℗ 2013 Ondine

Saariaho: Chamber Works for Strings, Vol. 1


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Kaija Saariaho; Minna Pensola; Anna Laakso
Vent nocturne  
I. Sombres miroirs
Kaija Saariaho; Atte Kilpelainen; Marko Myohanen
II. Soupirs de l'obscur
Kaija Saariaho; Atte Kilpelainen; Marko Myohanen
I. —
Kaija Saariaho; Antti Tikkanen; Anna Laakso
II. —
Kaija Saariaho; Antti Tikkanen; Anna Laakso
III. —
Kaija Saariaho; Antti Tikkanen; Anna Laakso
Spins and Spells
Kaija Saariaho; Tomas Djupsjobacka
Kaija Saariaho; Minna Pensola
Nymphea, "Jardin secret III"
Kaija Saariaho; Meta4; Kaija Saariaho
Digital Booklet
Total Playing Time    70:52
"The playing of Meta4 and Kaija Saariaho herself is superb. Their technique is astute, intense. Yet they are almost relaxed in the way they offer space for the at times complex and concentrated music to evolve and explain itself. This degree of competence only comes from great familiarity with the composer’s preoccupations and world. And these players respond admirably to the challenges attendant on this." - Classical.Net This is the first volume of a pair of albums devoted to the chamber works for strings written by contemporary Finnish composer Kaija Saariaho, named Composer of the Year by Musical America in 2008. Saariaho is renowned for her vivid orchestration, however her chamber works as presented here by Meta4 display her ability to create unique sound worlds with only a few instruments. On this recording she also adds live electronics to create a unique colour. Award-winning ensemble Meta4 has become one of the most successful Finnish string quartets internationally.
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Recordings: Sellosali, Espoo, 5–6 and 8–9 October 2012 Executive Producer: Reijo Kiilunen Recording Producer: Meta4 Recording, Mixing and Mastering: Enno Mäemets – Editroom Oy Publishers: Chester (Calices, Nocturne, Spins and Spells, Tocar, Vent nocturne), Edition Wilhelm Hansen (Nymphéa) Piano technician: Matti Kyllönen Booklet Editor: Elke Albrecht Photo: Stefan Bremer (Kaija Saariaho & Meta4) Cover: Heijastus by Pasi Lensu Design: Armand Alcazar

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