Rautavaara - Rubaiyat, Balada, Canto V, 4 Songs from Rasputin | Ondine ODE12742

Rautavaara - Rubaiyat, Balada, Canto V, 4 Songs from Rasputin

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Label: Ondine

Cat No: ODE12742

Format: CD

Number of Discs: 1

Genre: Vocal/Choral

Release Date: 29th April 2016

Contents

Artists

Gerald Finley (bass-baritone)
Mika Pohjonen (tenor)
Helsinki Music Centre Choir
Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra

Conductor

John Storgards

Works

Rautavaara, Einojuhani

Balada for tenor, mixed choir and orchestra
Into the Heart of Light (Canto V) for string orchestra
Rasputin
» Songs (4)
Rubaiyat for baritone and orchestra

Artists

Gerald Finley (bass-baritone)
Mika Pohjonen (tenor)
Helsinki Music Centre Choir
Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra

Conductor

John Storgards

About

This new recording by Ondine includes the world premiere recordings of four works by the celebrated Finnish contemporary composer Einojuhani Rautavaara (b. 1928).

Rubáiyát (2015) is a song cycle based on the poetry of Omar Khayyam (1048–1131). The work was written for Gerald Finley who in this recording sings the solo part of the orchestral version of the work.

Balada (2014), based on texts by Lorca, is a large-scale work for tenor, mixed choir and orchestra. Tenor Mika Pohjonen sings as the soloist. This cantata was premiered in Madrid in May 2015.

Into the Heart of Light (Canto V; 2012) is the composer’s latest installment in a series of works for string orchestra that share the title Canto. Rautavaara wrote the first of his Cantos in the 1960s, and each piece in the series have represented well the latest stylistic developments by the composer.

The concluding work of the recording is Four Songs from the opera Rasputin. These dramatic songs were arranged by the composer for mixed choir and orchestra in 2012.

In the last two decades the Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra - conducted in this present recording by John Storgĺrds - has released several award-winning recordings of the music of Einojuhani Rautavaara.

Reviews

Canto V finds the Helsinki Phil sounding alert and committed under John Storgards, the Helsinki choir gives it loudly behind spirited tenor Mika Pohjonen in the Balada, and Gerald Finley makes rousing stuff of Rubaiyat – a song cycle that sets the poetry of 11th century Persian philosopher Omar Khayyam in a sickly Victorian English translation, with a strong accompanying dose of English pastoralism in the surging strings.  Kate Molleson
The Guardian 3 June 2016

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