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Saariaho: Trios

Saariaho: Trios by Kaija Saariaho
Released: Sep 2012
Label: Ondine
Kaija Saariaho's reputation has been built around her orchestral pieces and operas. Inevitably, her spectral, shimmering harmonies are presented in a different way on a chamber album. Mostly, they connect. And in the case of the instrumental, five-movement "I Feel A Second Heart" (Tracks 7-11) --inspired by her rape-during-wartime opera Adriana Mater -- Saariaho's writing for trio proves some of her best ever. The violent parts -- "Ouvre-moi, vite!" and "Il faut que j'entre" -- are made bearable by the transfigured beauty of the finale. It's heart-stoppingly dramatic: atonal music with soul.
Seth Colter Walls
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