MIDEM Classical Award for Saariaho disc
28th January 2009
The winning recording features the world premiere performance of Mirage (2007), an ecstatic 15-minute piece for soprano, cello and orchestra. Soprano Karita Mattila and cellist Anssi Karttunen, the two dedicatees with whom Saariaho closely collaborated during the composition, perform together with the Orchestre de Paris under Christoph Eschenbach. The live recording also includes Notes on Light , a cello concerto that Saariaho wrote for Anssi Karttunen in 2006, and Orion (2002) for symphony orchestra.
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