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EINOJUHANI RAUTAVAARA

Einojuhani Rautavaara (1928) is one of the most colourful and diverse figures in Finnish music. He is an artist of exceptionally broad scope, at once Romantic and intellectual, mysticist and constructivist. He has gone through a great many stages in his stylistic development, yet he has combined different stylistic elements in post-modernist fashion within individual works. Having graduated from Helsinki University in 1952, he studied at the Sibelius Academy with Aarre Merikanto and, after winning a Koussevitzky Foundation fellowship in 1955, with Vincent Persichetti at the Juilliard School, as well as with Aaron Copland and Roger Sessions at Tanglewood. He furthered his studies in Ascona with Vladimir Vogel and in Cologne with Rudolf Petzold. A lecturer at the Sibelius Academy from 1966 to 1971, he was then appointed to the state position of Professor in Arts. Since 1990 he has devoted himself exclusively to composition, his music having received numerous awards and been featured on many recordings.

Rautavaara’s early pieces, typified by the prize-winning A Requiem in Our Time (1953), drew upon the Nordic classicism of Sibelius and Nielsen, as well as the influences of Bartók, Shostakovich and folk-music. His Fourth Symphony (1962) was among the first Finnish works to employ serial techniques, while the later widening of his stylistic range gave rise, in 1972, to two of his most enduring works, Vigilia, drawing on Orthodox liturgical chant, and Cantus Arcticus (Naxos 8.554147), employing taped birdsong alongside modal and aleatoric (chance-derived) elements. A greater tonal orientation is evident in his more recent music, such as the Symphonies Nos. 5 to 8 (No. 7 on Naxos 8.555814) and operas Thomas (1985), Vincent (1987) and Aleksis Kivi (1997). Meanwhile, the growing recognition accorded his music can be gauged from the international commissions he has received over the last decade.

Box Set Release Catalogue Number
GLASS Of Beauty and Light (US Version) Naxos 8.503202
Nordic Classical Favourites Naxos 8.504037
PÄRT The Silence of Being Naxos 8.506015


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Artist Profile Series - VAN RAAT, Ralph Naxos
8.578026
Orchestral
CARLSTEDT, J.: Metamorphosi / LARSSON, L.-E.: Little Serenade (Jahren, Musica Vitae Chamber Orchestra, Rajski) BIS
BIS-CD-460
Orchestral
Chamber Music (Finnish): Century of Finnish Chamber Music (A) Ondine
ODE984-2S
Vocal
Choral Concert: Tapiola Choir - BERGMAN, E. / JOHANSSON, B. / SALLINEN, A. / RAUTAVAARA, E. / KORTEKANGAS, O. (Dreams) Ondine
ODE786-2
Choral - Sacred
CHRISTMAS CAROLS (Jouluyo, Juhlayo) (Hyokki) Ondine
ODE1088-2
Choral - Sacred
Classical Chill Naxos
8.520101
Orchestral
CLASSICAL IMAGES FROM FINLAND Ondine
ODE1004-2
Orchestral
CLASSICAL MEDITATION Naxos
8.570364-65
Orchestral
Early One Morning - Finnish Orchestral Favourites Naxos
8.578143-44
Orchestral
EINOJUHANI RAUTAVAARA (BEST OF) Ondine
ODE1081-2
