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Anton Bruckner (1824-1896)
Symphony No. 4 in E-flat major
(original version of 1874)
Gustav Mahler (1860-1911)
Symphony No. 3 in D minor
Sketches of Greece
Songs for mezzosoprano and piano
Works by
Kaija Saariaho & Jean Sibelius
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Katharina Persicke · soprano
Henryk Böhm · baritone
Pauliina Tukiainen · piano
Stephanie Winker · flute
Frank-Michael Guthmann · violoncello
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What does Finland sound like? Is there a Finnish sound? Is the answer to this question found in vast snowy landscapes or bright midsummer nights? Is it the feeling of endless tranquility and silence on the footpath along a secluded lake? Is it the hard road to independence, is it “sisu” (the Finnish word for perseverance and strength), or is it the melancholy in Finnish music that moves us? Were nature and history also the inspiration for the two composers on this CD, Jean Sibelius and Kaija Saariaho? Perhaps it is Finland’s cultural position between Slavic gloom and the Western European attitude towards life that makes the Finnish musical language so unique. Kaija Saariaho is one of the most popular contemporary composers and has long been at home in international concert halls. She has lived in Paris for the most part for 20 years, studied in Freiburg, has received numerous accolades in recent years – including Composer of the Year by the magazine Musical America – and nevertheless feels connected to her native country. In her compositions, vocal, instrumental, and electronic elements blend in a richly facetted, colorful musical language.

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Track List

Kaija Saariaho (*1952)
1.   Mirrors for flute and violoncello  
    (Version I) 03:32
Leinolaulut | Leino Songs for soprano and piano
2. I Sua katselen 03:03
3. II Sydän 01:54
4. III Rauha 04:46
5. IV Iltarukous 03:55
Jean Sibelius (1865 - 1957)
6.   Romance op. 78 No. 2 for violoncello and piano 03:03
7.   Komm herbei, Tod op. 60 No. 1 03:01
8.   Im Feld ein Mädchen singt op. 50 No. 3 03:07
9.   Aus banger Brust op. 50 No. 4 02:13
10.   Die stille Stadt op. 50 No. 5 02:23
11.   Granen op. 75 No. 5 for piano solo 03:24
12.   Till trånaden for piano solo 01:53
Kaija Saariaho
13.   Mirage for soprano, violoncello and piano 15:28
Jean Sibelius
14.   Svarta rosor op. 36 No. 1 01:59
15.   Den första kyssen op. 37 No. 1 02:06
16.   Var det en dröm? op. 37 No. 4 02:07
17.   Flickan kom ifrån sin älsklings möte op. 37 No. 5 03:05
18.   Tanken (duet for two voices and piano) 01:35
Kaija Saariaho

Mirrors (Version II)

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