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RAUTAVAARA, E.: Gift of the Magi (The) (TV production, 1997) (NTSC)


RAUTAVAARA, E.: Gift of the Magi (The) (TV production, 1997) (NTSC)

DVD Clip

Einojuhani Rautavaara
The Gift of the Magi
(Tietäjien lahja)

A Christmas Opera; Sung in Finnish


Pia Freund, Jaakko Kortekangas
Martti Wallén, Anna-Lisa Jakobsson
Lassi Virtanen

Veräjäpelto Choir
Tapiola Sinfonietta
Petri Sakari
, conductor

Gabrielle Faust, producer
Hannu Heikinheimo
, TV director

Including the Rautavaara-Documentary "Gift of Dreams"


Picture format: NTSC 4:3 (opera) / 16:9 (documentary)
Sound format: PCM Stereo
Menu Languages: German, French, English, Spanish
Subtitle Languages: German, French, English, Spanish
Region code: 0 (worldwide)
Running time: 96 mins  (45 mins opera + 51 mins documentary)
No. of DVDs: 1 (DVD 9)


"Rautavaara is one of the most imaginative and distinctive of living composers" MusicWeb

  • Created specially for television and recorded in studio, this short opera by one of today's most eminent Finnish composers is based on a Christmas story by the American writer O. Henry.

  • The telling of the story is unsentimental, Hannu Heikinheimo's staging exquisitely observed, and Rautavaara's music powerfully compelling. The Christmas message finds a truly imaginative and unequivocal expression in The Gift of the Magi.

  • The disc includes a bonus documentary about Rautavaara entitled The Gift of Dreams.

"Accustomed as many of us have become, to new opera with decidedly unmusical (not to say dreary) lines for the singers, the skill with which Rautavaara writes manageable, interesting and attractive music for every type of voice, is a genuine delight to the ear." MusicWeb


Rautavaara, Einojuhani

Rautavaara, Einojuhani

Sakari, Petri

Tapiola Sinfonietta

Verajapelto Choir

Freund, Pia; Jakobsson, Anna-Lisa; Kortekangas, Jaakko; Virtanen, Lassi; Wallen, Martti

Label: Arthaus Musik

Genre: Opera

Period: Contemporary

Catalogue No: 100419

Barcode: 807280041996

Distribution Note(s):

Only available in Europe and South Africa

Physical Release: 09/2005

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