Orchestral, Concertos, Orchestral
FINLANDIA: A Festival of Finnish Music BIS
BIS-CD-575
Orchestral
FINNISH ORCHESTRAL FAVOURITES Naxos
8.555773
Orchestral
FINNISH ORCHESTRAL FAVOURITES Ondine
ODE863-2
Instrumental
FINNISH VOCAL MUSIC BIS
BIS-CD-88
Vocal
FINSKA KLASSISKA FAVORITER (Finnish Classical Favourites) Naxos
8.551023
Orchestral
Flute Concertos - KHACHATURIAN, A.I. / RAUTAVAARA, E. (Bezaly, São Paulo Symphony, Lahti Symphony, Diemecke, Slobodeniouk) BIS
BIS-1849
Concertos
Guitar Recital: Aguirre, Rafael - SOR, F. / IBERT, F. / POULENC, F. / OHANA, M. / RAUTAVAARA, E. / VILLA-LOBOS, H. / CLERCH, J. / TARREGA, F. Naxos
8.572064
Instrumental
HINDEMITH, P. / RAUTAVAARA, E.: Cello Concertos / PROKOFIEV, S.: Symphony-Concerto (Starker, Lukacsy, Bour, Blomstedt) SWR Klassik
CD94.227
Concertos
LAND OF THE MIDNIGHT SUN - Music and Images from Finland Ondine
ODE1093-2
Orchestral
MENDELSSOHN: Clarinet Sonata BIS
BIS-CD-62
Chamber Music
MODERN MUSIC FOR CHOIR BIS
BIS-CD-4
Choral - Secular
MUSIC FOR FLUTE AND GUITAR BIS
BIS-CD-60
Chamber Music
MYSTIC CLASSICS - Visionary Choral and Orchestral Masterpieces Naxos
8.570225-26
Orchestral
NORTHERN HIGHLIGHTS - The Ultimate Finnish Orchestral Favourites Ondine
ODE991-2
Orchestral
Orchestral Music - LEIF, S. / SHOSTAKOVICH, D. / NIELSEN, C. / SCHULHOFF, E. (Earquake) (Helsinki Philharmonic, Segerstam) Ondine
ODE894-2
Orchestral
Orchestral Music (Finnish) - RAUTAVAARA, E. / SIBELIUS, J. / MERIKANTO, A. / KANTILEN, T. / PINGOUD, E. / SALLINEN, A. / NORDGREN, P.H. Ondine
ODE937-2
Orchestral
Orchestral Music (Nordic): RAUTAVAARA, E. / PINGOUD, E. / NORDGREN, P.H. / SALLINEN, A. (Aurora Borealis - The Magic of Northern Lights) Ondine
ODE1137-2
Orchestral
PLAYGROUND FOR ANGELS BIS
BIS-CD-1054
Chamber Music
RAUTAAVARA, E.: Choral Music (Marjatta, the Lowly Maiden) (Hyokki) Ondine
ODE1169-2
Choral - Secular, Choral - Sacred, Choral - Secular, Choral - Sacred
RAUTAVAARA / BASHMAKOV / SALLINEN / MARTTINEN: Flute Concertos BIS
BIS-CD-687
Concertos
RAUTAVAARA, E.: (Finnish Radio Chamber Choir, Nuoranne) Ondine
ODE910-2
Choral - Sacred
RAUTAVAARA, E.: Sonnets of Shakespeare / 5 Sonette an Orpheus / Die Liebenden / God's Way / 3 Songs from the Opera Aleksis Kivi (Suovanen) Ondine
ODE1085-2
Vocal
RAUTAVAARA, E.: Aleksis Kivi (Finnish National Opera, 2010) (NTSC) Ondine
ODV4009
Opera DVD
RAUTAVAARA, E.: Aleksis Kivi [Opera] (Lehtinen) Ondine
ODE1000-2D
Opera
RAUTAVAARA, E.: Auringon Talo (The House of the Sun) [Opera] (Franck) Ondine
ODE1032-2D
Opera
RAUTAVAARA, E.: Before the Icons / A Tapestry of Life (Helsinki Philharmonic, Segerstam) Ondine
ODE1149-2
Orchestral
RAUTAVAARA, E.: Book of Visions / Symphony No. 1 / Adagio celeste (Belgium National Orchestra, Franck) Ondine
ODE1064-5
Orchestral
RAUTAVAARA, E.: Brass Works (Complete) - A Requiem in Our Time / Playgrounds for Angels / Tarantara / Wind Octet (Finnish Brass Symphony) Ondine
ODE957-2
Orchestral, Instrumental, Chamber Music
