HELSINKI, (Pakistan Point News - APP - 28th july, 2016) : Acclaimed Finnish classical composer Einojuhani Rautavaara has died aged 87, his record label said on Thursday. "It is with profound sadness we write to inform you of the death of a major composer of our time, Professor Einojuhani Rautavaara," Ondine Records said in a statement, adding the composer died in Helsinki on Wednesday night. He passed away following complications from hip surgery after a fall.
Rautavaara first gained international recognition in 1994 with his 7th Symphony Angel of Light, leading enthusiastic critics to compare him with another famous Finnish composer, Jean Sibelius (1865-1957). His works include eight symphonies, and several concertos, vocal works and operas that have been performed in numerous countries. His most popular work was Cantus Arcticus (1972), subtitled "Concerto for Birds and Orchestra" -- featuring birdsong which the composer recorded himself in the marshes of Liminka, northern Finland.