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RAUTAVAARA, E.: Violin and Piano Works - Summer Thoughts / Lost Landscapes / April Lines / Notturno e Danza / The Fiddlers (Kuusisto, Jumppanen)

Composer(s):Rautavaara, EinojuhaniTraditional
Artist(s) Jumppanen, Paavali, piano • Kuusisto, Pekka, violin
Period(s) Contemporary
Genre Classical Music
Category Chamber MusicInstrumental
Catalogue ODE1177-2
Label Ondine
Quality   320kbps
Album Price
USD 9.99



Review By Allen Gimbel,American Record Guide,November 2011

This brings together Rautavaara’s complete works for violin and piano, spanning his entire career from 1952 to 2005. Four of the six pieces are first recordings.

Lost Landscapes (2005), his most substantial work for violin and piano, consists of four pieces referring to important places where he lived and worked as a young man. The pieces are all lyrical and don’t obviously reflect musical styles related to these places or life episodes, though the lively finale is said to reflect New York’s hustle and bustle. All are expressive and effective and should make a nice addition to the violin recital repertoire…


Review By,July 2011

The music of Finnish composer Einojuhani Rautavaara (born 1928) is in general less familiar to audiences, and a new recording of some of his pieces for violin and piano, although very well played, is unlikely to change that. Rautavaara’s larger-scale works (symphonies, concertos, operas) are somewhat more impressive than the miniatures offered here, resulting in a (+++) rating for the CD. Four of the seven pieces heard on this disc are world première recordings: Lost Landscapes (2005), Summer Thoughts (1972/2008), April Lines (1970/2006), and Dithyrambos (1970). All are nicely constructed in a modern compositional idiom that lies more easily on the ear than is often the case with the music of 20th- and 21st-century composers. Also on the



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