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  1. Kaivos (The Mine): Act I: Yksi, kaksi, kolme, nelja (Miners, Marko, Vanha)Hannu Niemela 2:59£0.79  Buy MP3 
  2. Kaivos (The Mine): Act I: Kaivos! Yksi on enaa sanottava (Commissar)Hannu Niemela 1:57£0.79  Buy MP3 
  3. Kaivos (The Mine): Act I: Kansan isa, kirottu olkoon sinun nimesi (Marko, Miners, Priest)Hannu Niemela 5:22£0.79  Buy MP3 
  4. Kaivos (The Mine): Act I: Simon! Simon! Siina meille Gabriel! (Marko, Vanha, Simon)Hannu Niemela 3:44£0.79  Buy MP3 
  5. Kaivos (The Mine): Act I: Tulit huonoon aikaan (Preist, Simon, Ira)Hannu Niemela 4:16£0.79  Buy MP3 
  6. Kaivos (The Mine): Act I: Kuuletko mita he minulta haluavat (Simon, Ira)Hannu Niemela 5:55£0.79  Buy MP3 
  7. Kaivos (The Mine): Act II: Huomio kaksi, taalla viisi (Marko, Women)Hannu Niemela 1:53£0.79  Buy MP3 
  8. Kaivos (The Mine): Act II: ?ja kuka tarttuu minuun (Ira)Hannu Niemela 4:13£0.79  Buy MP3 
  9. Kaivos (The Mine): Act II: Jos liikut, synnytat liikkeen (Commissar, Priest, Ira, Simon)Hannu Niemela 3:43£0.79  Buy MP3 
10. Kaivos (The Mine): Act II: Oletko sina sokea? (Commissar)Hannu Niemela 4:25£0.79  Buy MP3 
11. Kaivos (The Mine): Act II: No niin, koska niin pidat leikeista (Simon, Ira)Hannu Niemela 6:10£0.79  Buy MP3 
12. Kaivos (The Mine): Act II: Mita aiot tehda nyt, Simon? (Priest, Vanha, Simon)Hannu Niemela 2:22£0.79  Buy MP3 
13. Kaivos (The Mine): Act II: Kenties, kenties on tama joukko se siemen (Priest, Simon, Radio, Ira, Women)Hannu Niemela 3:34£0.79  Buy MP3 
14. Kaivos (The Mine): Act III: Neitsyt, neitsyt, neitsyt! (Miners, Women, Priest)Hannu Niemela 5:00£0.79  Buy MP3 
15. Kaivos (The Mine): Act III: Naetko?uneksitko koskaan (Marko, Ira)Hannu Niemela 4:00£0.79  Buy MP3 
16. Kaivos (The Mine): Act III: Han kuolee pian (Ira, Simon, Miners)Hannu Niemela 4:03£0.79  Buy MP3 
17. Kaivos (The Mine): Act III: Luleli laleli lileli (Miner, Men, Marko, Priest, Vanha)Hannu Niemela 1:53£0.79  Buy MP3 
18. Kaivos (The Mine): Act III: Pois ulos kaivos (Women, Men, Simon, Miner, Ira)Hannu Niemela 1:25£0.79  Buy MP3 
19. Kaivos (The Mine): Act III: Minne se johtaa? (Priest)Hannu Niemela 3:20£0.79  Buy MP3 
20. Kaivos (The Mine): Act III: Ira, meidan taytyy menna! (Simon, Echo)Hannu Niemela 4:07£0.79  Buy MP3 
21. Kaivos (The Mine): Act III: Sor amabilissima, Ave! (Soprano voice)Hannu Niemela 1:23£0.79  Buy MP3 

