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Einojuhani Rautavaara: Choral Works / Finnish Radio Chamber Choir & SO

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  1. Rautavaara — Vigilia: Vespers: — $0.99 on iTunes
  2. Rautavaara — Vigilia: Vespers: Psalm 103 $0.99 on iTunes
  3. Rautavaara — Vigilia: Vespers: Katisma No. 1 $0.99 on iTunes
  4. Rautavaara — Vigilia: Vespers: Psalm of Invocation $0.99 on iTunes
  5. Rautavaara — Vigilia: Vespers: Sticheron of Invocation $0.99 on iTunes
  6. Rautavaara — Vigilia: Vespers: Sticheron to the Mother of God $0.99 on iTunes
  7. Rautavaara — Vigilia: Vespers: Evening Hymn $0.99 on iTunes
  8. Rautavaara — Vigilia: Vespers: Ekteniya $0.99 on iTunes
  9. Rautavaara — Vigilia: Vespers: Sticheron of the Litany $0.99 on iTunes
  10. Rautavaara — Vigilia: Vespers: Ekteniya of the Litany $0.99 on iTunes
  11. Rautavaara — Vigilia: Vespers: Sticheron $0.99 on iTunes
  12. Rautavaara — Vigilia: Vespers: Troparion $0.99 on iTunes
  13. Rautavaara — Vigilia: Vespers: Troparion of the Feast $0.99 on iTunes
  14. Rautavaara — Vigilia: Vespers: Final Blessing $0.99 on iTunes
  15. Rautavaara — Vigilia: Matins: — $0.99 on iTunes
  16. Rautavaara — Vigilia: Matins: Troparion $0.99 on iTunes
  17. Rautavaara — Vigilia: Matins: Troparion No. 2 $0.99 on iTunes
  18. Rautavaara — Vigilia: Matins: Hymn of Praise $0.99 on iTunes
  19. Rautavaara — Vigilia: Matins: Troparion of the Resurrection $0.99 on iTunes
  20. Rautavaara — Vigilia: Matins: Antiphon $0.99 on iTunes
  21. Rautavaara — Vigilia: Matins: Prokeimenon $0.99 on iTunes
  22. Rautavaara — Vigilia: Matins: Hymn of Resurrection $0.99 on iTunes
  23. Rautavaara — Vigilia: Matins: Canon: Irmos No. 1 $0.99 on iTunes
  24. Rautavaara — Vigilia: Matins: Canon: Irmos No. 3 $0.99 on iTunes
  25. Rautavaara — Vigilia: Matins: Canon: Irmos No. 4 $0.99 on iTunes
  26. Rautavaara — Vigilia: Matins: Canon: Irmos No. 5 $0.99 on iTunes
  27. Rautavaara — Vigilia: Matins: Canon: Irmos No. 6 $0.99 on iTunes
  28. Rautavaara — Vigilia: Matins: Canon: Irmos No. 7 $0.99 on iTunes
  29. Rautavaara — Vigilia: Matins: Canon: Irmos No. 8 $0.99 on iTunes
  30. Rautavaara — Vigilia: Matins: Katabasis: Hymn of Thanksgiving of the Mother of God $0.99 on iTunes
  31. Rautavaara — Vigilia: Matins: Canon: Irmos No. 9 $0.99 on iTunes
  32. Rautavaara — Vigilia: Matins: Sticheron of Thanksgiving $0.99 on iTunes
  33. Rautavaara — Vigilia: Matins: Troparion of the Resurrection $0.99 on iTunes
  34. Rautavaara — Vigilia: Matins: Final Blessing $0.99 on iTunes
  35. Rautavaara — Credo $0.99 on iTunes
  36. Rautavaara — Canticum Mariae Virginis $0.99 on iTunes
  37. Rautavaara — Psalm 23 $0.99 on iTunes
  38. Rautavaara — Psalm 130 $0.99 on iTunes
  39. Rautavaara — Magnificat $0.99 on iTunes
  40. Rautavaara — Magnificat: Quia respexit - Misericordia $0.99 on iTunes
  41. Rautavaara — Magnificat: Fecit potentiam $0.99 on iTunes
  42. Rautavaara — Magnificat: Suscepit Israel $0.99 on iTunes
  43. Rautavaara — Magnificat: Gloria $0.99 on iTunes
  44. Rautavaara — Nattvarden (Communion): Communion Hymn No. 1 $0.99 on iTunes
  45. Rautavaara — Nattvarden (Communion): Communion Hymn No. 2 $0.99 on iTunes
  46. Rautavaara — Nattvarden (Communion): Kyrie $0.99 on iTunes
  47. Rautavaara — Nattvarden (Communion): Herdepsalm [Shepherd Psalm] $0.99 on iTunes
  48. Rautavaara — Ave Maria $0.99 on iTunes
  49. Rautavaara — Missa duodecanonica: Kyrie $0.99 on iTunes

