Friday, January 25, 2013

Awards 2012 - Living Composer - Instrumental

Saariaho: D'om le vrai sens; Laterna magica; Leino songs
Kari Kriikku; Anu Komsi; Finnish RSO/Sakari Oramo

"Over the years my admiration for Kaija Saariaho (b. 1952) has only grown. From early in her career she’s had an identifiable voice, one that comes from the intersection of a certain Nordic directness with a very French taste for refinement of timbre and texture (she’s Finnish, but worked at IRCAM and has lived for decades in Paris). The result is music that pleases on multiple levels: It’s highly lyrical, explores new sonorities with experimental rigor, and is never afraid of sensuality... All these are exceptional performances, but by now would we expect less from anything coming out of Finland, perhaps the world’s most advanced musical culture (at least for what we call “classical”)? If you’ve not heard Saariaho before, this is an excellent introduction." - Robert Carl, Fanfare.
"Kaija Saariaho is a magician in sound. The technical effects she utilises in her Clarinet Concerto D'om le vrai sens—stretched and elongated notes, microtones etc—may not be new in themselves, but the way she blends and transforms them is utterly personal, a gift for the brilliant Kari Kriikku. This and the orchestral Laterna Magica remind me of Sibelius's lines about his own Tapiola: 'brooding, savage dreams'." - Stephen Johnson, BBC Music Magazine.

Music of Rihm, Penderecki, Currier. Anne-Sophie Mutter; New York Philharmonic/Michael Francis, Alan Gilbert [DG]
Ruders: Symphony no.4; Trio Transcendentale; Songs and Rhapsodies. Various artists [Bridge]
Adams: Harmonielehre. San Francisco Symphony/Michael Tilson Thomas [SFS Media]
Rautavaara: Modificata; Incantations; Towards the Horizon. Helsinki Philharmonic/John StorgÄrds [Ondine]

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