Rautavaara on BBC Music Magazine’s main features
BBC Music Magazine’s September issue has dedicated several pages for an extensive article on Einojuhani Rautavaara. Journalist Hilary Finch titles 82 year-old Rautavaara as the most notable composer since Jean Sibelius in an interview, which was made last winter. The same issue reviews a recording of Rautavaara’s works, titled Summer Thoughts with four stars and many praising words. The record consists of Rautavaara's works for violin and piano, performed by Pekka Kuusisto and Paavali Jumppanen.
The same issue also reviewed Sebastian Fagerlund’s recording Isola with outstanding five stars for both the recording and the performance. The recording consists of three Fagerlund’s orchestral works with Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra. Fagerlund is praised by Stephen Johnson for his "strong and freshly poetic pieces" with an "authentic openness that speaks for itself". A few lines have been dedicated to present a short composer portrait of Fagerlund's aswell. Clarinettist Christoffer Sundqvist is also given full marks for his powerful playing in Fagerlund’s Concerto for Clarinet.
Eeva Hohti / Fimic
18 August, 2011