Album Summary

>Rautavaara, Einojuhani : Vigilia (All-Night Vigil), for chorus & soloists
>Rautavaara, Einojuhani : Credo, for chorus
>Rautavaara, Einojuhani : Canticum Mariae Virginis, for chorus
>Rautavaara, Einojuhani : Herran rukous (The Lord's Prayer), for chorus
>Rautavaara, Einojuhani : Psalms (2), for male or mixed chorus, Op. 37
>Rautavaara, Einojuhani : Magnificat, for soloists & chorus
>Rautavaara, Einojuhani : Nattvarden (Communion), for mixed choir, Op. 22
>Rautavaara, Einojuhani : Ave Maria, for male chorus, Op. 10/1
>Rautavaara, Einojuhani : Missa duodecanonica, for 3-part chorus
>Rautavaara, Einojuhani : Rakkaus ei koskaan häviä (Love Never Dies), for soprano & female chorus
>Rautavaara, Einojuhani : Legenda (A Legend), for male chorus
>Rautavaara, Einojuhani : Marjatan jouluvirsi (A Kalevala Christmas Hymn), for chorus
>Rautavaara, Einojuhani : Joulun virsi, elämän virsi (Christmas Carol), 3 versions, for children's, male, and mixed chorus
>Rautavaara, Einojuhani : Psalm of Invocation (Avuksihuutopsalmi) for chorus (from Vigilia)
>Rautavaara, Einojuhani : Evening Hymn (Ehtoohymni) for chorus (from Vigilia)
>Rautavaara, Einojuhani : Canción de nuestro tiempo (Ajan laulu), for chorus
>Rautavaara, Einojuhani : Halavan himmeän alla (In the Shade of the Willow), for chorus
>Rautavaara, Einojuhani : Lähtö (The Departure), for chorus
>Rautavaara, Einojuhani : Morsian (The Bride), for chorus
>Rautavaara, Einojuhani : Praktisch Deutsch, suite for chorus
>Rautavaara, Einojuhani : Och glädjen den dansar (With the Joy We Go Dancing), for chorus
>Rautavaara, Einojuhani : Sommarnatten (Summer Night), for chorus
>Rautavaara, Einojuhani : Katedralen (The Cathedral), for chorus & soloists
>Rautavaara, Einojuhani : Lorca Suite, for mixed or children's choir
>Rautavaara, Einojuhani : Ludus verbalis, for chorus
>Rautavaara, Einojuhani : Nirvana Dharma, for chorus, soprano & flute
>Rautavaara, Einojuhani : Die erste Elegie (First Elegy), for chorus
>Rautavaara, Einojuhani : On the Last Frontier, fantasy for chorus and orchestra
>Rautavaara, Einojuhani : True & False Unicorn, 3 versions, final one for chorus & orchestra
Performers Conductors Ensembles Composer

Notes & Reviews:

After releasing two other boxes with Einojuhani Rautaavara's 8 Symphonies and 12 Concertos, Ondine is pleased to announce the new release of another 4 CD collector's box with Rautavaara's Choral Works. Featuring sacred as well as secular works, this release shows the diversity in terms of style, expression and content in the choral works Einojuhani Rautavaara has composed. They have brought him the status of the most significant living composer of choral music in Finland. Starting with first choral compositions in the 1950s, this is nowadays the most extensive category in his output. Rautavaara is since Sibelius perhaps the most internationally known and certainly most record selling living composer, with numerous international awards. These recordings feature the two mostly acclaimed Finnish mixed choirs, the Finnish Radio Chamber Choir and the Finnish Philharmonic Chorus, as well as the Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra and conductors Timo Nuoranne, Eric-Olof Söderström and Leif Segerstam. The recordings have been previously released by Ondine to international popular and critical acclaim.

MusicWeb International, April 2013
The performances, mainly by the Finnish Radio Chamber Choir, are consistently very fine and the recorded sound is excellent throughout...a compelling release that continues Ondine's doughty championship of Finland's leading living composer.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: House of Culture (01/1999); Järvenpää Hall (01/1999); Kerava Church (01/1999); St. John's Church, Helsinki (01/1999); House of Culture (04/1995-05/1995); Järvenpää Hall (04/1995-05/1995); Kerava Church (04/1995-05/1995); St. John's Church, Helsinki (04/1995-05/1995); House of Culture (05/2002); Järvenpää Hall (05/2002); Kerava Church (05/2002); St. John's Church, Helsinki (05/2002); House of Culture (10/1998); Järvenpää Hall (10/1998); Kerava Church (10/1998); St. John's Church, Helsinki (10/1998); House of Culture (10/2002); Järvenpää Hall (10/2002); Kerava Church (10/2002); St. John's Church, Helsinki (10/2002); House of Culture (10/2010); Järvenpää Hall (10/2010); Kerava Church (10/2010); St. John's Church, Helsinki (10/2010).



