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Saariaho: True Fire, Trans & Cier d'hiver / Lintu, Finnish Symphony Orchestra


Release Date: 05/10/2019 
Label:  Ondine   Catalog #: ODE 1309-2  
Composer:  Kaija Saariaho
Performer:  Gerald FinleyXavier De Maistre
Conductor:  Hannu Lintu
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra
Number of Discs: 1 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Kaija Saariaho (b. 1952) is among the most prominent names in contemporary music scene today. This new album by the Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra conducted by Hannu Lintu includes world première recordings of three works by Saariaho featuring bass-baritone Gerald Finley and harpist Xavier de Maistre as soloists. True Fire is a six-movement song cycle that was written to a commission from the Los Angeles Philharmonic, the NDR Symphony Orchestra, the BBC Symphony Orchestra and the Orchestre National de France, for baritone Gerald Finley with an original idea to explore the scope of the baritone voice. The texts conclusively determined what the vocal expression would be like and how the details in the musical material would shape up. Read more The disparate texts chosen by Saariaho in fact have a common underlying theme: the status of humankind surrounded by nature, our observations of it and our belonging to it. Saariaho’s orchestral triptych Orion (2002) is one of her most performed works. Orion as a celestial phenomenon is showcased in the middle movement, Winter Sky. In 2013, Saariaho rescored this movement for a smaller orchestra, and to distinguish it from the original she gave it a title in French with the same meaning, Ciel d’hiver. It joins the series of works by Saariaho that are in one way or another inspired by things in sky and space. Trans for harp and orchestra is the composer’s latest addition to a series of concertos. It was written to a joint commission from the Suntory Foundation for Arts, the Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra, the Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra, the Tonhalle Orchestra in Zurich, Radio France and the Hessen Radio Orchestra. The premiere was given by Xavier de Maistre in Tokyo in August 2016. Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
True Fire by Kaija Saariaho
Performer:  Gerald Finley (Bass-baritone)
Conductor:  Hannu Lintu
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra
Period: Contemporary 
Written: 2014; Finland 
2.
Ciel d'hiver by Kaija Saariaho
Conductor:  Hannu Lintu
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra
Period: Contemporary 
Written: 2013; Finland 
3.
Trans by Kaija Saariaho
Performer:  Xavier De Maistre (Harp)
Conductor:  Hannu Lintu
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra
Period: Contemporary 
Written: 2015; Finland 

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