Late roses filled with early snow

Einojuhani Rautavaara (9 ottobre 1928 – 2016): Syksyiset puutarhat / Autumn Gardens per orchestra (1999). Helsingin kaupunginorkesteri (Orchestra filarmonica di Helsinki), dir. Vladimir Aškenazi.

I. Poetico
II. Tranquillo [10:39]
III. Giocoso e leggiero [15:47]

« I have often likened the composer to a gardener: both are observers and overseers of organic growth rather than builders or assemblers of ready parts and elements. I would, furthermore, like my compositions to resemble an English garden, free-growing and organic, as opposed to a French garden, geometrically trimmed in angular shapes. These sentiments are possibly due to the fact that the work was commissioned by a British orchestra for an English festival.
« The name of the work is a quotation from the libretto of my opera The House of the Sun: “like a butterfly in a dark autumn garden”. The motif to which these words are sung is the theme for the variations in the first movement. Their texture gradually grows and quickens. Following on without a break is a slow, poetic movement of even rhythms and dynamics. The quick, lively finale begins giocoso e leggiero. But autumn is also a time of colour, and of death. At the end the music thus turns into a festive dance con grandezza. Maybe it bears the echo of a sarabande to the dying splendour of summer – or as T. S. Eliot put it: “late roses filled with early snow”. »

Einojuhani Rautavaara


EjR

Equinozio XI


António de Lima Fragoso (1897-1918): Chanson d’automne (1917); testo di Paul Verlaine (1844-1896). Carlos Guilherme, tenore; Armando Vidal, pianoforte.

Les sanglots longs
des violons
   de l’automne
blessent mon coeur
d’une langueur
   monotone.


Tout suffocant
et blême, quand
   sonne l’heure,
je me souviens
des jours anciens,
   et je pleure…


Et je m’en vais
au vent mauvais
   qui m’emporte
de çà, de là,
pareil à la
   feuille morte…