Reviews

Stunning collection shows another side of the contemporary master
I have been saying for a long time now that Einojuhani Rautavaara will be remembered as one of Europe's - and, should be, the world's - greatest twentieth century composers. By far, most of his greatest music was written between 1950 and 2005 or so. He is known for being a superb orchestrator with a very colorful harmonic palate and a very exotic use of instrumentation. Any of his orchestral works and any of his operas is are a joy to listen to and challenge the listener in a curious, attention capturing way. What has become his "trademark" style of lush, evolving chordal progressions and a swirling, chromatic approach to melodic line is present in all his choral works as well. This new compilation of his big works for chorus and chorus and orchestra is an absolute must have for any fan of Rautavaara's music as well as anyone in love with new and lush choral writing and performance. Each of the works in this collection is a reissue from some of their important earlier releases on Ondine - whose recordings are always full, clear and sonically rewarding. For those not familiar with Rautavaara's choral output, there are some of the nearly thirty works in this wonderful collection that one should go straight to. First, "Vigilia" is an hour long collection of the vespers and matins in devotion of John the Baptist and is a prime example of the composer's sacred writing. Fill with characteristically compelling harmonies and outstanding solo lines, the work for a capella chorus is beautiful and reverent throughout. "On the Last Frontier" is a big, expansive work based on a short story by Edgar Allen Poe - of all things - on the discovery of rituals while traveling through mysterious landscapes and swirling fogs. Rautavaara read it in a Finnish translation when he was just a boy and the impact never left him; this work is dramatic and mysterious on its own. The whole second disc of sacred works for mixed chorus, taken from Catholic and Greek orthodox texts. Especially worth listening to are the selections from the choral "opera" 'Marjatta matala neiti, especially the atmospheric "Marjatan jouluvirsi". The collection close with the amazing "True and False Unicorn". This is a very unusual - and very wonderful - setting of several poems on the nature, behaviours and powers of the mythical beast by English poet James Broughton. The chorus handles English diction pretty well and the text setting by Rautavaara is masterful. Honestly, there is not a weak moment in this collection. Rautavaara is a brilliant composer and, from what interview footage I have seen, a gentle and soft-spoken man. His music is performed only very sparingly outside of Scandinavia - least of all in the United States - but deserves to be heard by everyone. Finnish is a beautiful and consonant language that many will find similar to Norwegian. This composer is brilliant and thank heavens for Ondine and other record labels that allow us to hear his music. The performances here by the Finnish Radio Choir, Finnish Radio Chamber Chorus, Finnish Philharmonic Chorus, Finnish Radio Symphony and the Helsinki Philharmonic are wonderful and I recommend this collection heartily!
Submitted on 11/13/12 by Dan Coombs 
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Works Details

>Rautavaara, Einojuhani : Vigilia (All-Night Vigil), for chorus & soloists
  • Performers: Pia Freund (Soprano); Jyrki Korhonen (Bass); Topi Lehtipuu (Tenor); Lilli Paasikivi (Mezzo Soprano); Petteri Salomaa (Bass)
  • Conductor: Timo Nuoranne
  • Ensemble: Finnish Radio Chamber Choir
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1971-1996

>Rautavaara, Einojuhani : Credo, for chorus
  • Conductor: Timo Nuoranne
  • Ensemble: Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra
  • Running Time: 4 min. 25 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Choral
  • Written: 1972

>Rautavaara, Einojuhani : Canticum Mariae Virginis, for chorus
  • Performers: Satu Klemi; Heta Kokkomaki
  • Conductor: Timo Nuoranne
  • Ensemble: Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra
  • Running Time: 7 min. 34 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Vocal
  • Written: 1978

>Rautavaara, Einojuhani : Herran rukous (The Lord's Prayer), for chorus
  • Conductor: Timo Nuoranne
  • Running Time: 2 min. 35 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1973

>Rautavaara, Einojuhani : Psalms (2), for male or mixed chorus, Op. 37
  • Conductor: Timo Nuoranne
  • Running Time: 3 min. 57 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1968-1971

