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Saariaho: Chamber Works for Strings, Vol. 1

Saariaho: Chamber Works for Strings, Vol. 1 by Kaija Saariaho
Released: Jul 2013
Label: Ondine
Kaija Saariaho is a top contemporary composer, which means she gets her share of orchestral invitations. That's as it should be -- though it also means she hasn't been writing as much chamber music lately. This album corrects the trend: "Tocar" (violin and piano), "Vent Nocturne" (viola and electronics), and "Calices" (violin and piano) are premiere recordings, and they're rich pieces. (Check the rough-hewn viola texture and electronic damage midway through "Sombres Minores," the first movement of Vent.) Remaining cuts are of more familiar works, but the meta4 players give strong new readings.
Seth Colter Walls
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