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Rautavaara: Missa a Cappella; Sacred Choral Works / Latvian Radio Choir

Album Summary

>Rautavaara, Einojuhani : Missa a cappella, for chorus
>Rautavaara, Einojuhani : Vigilia (All Night Vigil)
>Rautavaara, Einojuhani : Missa duodecanonica, for 3-part chorus
>Rautavaara, Einojuhani : Ave Maria, for male chorus, Op. 10/1
>Rautavaara, Einojuhani : Canticum Mariae Virginis, for chorus
>Rautavaara, Einojuhani : Our joyful'st feast, for chorus
>Rautavaara, Einojuhani : Die erste Elegie (First Elegy), for chorus
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Notes & Reviews:

Ondine continues its long-term collaboration with Einojuhani Rautavaara, the Latvian Radio Choir and Sigvards Klava by presenting the world première recording of Rautavaara's Missa a cappella. Being praised by Gramophone as an outstanding body of singers, the Latvian Radio Choir is one of the top chamber choirs in Europe. This is choir's follow-up disc to their highly successful recording of Rachmaninov's All-Night Vigil, which was Gramophone's Recording of the Month in February 2013.

International Record Review, September 2013
This is an excellent anthology of Rautavaara's choral music...The musical vocabulary here is in some ways austere and complex...but it is never dry and offers plenty of opportunity for the sheer beauty of the shining choral effects at which Rautavaara is a master.

Gramophone Magazine, Awards Issue 2013
The Latvian Radio Choir provide a polished account, catching the idiom nicely, although there are moments of discomfort in the Sanctus's solo passages...The most immediately appealing pieces are Psalm of Invocation and Evening Hymn.

MusicWeb International, 29th October 2013
The depth of tone is such that frequently one could believe that one is hearing a larger ensemble. The tonal quality of the choir is marvellous, whether they are singing softly or loudly...all admirers of this composer will surely want to have this splendid recording of his new Mass and anyone else who is interested in the choral music of our time should hear it also.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: St. John's Church, Riga, Latvia (2013-01-10&2013-01-14_2013-).



Reviews

Beautiful music, beautifully recorded
There's a consistency about Einojuhani Rautavaara's writing that gives his music a timeless quality. After auditioning this new release, I revisited the earliest recording I owned of his music, "Angels and Visitations" (1997). The style was virtually identical.

That's not to say Rautavaara hasn't grown creatively. Rather, to me it shows that once he hit upon the best way to express himself musically, he's simply continued in that vein, creating works that continue to be deeply spiritual and thought-provoking.

This new release is no exception. The major work on the album, Missa a cappela, is a floating, ever-changing cloud of sound that benefits from the resonant echoes of the cathedral it was recorded in. This is not music for the concert hall, but truly music for the church. Rautavaara writes masterfully for choir, creating a work that is ethereal and spiritual, yet rooted in human emotion.

The release is filled out with several shorter a cappella selections that compliment the Missa perfectly. The Latvian Radio Choir under Sigvards Klava has a warm, blended sound ideally suited to Rautavaara's music. Beautiful music beautifully recorded.
Submitted on 08/07/13 by RGraves321 
Old faith, new music
Though God endures unchanging on, the music of praise is constantly renewed and refreshed. Einojuhani Rautavaara, probably the most important Finnish composer since Sibelius, has produced works in every genre, not neglecting choral music--his sacred pieces even include a commission for the very British carol service at King's College. This program leads off with a full Mass setting for unaccompanied voices; there's also a twelve-tone Missa Brevis. It is unlikely you would hear music like this in any ordinary church--for one thing, there can't be more than a handful of choirs that could perform it! Also, much of it sounds (at first hearing) more suitable for a science-fiction movie than for a worship service. It was meant for church, however, and it does grow on one, with its ethereal beauty. The musically timid may want to start with "Evening Hymn," the most traditional piece on offer, and work their way into some of the more challenging music. Performance and recording are all that could be desired; notes and texts provided. (Watch out: There's an earlier Ondine disc with some of the same pieces.)
Submitted on 10/22/13 by Jim D. 
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Works Details

>Rautavaara, Einojuhani : Missa a cappella, for chorus
  • Conductor: Sigvards Klava
  • Notes: St. John's Church, Riga, Latvia (2013-01-10&2013-01-14_2013-)
  • Running Time: 25 min. 51 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 2010-2011

>Rautavaara, Einojuhani : Vigilia (All Night Vigil) :: Psalm of Invocation
  • Conductor: Sigvards Klava
  • Notes: St. John's Church, Riga, Latvia (2013-01-10&2013-01-14_2013-)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 26 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1971-1996

>Rautavaara, Einojuhani : Vigilia (All Night Vigil) :: Evening Hymn
  • Conductor: Sigvards Klava
  • Notes: St. John's Church, Riga, Latvia (2013-01-10&2013-01-14_2013-)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 29 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1971-1996

>Rautavaara, Einojuhani : Missa duodecanonica, for 3-part chorus
  • Conductor: Sigvards Klava
  • Notes: St. John's Church, Riga, Latvia (2013-01-10&2013-01-14_2013-)
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Choral
  • Written: 1963

>Rautavaara, Einojuhani : Ave Maria, for male chorus, Op. 10/1
  • Conductor: Sigvards Klava
  • Notes: St. John's Church, Riga, Latvia (2013-01-10&2013-01-14_2013-)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 42 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1957

>Rautavaara, Einojuhani : Canticum Mariae Virginis, for chorus
  • Conductor: Sigvards Klava
  • Notes: St. John's Church, Riga, Latvia (2013-01-10&2013-01-14_2013-)
  • Running Time: 8 min. 51 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Vocal
  • Written: 1978

>Rautavaara, Einojuhani : Our joyful'st feast, for chorus
  • Conductor: Sigvards Klava
  • Notes: St. John's Church, Riga, Latvia (2013-01-10&2013-01-14_2013-)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 39 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 2008

>Rautavaara, Einojuhani : Die erste Elegie (First Elegy), for chorus
  • Conductor: Sigvards Klava
  • Notes: St. John's Church, Riga, Latvia (2013-01-10&2013-01-14_2013-)
  • Running Time: 10 min. 12 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1993