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RAUTAVAARA: Symphony No. 8, "The Journey" / Manhattan Trilogy / Apotheosis

Composer(s):Rautavaara, Einojuhani
Artist(s) Inkinen, Pietari, Conductor • New Zealand Symphony Orchestra
Period(s) Contemporary
Genre Classical Music
Category Orchestral
Catalogue 8.570069
Label Naxos
Quality   320kbps
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During the last decade Einojuhani Rautavaara has become one of the internationally most popular and frequently performed Finnish composers. The Eighth Symphony, Rautavaara’s most recent, includes a second movement Scherzo which is among the most propulsive and concentrated pieces of his later output. Manhattan Trilogy (2003-2005) was described by The New York Times, following its world première at Carnegie Hall, as “a reminiscence of the hopes and anxieties of his student years… The outer movements, Daydreams and Dawn, are cast in consonant but freely modulating chord progressions, with achingly beautiful solo lines darting through the thick textures. Even the central Nightmares movement, though darker and more


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Review By Record Geijutsu,May 2011


Review By Robert R. Reilly,,July 2008

Einojuhani Rautavaara (b. 1928) may be the most popular symphonist alive today. All you have to do is listen to the new Naxos CD (8.570069) featuring his Symphony No. 8, The Journey, Manhattan Trilogy, and Apotheosis to understand why—sumptuous sweeping music of almost cinematic character, beautifully performed by the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra, under Pietari Inkinen.

Review By Guy Rickards,Gramophone,May 2008

Superbly recorded, couplings of the new with the old from the Finnish master

Rautavaara studied at the Juilliard School in 1955–56 and Manhattan Trilogy (2004) was commissioned to celebrate its centennial. In recalling his youthful sojourn in the Big Apple, the composer deployed the full panoply of his late orchestral manner in a hugely engaging triptych describing his “hopeful Daydreams”, “sudden Nightmares of doubt” and “slowly breaking Dawn of the personality”. Where Segerstam’s vivid interpretation, allied to Ondine’s sumptuous recording, glows through its 20 minutes, Inkinen provides a beautifully focused reading, nearly two minutes swifter, with every detail brought out to telling effect.


Review By David Denton, Naxos,March 2008

Einojuhani Rautavaara is the modern voice of Finnish music, that voice is at once personal yet also speaking on behalf of nature that surrounds him. A student who studied on both sides of the Atlantic—his mentors including Merikanto and Persichetti—the return to Europe marked by music that used Nordic classicism as its inspiration. For a time he lived in the world of serial techniques, but in more recent years has relocated his music into tonality fashioned in the 21st century. Premiered in 2000, the Eighth is his most recent symphony, the score one of musical contemplation with peaks of highly charged emotional intensity. In four movements played without a break, the highly contrasted second and third being marked ‘Feroce’ and ‘Tranquillo’, while



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