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Mirrors: Works By Saariaho & Sibelius

Katharina Persicke/ Henryk Böhm/ Pauliina Tukiaine
Release Date: 06/04/2013 
Label:  Coviello Classics   Catalog #: 51308   Spars Code: DDD 
Number of Discs: 1 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

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

Sound Samples

Leino Songs: I. Sua katselen
Leino Songs: II. Sydan
Leino Songs: III. Rauha
Leino Songs: IV. Iltarukous
4 Pieces, Op. 78 (version for cello and piano): 4 Pieces, Op. 78: No. 2. Romance (version for cello and piano)
Twelfth Night, Op. 60 (version for voice and piano): Twelfth Night, Op. 60: No. 1. Kom nu hit, Dod (Come away, Death) (version for voice and piano)
6 Songs, Op. 50 (text by R. Dehmel and M. Susman): No. 3. Im Feld ein Madchen singt
6 Songs, Op. 50 (text by R. Dehmel and M. Susman): No. 4. Aus banger Brust
6 Songs, Op. 50 (text by R. Dehmel and M. Susman): No. 5. Die stille Stadt
5 Pieces, Op. 75, "The Trees": No. 5. Granen (The Spruce)
Till tranaden (To Longing), JS 202: Till tranaden (To Longing)
Mirage (version for soprano, cello and piano)
6 Songs, Op. 36: No. 1. Svarta rosor (Black Roses) (version for voice and piano)
5 Songs, Op. 37 (text by J.J. Wecksell and J. Runeberg): No. 1. Den forsta kyssen (The First Kiss)
5 Songs, Op. 37 (text by J.J. Wecksell and J. Runeberg): No. 4. Var det en drom? (Was it a dream?)
5 Songs, Op. 37 (text by J.J. Wecksell and J. Runeberg): No. 5. Flickan kom ifran sin alsklings mote (The girl returned from meeting her lover)
Tanken (The Thought), JS 192
Mirrors (version 2)

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