Saariaho: Works for Orchestra

Release Date: 2/28/2012
Label: Ondine
Catalog Number: ODE 1113-2Q
Composer: Kaija Saariaho
Number of Discs: 4

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$29.99
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 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.
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
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: Jouko Laivuori (Piano), Anu Komsi (Soprano)
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
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1989-1990 ; Finland
9. A la fumée by Kaija Saariaho
Performer: Petri Alanko (Alto Flute), Anssi Karttunen (Cello)
Conductor: Esa-Pekka Salonen
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1990 ; Finland
10. Cinq reflets de L'Amour de loin by Kaija Saariaho
Performer: Gabriel Suovanen (Baritone), Pia Freund (Soprano)
Period: 20th Century
Written: by 2000 ; Finland
11. Nymphea Reflection by Kaija Saariaho
Orchestra/Ensemble: Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra
Written: 2001 ;
12. Oltra Mar by Kaija Saariaho
Orchestra/Ensemble: Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century
13. Mirage by Kaija Saariaho
Performer: Karita Mattila (Soprano), Anssi Karttunen (Cello)
Orchestra/Ensemble: Paris Orchestra
Period: 20th Century
14. Notes on Light by Kaija Saariaho
Performer: Karita Mattila (Soprano), Anssi Karttunen (Cello)
Orchestra/Ensemble: Paris Orchestra
Period: 20th Century
15. Orion by Kaija Saariaho
Performer: Anssi Karttunen (Cello)
Orchestra/Ensemble: Paris Orchestra
Period: 20th Century
Written: 2002 ; France
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