Rautavaara: Lost Landscapes / Lamsma, Trevino, Malmö Symphony Orchestra

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Conductor Robert Trevino’s fourth album release on Ondine is focused on the late works of composer Einojuhani Rautavaara (1928–2016), one of Finland’s most celebrated composers after Sibelius and known worldwide for his Neo-Romantic, even mystic compositions. Together with violinist Simone Lamsma and the Malmö Symphony Orchestra the artists are presenting four final orchestral works by the celebrated composer.

Two of the works are world première recordings. In his late period, Rautavaara received several communications from the world’s leading violinists requesting him to write works for them. He was able to oblige them, creating several extensive works featuring solo violin. Fantasia (2015) for violin and orchestra is a work of soft Neo-Romantic harmonies and soaring melodic lines. In 2014, Rautavaara was asked to write a new Violin Concerto. This commission resulted in Deux Sérénades for violin and orchestra which remained unfinished at Rautavaara’s death: the second movement was sketched out, but only its beginning was orchestrated. Kalevi Aho, an accomplished composer of symphonies and concertos who studied composition with Rautavaara at the turn of the 1970s, fleshed out the orchestration in 2018. Lost Landscapes (2005/15) was originally written as a violin sonata, but Rautavaara began orchestrating the work in 2013. The first movement was premiered at the contemporary music festival at Tanglewood in July 2015, but the full premiere of the work took place in Malmö in March 2021, with Simone Lamsma as soloist. In the Beginning (2015) is a concise overture-type work commissioned for a concert opener. The titles of his works were important for the composer, forming part of the ‘aura’ of the work and often even constituting the initial impulse for writing the piece in the first place.


There is a transcendent intensity to Rautavaara’s music which is heightened by this writing for strings. All of the music here is relatively recent, the earliest from 2005, but here rearranged for these forces. Lost Landscapes, Fantasia, In the Beginning and Deux Serenades (completed by Kalevi Aho, after the composer’s death) are the four works here. Music to be immersed in and a fitting presentation of some of Rautavaara’s last work.

-- Lark Reviews

All these violin concertante works are attractive, but they are also all rather similar, and there is a preponderance of slow music. So they are best not listened to all at the same time. In the Beginning is different: it shows another side of the composer and perhaps has the best music on the disc.

We have a cosmopolitan team here. The soloist, Simone Lamsma is Dutch, has performed widely and already made a number of recordings. Robert Trevino is American and is a rising star. The Malmö Symphony Orchestra is one of Sweden’s leading orchestras. They all provide assured performances. The recording is sympathetic and the booklet informative. The Fantasia and Deux Sérénades have each been recorded by their commissioners but coupled with different composers, so the Rautavaara fan will find this the most convenient way to collect these works.

-- MusicWeb International

Product Description:

  • Release Date: April 01, 2022

  • Catalog Number: ODE 1405-2

  • UPC: 761195140529

  • Label: Ondine

  • Period: Contemporary

  • Composer: Einojuhani Rautavaara

  • Conductor: Robert Trevino

  • Orchestra/Ensemble: Malmö Symphony Orchestra

  • Performer: Simone Lamsma


  1. Fantasia

    Composer: Einojuhani Rautavaara

    Ensemble: Malmö Symphony Orchestra

    Conductor: Robert Trevino

  2. In the Beginning

    Composer: Einojuhani Rautavaara

    Ensemble: Malmö Symphony Orchestra

    Conductor: Robert Trevino

  3. Sérénades (2)

    Composer: Einojuhani Rautavaara

    Ensemble: Malmö Symphony Orchestra

    Conductor: Robert Trevino

  4. Lost Landscapes

    Composer: Einojuhani Rautavaara, Kalevi Aho

    Ensemble: Malmö Symphony Orchestra

    Conductor: Robert Trevino