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Rautavaara: Rubáiyát - Balada - Canto V - Four Songs from Rasputin

Gerald Finley, Mika Pohjonen, Helsinki Music Centre Choir, Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra, John Storgårds

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Rubáiyát  
1
I. Awake!
Einojuhani Rautavaara; Gerald Finley; Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra; John Storgårds
3:00
2
Interlude I
Einojuhani Rautavaara; Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra; John Storgårds
1:27
3
II. And lately
Einojuhani Rautavaara; Gerald Finley; Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra; John Storgårds
2:46
4
Interlude II
Einojuhani Rautavaara; Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra; John Storgårds
0:54
5
III. Here with a loaf of bread
Einojuhani Rautavaara; Gerald Finley; Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra; John Storgårds
2:19
6
Interlude III
Einojuhani Rautavaara; Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra; John Storgårds
1:35
7
IV. We are no other than a moving row
Einojuhani Rautavaara; Gerald Finley; Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra; John Storgårds
3:06
8
Interlude IV
Einojuhani Rautavaara; Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra; John Storgårds
0:35
9
V. Oh, make haste!
Einojuhani Rautavaara; Gerald Finley; Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra; John Storgårds
2:28
10
Into the Heart of Light, "Canto V"
Einojuhani Rautavaara; Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra; John Storgårds
13:05
11
Balada
Einojuhani Rautavaara; Mika Pohjonen; Helsinki Music Centre Choir; Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra; John Storgårds
16:55
4 Songs from the Opera Rasputin  
12
No. 1. Troikka kiitää (Troika trotting)
Einojuhani Rautavaara; Helsinki Music Centre Choir; Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra; John Storgårds
1:11
13
No. 2. Koston aika (The day of vengeance)
Einojuhani Rautavaara; Helsinki Music Centre Choir; Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra; John Storgårds
2:18
14
No. 3. En pelkää nyt (I fear not)
Einojuhani Rautavaara; Helsinki Music Centre Choir; Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra; John Storgårds
2:39
15
No. 4. Loista, Siion, loista! (Shine, Zion, shine!)
Einojuhani Rautavaara; Helsinki Music Centre Choir; Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra; John Storgårds
4:33
Digital Booklet
Total Playing Time    58:51
"Five Stars ... Finley, expressive as ever, catches the shifting moods of hedonism and world-weary philosophy engagingly ... altogether, well worth hearing."
- BBC Music Magazine

"Canto V finds the Helsinki Phil sounding alert and committed under John Storgårds, the Helsinki choir gives it loudly behind spirited tenor Mika Pohjonen in the Balada and Gerald Finley makes rousing stuff of Rubáiyát ..."
- The Guardian

"... well worth the wait ... Rubáiyát is nothing short of a magical piece of music ... the music shimmers and glistens ... (Finley's voice) sounds even better than in the past ... the rich mix of orchestral and vocal colour is intoxicating. This is most definitely one of those gems that will be taken out of its box and admired frequently, both by listeners and singers ..."
- The WholeNote

Featuring four world premieres of works by renowned Finnish composer Einojuhani Rautavaara, this highly praised album is one of several the Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra has devoted to Rautavaara. The orchestra is led on this performance by John Storgårds and joined by the Helsinki Music Centre Choir and soloists Gerald Finley and Mika Pohjonen.
48 kHz / 24-bit PCM – Ondine Studio Masters

Recordings: Helsinki Music Centre, Finland, 1-2 April 2015
(Rubáiyát & Canto V), 7-10 October 2015 (Balada & Four Songs from Rasputin)
Executive Producer: Reijo Kiilunen
Recording Producer: Seppo Siirala
Digital Editing: Seppo Siirala
Recording Engineer: Enno Mäemets, Editroom Oy, Helsinki
Final Mix and Mastering: Enno Mäemets
Booklet Editor: Joel Valkila Cover painting: Pekka Hepoluhta
Photos: Sakari Viika (Einojuhani Rautavaara), Marco Borggreve (John Storgårds), Sim Canetty-Clarke (Gerald Finley), Heikki Tuuli (Mika Pohjonen), Mikko Löfroos (Helsinki Music Centre Choir)
Design: Santi Tanalgo

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