26 March 2005

  Saariaho, Kaija (1952-)

Finnish composer who was born in Helsinki, and studied at the university there. Her early works use rhythmic cells and repetition, while her later vocabulary becomes more lyrical with rich harmonies. Her opera L'amour de loin was premiered in Salzburg in 2000. From the Grammar of Dreams will be performed in London and the Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival later this year. Watch for further additions to the catalogue to reveal the diversity of her musical world. Her work will be celebrated during 2001-2 her 50th anniversary year.

Chateau de L' Āme, Graal theātre and Amers

Celebratory recording of recent works with Dawn Upshaw soprano, Finnish Chamber Choir, BBC Symphony Orchestra. Conducted by Esa-Pekka Salonem.
2001          £16  

From the Grammar of Dreams

Five-song cycle to texts by Sylvia Plath
Also collection of works from 1980-97

Anu Komsi Soprano
Avanti! Chamber Orchestra
Hannu Lintu Conductor

Total Playing Time: 64:05
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2000          £14  

Prisma and Private Gardens

CD Rom combining musical and visual creativity. Specially composed music by Kaija and graphic design by Raija Maika. More than 15 hours of multimedia animation.
Pack also includes Private Gardens on cd with Dawn Upshaw, Soprano.
1999    CD-ROM and cd       £0     CD-ROM  £18  
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Portrait of Kaija Saariaho

Finnish RSO, electronics, flute.
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1997          £15  

Private Gardens

Four Works for voice, cello, flute, percussion and electronics.
Includes Dawn Upshaw, soprano
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1997          £15  


Ballet music in seven scenes. Commissioned by the Finnish National Opera. Ballet built around thematic archetyes (doors, gates, journeys) shrouded in deliberate mystery .

Total Playing Time: 73.56
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1992          £14  

New Gates

Collection of four works
Performed by Champ D'Action
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