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Rautavaara: Cantus Arcticus - Piano Concerto

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A Gem

Each work is very different, one from another. Cantus Arcticus is like nothing I've ever heard before -- almost hypnotic. The first movement of the piano concerto, Con Grandezza, has quickly become one of my favorites, and Symphony No. 3 reminds me of some of my favorite works by Alan Hovhaness. Although, different still.

Rautavaara: Cantus Articus

This concerto sounds like the background from the Wizard of Oz. Especially when the flying monkeys are appearing in sky.


Genre: Classical

Einojuhani Rautavaara was the best-known composer in contemporary Finnish music. He began to study at the Sibelius Academy in Helsinki in the late 1940s, but his professional career didn't begin until 1954 when his orchestral A Requiem in Our Time won a competition sponsored by Thor Johnson, then conductor of the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra. That same year, Rautavaara entered an advanced course in music composition with Aarre Merikanto and attracted the attention of Sibelius himself, who in 1955...
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Rautavaara: Cantus Arcticus - Piano Concerto, Einojuhani Rautavaara
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  • $7.99
  • Genres: Classical, Music
  • Released: Feb 15, 1999

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