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David Patrick Stearns
Gramophone, October 2015

GRAMOPHONE SPECIALIST’S GUIDE TO… Unfairly neglected operas

Though its 1985 premiere was well reviewed, this opera is so seldom heard that, until I found a recording at a Helsinki flea market, I never knew it existed. This free-floating, collage-like portrayal of a visionary medieval bishop’s world has music that’s layered in nearly every direction, with the mesmerising effect of Rautavaara’s later, more contemplative works. It also looks forward to the neo-primitivism of 21st-century Baltic composers. © 2015 Gramophone





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