Finnish Radio Chamber Choir / Timo Nuoranne

Rautavaara: Choral Works

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This four-CD box set of Einojuhani Rautavaara's choral music consists of recordings made between 1998 and 2010 and previously released as separate albums on the Ondine label. Rautavaara has not considered himself to be primarily a choral composer, though from as early as the 1950s to his later years, he was regularly commissioned by choirs to write for them. In the process, he has composed an impressive body of choral works, including the large-scale Vigilia: All-Night Vigil in Memory of St. John the Baptist (1971-1996), True and False Unicorn: A Tapestry of Voices (1971-2000), and a number of shorter sacred and secular pieces, many of which are included in this set. The majority of the selections are conducted by Timo Nuoranne, in performances with the Finnish Radio Choir and the Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra, while other performances are led by Eric-Olof Söderström, who conducted most of the tracks on the third disc, and Leif Segerstam, who conducted the Finnish Philharmonic Choir and the Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra in On the Last Frontier: A Fantasy for Chorus and Orchestra.

Track Listing - Disc 1

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time
Vigilia All-Night Vigil in Memory of St. John the baptist for mixed choir and soloists
1 0:49
2 2:21
3 3:02
4 1:53
5 3:54
6 2:01
7 2:06
8 1:16
9 2:38
10 2:32
11 1:01
12 2:34
13 2:09
14 1:19
15 0:38
16 1:41
17 1:24
18 0:34
19 4:17
20 2:14
21 1:19
22 3:01
23 0:54
24 0:42
25 0:58
26 1:50
27 1:03
28 0:47
29 0:37
30 6:12
31 1:11
32 1:31
33 2:13
34 1:16

Track Listing - Disc 2

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time
1 4:25
2 7:34
3 2:35
Two Psalms
4 2:06
5 1:51
Magnificat
6 4:11
7 3:48
8 1:24
9 2:05
10 4:40
Nattvarden
11 0:39
12 0:52
13 1:00
14 0:57
15 3:01
Missa duodecanonica
16 0:29
17 0:58
18 0:46
19 2:35
20 2:46
21 2:48
22 1:39
23 1:53
24 2:05
Canción de nuestro tiempo
25 4:08
26 4:17
27 6:23

Track Listing - Disc 3

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time
Halavan himmeän alla
1 4:28
2 2:38
3 4:00
4 1:45
5 2:58
Praktisch Deutsch
6 1:35
7 1:46
8 1:30
9 1:22
10 2:59
11 3:19
12 16:53
Lorca Suite
13 1:00
14 1:40
15 1:40
16 1:13
Ludus verbalis
17 0:33
18 1:38
19 0:32
20 0:44
21 8:32
22 9:02

Track Listing - Disc 4

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time
1 24:12
True & False Unicorn
2 1:39
3 3:28
4 3:24
5 2:07
6 1:32
7 1:30
8 2:36
9 1:12
10 2:28
11 1:10
12 2:40
13 3:02
14 5:04
15 1:53
16 1:41
17 2:57
18 1:51
19 0:44
20 1:48
21 3:44
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