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Kaija Saariaho (b.1952): 'Let the Wind Speak' - chamber works / Camilla Hoitenga, flute; Anssi Karttunen, cello; Héloise Dautry, harp; Daniel Belcher, baritone

Album Summary

>Saariaho, Kaija : Tocar, for violin & piano
>Saariaho, Kaija : Mirrors, for flute & cello
>Saariaho, Kaija : Colours du Vent, for alto flute
>Saariaho, Kaija : Sombre, for baritone, bass flute, double bass, harp & percussion
>Saariaho, Kaija : Dolce tormento, for piccolo
>Saariaho, Kaija : Oi kuu, for bass clarinet & cello
>Saariaho, Kaija : Laconisme de l'aile, for solo flute
Performers Ensemble Composer

Notes & Reviews:

One of the finest contemporary composers working today, the Parisian-based Finnish composer Kaija Saariaho's flute chamber works are the spotlight here in a program of compositions that range from 1982-2012. Led by the tremendous flautist Camilla Hoitenga, this is a unique glimpse at one of the compelling composers of our day and also features guest musicians Anssi Karttunen(cello), Da Camera of Houston, Daniel Belcher (baritone) and Héloïse Dautry (harp).

BBC Music Magazine, March 2016
This enriching recital is important both for its expansion of the recorded flute repertoire, and for a deeper understanding of Saariaho herself.

American Record Guide, March/April 2016
If you like Saariaho, you'll probably like this varied, well-performed, well-recorded offering. With Saariaho's music - and I've heard probably 15 pieces of hers - I've been unable to imagine what compelled its existence.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Auditorium of the Asia Society, Houston, TX, USA (02/24/2013); Deutschlandfunk Kammermusiksaal, Cologne, Germany (02/24/2013); Auditorium of the Asia Society, Houston, TX, USA (10/21/2014/12/04/2014); Deutschlandfunk Kammermusiksaal, Cologne, Germany (10/21/2014/12/04/2014); Auditorium of the Asia Society, Houston, TX, USA (10/28/2014); Deutschlandfunk Kammermusiksaal, Cologne, Germany (10/28/2014).



Reviews

Letting the wind speak
"Let the Wind Speak" documents a friendship. In the liner notes, Hoitenga discusses how her career intersects with Saariaho's, beginning with "Laconisme de l'alle" in 1982. And it's a dynamic relationship. Some works were commissioned by Hoitenga, but others have a different story.

The version of "Couleurs du vent" on this release is the shorter version of this work -- a version that came about when Hoitenga accidentally skipped several pages during a performance. Saariaho thought the accident worked and so made this revision.

Also included are some arrangements by Hoitenga, made in consultation with the composer. The opening track "Tocar," for example, works well in its flute and harp arrangement (originally written for violin and piano). As does "Oi Kuu," a study in multiphonics. Although Saariaho wrote the work as an exploration of tonal contrast between a bass clarinet and cello, this alternate version for bass flute and cello yields similar insights with the interplay between the two instruments.

As compelling as the solo works and duets are on this album, for me the centerpiece is "Sombre I-III," written for Da Camera of Houston in 2012. This dark, introspective work features settings of Ezra Pound's last Cantos. The use of "dark" instruments -- bass flute, baritone voice and double bass -- give "Sombre" its emotional weight.

While I might not recommend that someone start their exploration of Kaija Saariaho's music with "Let the Wind Speak," I do think it belongs in the collection of anyone who's responded to her work. It's intimate, personal, beautiful music that certainly resonated with me.
Submitted on 08/15/16 by RGraves321 
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Works Details

>Saariaho, Kaija : Tocar, for violin & piano
  • Performers: Hèloïse Dautry (Harp); Paul Ellison (Double Bass); Camilla Hoitenga (Flute); Bridget Kibbey (Harp); Matthew Strauss (Percussion)
  • Ensemble: Da Camera of Houston
  • Notes: Deutschlandfunk Kammermusiksaal, Cologne, Germany (02/24/2013); Auditorium of the Asia Society, Houston, TX, USA (02/24/2013); Deutschlandfunk Kammermusiksaal, Cologne, Germany (10/21/2014/12/04/2014); Auditorium of the Asia Society, Houston, TX, USA (10/21/2014/12/04/2014); Deutschlandfunk Kammermusiksaal, Cologne, Germany (10/28/2013); Auditorium of the Asia Society, Houston, TX, USA (10/28/2013)
  • Running Time: 7 min. 28 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 2010

