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Firm conviction

BASIL RAMSEY listens to
the music of Einojuhani Rautavaara

Naxos    8.557009

Rautavaara: Piano Concertos Nos 2 and 3. © 2003 HNH International Ltd

It is likely that today's Finnish composers are still partially hidden by the dense shadow of Sibelius' influence -- not so much the man but the world's admiration for his music. Einojuhani Rautavaara [listen -- track 2, 6:00-7:10] was born in 1928. He studied composition in the USA and in Germany, and respect for his music has grown over the years.

He has dallied with various compositional techniques and style, which will be found currently based on tonality strongly suffused with personality. There's no hidden complexity to confound the listener, yet an intensity to challenge the ear and amplify its effect. This music therefore yields a fair reward, partially derived from a firm conviction in these performances.

This CD does its job well and the composer must be very pleased that his music has so effective a promotional tool.

Copyright © 27 September 2003 Basil Ramsey, Eastwood, Essex, UK


Rautavaara: Piano Concertos Nos 2 and 3

8.557009 DDD Stereo NEW RELEASE 62'06" 2003 HNH International Ltd

Laura Mikkola, piano; Netherlands Radio Symphony Orchestra; Eri Klas, conductor

Einojuhani Rautavaara (born 1928): Isle of Bliss (1995); Piano Concerto No 3 ('Gift of Dreams', 1998); Piano Concerto No 2 (1989)




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