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OD 1145

RAUTAVAARA, E: Symphonies Nos. 1-8 (Franck, Pommer, Segerstam)

The Classical Shop
release date: March 2011


Artists:

Leipzig Radio Symphony Orchestra


Belgium National Orchestra


Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra


Segerstam, Leif


Franck, Mikko


Pommer, Max


Leif Segerstam

Conductor

Mikko Franck

Conductor

Max Pommer

Conductor

Venue:

Bethanien Church, Leipzig


Centre for Fine Arts, Brussels


Hyvinkaa Hall, Hyvinkaa, Finland


Finlandia Hall, Helsinki



Record Label
Ondine

Genre:




Total Time - 237:32
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EINOJUHANI RAUTAVAARA

     


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Symphony No. 1 (2003 version)

 
1 I. Andante 15:44
 Mikko Franck Conductor
 Franck, Mikko
2 II. Poetico 7:41
 Mikko Franck Conductor
 Franck, Mikko
3 III. Allegro 4:06
 Mikko Franck Conductor
 Franck, Mikko
     
 

Symphony No. 2

 
4 I. Quasi grave 9:52
 Max Pommer Conductor
 Pommer, Max
5 II. Vivace 2:37
 Max Pommer Conductor
 Pommer, Max
6 III. Largo 5:56
 Max Pommer Conductor
 Pommer, Max
7 IV. Presto 2:48
 Max Pommer Conductor
 Pommer, Max


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Symphony No. 3

 
1 I. Langsam, breit, ruhig 12:18
 Max Pommer Conductor
 Pommer, Max
2 II. Langsam, doch nicht schleppend 6:29
 Max Pommer Conductor
 Pommer, Max
3 III. Sehr schnell 6:01
 Max Pommer Conductor
 Pommer, Max
4 IV. Bewegt 7:20
 Max Pommer Conductor
 Pommer, Max
     
 

Symphony No. 4, 'Arabescata'

 
5 I. — 3:07
 Max Pommer Conductor
 Pommer, Max
6 II. — 5:00
 Max Pommer Conductor
 Pommer, Max
7 III. — 2:58
 Max Pommer Conductor
 Pommer, Max
8 IV. — 5:19
 Max Pommer Conductor
 Pommer, Max


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Symphony No. 5

31:32
 Max Pommer Conductor
 Pommer, Max
     
 

Symphony No. 6, 'Vincentiana'

 
2 I. Starry Night 19:24
 Max Pommer Conductor
 Pommer, Max
3 II. The Crows 6:10
 Max Pommer Conductor
 Pommer, Max
4 III. Saint-Remy 7:50
 Max Pommer Conductor
 Pommer, Max
5 IV. Apotheosis 8:22
 Max Pommer Conductor
 Pommer, Max


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Symphony No. 7, 'Angel of Light'

 
1 I. Tranquillo 12:01
 Leif Segerstam Conductor
 Segerstam, Leif
2 II. Molto allegro 5:53
 Leif Segerstam Conductor
 Segerstam, Leif
3 III. Come un sogno 10:13
 Leif Segerstam Conductor
 Segerstam, Leif
4 IV. Pesante-cantabile 9:40
 Leif Segerstam Conductor
 Segerstam, Leif
     
 

Symphony No. 8, 'The Journey'

 
5 I. Adagio assai 11:30
 Leif Segerstam Conductor
 Segerstam, Leif
6 II. Feroce 3:04
 Leif Segerstam Conductor
 Segerstam, Leif
7 III. Tranquillo 6:00
 Leif Segerstam Conductor
 Segerstam, Leif
8 IV. Con grandezza 8:37
 Leif Segerstam Conductor
 Segerstam, Leif


Einojuhani Rautavaara may well be the most popular symphonist alive today. To celebrate his 80th birthday in 2008-2009, Ondine pays homage to its longtime house composer with the first-ever complete release of his eight symphonies in a four album set.

Rautavaara is recognized as one of the most notable Finnish composers after Jean Sibelius. He has often described symphonic music as "a journey through human life." Written between 1955 and 1999, the eight symphonies form a central pillar in Rautavaara’s extensive artistic output and showcase the many stylistic periods in his fruitful career. They are hauntingly accessible to the listener and have proven wide audience appeal; the Seventh Symphony, "Angel of Light" (1994), became a best-seller and spurred Rautavaara to considerable international fame (including a GRAMMY nomination; OD 0869), leading The Philadelphia Orchestra to commission the Eighth Symphony, "The Journey" (1999), for their centenary celebrations.

These recordings were produced in collaboration with the composer between 1990 and 2005. They have been previously released by Ondine to international popular and critical acclaim.

"You can purchase this set with complete confidence ... All of the performances are very good to excellent, and so is the engineering. Go for it."

David Hurwitz - ClassicsToday.com - 11 March 2009


"This box of the transcendent composer’s symphonies - easily one of the year’s most important releases of classical music written in our time."

ArkivMusic.com


"Rautavaara is an expansive composer... The sheer beauty of his sound, of course, explains why these recordings were runaway sucesses when first released: there is not an ugly bar here."

Martin Anderson - Finnish Music Quarterly -  1/2009
 


"With some 30 Rautavaara entries in the Ondine catalogue the composer has been done considerable justice by this gifted label. He must survey it with great pleasure - he certainly deserves to. This set provides a sure route to appreciate one of the grand voices of the last century. He speaks with eloquence and with the engaged rasp and embrace of originality. The music is lambent and Rautavaara’s creative journey leads from dissonance to lyrical awe."

Rob Barnett - MusicWeb International - April 2009




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