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Rautavaara: Symphony No. 7 - Angel of Light / Annunciations for Organ, Brass & Winds

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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


Product Details

  • Orchestra: Helsinki Phil
  • Conductor: Leif Segerstam
  • Composer: E. Rautavaara
  • Audio CD (May 21, 1996)
  • SPARS Code: DDD
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Ondine
  • ASIN: B00000378X
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #193,062 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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28 of 29 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on May 3, 2000
Format: Audio CD
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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25 of 29 people found the following review helpful By "serpico-scriabin" on May 5, 2000
Format: Audio CD
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.
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15 of 19 people found the following review helpful By "trodiem" on December 29, 1999
Format: Audio CD
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.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Karl W. Nehring on August 3, 2009
Format: Audio CD
Angel of Light, composed in 1994, is a symphony that I can enthusiastically recommend even to those with more cautious musical attitudes. This four-movement symphony starts off with a stately but flowing first movement, an energetic second movement that is too serious to be a scherzo, an absolutely gorgeous third movement (titled come un sogno--"like a dream") that invokes visions of another world, thus living up to the work's title, and a wondrous final movement that reminds me of some ways to the music of Ralph Vaughan Williams with its hymn-like underpinnings and pastoral outpourings. This is a wonderful symphony that deserves to be heard by all who love orchestral music.

Annunciations, which was written in 1976-77, is scored for the unusual combination of wind orchestra, brass quintet, and organ. As you can well imagine, this leads to some interesting sonorities, and Rautavaara takes full advantage of the sonic possibilities--including such ideas as having the organist turn off the organ in mid-chord, a remarkable effect--in writing music that seems to flow naturally from birdsong to chorale and beyond. Overall, this is a fascinating piece that rewards repeated listening. Taken together, Angel of Light and Annunciations add up to more than an hour of utterly compelling, well recorded, and well performed music that makes this a CD that I truly urge those readers who love orchestral music to track down and audition.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By J.K. Tapio on June 20, 2011
Format: Audio CD
During the last 10 years, Rautavaara's symphony no. 7, subtitled "Angel of light", has become, in Leif Segerstam's interpretation, a perennial favourite with me. The orchestration of this symphony is so dense that I have the feeling that each time I listen to it, I find something new in it -- a shade of timbre here, an orchestral detail there, an emphasis on a certain group of instruments in another place. This is music that seems to have an oddly protean quality. At the same time, it is mystical without being New-Agey; majestic without being pompous; definitely modern without being inaccessible; and, finally, melodic without being naive or simplistic.

Other reviewers here have remarked on the overwhelming, almost physical quality of this music. I have to admit that listening to Rautavaara's "Angel of light" symphony has given me the nearest equivalent of what might be called a mystical (or near-mystical) experience. A practical agnostic (although I try to cultivate an open mind), I can now appreciate, at least in artistic terms, what would it feel like to have an experience of this kind -- in this case, an angelic vision. For Rautavaara, angels are not simply the harbingers of good and light as they are so often described in classical (and popular) art -- they also have their dark, elemental and terrifying side, represented in the music by dissonant figures and contrasting elements. Rautavaara himself likes to quote the German poet Rainer Maria Rilke, who in one of his poems writes something like every angel being terrifying. And that is exactly the image painted by the music here: sublime, overwhelming, yes, even terrifying.
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