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Kaija Saariaho: Trios

Saariaho / Dann / Freund / Hakkila / Helasvuo
Release Date: 09/25/2012 
Label:  Ondine   Catalog #: 1189   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Kaija Saariaho
Performer:  Pia FreundAnssi KarttunenTuija HakkilaMikael Helasvuo,   ... 
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Zebra Trio
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Award-winning composer Kaija Saariaho frequently draws inspiration from extra-musical sources, be they the night sky, the natural environment or literature. Saariaho studied music and fine arts in parallel before taking up composition, the latter at the graphic arts department of the University of Art and Design Helsinki. She studied composition with Paavo Heininen at the Sibelius Academy from 1976 to 1981 and continued with Brian Ferneyhough at the Freiburg Music Academy, completing her diploma in 1983.

This album is devoted to chamber music which exhibits the same rich sense of instrumental colors and feeling of dramatic contrast as her celebrated orchestral works.

In 2008, Saariaho was named 'Composer of
Read more the Year' by Musical America. In addition, she has received several internationally distinguished awards, including the Grawemeyer Composition Award for her opera L'Amour de loin in 2003. In 1997, she was awarded one of France's highest cultural honours, the title 'Chevalier de l'Ordre des Arts et des Lettres'.

Kaija Saariaho has been commissioned by the BBC, Ircam, the New York Philharmonic, the Lincoln Center in New York, the Salzburg Music Festival, the Théâtre de Châtelet in Paris and the Finnish National Opera, among others. - Ondine Read less

Works on This Recording

Mirage by Kaija Saariaho
Performer:  Pia Freund (Soprano), Anssi Karttunen (Cello), Tuija Hakkila (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Cloud Trio by Kaija Saariaho
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Zebra Trio
Cendres by Kaija Saariaho
Performer:  Anssi Karttunen (Cello), Tuija Hakkila (Piano), Mikael Helasvuo (Alto Flute)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1991/1996 
Je sens un deuxieme coeur by Kaija Saariaho
Performer:  Anssi Karttunen (Cello), Tuija Hakkila (Piano), Steven Dann (Viola)
Period: Contemporary 
Written: 2003 
Serenatas by Kaija Saariaho
Performer:  Anssi Karttunen (Cello), Tuija Hakkila (Piano), Florent Jodelet (Percussion)

Sound Samples

Mirage (version for soprano, cello and piano)
Cloud Trio: I. Calmo, meditato
Cloud Trio: II. Sempre dolce, ma energico, sempre a tempo
Cloud Trio: III. Sempre energico
Cloud Trio: IV. Tranquillo ma sempre molto espressivo
Je sens un deuxieme coeur: I. Je devoile ma peau
Je sens un deuxieme coeur: II. Ouvre-moi, vite!
Je sens un deuxieme coeur: III. Dans le reve, elle l'attendait
Je sens un deuxieme coeur: IV. Il faut que j'entre
Je sens un deuxieme coeur: V. qui bat tout pres du mien
Serenatas: No. 1. Delicato
Serenatas: No. 2. Agitato
Serenatas: No. 3. Dolce
Serenatas: No. 4. Languido
Serenatas: No. 5. Misterioso

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