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A Tapestry of Beauty
Rautavaara continues to hold the interest of artists and audiences world-wide: this new recording - superbly performed with sonics to match - goes a long way to explaining why. The Finnish composer writes in an idiom which is both accessible and challenging. Most importantly, it reveals new secrets with each new hearing. Icons is not music to accompany the works of religious art it celebrates but reflections on the mysteries of these works of art. Music is perhaps the ideal medium for this reflection and Rautavaara's rich textures touch the sensual side of religious experience without ever becoming vulgar or sentimental. Even more poignant is the well scored A Tapestry of Life. This is perhaps the Finnish composer at his best with plaintive woodwind solos over poignant beds of strings. No one writes finer tonal music today and there are few finer interpreters of this composer than his Segerstam who leads one of the orchestras for which this work was composed.more....
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