Rautavaara's Vigilia on CD

Einojuhani Rautavaara’s All-Night Vigil (Vigilia) is a new release on the BIS label. Nils Schweckendiek conducts the Helsinki Chamber Choir. This 70-minute work is in 34 sections and features prominent parts for a bass and a tenor soloist (Niall Chorell and Tuukka Haapaniemi). According to the review by Martin Anderson "For all the sophistication of Rautavaara’s harmonic language, what he is doing here, basically, is weaving a spell – and I defy you not to be hypnotised by the unearthly beauty of this wonderful music."