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Kaija Saariaho: La passion de Simone

Dawn Upshaw, Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra, Tapiola Chamber Choir, Esa-Pekka Salonen

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La Passion de Simone (Musical path in fifteen stations)  
1.1
First Station
Kaija Saariaho; Dawn Upshaw; Dominique Blanc; Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra; Esa-Pekka Salonen
3:18
1.2
Second Station
Kaija Saariaho; Dawn Upshaw; Tapiolan Kamarikuoro; Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra; Esa-Pekka Salonen
3:10
1.3
Third Station
Kaija Saariaho; Dawn Upshaw; Dominique Blanc; Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra; Esa-Pekka Salonen
4:44
1.4
Fourth Station
Kaija Saariaho; Dawn Upshaw; Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra; Esa-Pekka Salonen
4:45
1.5
Fifth Station
Kaija Saariaho; Dawn Upshaw; Tapiolan Kamarikuoro; Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra; Esa-Pekka Salonen
1:46
1.6
Sixth Station
Kaija Saariaho; Dominique Blanc; Tapiolan Kamarikuoro; Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra; Esa-Pekka Salonen
4:53
1.7
Seventh Station
Kaija Saariaho; Dawn Upshaw; Tapiolan Kamarikuoro; Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra; Esa-Pekka Salonen
5:17
1.8
Eighth Station
Kaija Saariaho; Dawn Upshaw; Dominique Blanc; Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra; Esa-Pekka Salonen
5:38
1.9
Ninth Station
Kaija Saariaho; Dawn Upshaw; Tapiolan Kamarikuoro; Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra; Esa-Pekka Salonen
4:32
1.10
Tenth Station
Kaija Saariaho; Dawn Upshaw; Dominique Blanc; Tapiolan Kamarikuoro; Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra; Esa-Pekka Salonen
4:15
1.11
Eleventh Station
Kaija Saariaho; Dawn Upshaw; Dominique Blanc; Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra; Esa-Pekka Salonen
3:10
1.12
Twelfth Station
Kaija Saariaho; Dominique Blanc; Tapiolan Kamarikuoro; Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra; Esa-Pekka Salonen
4:53
1.13
Thirteenth Station
Kaija Saariaho; Dawn Upshaw; Dominique Blanc; Tapiolan Kamarikuoro; Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra; Esa-Pekka Salonen
5:06
1.14
Fourteenth Station
Kaija Saariaho; Dawn Upshaw; Dominique Blanc; Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra; Esa-Pekka Salonen
3:41
1.15
Final Station
Kaija Saariaho; Dawn Upshaw; Dominique Blanc; Tapiolan Kamarikuoro; Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra; Esa-Pekka Salonen
7:16
Digital Booklet
Total Playing Time    66:24
"Five Stars ... Upshaw's always seems the perfect voice and sensibility for Saariaho's music; Esa-Pekka Salonen, Saariaho's colleague from their student days, is an intensely engaged and sympathetic director of his forces and of the score." - BBC Music Magazine "... the Tapiola Chamber Choir is in command of the diaphanous and often Messiaenic choral writing, with the Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra no less responsive under the guidance of Salonen. As a present for Saariaho's 60th birthday, this could hardly have been improved upon." - International Record Review Four-time Grammy-winning soprano Dawn Upshaw is accompanied by the Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra led by Esa-Pekka Salonen and the Tapiola Chamber Choir on this world premiere recording of Kaija Saariaho's La Passion de Simone, an oratorio about the life and thoughts of Simone Weil, custom-written for Upshaw. This release also served as a birthday tribute to Saariaho, who turned 60 in October 2012.
48 kHz / 24-bit PCM – Ondine Studio Masters

Recordings: 19 – 20 October 2012, Helsinki Music Centre, Finland Recording Producer: Laura Heikinheimo Recording Engineer: Antti Pohjola Mixing and Mastering: Enno Mäemets, Editroom Oy Executive Producer: Reijo Kiilunen Booklet Editor: Elke Albrecht Photos: Dario Acosta (Dawn Upshaw), Jean-Baptiste Barrière (cover & inlay), Priska Ketterer (Kaija Saariaho), Katja Tähjä (Esa-Pekka Salonen) Design: Armand Alcazar

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