#1579: Einojuhani Rautavaara, In Memorium

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For this New Sounds, we mark the passing of Finnish composer Einojuhani Rautavaara, who died on July 27, 2016. None other than the great Finnish composer & national hero, Jean Sibelius (after whom the music composing software is named), called Rautavaara the most promising young composer in Finland in the 1950s.

The long and winding road traveled by Rautavaara includes works which ranged from neoclassicism to 12-tone music to emotional Romanticism and post-minimalism. According to Gramophone.uk, his output contained over 150 compositions, with dozens of orchestral pieces, nine operas, chamber and instrumental pieces, and choral works. NPR music’s Deceptive Cadence reported that Rautavaara was working on a new opera when he died, at age 87. 

We’ll sample some of his ouevre as part of this remembrance, interspersed with an interview that John Schaefer recorded with Rautavaara in 1998. Listen to selections from his groundbreaking concerto for orchestra and birds on tape, “Cantus Arcticus,” which brought the pre-recorded cries of wild birds from arctic regions to the concert hall. Then, hear a portion of another of Rautavaara's grand orchestral pieces, one of a series of works centered around the angel – his flowing, dreamlike and epic 7th symphony, “Angel of Light.” Plus, music for string quartet and more. 

Einojuhani Rautavaara has passed away Wednesday July 27, 2016 at the age of 87

 

PROGRAM # 1579, Einojuhani Rautavaara, In Memoriam          (First aired on 10/9/98)

ARTIST: Einojuhani Rautavaara
WORK: String Quartet #4, excerpt [2:30]
RECORDING: Cantus Arcticus
SOURCE: BMG/Catalyst #62671
INFO: Out of print, but try auction sites.

ARTIST: Einojuhani Rautavaara
WORK: Cantus Arcticus: The Bog [5:00]
RECORDING: Cantus Arcticus/Angel of Dusk/Requiem for our Time
SOURCE: Finlandia #FACD-009
INFO: Out of print, but try auction sites.

ARTIST: Einojuhani Rautavaara
WORK: Melancholy [4:00]
RECORDING: Cantus Arcticus/Angel of Dusk/Requiem for our Time
SOURCE: Finlandia #FACD-009
INFO: Out of print, but try auction sites.

ARTIST: Einojuhani Rautavaara
WORK: Swans Migrating [6:30]
RECORDING: Cantus Arcticus/Angel of Dusk/Requiem for our Time
SOURCE: Finlandia #FACD-009
INFO: Out of print, but try auction sites. 

ARTIST: Einojuhani Rautavaara
WORK: The Myth of Sampo, excerpt [6:00]
RECORDING: The Myth of Sampo
SOURCE: Ondine #842
INFO: ondine.net

ARTIST: Einojuhani Rautavaara
WORK:  Angel of Light, 
1st Movement, excerpt [6:00]
RECORDING: Angel of Light
SOURCE: Ondine #869
INFO: ondine.net

ARTIST: Einojuhani Rautavaara
WORK:  Angel of Light, 2nd movement, excerpt [5:00]
RECORDING: Angel of Light
SOURCE: Ondine #869
INFO: ondine.net

ARTIST: Einojuhani Rautavaara
WORK:  3rd movement (Like A Dream) [10:00]
RECORDING: Angel of Light
SOURCE: Ondine #869
INFO: ondine.net

ARTIST: Einojuhani Rautavaara
WORK:  4th movement, excerpt [2:30]
RECORDING: Angel of Light
SOURCE: Ondine #869
INFO: ondine.net