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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
Kaija Saariaho: …a la fumee
…a la fumee
Kaija Saariaho: Caliban's Dream
Kaija Saariaho: Solar
Kaija Saariaho: Graal theatre (version for violin and chamber orchestra)
Kaija Saariaho: 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
IV. Lento espressivo
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
Kaija Saariaho: Notes on Light
I. Translucent, secret
II. On fire
V. Heart of Light
Kaija Saariaho: Mirage
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