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Kaija Saariaho: Trios / Steven Dann, viola; Pia Freund, soprano; Tuija Hakkila, piano; Ernst Kovacic, violin et al.

Album Summary

>Saariaho, Kaija : Mirage, for soprano, cello & orchestra
>Saariaho, Kaija : Cloud Trio, for violin, viola & cello
>Saariaho, Kaija : Cendres, for alto flute, cello & piano
>Saariaho, Kaija : Je sens un deuxième coeur, for viola, cello & piano
>Saariaho, Kaija : Serenatas, for percussion, cello & piano
Performers Composer

Notes & Reviews:

With the ongoing project to record Kaija Saariaho's music Ondine is pleased to announce a release of her chamber music works. Known for her skills in colorful orchestration, Saariaho manages to employ her palette in the service of chamber music as well, with impressive variety. Ondine has previously released the orchestral version of Mirage, this new recording marks the world première of the trio version. All musicians on the recording have a long term devotion and experience of performing Saariaho's music.

American Record Guide, January/February 2013
I remain skeptical about the burgeoning Saariaho bandwagon, but I think you should make up your own mind. This well-played release gives a clear account of the composer's musical language. Check indexes as well.

Gramophone Magazine, March 2013
The CD is self-recommending to contemporary-music connoisseurs, but not exclusively to them.

MusicWeb International, 19th April 2013
These performances by musicians having a close working association with the composer are ideal. They are also superbly served by Ondine's beautiful recording...This well-filled release is an important addition to Saariaho's ever-growing discography and a must for all devotees of her music.



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Works Details

>Saariaho, Kaija : Mirage, for soprano, cello & orchestra
  • Performers: Tuija Hakkila (Piano); Pia Freund (Soprano); Anssi Karttunen (Cello)
  • Notes: Composition written: 2007.
  • Running Time: 15 min. 27 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Form: Concerto
  • Written: 2007

>Saariaho, Kaija : Cloud Trio, for violin, viola & cello
  • Performer: Zebra Trio (Trio)
  • Notes: Helsinki Music Centre, Finland (11/24/2011-11/26/2011)
  • Running Time: 16 min. 21 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Form: Chamber Music
  • Written: 2009

>Saariaho, Kaija : Cendres, for alto flute, cello & piano
  • Performers: Tuija Hakkila (Piano); Mikael Helasvuo (Flute); Anssi Karttunen (Cello)
  • Running Time: 10 min. 7 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 1991-1996

>Saariaho, Kaija : Je sens un deuxième coeur, for viola, cello & piano
  • Performers: Anssi Karttunen (Cello); Tuija Hakkila (Piano); Steven Dann (Viola)
  • Notes: Helsinki Music Centre, Finland (11/24/2011-11/26/2011)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 21 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 2003

>Saariaho, Kaija : Serenatas, for percussion, cello & piano
  • Performers: Florent Jodelet (Percussion); Tuija Hakkila (Piano); Anssi Karttunen (Cello)
  • Notes: Helsinki Music Centre, Finland (11/24/2011-11/26/2011)
  • Running Time: 15 min. 22 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 2008