This new recording couples Finnish composer Einojuhani Rautavaaras latest concerto works with an orchestral piece from his early Modernist period (Modificata; 1957/2003). The virtuoso Percussion Concerto Incantations (2008) features the Scottish percussion soloist Colin Currie, who is the dedicatee and prem. Rautavaaras Second Cello Concerto Towards the Horizon (2009) was written for cellist Truls Mørk and plays continuously in one 20-minute movement. Reviewing the premiere the Star Tribune noted that the composer acknowledges a taste for eternity and a vain of mysticsm runs through his work. Einojuhani Rautavaara is recognized as one of the most notable Finnish composers after Jean Sibelius. His recordings on Ondine have been bestsellers and garnered numerous awards (including a recent GRAMMY nomination for his opera Kaivos). Under their chief conductor John Storgårds, the Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra builds on long-time pedigrees of performing their compatriots music.
- Cello Concerto No. 2 Towards the Horizon (20082009) - Truls Mork/Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra)
- Modificata (1957/2003) - Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra
- Percussion Concerto Incantations (2008) - Colin Currie/Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra