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Saariaho: Works For Orchestra

Saariaho / Mattila / Rantanen / Salomaa
Release Date: 02/28/2012 
Label:  Ondine   Catalog #: 1113  
Composer:  Kaija Saariaho
Performer:  John StorgårdsAnu KomsiJouko LaivuoriPetteri Salomaa,   ... 
Conductor:  Hannu LintuEsa-Pekka SalonenJukka-Pekka SarasteChristoph Eschenbach
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Avanti Chamber OrchestraLos Angeles Philharmonic OrchestraFinnish Radio Symphony Orchestra,   ... 
Number of Discs: 4 
Recorded in: Stereo 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

"The life-force of Kaija Saariaho's music is its feast of sensory awakening and shocking emotional nakedness. A raw honesty permeates the atmosphere of mystery. This music is an obsessive, immersive and magical weather system bringing ecstasy, cleansing, and renewal." - Peter Sellars

On the occasion of her 60th anniversary in 2012, this 4-CD collector's box contains recordings of fourteen orchestral works by Grammy-awarded Kaija Saariaho, many of them featuring vocal or instrumental soloists. This specially priced anthology highlights the Finnish composer's oeuvre from 1986 to 2007, a period that follows the evolution of her compositional style from the early days of her career to more recent times. The featured
Read more works have helped to cement Saariaho's international position as one of the most successful living composers and have garnered her several important awards along the way (Grawemeyer Award 2003, Musical America's Composer of the Year 2008, MIDEM Classical Award 2009, Wihuri Sibelius Prize 2009, Sonning Music Prize 2011). Kaija Saariaho has been the New York Carnegie Hall's Composer-in-Residence since the beginning of the 2011-12 Season.

The recordings were made between 1992 and 2008 have been previously released by Ondine to international popular and critical acclaim.
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Works on This Recording

1.
Graal Théâtre by Kaija Saariaho
Performer:  John Storgårds (Violin)
Conductor:  Hannu Lintu
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Avanti Chamber Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1994/1997; Paris, France 
Date of Recording: 10/2001 
Venue:  Studio M2, YLE, Finland 
Length: 63 Minutes 37 Secs. 
2.
Solar by Kaija Saariaho
Conductor:  Hannu Lintu
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Avanti Chamber Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1993 
3.
Lichtbogen by Kaija Saariaho
Conductor:  Hannu Lintu
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Avanti Chamber Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1985-1986; Finland 
4.
Du gick, flög by Kaija Saariaho
Performer:  Anu Komsi (Soprano), Jouko Laivuori (Piano)
Conductor:  Hannu Lintu
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Avanti Chamber Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
5.
Miranda's Lament by Kaija Saariaho
Performer:  Anu Komsi (Soprano)
Conductor:  Hannu Lintu
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Avanti Chamber Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
6.
Caliban's Dream by Kaija Saariaho
Performer:  Petteri Salomaa (Baritone)
Conductor:  Hannu Lintu
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Avanti Chamber Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
7.
Grammaire des Rêves by Kaija Saariaho
Performer:  Riikka Rantanen (Mezzo Soprano), Anu Komsi (Soprano)
Conductor:  Hannu Lintu
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Avanti Chamber Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1988-1989 
8.
Du cristal by Kaija Saariaho
Conductor:  Esa-Pekka Salonen
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1989-1990; Finland 
Date of Recording: 11/1990 
Venue:  Royce Hall, UCLA, Los Angeles 
Length: 16 Minutes 40 Secs. 
9.
A la fumée by Kaija Saariaho
Performer:  Anssi Karttunen (Cello), Petri Alanko (Alto Flute)
Conductor:  Esa-Pekka Salonen
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1990; Finland 
Date of Recording: 11/1992 
Venue:  Royce Hall, UCLA, Los Angeles 
Length: 21 Minutes 13 Secs. 
10.
Cinq reflets de L'Amour de loin by Kaija Saariaho
Performer:  Gabriel Suovanen (Baritone), Pia Freund (Soprano)
Conductor:  Jukka-Pekka Saraste
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra,  Tapiola Chamber Choir
Period: 20th Century 
Written: by 2000; Finland 
Language: French 
11.
Nymphea Reflection by Kaija Saariaho
Conductor:  Jukka-Pekka Saraste
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra
Written: 2001 
12.
Oltra Mar by Kaija Saariaho
Conductor:  Jukka-Pekka Saraste
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: Finland 
13.
Mirage by Kaija Saariaho
Performer:  Anssi Karttunen (Cello), Karita Mattila (Soprano)
Conductor:  Christoph Eschenbach
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orchestre de Paris
Period: 20th Century 
Length: 13 Minutes 37 Secs. 
14.
Notes on Light by Kaija Saariaho
Performer:  Karita Mattila (Soprano), Anssi Karttunen (Cello)
Conductor:  Christoph Eschenbach
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orchestre de Paris
Period: 20th Century 
15.
Orion by Kaija Saariaho
Performer:  Anssi Karttunen (Cello)
Conductor:  Christoph Eschenbach
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orchestre de Paris
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 2002; France 

Sound Samples

Lichtbogen
Grammaire des reves
Du cristal
...a la fumee
Caliban's Dream
Solar
Graal theatre (version for violin and chamber orchestra): I. Delicato
Graal theatre (version for violin and chamber orchestra): II. Impetuoso
Miranda's Lament

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