Einojuhani Rautavaara is the leading Finnish composer of his generation * His late style combines modernism with mystical romanticism * Series of orchestral works inspired by metaphysical and religious subjects * Immensely popular recordings on Ondine label, including best-selling Symphony No.7 (Angel of Light) (1995) * Operas on creative and historic themes including Vincent (1986-87) and Rasputin (2001-03) * Widely performed choral works including Vigilia (1971-72, rev.1996) * Works written for leading orchestras on both sides of Atlantic
Works by Einojuhani Rautavaara include: Cantus arcticus (1972) Concerto for birds and orchestra Book of Visions (2004) for orchestra Manhattan Trilogy (2004) for orchestra
Works by Rautavaara up to 2003 are published by Fennica Gehrman and represented by Boosey & Hawkes in the UK, British Commonwealth (excluding South Africa), Eire, Germany, the USA and Mexico. Works from 2003 are represented worldwide by Boosey & Hawkes.
Publications of music by Rautavaara are available on sale from our online Music Shop.
Looking Ahead: new orchestrations of six Sibelius songs, In the Stream of Life, premiered by Gerald Finley, Bergen Philharmonic and Edward Gardner and recorded by Chandos (Mar 2014); Rubaiyat song-cycle for Gerald Finley premiered at Wigmore Hall in London (31 May 2014) and to be available also in orchestral version
"It is my belief that music is great if, at some moment, the listener catches 'a glimpse of eternity through the window of time'... This, to my mind, is the only true justification for art. All else is of secondary importance." — Einojuhani Rautavaara