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Rautavaara: Song of My Heart, etc / Suovanen, et al

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> 3 Sonnets of Shakespeare - No. 1. That time of year
> 3 Sonnets of Shakespeare - No. 2. When I do count the clock
> 3 Sonnets of Shakespeare - No. 3. Shall I compare thee
> 5 Sonette an Orpheus - No. 1. Da stieg ein Baum (A Tree Rose There)
> 5 Sonette an Orpheus - No. 2. Und fast ein Madchen wars (And It Was Almost a Girl)
> 5 Sonette an Orpheus - No. 3. Ein Gott vermags (A God Can Achieve It)
> 5 Sonette an Orpheus - No. 4. O ihr Zartlichen ( O Ye Gentle Ones)
> 5 Sonette an Orpheus - No. 5. Errichtet keinen Denkstein ( Don't Put Up a Memorial)
> Die Liebenden - No. 1. Liebes-Lied (Love Song)
> Die Liebenden - No. 2. Der Schauende
> Die Liebenden - No. 3. Die Liebende ( The Woman in Love)
> Die Liebenden - No. 4. Der Tod der Geliebten (Death of the Lover)
> Guds vag (God's Way) - No. 1. Guds vag (God's Way)
> Guds vag (God's Way) - No. 2. Barnet (The Child)
> Guds vag (God's Way) - No. 3. Pingst (Penecost)
> Guds vag (God's Way) - No. 4. Drom i katedralen (Dream in the Cathedral)
> 3 Songs from the Opera Aleksis Kivi - No. 1. Ikavyys (Melancholy)
> 3 Songs from the Opera Aleksis Kivi - No. 2. Laulu oravasta (The Squirrel)
> 3 Songs from the Opera Aleksis Kivi - No. 3. Sydameni laulu (Song of My Heart)

Album Summary

>Rautavaara, Einojuhani : Sonnets (3) of Shakespeare, song cycle for high or medium voice & piano (or orchestra)
>Rautavaara, Einojuhani : Sonnets (5) to Orpheus, for medium voice & orchestra (or piano)
>Rautavaara, Einojuhani : Die Liebenden, song cycle for high voice & chamber orchestra (or string orchestra, or string quintet
>Rautavaara, Einojuhani : Guds vag (God's Way), song cycle for high or medium voice & piano (or orchestra)
>Rautavaara, Einojuhani : Songs (4) from the Opera Aleksis Kivi, for voice & piano (or orchestra)
Performer Conductor Ensemble Composer

Notes & Reviews:

"The most wonderful thing about Rautavaara's songs is that no matter what the technical basis of his compositional method, he understands that "song" means an evocative text set to a singable melody. You may not go away humming all of the tunes here, particularly in the brief, powerful, and oddly disturbing cycle God's Way (to poems by Bo Setterlind), but there's no questioning the fundamental rightness of Rautavaara's reaction to the words, or his ability to project his feelings into an expressive vocal line. That's not something to be taken for granted nowadays, when grateful and effective writing for the voice is no longer the basis of most composers' techniques, whether writing for people or for instruments. The remaining four sets of songs on this disc all employ texts of the highest quality, by Shakespeare (in English, by the way), Rilke, and Finnish poet Aleksis Kivi. The Rilke settings are particularly moving, nowhere more so than The Lovers, whose third song, "Woman Loving", ought to be a recital classic by now. The three songs taken from the opera Aleksis Kivi also deserve to find a life of their own away from the larger work. They stand among the most hauntingly beautiful of Rautavaara's latest creations. Baritone Gabriel Suovanen sings all of this music with warm tone and great musical intelligence, and he couldn't be better accompanied than by Segerstam and the Helsinki Philharmonic. Ideally balanced sound rounds out this most enticing picture of Rautavaara's generously lyrical art." -Classics Today (10/10)



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>Rautavaara, Einojuhani : Sonnets (3) of Shakespeare, song cycle for high or medium voice & piano (or orchestra)
  • Performer: Gabriel Suovanen (Baritone)
  • Conductor: Leif Segerstam
  • Ensemble: Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra
  • Notes: Finlandia Hall (03/15/2006-03/16/2006)
  • Running Time: 7 min. 52 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1951
  • Studio/Live: Live

>Rautavaara, Einojuhani : Sonnets (5) to Orpheus, for medium voice & orchestra (or piano)
  • Performer: Gabriel Suovanen (Baritone)
  • Conductor: Leif Segerstam
  • Ensemble: Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra
  • Notes: Finlandia Hall (03/17/2006-03/18/2006)
  • Running Time: 12 min. 31 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1955-1960
  • Studio/Live: Live

>Rautavaara, Einojuhani : Die Liebenden, song cycle for high voice & chamber orchestra (or string orchestra, or string quintet
  • Performer: Gabriel Suovanen (Baritone)
  • Conductor: Leif Segerstam
  • Ensemble: Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra
  • Notes: Finlandia Hall (03/17/2006-03/18/2006)
  • Running Time: 17 min. 55 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1958-1964
  • Studio/Live: Live

>Rautavaara, Einojuhani : Guds väg (God's Way), song cycle for high or medium voice & piano (or orchestra)
  • Performer: Gabriel Suovanen (Baritone)
  • Conductor: Leif Segerstam
  • Ensemble: Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra
  • Notes: Finlandia Hall (03/17/2006-03/18/2006)
  • Running Time: 5 min. 47 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1964
  • Studio/Live: Live

>Rautavaara, Einojuhani : Songs (4) from the Opera Aleksis Kivi, for voice & piano (or orchestra) :: 1. Ikävyys (Melancholy)
  • Performer: Gabriel Suovanen (Baritone)
  • Conductor: Leif Segerstam
  • Ensemble: Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra
  • Notes: Finlandia Hall (03/15/2006-03/16/2006)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 45 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1997
  • Studio/Live: Live

>Rautavaara, Einojuhani : Songs (4) from the Opera Aleksis Kivi, for voice & piano (or orchestra) :: 2. Laulu oravasta (The Squi
  • Performer: Gabriel Suovanen (Baritone)
  • Conductor: Leif Segerstam
  • Ensemble: Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra
  • Notes: Finlandia Hall (03/15/2006-03/16/2006)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 20 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1997
  • Studio/Live: Live

>Rautavaara, Einojuhani : Songs (4) from the Opera Aleksis Kivi, for voice & piano (or orchestra) :: 3. Sydämeni laulu (Song of
  • Performer: Gabriel Suovanen (Baritone)
  • Conductor: Leif Segerstam
  • Ensemble: Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra
  • Notes: Finlandia Hall (03/15/2006-03/16/2006)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 11 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1997
  • Studio/Live: Live