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Rautavaara: Choral Music

Album Summary

>Rautavaara, Einojuhani : Lorca Suite, for mixed or children's choir
>Rautavaara, Einojuhani : Canción de nuestro tiempo (Ajan laulu), for chorus
>Rautavaara, Einojuhani : Canticum Mariae Virginis, for chorus
>Rautavaara, Einojuhani : Magnificat, for soloists & chorus
>Rautavaara, Einojuhani : Our joyful'st feast, for chorus
>Rautavaara, Einojuhani : Halavan himmeän alla (In the Shade of the Willow), for chorus
>Rautavaara, Einojuhani : Die erste Elegie (First Elegy), for chorus
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Notes & Reviews:

Once Sibelius' protege, Einojuhani Rautavaara is considered to be one of the greatest living Finnish composers. Over his long career, Rautavaara has achieved success in a great number of musical genres, particularly that of opera. But it is his choral works that have made him a household name, both in his native country and internationally. Recorded here is a fascinating selection of works, including the Suite de Lorca (one of the most popular Finnish choral works of all time) and all demonstrating the unique style forged by the composer on his travels through the musical fashions of the twentieth century. Rautavaara's rich and sonorous neo-Romantic textures have a steely modernist edge and the resulting voice is one that is deeply attractive and approachable, yet endlessly captivating.

Once Sibelius's protégé, Rautavaara is considered to be one of the greatest living Finnish composers. His choral works have made him a household name. Recorded here is a fascinating selection of works, including the Suite de Lorca (one of the most popular Finnish works of all time) and all demonstrating the unique style forged by the composer on his travels through the musical fashions of the twentieth century. Rautavaara's rich and sonorous neo-Romantic textures have a steely modernist edge and the resulting voice if one that is deeply attractive and approachable, yet endlessly captivating.

'From the vibrancy of the very first track, the lively imagination of Rautavaara's writing for voices, the pungent palette of the Schola Cantorum of Oxford, and the clarity and spacial excitement of this record, are immediately apparent' (BBC Music Magazine)

'The music may be as soft-centred as melting chocolate, but the performances have real fire and beauty' (The Irish Times)

Gramophone Magazine
Suite de Lorca "one of the most popular Finnish choral works of all time". ... Schola Cantorum's powerfully shaped new account is as vibrant and accomplished as any. ... Die erste Elegie, one of Rautavarra's finest works, here given a performance of touching fervour. Schola Cantorum's accounts, splendidly directed by James Burton, are all first-rate with a spacious, clear recording.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Chapel of Exeter College, Oxford, England (03/14/2009-03/17/2009).



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Works Details

>Rautavaara, Einojuhani : Lorca Suite, for mixed or children's choir
  • Conductor: James Burton
  • Notes: Chapel of Exeter College, Oxford, England (03/14/2009-03/17/2009)
  • Running Time: 5 min. 15 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1973

>Rautavaara, Einojuhani : Canción de nuestro tiempo (Ajan laulu), for chorus
  • Conductor: James Burton
  • Notes: Chapel of Exeter College, Oxford, England (03/14/2009-03/17/2009)
  • Running Time: 15 min. 28 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1993

>Rautavaara, Einojuhani : Canticum Mariae Virginis, for chorus
  • Conductor: James Burton
  • Notes: Chapel of Exeter College, Oxford, England (03/14/2009-03/17/2009)
  • Running Time: 7 min. 58 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Vocal
  • Written: 1978

>Rautavaara, Einojuhani : Magnificat, for soloists & chorus
  • Conductor: James Burton
  • Notes: Chapel of Exeter College, Oxford, England (03/14/2009-03/17/2009)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 41 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Choral
  • Written: 1979

>Rautavaara, Einojuhani : Our joyful'st feast, for chorus
  • Conductor: James Burton
  • Notes: Chapel of Exeter College, Oxford, England (03/14/2009-03/17/2009)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 41 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 2008

>Rautavaara, Einojuhani : Halavan himmeän alla (In the Shade of the Willow), for chorus
  • Conductor: James Burton
  • Notes: Chapel of Exeter College, Oxford, England (03/14/2009-03/17/2009)
  • Running Time: 11 min. 22 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1998

>Rautavaara, Einojuhani : Die erste Elegie (First Elegy), for chorus
  • Conductor: James Burton
  • Notes: Chapel of Exeter College, Oxford, England (03/14/2009-03/17/2009)
  • Running Time: 9 min. 8 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1993