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Mirrors: Works By Saariaho & Sibelius

Saariaho / Sibelius
Release Date: 01/01/2011 
Label:  Coviello Classics   Catalog #: 51308   Spars Code: DDD 
Number of Discs: 1 
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What does Finland sound like? Is there a Finnish sound? Is the answer to this question found in vast snowy landscapes or bright midsummer nights? Is it the feeling of endless tranquility and silence on the footpath along a secluded lake? Is it the hard road to independence, is it "sisu" (the Finnish word for perseverance and strength), or is it the melancholy in Finnish music that moves us? Were nature and history also the inspiration for the two composers on this CD, Jean Sibelius and Kaija Saariaho? Perhaps it is Finland's cultural position between Slavic gloom and the Western European attitude towards life that makes the Finnish musical language so unique. Kaija Saariaho is one of the most popular contemporary composers and has Read more long been at home in international concert halls. She has lived in Paris for the most part for 20 years, studied in Freiburg, has received numerous accolades in recent years - including Composer of the Year by the magazine Musical America - and nevertheless feels connected to her native country. In her compositions, vocal, instrumental, and electronic elements blend in a richly facetted, colorful musical language. Read less

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