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Rautavaara: Rubáiyát; Balada; Canto V; Four songs from Rasputin / Gerald Finley; Mika Pohjonen. Helsinki Music Centre Choir and PO, john Storgards

Album Summary

>Rautavaara, Einojuhani : Rubáiyát, song cycle for baritone & orchestra
>Rautavaara, Einojuhani : Canto 5 ("Into the Heart of Light"), for string orchestra
>Rautavaara, Einojuhani : Balada, for tenor, chorus & orchestra
>Rautavaara, Einojuhani : Romances (4) from the opera Rasputin, for male chorus
Performers Conductor Ensembles Composer

Notes & Reviews:

This recording includes the world premiere recordings of four works by the celebrated Finnish contemporary composer Einojuhani Rautavaara (b. 1928). Rubiyt (2015) is a song cycle based on the poetry of Omar Khayyam. 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, 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 his first Canto in the 1960s and each piece in the series have represented well the latest stylistic developments by the composer. This recording concludes with four dramatic songs from the opera Rasputin that were arranged by the composer for mixed choir and orchestra in 2012. In the last two decades the Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra, conducted here by John Storgrds, has released several award-winning recordings of the music of Einojuhani Rautavaara.

BBC Music Magazine, June 2016
John Storgsrds and the Helsinki Philharmonic, in fine form, record a selection of [Rautavaara's] recent, largely vocal works... well worth hearing.

The Guardian, 2nd June 2016
It's hard to fault the performances...Canto V finds the Helsinki Phil sounding alert and committed under John Storgards, the Helsinki choir gives it loudly behind spirited tenor Mika Pohjonen in the Balada, and Gerald Finley makes rousing stuff of Rubaiyat.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Helsinki Music Centre, Finland (04/01/2015-04/02/2015); Helsinki Music Centre, Finland (04/01/2015/04/02/2015); Helsinki Music Centre, Finland (10/07/2015-10/10/2015).



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Works Details

>Rautavaara, Einojuhani : Rubáiyát, song cycle for baritone & orchestra
  • Performer: Gerald Finley (Bass Baritone)
  • Conductor: John Storgårds
  • Ensemble: Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra
  • Notes: Helsinki Music Centre, Finland (04/01/2015-04/02/2015)
  • Running Time: 17 min. sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 2015

>Rautavaara, Einojuhani : Canto 5 ("Into the Heart of Light"), for string orchestra
  • Conductor: John Storgårds
  • Notes: Helsinki Music Centre, Finland (04/01/2015-04/02/2015)
  • Running Time: 13 min. 15 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Orchestral
  • Written: 2012

>Rautavaara, Einojuhani : Balada, for tenor, chorus & orchestra
  • Performer: Mika Pohjonen
  • Conductor: John Storgårds
  • Notes: Helsinki Music Centre, Finland (10/07/2015-10/10/2015)
  • Running Time: 17 min. 5 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 2014

>Rautavaara, Einojuhani : Romances (4) from the opera Rasputin, for male chorus
  • Conductor: John Storgårds
  • Notes: Helsinki Music Centre, Finland (10/07/2015-10/10/2015)
  • Running Time: 10 min. 1 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 2003-2006