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Rautavaara: Angel of Light
Einojuhani Rautavaara, Leif Segerstam, Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra
Rautavaara: Angel of Light
Genre: Classical
 
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Angel of Light is Einojuhani Rautavaara's seventh symphony. Written in 1994, Angel of Light is a slowly unfolding sonic landscape of misty impressions and elevated language. It has no program, but the music does evoke a ...  more »

      
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All Artists: Einojuhani Rautavaara, Leif Segerstam, Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra, Kari Jussila
Title: Rautavaara: Angel of Light
Members Wishing: 1
Total Copies: 0
Label: Ondine
Release Date: 5/21/1996
Genre: Classical
Styles: Forms & Genres, Concertos, Historical Periods, Modern, 20th, & 21st Century, Symphonies
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaCD Credits: 1
UPC: 761195086926

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Angel of Light is Einojuhani Rautavaara's seventh symphony. Written in 1994, Angel of Light is a slowly unfolding sonic landscape of misty impressions and elevated language. It has no program, but the music does evoke a serene mood and is very hymn-like. This is one of Rautavaar's most "user-friendly" symphonies. Annuciations (1976-77) employs a large wind orchestra and concertante brass quintet, as well as an organ. The spectrum of sound Rautavaara gets from this combination has to be heard to believed. Rautavaara's music is the shimmer of the aurora borealis. Spooky. Enlightening. --Paul Cook

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CD Reviews

Mind-Blowing: pristine and emotionally amazing.
trodiem | 05/03/2000
(5 out of 5 stars)

"With his Seventh Symphony, Rautavaara achieves a level of musical mastery beyond any living composer. This piece has it all: advanced "cyclic" form (as in Mahler), balance beyond belief, orchestration crafted delicately and powerfully, and themes conceived so pristinely as to make every composer jealous. The slow movement of "Angel of Light" is amazingly beatiful, as is the entire piece. But my reaction to the 3rd movement of this astounding work was unlike any I've ever had. I could feel my mind growing to percieve this wonderous music. I could not move- I couldn't do anything save listen. It was one of the most incredible experiences of my life. Now you might think that that is a bit over-the-top, but you have not heard this music. I immensely recommend this to all of you. IF I could live with just one piece of music- this would be it."
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serpico-scriabin | Randolph, VT, USA | 05/06/2000
(5 out of 5 stars)

"Yes, this symphony is very seductive. I don't believe it is hollow. The very first time I heard it in 1996 in New York City, I knew that I had to have it. And each time I listen to it, I am amazed, mystified, and awe-struck at the sheer strangeness of it. It is indeed a musical angel full of light. The Annunciations is truly one unique piece of music. The way this music gripped me was so intense that I truly thought I was having a heart attack, at 20 yrs of age no less! This came about when the pipe organ was suddenly turned off, with the sound swirling around like a fiery breath. Really, no words can describe the way this music moves me with each listen...SIMPLY STUNNING! So no, don't feel guilty listening to it. Absorb it with all the passion that music affords humankind with."
Genius.
trodiem | 12/29/1999
(5 out of 5 stars)

"Orchestration: brilliant. Music: superb. Easily of of the greatest symphonies of all time. In "Angel of Light" (Symphony No. 7), Rautavaara strikes gold. In a time where most living composers will be forgotten, he stands apart. With this CD, anyone can have a taste of the future that music will have. And a bright future it is. Highly recommended. Five stars."