Kaija Saariaho

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Kaija Saariaho (Finnish: [ˈkɑi̯jɑ ˈsɑːriɑho]; née Laakkonen, born 14 October 1952) is a Finnish composer.

Kaija Saariaho studied composition in Helsinki, Freiburg and Paris, where she has lived since 1982. Her studies and research at IRCAM have had a major influence on her music and her characteristically luxuriant and mysterious textures are often created by combining live music and electronics. Although much of her catalogue comprises chamber works, from the mid-nineties she has turned increasingly to larger forces and broader structures, such as the opera L’amour de loin, premiered at the 2000 Salzburg Festival (with a US premiere at the Santa Fe Opera in 2002), and Oltra mar for chorus and orchestra, commissioned by the New York Philharmonic. Her second opera, Adriana Mater, was commissioned for the Opéra National de Paris’ 2006 season. Her second string quartet, Terra Memoria, was commissioned for the Emerson Quartet by Carnegie Hall for a June 2007 premiere. Her third opera, Émilie, has the life and death of Émilie du Châtelet as its topic. The librettist of all of the three operas is Amin Maalouf.

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Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1986 A Portrait of Kaija Saariaho Kaija Saariaho 2
1989 Lichtbogen/ Io/ Verblendungen/ Stilleben Kaija Saariaho 1
1993 Du Cristal / …À La Fumée / Nymphéa Kaija Saariaho; Los Angeles Philharmonic, Esa-Pekka Salonen, Petri Alanko, Anssi Karttunen, Kronos Quartet 2
1996 From Scandinavia Lindberg, Sørensen, Tiensuu, Saariaho; Arditti Quartet, Kari Kriikku, Jukka Tiensuu 2
1997 Private Gardens Kaija Saariaho 1
2000 From the Grammar of Dreams Kaija Saariaho 1
2001 Château de l'âme / Graal théâtre / Amers Kaija Saariaho ; Dawn Upshaw, Gidon Kremer, Anssi Karttunen, Esa-Pekka Salonen 1
2002 Graal Théâtre / Solar / Lichtbogen Kaija Saariaho 1
2002 L'aile du songe Kaija Saariaho 1
2002 Six japanese gardens / Trois rivières delta Kaija Saariaho 1
2004 Cinq Reflets de L'Amour de Loin / Nymphea Reflection / Oltra Mar Kaija Saariaho; Pia Freund, Gabriel Suovanen, Tapiola Chamber Choir, Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra, Jukka-Pekka Saraste 2
2008 Notes on Light / Orion / Mirage (Orchestre de Paris) Kaija Saariaho 1
2009 L'Amour de loin Kaija Saariaho 1
2011 D'om le vrai sens / Laterna Magica / Leino Songs Kaija Saariaho; Kari Kriikku, Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra, Sakari Oramo 1
2012 Saltarello Henry Purcell, Antonio Vivaldi, Hildegard von Bingen, Guillaume de Machaut, Kaija Saariaho, John Dowland; Garth Knox, 1
2012 Bach & Beyond, Part 1 Bach, Ysaÿe, Saariaho, Mazzoli; Jennifer Koh 1
2012 Trios Kaija Saariaho; Steven Dann, Pia Freund, Tuija Hakkila, Florent Jodelet, Anssi Karttunen, Ernst Kovacic 1
2013 The Edge of Light Messiaen, Saariaho; Gloria Cheng, Calder Quartet 1
2013 Chamber Works for Strings, Volume 1 Kaija Saariaho; Meta4 1
2015 Bach & Beyond, Part 2 Bach, Bartók, Saariaho; Jennifer Koh 1

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Year Title Artist RatingReleases
2004 Chamber Music Kaija Saariaho 1
2006 Complete Cello Works Kaija Saariaho 1
Château de l'âme Kaija Saariaho 1

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