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RAUTAVAARA, E.: Modificata / Incantations / Towards the Horizon (Storgards)

Composer(s):Rautavaara, Einojuhani
Artist(s)
Period(s) Contemporary
Genre Classical Music
Category ConcertosOrchestral
Catalogue ODE1178-2
Label Ondine
Quality   320kbps
Album Price
 
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USD 16.99
 

 
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USD 10.99
 

 
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Review By Juan Carlos Moreno,Scherzo,February 2013

En la carpetilla de este disco se incluye una frase de Einojuhani Rautavaara que resume como pocas su trayectoria: “Un compositor joven que no es moderno no tiene corazón; un compositor maduro que es moderno no tiene cabeza”. Es su caso, como las tres obras recogidas en este disco se encargan de dejar claro. Cronológicamente, la primera es Modificata (1957, aunque revisada en 2003), fruto de un Rautavaara que, por convencimiento o porque era lo que tocaba, cultivaba por entonces el dodecafonismo, si bien sin dogmatismo alguno y sin renunciar a una meta expresiva. Tanto es así que su “modernismo” queda como un sutil andamiaje que no afecta a la naturaleza profundamente cantable de su música, la misma que pasa a primer plano una

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Review By Dan Morgan,MusicWeb International,October 2012

The turbulent introduction to the Second Cello Concerto instantly grabs the attention and draws one into its troubled musings. From out of this uncertain universe spins a heart-stopping cello line, whose ethereal beauty is captured in a 24-bit DXD recording of rare subtlety and presence. Balances are just perfect, soloist and orchestra engaged in a yearning dialogue that’s both profoundly beautiful and intensely moving. I played this piece several times, if only to assure myself I’d actually heard such out-of-this-world music and music-making. Yes, this understated concerto really is that magical, and I just know I’ll return to it time and time again.

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Review By Dan Morgan,MusicWeb International,October 2012

The turbulent introduction to the Second Cello Concerto instantly grabs the attention and draws one into its troubled musings. From out of this uncertain universe spins a heart-stopping cello line, whose ethereal beauty is captured in a 24-bit DXD recording of rare subtlety and presence. Balances are just perfect, soloist and orchestra engaged in a yearning dialogue that’s both profoundly beautiful and intensely moving. I played this piece several times, if only to assure myself I’d actually heard such out-of-this-world music and music-making. Yes, this understated concerto really is that magical, and I just know I’ll return to it time and time again.

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Review By Guy Rickards,Gramophone,October 2012

Truls Mørk’s beautifully controlled performance of the valedictory Second Cello Concerto, Towards the Horizon (2008–09), is as remarkable, caressing out the subtleties of the variation-form structure in which the soloist rarely seems not to be playing! The support from the excellent Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra under John Storgårds (who seems to go from strength to strength on the podium) and Ondine’s sensational, vivid sound set the seal on a superb Contemporary Award-winner. © 2012 Gramophone Read complete review on Gramophone



Review By Stephen Eddins,Allmusic.com,May 2012

…this piece is full of the Romantic, sweeping lines that characterize Rautavaara’s most familiar style…Both pieces have evocative titles that suggest mystery and the unknown, and are essentially lyrical and strongly melodic. In the Percussion Concerto that means ample use of marimba and vibraphone. In both works Rautavaara conjures up images of mysterious wind-swept landscapes with a signature device: passages of swirling activity, often in the woodwinds, coursing over a slow-moving bass and under a soaring, lyrical melody. John Storgårds leads the Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra in atmospheric and energetic reading of the scores. The concertos feature the soloists for whom they were written. Cellist Truls Mørk plays with a sweet, singing, intense

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Review By Daniel Coombs,Audiophile Audition,April 2012

Rautavaara’s Cello Concerto No. 2, “Towards the Horizon”, is an expansive and clearly Romantic work in one movement, but with three distinct and evocative sections. The sound is lush and very picturesque. …this is a captivating and beautiful work written in the mysterious, arching manner of Rautavaara’s later works. Truls Mørk, for whom it was written performs with sensitivity and emotion.

For “early” Rautavaara, this disc features Modificata, a work for orchestra written in 1957, revised in 2003. …a very good work and would definitely remind people of works like Berg’s Lyric Suite in places.

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