra   
26    Piano Concerto No.1 - (3. Molto vivace)
Composer: Einojuhani Rautavaara
Length: 3:19
Performers: Leipzig Radio Symphony Orchestra (Orchestra), Ralf Gothóni (Piano)
Conductor: Max Pommer
Orchestra/Ensemble: Leipzig Radio Symphony Orchestra   
27    Piano Concerto No.2 - (1. In viaggio)
Composer: Einojuhani Rautavaara
Length: 5:24
Performers: Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra (Orchestra), Ralf Gothóni (Piano)
Conductor: Jukka-Pekka Saraste
Orchestra/Ensemble: Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra   
28    Piano Concerto No.2 - (2. Sognando e libero)
Composer: Einojuhani Rautavaara
Length: 11:33
Performers: Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra (Orchestra), Ralf Gothóni (Piano)
Conductor: Jukka-Pekka Saraste
Orchestra/Ensemble: Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra   
29    Piano Concerto No.2 - (3. Uccelli sulle passioni)
Composer: Einojuhani Rautavaara
Length: 5:21
Performers: Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra (Orchestra), Ralf Gothóni (Piano)
Conductor: Jukka-Pekka Saraste
Orchestra/Ensemble: Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra   
30    Piano Concerto No.3 ("Gift of Dreams") - (1. Tranquillo)
Composer: Einojuhani Rautavaara
Length: 10:02
Performers: Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra (Orchestra), Vladimir Ashkenazy (Piano)
Conductor: Vladimir Ashkenazy
Orchestra/Ensemble: Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra   
31    Piano Concerto No.3 ("Gift of Dreams") - (2. Adagio assai)
Composer: Einojuhani Rautavaara
Length: 11:55
Performers: Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra (Orchestra), Vladimir Ashkenazy (Piano)
Conductor: Vladimir Ashkenazy
Orchestra/Ensemble: Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra   
32    Piano Concerto No.3 ("Gift of Dreams") - (3. Energico)
Composer: Einojuhani Rautavaara
Length: 5:58
Performers: Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra (Orchestra), Vladimir Ashkenazy (Piano)
Conductor: Vladimir Ashkenazy
Orchestra/Ensemble: Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra
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