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This new release features the three-act opera Kaivos (The Mine, 1962) by Einojuhani Rautavaara. The patriarch of Finnish composers wrote this, his first opera, in 1957 62 and today considers it, perhaps the best opera I have ever written, a real thriller whose underlying theme that a human being defines himself through his choices is nevertheless universal. This CD release represents an apogee in the work's exceptional history: the opera's underlying thematic allusions to the 1956 Hungarian uprising impeded a staged performance in Finland, a neighboring country of the then Soviet Union. Instead, a Finnish TV production was broadcast in 1963. The first live (concert) performance in Tampere (Finland) in September 2010 featured the same cast and performers as this première CD recording. Legendary baritone Jorma Hynninen (lead role Commissar ), who celebrates his 70th anniversary in 2011, has starred in a number of Finnish operas since the 1970s to great international success, including at the MET in New York. Acclaimed conductor Hannu Lintu leads the reputed Tampere Philharmonic Orchestra on this disc. Disc also includes complete synopsis, libretto and English translation.


Einojuhani Rautavaara's first opera,which he regards as his best,could not have surfaced at a more timely moment.This 75-minute,three act dramatic parable,inspired by the 1956 Hungarian uprising,resonates with all the ambiguities of the 'ruthless claims of freedom'surging the Middle East today. Performance ***** Recording **** BBC MUSIC OPERA CHOICE --BBC Music Magazine,May'11

This recording fills a major gap in the Rautavarra discography and fills it with distinction. --Gramophone,June'11

The work is marvellously served by a series of outstanding performances….we are indebted to Ondine for having issued so superlative a recording. --Opera,Jan'12

The work is marvellously served by a series of outstanding performances. --Opera,Jan'12

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Early opera from Finland's greatest living composer still has impact 22 Feb. 2011
By Daniel R. Coombs - Published on Amazon.com
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The new Ondine recording of "Kaivos" (The Mine) by Einojuhani Rautavaara has a certain relevance over fifty years after its composition. Rautavaara was a young composer, beginning to build what is now an international reputation when he was inspired by the actual events of a 1956 Hungarian miners's uprising. The story, in which an entire group of miners was trapped and left to do by the Communist forces repressing their workers' rebellion. Additionally, Rautavaara had scarcely completed this opera along strikingly similar story lines when the Russian government put substantial pressure on Finland to not allow any civic actions or artistic endeavors that could incite similar unrest in Finland, still a Soviet "puppet state" to large extent. This "Night Frost Crisis" of 1959 actually delayed the premiere of Rautavaara's work until a TV production occurred in 1963, after the composer's final version of "Kaivos", from 1962, heard on this recording. With contemporary world events, such as the Egyptian - and now Libyan - uprisings as one reads this, and regardless of any theories regarding the causes and effects of such revolts, the themes in this opera are eerily relevant. The music itself is early Rautaavara, built on tone rows, in a version of dodecaphony that owes something to Berg, though not purely serialistic. The sound is consequently a bit more angular than what many know as Rautavaara's later style; the exotic harmonies and lush orchestrations of his "Angels of Light" for example. The libretto, to "Kaivos", also by the composer takes place in the 1950s (intended to seem present day to the listener; as still does in my opinion) and the present recording by the Tampere Philharmonic and maestro Hannu Lintu is excellent. The principal roles are sung very well and convincingly. Hannu Niemala as Simon brings a fervor with a touch of naivete to his role as the "former partisan" and seems gullible one moment and cruel the next. Johanna Rusanen-Kartano as his lover, Ira, is equally convincing. Her Act II Sartre like soliloquy - that takes place in a bar including an odd jazz combo and is reminiscent of the tavern scene in "Wozzeck" - is stark, pitiable. Both the Commissar (played by the esteemed Jorma Hynninen) and the Priest, sung by Jaako Kortekangas present two very different views of the miners (and the extended society's) plight: a message of hopelessness with an underlying tinge of hope in the former and its converse, in the latter. Lintu had given "Kaivos" its first fully staged performance just in 2010 and this recording is an outgrowth of that. The recording and package are well up to Ondine's usual high standards. It would be an interesting exercise to compare this work both musically and thematically to Sallinen's "The Red Line". On its own, "Kaivos" is one more example of why, in my view, some of Europe's greatest contemporary music written since 1950 has come from Scandinavia, Finland, in particular, and Einojuhani Rautavaara as the prime moving force. Highly recommended!
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