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SAARIAHO, K.: Passion de Simone (La) (Upshaw, Tapiola Chamber Choir, Finnish Radio Symphony, Salonen)

SAARIAHO, K.: Passion de Simone (La) (Upshaw, Tapiola Chamber Choir, Finnish Radio Symphony, Salonen)

The Classical Shop
release date: March 2013

Recorded in 24 Bit / 96Khz
album available as a Studio Master
Originally recorded in 2013

Artists:

Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra


Salonen, Esa-Pekka


Dawn Upshaw

Soloist

Dominique Blanc

Soloist

Tapiola Chamber Choir



Venue:

Helsinki Music Centre, Finland



Record Label
Ondine

Genre:

Choir


Classical

Total Time - 66:24
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SAARIAHO, K.: Passion de Simone (La) (Upshaw, Tapiola Chamber Choir, Finnish Radio Symphony, Salonen)

     
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KAIJA SAARIAHO

 

La Passion de Simone

 
1 Station 1: Simone, grande soeur 3:18
 Dominique Blanc Soloist
     
2 Station 2: Simone, grande soeur - Tu as choisi de porter ta croix 3:10
 Dominique Blanc Soloist
     
3 Station 3: Une autre que toi 4:44
 Dawn Upshaw Soloist
     
4 Station 4: Attentive a la souffrance des humains 4:45
 Dominique Blanc Soloist
     
 

AMIN MAALOUF

5 Station 5: Travailler de tes mains, Simone? 1:46
 Dawn Upshaw Soloist
     
6 Station 6: Et puis il y a cette image, Simone 4:53
 Dawn Upshaw Soloist
     
7 Station 7: En sortant de l'usine, grande soeur 5:17
 Dawn Upshaw Soloist
     
 

KAIJA SAARIAHO

8 Station 8: Dieu se retire pour ne pas etre aime 5:38
 Dawn Upshaw Soloist
     
9 Station 9: Savoir aimer - Dieu, pour Lui-meme 4:32
 Dawn Upshaw Soloist
     
10 Station 10: Se depouiller - Et tu t'es retrouvee seule 4:15
 Dawn Upshaw Soloist
     
11 Station 11: Tu as longtemps cru qu'il fallait 3:10
 Dawn Upshaw Soloist
     
12 Station 12: Alors tu as choisi de te sacrifier autrement 4:53
 Dominique Blanc Soloist
     
13 Station 13: Lentement, Tu as rendu l'ame 5:06
 Dominique Blanc Soloist
     
 

AMIN MAALOUF

14 Station 14: C'etait en aout '43 3:41
 Dawn Upshaw Soloist
     
 

KAIJA SAARIAHO

15 Final Station: Par ta mort, tout ce que tu avais dit 7:16
 Dominique Blanc Soloist
 Salonen, Esa-Pekka


Kaija Saariaho (b. 1952) is today one of the world’s most significant contemporary composers. In 2008, she was named ’Composer of the Year’ by Musical America. In addition, she has received several internationally distinguished awards, including the Grawemeyer Composition Award for her opera L’Amour de loin in 2003. In 1997, she was awarded one of France’s highest cultural honours, the title ’Chevalier de l’Ordre des Arts et des Lettres’.
 
Kaija Saariaho has been commissioned by the BBC, Ircam, the New York Philharmonic, the Lincoln Center in New York, the Salzburg Music Festival, the Théâtre de Châtelet in Paris and the Finnish National Opera, among others.
 
Kaija Saariaho frequently draws inspiration from extra-musical sources, be they the night sky, the natural environment or literature. Saariaho studied music and fine arts in parallel before taking up composition, the latter at the graphic arts department of the University of Art and Design Helsinki. She studied composition with Paavo Heininen at the Sibelius Academy from 1976 to 1981 and continued with Brian Ferneyhough at the Freiburg Music Academy, completing her diploma in 1983.
 
Kaija Saariaho has been living mainly in Paris since 1982. 

"... As befits a work that deals with a thoroughly depressing life, the music is unremittingly gloomy. Saariaho’s harmonic language is quite abstract. Ms Upshaw handles her lines with ease and commitment ... The Finnish Radio Symphony sounds good."

Barry Kilpatrick - American Record Guide - September/October 2013


"... Esa-Pekka Salonen, long a champion of Saariaho’s music, is the conductor. If such things can be judged from recordings (this one is billed as live) he has done fine work in sorting out the orchestral balances... she [Dawn Upshaw] gives a performance of great intention, discipline and energy, and it is delightful to have her back."

William R Braun - Opera News magazine - September 2013


                             ***** - Exceptional disc

Alessandro Turba - Musica magazine - June 2013


                             ***  - Good Disc

Michaël Sebaoun - Classica magazine - June 2013


 "... Dawn Upshaw does as much with the demanding vocal lines as anyone could expect of her, and Salonen and his forces keep everything in sharp focus..."

David Fanning - Gramophone magazine - July 2013


"...This is meat and potatoes for Dawn Upshaw, who has made a career performing new pieces like this, and there is no disappointment here at all. Salonen is also a first choice for a work like this, and performances are simply superb. The SACD sound gives the work all it could ask for, and there are some explosive moments to be had which shine forth in Saariaho’s considerable sonic splendor. Worth a purchase, but know what you are getting into; this is, I suspect an important piece of music."  *****
 
Steven Ritter - AudiophileAudition.com - 26 April 2013



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