RAUTAVAARA, E.: Cantus Arcticus / A Requiem in Our Time / The Fiddlers / Isle of Bliss / Piano Concerto No. 1 (Essential Rautavaara) Ondine
ODE989-2
Instrumental, Orchestral, Concertos, Orchestral
RAUTAVAARA, E.: Cantus arcticus / Angels and Visitations / Autumn Gardens / Apotheosis / Vigilia / Piano Concerto No. 1 Ondine
ODE1079-2D
Orchestral, Concertos, Orchestral, Concertos, Orchestral, Concertos, Orchestral, Choral - Sacred, Choral - Secular
RAUTAVAARA, E.: Cantus arcticus / Symphonies Nos. 4 and 5 (Leipzig Radio Symphony, Pommer) Ondine
ODE747-2
Orchestral
RAUTAVAARA, E.: Choral Music - Katedralen / Die erste Elegie / Nirvana Dharma / Praktisch Deutsch / Lorca Suite (Finnish Radio Chamber Choir) Ondine
ODE851-2
Choral - Secular
RAUTAVAARA, E.: Choral Music - Magnificat / Canticum Mariae Virginis / Credo (Finnish Radio Chamber Choir, Nuoranne) Ondine
ODE935-2
Choral - Sacred
RAUTAVAARA, E.: Choral Music for Male Choir (Complete) (YL Male Voice Choir, Talla Vocal Ensemble, Hyokki) Ondine
ODE1125-2D
Choral - Secular, Choral - Sacred
RAUTAVAARA, E.: Choral Works (Finnish Radio Chamber Choir, Nuoranne) Ondine
ODE1186-2Q
Choral - Sacred, Choral - Secular, Choral - Sacred, Choral - Secular, Choral - Sacred, Choral - Secular, Choral - Sacred, Choral - Secular
RAUTAVAARA, E.: Concertos Ondine
ODE1156-2Q
Concertos, Orchestral, Concertos, Orchestral, Concertos, Orchestral
RAUTAVAARA, E.: Garden of Spaces / Clarinet Concerto / Cantus arcticus (Stoltzman, Helsinki Philharmonic, Segerstam) Ondine
ODE1041-2
Orchestral, Concertos, Orchestral
RAUTAVAARA, E.: Gift of the Magi (The) (TV production, 1997) (NTSC) Arthaus Musik
100419
Opera DVD
RAUTAVAARA, E.: Harp Concerto / Symphony No. 8 (Nordmann, Helsinki Philharmonic, Segerstam) Ondine
ODE978-2
Concertos, Orchestral
RAUTAVAARA, E.: Kaivos (The Mine) [Opera] (Niemela, Rusanen, Hynninen, Kortekangas, Kaivos Chorus, Tampere Philharmonic, Lintu) Ondine
ODE1174-2
Opera
RAUTAVAARA, E.: Manhattan Trilogy / Symphony No. 3 (Helsinki Philharmonic, Segerstam) Ondine
ODE1090-5
Orchestral
RAUTAVAARA, E.: Missa a cappella / Sacred Choral Works (Latvian Radio Choir, Klava) Ondine
ODE1223-2
Choral - Sacred, Choral - Secular, Choral - Sacred
RAUTAVAARA, E.: Modificata / Incantations / Towards the Horizon (Storgards) Ondine
ODE1178-2
Orchestral, Concertos
RAUTAVAARA, E.: Music for String Orchestra (Complete), Vol. 1 Ondine
ODE821-2
Orchestral
RAUTAVAARA, E.: On the Last Frontier / Flute Concerto / Anadyomene (Gallois) Ondine
ODE921-2
Concertos, Choral - Secular, Orchestral
RAUTAVAARA, E.: Piano Concerto No. 3 / Autumn Gardens (Ashkenazy) Ondine
ODE950-2
Orchestral, Concertos
RAUTAVAARA, E.: Piano Concertos Nos. 1 and 2 (Gothoni) Ondine
ODE757-2
Concertos
RAUTAVAARA, E.: Piano Music - The Fiddlers / Icons / Piano Sonata No. 1 / Etudes (Tateno) Ondine
ODE710-2
Instrumental
RAUTAVAARA, E.: Rubáiyát / Balada / Canto V / 4 Songs from Rasputin (Finley, Pohjonen, Helsinki Music Centre Choir, Helsinki Philharmonic, Storgårds) Ondine
ODE1274-2
Vocal, Orchestral, Choral - Secular
