This powerful performance written and produced especially for television, stars Pia Freund as Minna and Jaakko Kortekanas as Joel.
The Christmas message finds a truly imaginative expression in Rautavaara's The Gift of the Magi, which is sure to become a holiday perennial favorite.
"The ending is beautifully realized – dismay turning to the mutual realization and renewal of love and to that love’s effects on the pair’s neighbors. Pia Freund is a particularly tender Minna, Jaako Kortegangas a powerful and undemonstrative Joel. Lassi Virtanen sings his one set-piece particularly well. This is a chamber opera well-conceived and well-performed. … in a more civilized world it would be part of our Christmas TV schedules." - Glyn Pursglove, Music Web international
Pia FreundJaakko Kortekanas
Composer: Einojuhani Rautavaara
Based on the short story by O. Henry.
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