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birds in music when you can use the real thing? Rautavaara's 'concerto for birds and orchestra', as it's subtitled, uses taped birdsong throughout, taking Respighi's idea one step further. The Finnish composer headed off on a field trip to near the Arctic
Circle (hence the title) and to the marshlands of Liminka in Northern Finland to record the calls of a whole host of birds. Listening to is like stepping into an avian paradise, with the melancholy song of the shore larks as unforgettable as the migrating
whooper swans. The bird calls are juxtaposed with a lush orchestral score.