Kaija Saariaho

Kaija Saariaho

Also known as K. Saariaho, KS, Saariaho
This performer (group) in the Internet: http://www.saariaho.org, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kaija_Saariaho

Discography of Kaija Saariaho:

# Release title Total tracks Type of release is Imprint date Label
1 Private Gardens / Prisma 14 Audio 2001 Montaigne
2 Six Japanese Gardens & Trois Rivières Delta 11 Audio 2002 INA-GRM
3 Du Cristal …À La Fumée / Sept Papillons / Nymphéa 11 Audio 2004 Ondine
4 L'Oeuvre Pour Violoncelle. Complete Cello Works. Musiikkia Sellolle 16 Audio 2006 æon
5 Maa 7 Audio 1992 Ondine
6 New Gates 4 Audio 2000 Mode
7 From The Grammar Of Dreams 19 Audio 2000 Ondine
8 Verblendungen - Lichtbogen - Io - Stilleben 4 Audio 1989 Finlandia Records
9 Verblendungen - Jardin Secret I - Laconisme De L'Aile - ...Sah Den Vögeln 4 Audio 1985 BIS
10 Chamber Music 15 Audio 2004 Kairos
11 In Due Tempi 3 Audio 2005
12 Du Cristal …À La Fumée / Nymphéa 3 Audio 1993 Ondine
13 From Scandinavia 4 Audio 2001
14 D'Om Le Vrai Sens · Laterna Magica · Leino Songs 14 Audio 2011 Ondine
15 Notes On Light · Orion · Mirage 12 Audio 2008-09-09 Ondine
16 A Portrait Of Kaija Saariaho 5 Audio 1997 BIS
17 L'Amour De Loin 35 Audio 2009 harmonia mundi
18 Jardin Secret II 3 Audio Edition Wilhelm Hansen
19 From Scandinavia 4 Audio 1996 Montaigne
20 Works For Orchestra 44 Audio 2012 Ondine
21 La Passion De Simone 17 Audio 2013 Ondine
22 Autumnal Fantasy 7 Audio 1987 Jase


Kaija Saariaho is a composer of contemporary and experimental music, born 14 Oct 1952, in Helsinki, Finland. She attended the Helsinki University of Art and Design, studied at the Sibelius Academy with [a=Paavo Heininen] (1976–81), and later at the Freiburg Musikhochschule (1981–2) with [a=Brian Ferneyhough], [a=Klaus Huber]. In 1982, she moved to Paris where she has worked regularly at [l=IRCAM]. She has also worked in San Diego (1988–89) and served as visiting professor of composition at the Sibelius Academy (1997–98).

Saariaho's early output from the late 1970s includes many melodious vocal works. With 1980's [i]Im Traume For Cello And Piano[/i], however, her focus shifted from melody to tone-colour, which with harmony became a central element in her music; melodies and distinct rhythmic patterns rarely appear. Characteristics of her works from the 1980s include tonal surfaces worked out in rich detail; sensitive, descriptive lyrical writing; and slow transformations. Her search for new timbres has stimulated a wide-ranging study of new instrumental techniques.


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