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RAUTAVAARA, E.: Kaivos (The Mine) [Opera] (Niemela, Rusanen, Hynninen, Kortekangas, Kaivos Chorus, Tampere Philharmonic, Lintu)

Composer(s):Rautavaara, Einojuhani
Period(s) Contemporary
Genre Classical Music
Category Opera
Catalogue ODE1174-2
Label Ondine
Quality   320kbps
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Early opera from Finland's greatest living composer still has impact
Review By dc92823,February 2011

The new Ondine recording of "Kaivos" (The Mine) by Einojuhani Rautavaara has a certain relevance over fifty years after its composition. Rautavaara was a young composer, beginning to build what is now an international reputation when he was inspired by the actual events of a 1956 Hungarian miners's uprising. The story, in which an entire group of miners was trapped and left to do by the Communist forces repressing their workers' rebellion.

Additionally, Rautavaara had scarcely completed this opera along strikingly similar story lines when the Russian government put substantial pressure on Finland to not allow any civic actions or artistic endeavors that could incite similar unrest in Finland, still a Soviet "puppet state" to large extent.

"This "Night Frost more....

Review By Kevin Filipski , Times Square,February 2011

Still going strong at age 82, Finnish composer Einojuhani Rautavaara is among the 20th—and now 21st-century’s greatest opera composers. He’s written brilliant bio-operas about Vincent Van Gogh and the infamous Rasputin; this first recording of his very first opera, written a half-century ago, is another ear-opener. A compact thriller clocking in at a fleet 75 minutes, The Mine combines genuine suspense, taut drama and brilliant vocal writing for soloists and chorus. A stellar cast of Rautavaara regulars, led by bass Jorma Hynninen, shines throughout, as does the Kaivos Chorus and Tampere Philharmonic Orchestra under the baton of Hannu Lintu.


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