Kaija Saariaho: Works for Orchestra

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Kaija Saariaho: Works for Orchestra



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27th Feb 2012




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Kaija Saariaho: Works for Orchestra


Lichtbogen for nine musicians and live electronics

Avanti! Chamber Orchestra, Hannu Lintu

Grammaire des Rêves

Du cristal ...à la fumée (From crystal into smoke)

Caliban's Dream


Avanti! Chamber Orchestra, Hannu Lintu

Graal théâtre version for violin and chamber orchestra

John Storgårds (violin)

Avanti! Chamber Orchestra, Hannu Lintu

Miranda's Lament

Oltra mar

Tapiola Chamber Choir, Jukka-Pekka Saraste

Nymphea Reflection

Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra, Jukka-Pekka Saraste

Cinq reflets de L'Amour de loin

Pia Freund (soprano) & Gabriel Suovanen (baritone)

Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra, Jukka-Pekka Saraste


Karita Mattila (soprano) & Anssi Karttunen (cello)

Orchestre de Paris Orchestre de Paris, Christoph Eschenbach

Notes on Light

Karita Mattila (soprano) & Anssi Karttunen (cello)

Orchestre de Paris Orchestre de Paris, Christoph Eschenbach


Karita Mattila (soprano) & Anssi Karttunen (cello)

Orchestre de Paris Orchestre de Paris, Christoph Eschenbach

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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 New York Carnegie Hall’s Composer-in-Residence since the beginning of the current 2011–12 Season.

These recordings feature such acclaimed soprano soloists as Pia Freund, Anu Komsi and Karita Mattila, as well conductors Christoph Eschenbach with the Orchestre de Paris, Hannu Lintu with the Avanti! Chamber Orchestra, Esa-Pekka Salonen with the L.A. Philharmonic, and Jukka-Pekka Saraste with the Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra.

The recordings have been previously released by Ondine to international popular and critical acclaim.

Kaija Saariaho: Lichtbogen


Kaija Saariaho: Grammaire des reves

Grammaire des reves

Kaija Saariaho: Du cristal

Du cristal

Kaija Saariaho: …a la fumee

…a la fumee

Kaija Saariaho: Caliban's Dream

Caliban's Dream

Kaija Saariaho: Solar


Kaija Saariaho: Graal theatre (version for violin and chamber orchestra)

I. Delicato

II. Impetuoso

Kaija Saariaho: Miranda's Lament

Miranda's Lament

Kaija Saariaho: Oltra mar (Across the Sea)

I. Depart (Departure)

II. Amour (Love)

III. Vagues (Waves)

IV. Temps (Time)

V. Souvenir de vagues (Memory of the Waves)

VI. Mort (In memory of Gerard Grisey)

VII. Arrivee (Arrival)

Kaija Saariaho: Nymphea Reflection

I. Sostenuto

II. Feroce

III. Dolcissimo

IV. Lento espressivo

V. Furioso

VI. Misterioso

Kaija Saariaho: 5 Reflets de L'Amour de loin (5 Reflections on Love from Afar)

No. 1. Outremer (2 Shores)

No. 2. Songe (Dream)

No. 3. L'Amour de loin (O Distant Love)

No. 4. Si la mort pouvait attendre (If Death Could Wait)

No. 5. Vers toi qui es si loin (Towards You So Far Away)

Kaija Saariaho: Orion

I. Memento mori

II. Winter Sky

III. Hunter

Kaija Saariaho: Notes on Light

I. Translucent, secret

II. On fire

III. Awakening

IV. Eclipse

V. Heart of Light

Kaija Saariaho: Mirage


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