Einojuhani Rautavaara – The 8 Symphonies [4 CD Box Set] (2009)

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Title: The 8 Symphonies
Year Of Release: 2009
Label: Ondine
Genre: Classical
Quality: FLAC (Tracks)
Total Time: 4 CD, 03:58:51 min
Total Size: 912 mb
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This four-disc set collects Ondine's recordings of the eight symphonies of Finnish composer Einojuhani Rautavaara. The symphonies themselves fall into two groups. The First through Fourth were written from 1955 through 1962 and trace the young composer's growth from neo-classical modernism through neo-expressionism, post-romanticism, and flat-out serialism, while the Fifth through Eighth were written from 1986 though 1999 and are more stylistic homogenous and more all-stops-out ecstatic. The performances range from the merely utilitarian First with Mikko Franck leading the National Orchestra of Belgium through the more acceptable Second through Sixth with Max Pommer directing the Leipzig Radio Symphony Orchestra to the altogether magnificent Seventh and Eighth with Leif Segerstam heading up the Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra. For a taste of the journeyman composer, try the sweeping, searing Third Symphony. But for a taste of Rautavaara at his best, try the Seventh "Angel of Light" Symphony that fairly radiates incandescent excitement in its towering waves of sound. Throughout, Ondine's digital sound is clear and deep, though the later recordings are clearer and deeper than the earlier recordings.

Einojuhani Rautavaara - The 8 Symphonies [4 CD Box Set] (2009)

Einojuhani Rautavaara - The 8 Symphonies [4 CD Box Set] (2009)

Disc: 1
1. Symphony No. 1 (second revision): 1. Andante
2. Symphony No. 1 (second revision): 2. Poetico
3. Symphony No. 1 (second revision): 3. Allegro
4. Symphony No. 2 ('Sinfonia intima'): 1. Quasi grave
5. Symphony No. 2 ('Sinfonia intima'): 2. Vivace
6. Symphony No. 2 ('Sinfonia intima'): 3. Largo
7. Symphony No. 2 ('Sinfonia intima'): 4. Presto

Disc: 2
1. Symphony No. 3, Op. 20: 1. Langsam, breit, ruhig
2. Symphony No. 3, Op. 20: 2. Langsam, doch nicht schleppend
3. Symphony No. 3, Op. 20: 3. Sehr schnell
4. Symphony No. 3, Op. 20: 4. Bewegt
5. Symphony No. 4 ('Arabescata'): Arabescata 1
6. Symphony No. 4 ('Arabescata'): Arabescata 2: Quadratus - Zigzag - Figurae - Dedicatio - Rotatus
7. Symphony No. 4 ('Arabescata'): Arabescata 3
8. Symphony No. 4 ('Arabescata'): Arabescata 4

Disc: 3
1. Symphony No. 5
2. Symphony No. 6 ('Vincentiana'), for orchestra & synthesizer: 1. Starry Night
3. Symphony No. 6 ('Vincentiana'), for orchestra & synthesizer: 2. The Crows
4. Symphony No. 6 ('Vincentiana'), for orchestra & synthesizer: 4. Apotheosis

Disc: 4
1. Symphony No. 7 ('Angel of Light'): 1. Tranquillo
2. Symphony No. 7 ('Angel of Light'): 2. Molto allegro
3. Symphony No. 7 ('Angel of Light'): 3. Come un sogno
4. Symphony No. 7 ('Angel of Light'): 4. Pesante - cantabile
5. Symphony No. 8 ('The Journey'): 1. Adagio assai
6. Symphony No. 8 ('The Journey'): 2. Feroce
7. Symphony No. 8 ('The Journey'): 3. Tranquillo
8. Symphony No. 8 ('The Journey'): 4. Con grandezza