Apotheosis: The Best of Einojuhani Rautavaara / Ashkenazy, piano; Stoltzman, clarinet

Audio Samples

>Rautavaara, Einojuhani : Cantus Arcticus (Concerto for Birds & Orchestra), for orchestra & taped bird songs, Op. 61
>Rautavaara, Einojuhani : Concerto for Clarinet
>     2. Adagio assai
>Rautavaara, Einojuhani : Autumn Gardens
>     3. Giocoso e leggiero
>Rautavaara, Einojuhani : Manhattan Trilogy
>     1. Daydreams
>Rautavaara, Einojuhani : Concerto for Piano no 3 "Gift of Dreams"
>     3. Energico
>Rautavaara, Einojuhani : Symphony no 7 "Angel of Light"
>     3. Come un sogno
>Rautavaara, Einojuhani : Apotheosis

Album Summary

>Rautavaara, Einojuhani : Cantus Arcticus (Concerto for Birds & Orchestra), for orchestra & taped bird songs, Op. 61
>Rautavaara, Einojuhani : Concerto for Clarinet
>Rautavaara, Einojuhani : Autumn Gardens
>Rautavaara, Einojuhani : Manhattan Trilogy
>Rautavaara, Einojuhani : Concerto for Piano no 3 "Gift of Dreams"
>Rautavaara, Einojuhani : Symphony no 7 "Angel of Light"
>Rautavaara, Einojuhani : Apotheosis
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Notes & Reviews:

This mid-price CD compilation couples the greatest orchestral hits by Einojuhani Rautavaara, one of the most-performed and best-selling classical composers alive. Rautavaara is Finland's most successful composer after Jean Sibelius. He is by nature a romantic, even a mystic, and writes music in a very approachable style. The featured soloists include clarinetist Richard Stoltzman and pianist Vladimir Ashkenazy. Also included is Apotheosis with Swedish RSO and Mikko Franck. Finnish film maker Aki Kaurismäki chose this 8-minute recording for the soundtrack of his new comedy-drama film Le Havre.

MusicWeb International
I'm sure that this neatly selected series of works will whet the appetite of those yet to experience Rautavaara's music. I think it's right that if you're going to present a compact work by him in toto it should be Cantus arcticus, which is one of his most popular. This Concerto for Birds and Orchestra, a beautiful title if ever there was one, evinces all his most personal and vital qualities - string wash of great, indeed magnetic, power and concentration, the quality of melancholy so often encountered in his music, and an accumulation of sound that reaches, at moments, almost a frenzy.

Allmusic.com
This album compiles some of his greatest hits and makes a good introduction for anyone coming to his music for the first time. This may not be a fully representative sampling of the composer's expressive range, but it makes a good starting point, especially for listeners who tend to be hesitant about exploring "modern" music. The performances, by the Helsinki Philharmonic and the Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra, featuring the distinguished soloists pianist Vladimir Ashkenazy and clarinetist Richard Stoltzman, are very fine. The sound of the recordings, taken from Ondine's large catalogue of the composer's works, is clear, clean, spacious, and atmospheric.



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A Rautavaara Tasting Menu

This release of the “best of” Einojuhani Rautavaara from the Finnish label Ondine consists of movements from larger works, as well as the complete Cantus arcticus, one of the composer’s most performed works. Having neglected Rautavaara’s music for some time, this disc provided me with a guided introduction to the composer’s oeuvre. However, now that I’ve been won over to his music, I wish that I had just bought a whole album. Such “best of” discs allow a new listener a chance to hear selections from a composer’s oeuvre, with listener then going on and buying complete albums—a tasting menu, as it were. In this case, the tasting menu may be enough for the casual listener, but in my case I’ll probably end up buying all the albums excerpted on this “best of,” making this disc superfluous.

Submitted on 11/21/11 by Due Fuss 
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Works Details

>Rautavaara, Einojuhani : Cantus Arcticus (Concerto for Birds & Orchestra), for orchestra & taped bird songs, Op. 61
  • Conductor: Leif Segerstam
  • Running Time: 19 min. 25 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Concerto
  • Written: 1972

>Rautavaara, Einojuhani : Concerto for Clarinet :: 2. Adagio assai
  • Performer: Richard Stoltzman (Clarinet)
  • Conductor: Leif Segerstam
  • Running Time: 7 min. 33 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Concerto
  • Written: 2001-2002

>Rautavaara, Einojuhani : Autumn Gardens :: 3. Giocoso e leggiero
  • Conductor: Vladimir Ashkenazy
  • Running Time: 10 min. 42 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1999

>Rautavaara, Einojuhani : Manhattan Trilogy :: 1. Daydreams
  • Conductor: Leif Segerstam
  • Notes: Composition written: 2003-05.
  • Running Time: 8 min. 25 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 2003-2005

>Rautavaara, Einojuhani : Concerto for Piano no 3 "Gift of Dreams" :: 3. Energico
  • Performer: Vladimir Ashkenazy (Piano)
  • Conductor: Vladimir Ashkenazy
  • Running Time: 6 min. 8 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Concerto
  • Written: 1998

>Rautavaara, Einojuhani : Symphony no 7 "Angel of Light" :: 3. Come un sogno
  • Conductor: Leif Segerstam
  • Running Time: 10 min. 24 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Orchestral
  • Written: 1994

>Rautavaara, Einojuhani : Apotheosis
  • Conductor: Mikko Franck
  • Running Time: 7 min. 51 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1992-1996