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Rautavaara: Aleksis Kivi / Lehtinen, Hynninen, Saarinen

Album Summary

>Rautavaara, Einojuhani : Aleksis Kivi, opera in 3 acts
Performers Conductor Ensemble Composer

Notes & Reviews:

"The performance, one assumes, is definitive. The title role was written for baritone Jorma Hynninen, and he's grippingly eloquent in his long monolog at the start of Act 3 and affecting in his final scene, when he blissfully contemplates passing on the world of the dead. I don't think this proud Finnish opera will turn out to be all that exportable, but it's worth hearing." - Lucano, ARG

Gramophone Classical Music Guide
The performance is consistently good, the mezzo Eeva-Liisa Saarinen excelling as Charlotta. Confidently conducted, keenly played and vividly recorded, Aleksis Kivi is a powerful narrative written with the kind of descriptive facility that Bartók employed for Bluebeard's Castle.



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Works Details

>Rautavaara, Einojuhani : Aleksis Kivi, opera in 3 acts
  • Performers: Gabriel Suovanen (Baritone); Jeremias Erkkilä; Jussi Miilunpalo (Tenor); Eeva-Lisa Saarinen; Jaakko Hietikko (Bass); Jorma Hynninen (Baritone); Arttu Kataja (Bass); Peter Nordman (Baritone); Helena Juntunen (Soprano); Lassi Virtanen (Tenor); Hannu Ilmolahti (Bass)
  • Conductor: Markus Lehtinen
  • Ensemble: Jyväskylä Sinfonia
  • Running Time: 1 min. 39 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1995-1996