RAUTAVAARA, E.: Sammon Ryosto (The Rape of the Sampo) (The Myth of Sampo) [Opera] (Hyokki) Ondine
ODE842-2
Opera
RAUTAVAARA, E.: String Orchestra Works - Canto I-IV / Hommage a Zoltan Kodaly / Suite / Ballad (Kangas) Ondine
ODE983-2
Orchestral
RAUTAVAARA, E.: Symphonies Nos. 1-3 (Leipzig Radio Symphony, Pommer) Ondine
ODE740-2
Orchestral
RAUTAVAARA, E.: True and False Unicorn / Cancion de nuestro tiempo / Halavan himmean alla (Finnish Radio Chamber Choir, Nuoranne) Ondine
ODE1020-2
Choral - Secular
RAUTAVAARA, E.: Vincent [Opera] (Manchurov) Ondine
ODE750-2
Opera
RAUTAVAARA, E.: Violin and Piano Works - Summer Thoughts / Lost Landscapes / April Lines / Notturno e Danza / The Fiddlers (Kuusisto, Jumppanen) Ondine
ODE1177-2
Instrumental, Chamber Music, Instrumental, Chamber Music
RAUTAVAARA, E.: Violin Concerto / Isle of Bliss / Angels and Visitations (Oliveira, Helsinki Philharmonic, Segerstam) Ondine
ODE881-2
Concertos, Orchestral
RAUTAVAARA, E: Symphonies Nos. 1-8 (Franck, Pommer, Segerstam) Ondine
ODE1145-2Q
Orchestral
RAUTAVAARA: Angel of Dusk / Symphony No. 2 / Suomalainen myytti / Pelimannit BIS
BIS-CD-910
Orchestral
RAUTAVAARA: Cantus Arcticus / Piano Concerto No. 1 / Symphony No. 3 Naxos
8.554147
Orchestral, Concertos
RAUTAVAARA: Chamber Music BIS
BIS-CD-66
Choral - Secular, Choral - Sacred, Chamber Music, Instrumental, Orchestral
RAUTAVAARA: Piano Concertos Nos. 2 and 3 / Isle of Bliss Naxos
8.557009
Concertos, Orchestral, Concertos
RAUTAVAARA: Piano Works Naxos
8.554292
Instrumental
RAUTAVAARA: Songs BIS
BIS-CD-1141
Vocal
RAUTAVAARA: String Quintet, "Les Cieux Inconnues" / String Quartets Nos. 1 and 2 Ondine
ODE909-2
Chamber Music
RAUTAVAARA: Symphony No. 6 / Cello Concerto Ondine
ODE819-2
Orchestral, Concertos
RAUTAVAARA: Symphony No. 7 / Angels and Visitations Naxos
8.555814
Orchestral
RAUTAVAARA: Symphony No. 7 / Annunciations Ondine
ODE869-2
Concertos, Orchestral
RAUTAVAARA: Symphony No. 7, Angel of Light / Dances with Winds, Op. 69 / Cantus arcticus, Op. 61 BIS
BIS-CD-1038
Orchestral, Concertos, Orchestral
RAUTAVAARA: Symphony No. 8, "The Journey" / Manhattan Trilogy / Apotheosis Naxos
8.570069
Orchestral
RAUTAVAARA: Symphony No. 8, "The Journey" / Violin Concerto BIS
BIS-CD-1315
Orchestral, Concertos
RAUTAVAARA: Thomas Ondine
ODE704-2
Opera
SEASONS OF FINNISH LIFESTYLE Ondine
ODE1152-2
Orchestral, Choral - Sacred
SIBELIUS / RAUTAVAARA / CRUSELL: Musical Souvenirs from Finland BIS
BIS-CD-1277
Orchestral
SONIC REBELLION - Alternative Classical Collection Naxos
8.570760
Concertos
SOUNDS OF FINLAND BIS
BIS-CD-94
Choral - Secular
Vocal Ensemble Music - THOMAS, L. / LA RUE, P. de / WEILL, K. / RAUTAVAARA, E. / SCHANDERL, H. (Fragile: A Requiem for Male Voices) (Die Singphoniker) Oehms Classics
OC817
Vocal Ensemble
Vocal Recital: Isokoski, Soile - Finnish Sacred Songs (Suomalainen rukous) Ondine
ODE1034-2
Orchestral
Vocal Recital: Komsi, Pila - YANOV-YANOVSKY, D.F. / RAUTAVAARA, E. / BACH, J.S. / PUURTINEN, A. (Solaris) Proprius
PRCD2070
Vocal

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