>Saariaho, Kaija : Mirrors, for flute & cello
  • Performers: Paul Ellison (Double Bass); Camilla Hoitenga (Flute); Anssi Karttunen (Cello); Bridget Kibbey (Harp); Matthew Strauss (Percussion)
  • Notes: Deutschlandfunk Kammermusiksaal, Cologne, Germany (02/24/2013); Auditorium of the Asia Society, Houston, TX, USA (02/24/2013); Deutschlandfunk Kammermusiksaal, Cologne, Germany (10/21/2014/12/04/2014); Auditorium of the Asia Society, Houston, TX, USA (10/21/2014/12/04/2014); Deutschlandfunk Kammermusiksaal, Cologne, Germany (10/28/2013); Auditorium of the Asia Society, Houston, TX, USA (10/28/2013)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 39 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 1997

>Saariaho, Kaija : Colours du Vent, for alto flute
  • Performers: Paul Ellison (Double Bass); Camilla Hoitenga (Flute); Bridget Kibbey (Harp); Matthew Strauss (Percussion)
  • Notes: Deutschlandfunk Kammermusiksaal, Cologne, Germany (02/24/2013); Auditorium of the Asia Society, Houston, TX, USA (02/24/2013); Deutschlandfunk Kammermusiksaal, Cologne, Germany (10/21/2014/12/04/2014); Auditorium of the Asia Society, Houston, TX, USA (10/21/2014/12/04/2014); Deutschlandfunk Kammermusiksaal, Cologne, Germany (10/28/2013); Auditorium of the Asia Society, Houston, TX, USA (10/28/2013)
  • Running Time: 9 min. 10 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 1998

>Saariaho, Kaija : Sombre, for baritone, bass flute, double bass, harp & percussion
  • Performers: Daniel Belcher (Baritone); Paul Ellison (Double Bass); Camilla Hoitenga (Flute); Bridget Kibbey (Harp); Matthew Strauss (Percussion)
  • Ensemble: Da Camera of Houston
  • Running Time: 20 min. 9 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 2012

>Saariaho, Kaija : Dolce tormento, for piccolo
  • Performers: Paul Ellison (Double Bass); Camilla Hoitenga (Flute); Bridget Kibbey (Harp); Matthew Strauss (Percussion)
  • Notes: Deutschlandfunk Kammermusiksaal, Cologne, Germany (10/21/2014/12/04/2014); Deutschlandfunk Kammermusiksaal, Cologne, Germany (10/28/2013)
  • Running Time: 6 min. 41 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 2004

>Saariaho, Kaija : Mirrors, for flute & cello
  • Performers: Paul Ellison (Double Bass); Camilla Hoitenga (Flute); Anssi Karttunen (Cello); Bridget Kibbey (Harp); Matthew Strauss (Percussion)
  • Notes: Deutschlandfunk Kammermusiksaal, Cologne, Germany (10/21/2014/12/04/2014); Deutschlandfunk Kammermusiksaal, Cologne, Germany (10/28/2013)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 39 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 1997

>Saariaho, Kaija : Oi kuu, for bass clarinet & cello
  • Performers: Paul Ellison (Double Bass); Camilla Hoitenga (Flute); Anssi Karttunen (Cello); Bridget Kibbey (Harp); Matthew Strauss (Percussion)
  • Notes: Deutschlandfunk Kammermusiksaal, Cologne, Germany (10/21/2014/12/04/2014); Deutschlandfunk Kammermusiksaal, Cologne, Germany (10/28/2013)
  • Running Time: 6 min. 52 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 1990

>Saariaho, Kaija : Laconisme de l'aile, for solo flute
  • Performers: Paul Ellison (Double Bass); Camilla Hoitenga (Flute); Bridget Kibbey (Harp); Matthew Strauss (Percussion)
  • Notes: Deutschlandfunk Kammermusiksaal, Cologne, Germany (10/21/2014/12/04/2014); Deutschlandfunk Kammermusiksaal, Cologne, Germany (10/28/2013)
  • Running Time: 9 min. 2 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 1982

>Saariaho, Kaija : Mirrors, for flute & cello
  • Performers: Paul Ellison (Double Bass); Camilla Hoitenga (Flute); Anssi Karttunen (Cello); Bridget Kibbey (Harp); Matthew Strauss (Percussion)
  • Notes: Deutschlandfunk Kammermusiksaal, Cologne, Germany (10/21/2014/12/04/2014); Deutschlandfunk Kammermusiksaal, Cologne, Germany (10/28/2013)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 39 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 1997