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“It is my belief that music is great if, at some moment, the listener catches ‘a glimpse of eternity through the window of time’… This, to my mind, is the only true justification for art.
All else is of secondary importance.”

– Einojuhani Rautavaara

About Einojuhani Rautavaara
Einojuhani Rautavaara
Einojuhani Rautavaara (1928–2016) was among the most prestigious and internationally celebrated Finnish composers. His emphasis on stylistic freedom meant his early neo-classicism evolved into the mystical, neo-romantic musical language most closely associated with him today, and the composer’s well documented fixation with angels provided inspiration for the recording that would gain him international recognition – the 7th Symphony, Angel of Light (1994). His vast catalogue of works include 8 symphonies, several concertos, vocal works and operas that have been performed in several countries. Over the years, his most popular has been Cantus Arcticus (1972), a Concerto for Birds and Orchestra, where the composer himself recorded the singing of the birds in the marshes of Liminka in Northern Finland, and juxtaposed it with a luminous and intricate orchestral score. His music has also been used in soundtracks, including films by Terrence Malick and Aki Kaurismäki.

Rautavaara was an intellectual, a mystical storyteller and a writer beyond compare. His compositions – in his own words – were the result of an ‘affinity for infinity’. He wrote that he served as merely the ‘mid-wife’ with purpose of bringing his works into life, intact. His stories of angels radiating musical energy in his dreams have become an established phenomenon in Finnish cultural history.

FEATURED RECORDINGS
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RAUTAVAARA, E.:
Cantus Arcticus
Piano Concerto No. 1
Symphony No. 3

Mikkola • Royal Scottish National Orchestra • Lintu
‘Laura Mikkola is a fervent exponent… and the Royal Scottish National Orchestra under Hannu Lintu play with real commitment’
The Penguin Guide
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“[Inkinen] produces a refined interpretation with crystal-clear detail”
Gramophone
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ODE1274-2
RAUTAVAARA, E.:
Rubáiyát • Balada
Canto V • Four Songs from Rasputin

Finley • Pohjonen
Helsinki Music Centre Choir • Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra
Storgårds
‘Gerald Finley makes rousing stuff of Rubaiyat
The Guardian ★★★
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ODE1223-2
RAUTAVAARA, E.:
Missa a capella
Sacred Choral Works

Latvian Radio Choir
Kļava
‘The Latvian Radio Choir develops a very intense, expressive and ethereal-floating sound’
Pizzicato
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ODE1178-2
RAUTAVAARA, E.:
Modificata
Incantations
Towards the Horizon

Currie • Mørk • Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra
Storgårds
‘John Storgårds and the Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra give exemplary support in the big-boned textures of both concertos’
Gramophone
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ODE1149-2
RAUTAVAARA, E.:
Before the Icons
A Tapestry of Life

Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra • Segerstam
“Performed and recorded with world-class passion and intensity.”
ClassicsToday.com
ODE1090-5
RAUTAVAARA, E.:
Manhattan Trilogy
Symphony No. 3

Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra • Segerstam
‘Superbly recorded coupling of the new with the old from the Finnish master.’
Gramophone
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ODE1041-2
RAUTAVAARA, E.:
Garden of Spaces
Clarinet Concerto
Cantus Arcticus

Stoltzman • Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra
Segerstam
‘Stoltzman plays with total commitment.’
ClassicsToday.com
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