>Rautavaara, Einojuhani : Magnificat, for soloists & chorus
  • Performers: Tuuli Lindeberg (Soprano); Annica Sjolund
  • Conductor: Timo Nuoranne
  • Running Time: 4 min. 11 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Choral
  • Written: 1979

>Rautavaara, Einojuhani : Nattvarden (Communion), for mixed choir, Op. 22
  • Conductor: Timo Nuoranne
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1963

>Rautavaara, Einojuhani : Ave Maria, for male chorus, Op. 10/1
  • Conductor: Timo Nuoranne
  • Running Time: 3 min. 1 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1957

>Rautavaara, Einojuhani : Missa duodecanonica, for 3-part chorus
  • Conductor: Timo Nuoranne
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Choral
  • Written: 1963

>Rautavaara, Einojuhani : Rakkaus ei koskaan häviä (Love Never Dies), for soprano & female chorus
  • Conductor: Timo Nuoranne
  • Running Time: 2 min. 35 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1983

>Rautavaara, Einojuhani : Legenda (A Legend), for male chorus
  • Conductor: Timo Nuoranne
  • Running Time: 2 min. 46 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1985

>Rautavaara, Einojuhani : Marjatan jouluvirsi (A Kalevala Christmas Hymn), for chorus
  • Conductor: Timo Nuoranne
  • Running Time: 2 min. 48 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Christmas
  • Written: 1975-1995

>Rautavaara, Einojuhani : Joulun virsi, elämän virsi (Christmas Carol), 3 versions, for children's, male, and mixed chorus
  • Conductor: Timo Nuoranne
  • Running Time: 1 min. 39 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Christmas
  • Written: 1953-1995

>Rautavaara, Einojuhani : Psalm of Invocation (Avuksihuutopsalmi) for chorus (from Vigilia)
  • Conductor: Timo Nuoranne
  • Running Time: 1 min. 53 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1972

>Rautavaara, Einojuhani : Evening Hymn (Ehtoohymni) for chorus (from Vigilia)
  • Conductor: Timo Nuoranne
  • Running Time: 2 min. 5 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1972

>Rautavaara, Einojuhani : Canción de nuestro tiempo (Ajan laulu), for chorus
  • Performers: Erkki Hannonen; Olli Hannuksela (Tenor); Mia Huhta (Soprano); Mika Keitel
  • Conductor: Timo Nuoranne
  • Running Time: 14 min. 48 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1993

>Rautavaara, Einojuhani : Halavan himmeän alla (In the Shade of the Willow), for chorus
  • Conductor: Timo Nuoranne
  • Running Time: 11 min. 6 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1998

>Rautavaara, Einojuhani : Lähtö (The Departure), for chorus
  • Conductor: Eric-Olof Söderström
  • Running Time: 1 min. 45 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1975

>Rautavaara, Einojuhani : Morsian (The Bride), for chorus
  • Conductor: Eric-Olof Söderström
  • Running Time: 2 min. 58 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1975

>Rautavaara, Einojuhani : Praktisch Deutsch, suite for chorus
  • Conductor: Eric-Olof Söderström
  • Running Time: 1 min. 35 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1969

>Rautavaara, Einojuhani : Och glädjen den dansar (With the Joy We Go Dancing), for chorus
  • Conductor: Eric-Olof Söderström
  • Running Time: 2 min. 59 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1993

>Rautavaara, Einojuhani : Sommarnatten (Summer Night), for chorus
  • Conductor: Eric-Olof Söderström
  • Running Time: 3 min. 19 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1975

>Rautavaara, Einojuhani : Katedralen (The Cathedral), for chorus & soloists
  • Conductor: Eric-Olof Söderström
  • Running Time: 16 min. 53 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1983

>Rautavaara, Einojuhani : Lorca Suite, for mixed or children's choir
  • Conductor: Eric-Olof Söderström
  • Running Time: 5 min. 33 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1973

>Rautavaara, Einojuhani : Ludus verbalis, for chorus
  • Conductor: Eric-Olof Söderström
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1957

>Rautavaara, Einojuhani : Nirvana Dharma, for chorus, soprano & flute
  • Conductor: Eric-Olof Söderström
  • Running Time: 8 min. 32 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1979

>Rautavaara, Einojuhani : Die erste Elegie (First Elegy), for chorus
  • Running Time: 9 min. 2 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1993

>Rautavaara, Einojuhani : On the Last Frontier, fantasy for chorus and orchestra
  • Conductor: Leif Segerstam
  • Running Time: 24 min. 12 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1998

>Rautavaara, Einojuhani : True & False Unicorn, 3 versions, final one for chorus & orchestra
  • Conductor: Timo Nuoranne
  • Running Time: 42 min. 30 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1971-2002