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Circle Map, Graal Théâtre & other works

Orchestras / Ensembles
Catalogue numberBIS-2402 SACD
Release date2019-09-06
Orig. sample rate96000Hz
Total time87:12

Nominated for a Grammy 2021

Several of Kaija Saariaho’s works are named after natural phenomena that serve as a starting point to her compositional process. Composed in 1998, Neiges was inspired by various qualities of snow and explores instrumental languages and colours similar to those found in her earlier works. On the present disc the piece is heard in its never-before recorded version for twelve cellos, performed by the cellists of the Oslo Philharmonic. Another source of inspiration has been medieval literature, which formed a point of departure for Graal Théâtre, the first concerto Saariaho wrote, as well as for the recent Vers toi qui es si loin (2018). Recorded for the fist time here, the piece is a transcription, made for the violinist Peter Herresthal, of an aria from the opera L’Amour de loin.

These two works for violin and orchestra bookend this amply filled disc, and frame Circle Map, a work in six movements for large orchestra. Permeating the work are six short poems by the 13th-century Persian poet Rumi, providing inspiration through their essence and vivid imagery, but also part of the musical material by way of a recording of them recited in Persian. This recording forms the raw material for the electronics included in the work, but also for much of the writing for the orchestra, for instance in terms of pitches and intonations. All four works are conducted by Clément Mao – Takacs, who has collaborated extensively with Kaija Saariaho and conducted her music across Europe and in the U.S.A.
    File formats included in STUDIO QUALITY
    • FLAC 24-bit Stereo
    • FLAC 24-bit Surround 5.0
    • FLAC 16-bit Stereo
    • MP3 Stereo
    File formats included in CD QUALITY | MP3
    • FLAC 16-bit Stereo
    • MP3 Stereo
$ 20.90
Extra material for download
  Composer: Saariaho, Kaija
01 Vers toi qui es si loin 06:50 $ 1.64 USD
  Circle Map 30:22
02 I. Morning Wind 04:36 $ 1.10 USD
03 II. Walls closing 04:12 $ 1.01 USD
04 III. Circles 05:43 $ 1.37 USD
05 IV. Days are sieves 04:41 $ 1.12 USD
06 V. Dialogue 06:11 $ 1.48 USD
07 VI. Day and Night, Music 04:59 $ 1.20 USD
  Neiges, version for 12 celli 18:36
08 I. Nuages de neige 05:35 $ 1.34 USD
09 II. Étoile de neige 1 01:32 $ 0.37 USD
10 III. Étoile de neige 2 02:43 $ 0.65 USD
11 IV. Aguilles de glace 04:48 $ 1.15 USD
12 V. Fleurs de neige 03:58 $ 0.95 USD
  Graal Théâtre, for violin and orchestra 31:17
13 I. 18:56 $ 4.54 USD
14 II. 12:21 $ 2.96 USD
  Album total 87:12
ComposerSaariaho, Kaija
ConductorMao-Takacs, Clément
OrchestraOslo Philharmonic Orchestra
PerformerHerrestahl, Peter

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