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Rautavaara: String Quintet, Quartets 1 & 2 / Sibelius Qt

Album Summary

>Rautavaara, Einojuhani : String Quintet ("Unknown Heavens")
>Rautavaara, Einojuhani : Quartet for Strings no 1 ("Quartettino")
>Rautavaara, Einojuhani : Quartet for Strings no 2, Op. 12
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Notes & Reviews:

"The performances are excellent, and not only technically: The music is projected with genuine intensity. The recorded sound is likewise first-rate. Very strongly recommended." -Anderson, Fanfare

Gramophone Classical Music Guide
Here we encounter not one Rautavaara, but three: the fledgling student captivated by folklore; the dodecaphonic zealot stretching the expressive potential of 'the system'; and the triumphant melodist basking in his own unique brand of harmonic complexity. The stylistic leap from the Second Quartet to the Quintet, or Unknown Heavens is more a matter of tone than temperament. All three works are ceaselessly active, the First (1952) being perhaps the leanest, and the last (1997) the richest in texture...The current Rautavaara is more relaxed, more contemplative, wiser and softer-grained than his former self. The recordings are full-bodied and well balanced.



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Works Details

>Rautavaara, Einojuhani : String Quintet ("Unknown Heavens")
  • Performer: Jan-Erik Gustafsson (Cello)
  • Running Time: 8 min. 44 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1997

>Rautavaara, Einojuhani : Quartet for Strings no 1 ("Quartettino")
  • Running Time: 3 min. 3 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Chamber Music
  • Written: 1952

>Rautavaara, Einojuhani : Quartet for Strings no 2, Op. 12
  • Running Time: 24 min. 9 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1958