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Wolpe Trio - Kaija Saariaho - Chamber Music (2004)

22-03-2016, 08:24
Classical Music | FLAC / APE

Title: Kaija Saariaho - Chamber Music
Year Of Release: 2004
Genre: Classical
Quality: FLAC (tracks)
Total Time: 01:12:03
Total Size: 317 Mb


01: Cendres (1998) for alto flute, violoncellocello and piano [9:02] ,
02: Noa Noa (1992) for flute and electronics [8:21]
03: Mirrors (orig. version 1997) for flute and violoncello [3:31]
04: Spins and Spells (1996) for violoncello solo [5:58]
05: Monkey Fingers, Velvet Hand (1991) for piano solo [2:59]
06: Petals (1988) for violoncello (electronics ad libitum) [8:53]
07: Mirrors (version L. Olson 1998) for flute and violoncello [3:30]
08: Laconisme de l'aile (1982) for solo flute with optional electronics [10:23]

Six Japanese Gardens (1993/1995) for percussion and electronics [18:33]
09: Tenju-an Garden of Nanzen-ji Temple [3:08]
10: Many pleasures (Garden of Kinkaku-ji) [1:37]
11: Dry Mountain Stream [3:23]
12: Rock Garden of Ryoan-ji [3:56]
13: Moss Garden of Saiho-ji [2:48]
14: Stone Bridges [3:43]

Wolpe Trio:
Lesley Olson, flute
Scott Roller, violoncello
Susanne Achilles, piano

Thomas Neuhaus, live-electronics - (2, 6, 8)
Andreas Boettger, percussion and live electronics (9-14)

A skilled colorist and an innovative explorer of acoustics and live electronics, Finnish composer Kaija Saariaho employs a wide variety of natural and synthesized sonorities in her uncompromisingly avant-garde chamber works. Incorporating computer technology with traditional instruments, Saariaho creates elaborate structures in which eerie twitters, haunting whispers, and occasionally frightening screeches unexpectedly emerge from more familiar timbres. Cendres; Noa Noa; the two versions of Mirrors, Spins and Spells; and Laconisme de l'aile cross back and forth between ordinary sound production and novel, otherworldly effects. Only Monkey Fingers, Velvet Hand for solo piano sounds conventional, though its riffs on "Come Together" and "Happiness Is a Warm Gun" by the Beatles make it rather curious. But among this album's daring and predominantly dark pieces, Petals for cello and electronics and the Six Japanese Gardens for percussion and electronics are the most alien and chilling, and stand out as Saariaho's most original efforts. The Wolpe Trio -- flutist Lesley Olson, cellist Scott Roller, and pianist Susanne Achilles -- specializes in extended techniques and is clearly at home in Saariaho's strange but interesting music. Joined by virtuoso percussionist Andreas Boettger and electronics technician Thomas Neuhaus, these musicians present a fine package of new music, sympathetically played and recorded with clear and balanced sound.

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