Music Reviews

Classical Picks of the Week - September 17, 2001


Jason Serinus


Finish composer Kaija Saariaho (b. 1952) burst onto the international music scene in 1984 when Esa-Pekka Salonen conducted the Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra première of her Verblendungen for orchestra and tape. In 1995, Gidon Kremer premiered her Violin Concerto. A year later, Saariaho's two works for soprano Dawn Upshaw, Château de l'âme for soprano and orchestra, and Lonh for soloist and electronics, premiered at the Salzburg and Wien Modern Festivals respectively.

Now, Sony SK 60817 offers us Salonen, Kremer, Upshaw (in Château de l'âme), and cellist Anssi Karttunen on one disc, while Naïve MO 782087 offers Upshaw (in Lonh) and Karttunen plus other soloists in different repertoire. With the presence of such artists, both recordings are definitive. Naïve also includes a 15-hour interactive CD-ROM which will definitely fill if not make your day.


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