Personalities | Einojuhani Rautavaara | Contemporary | Classical

(A’-no-yo-hä’-ne Rau’-te-vä’-rer) b. 1928
Finnish composer

Rautavaara studied at the Sibelius Academy, Helsinki, and then at the Juilliard School, New York, with Copland, Sessions and others. His early works show the influences of neo-classicism and serialism. His atmospheric Cantus arcticus (1972) for orchestra with taped birdsong marked the onset of a mystical phase, characterized by a return to modal harmony (incorporating chorales and liturgical chant) and depictions of landscape. His output includes eight symphonies, several concertos and a significant body of choral music.

Recommended Recording:
Angel of Light (Symphony No. 7), Dances with the Winds, Cantus arcticus, Lahti SO (cond) Osmo Vänska (BIS)

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