Content:

Kaija Saariaho
Maa - Ballet Music in Seven Scenes



Artists:
Eva Tigerstedt, flute
Mikko-Ville Luolajan-Mikkola, violin
Tuula Riisalo, viola
Lea Pekkala, cello
Pauliina Ahola, harp
Jaana Kärkkäinen, harpsicord
Juhani Liimatainen, electronics
Tapio Aaltonen, percussion
Juhani Hapuli, percussion
Tapio Tuomela, conductor

Genres:
Chamber
Finnish contemporary

Features:

Booklet with liner notes in English, French, German and Finnish

Format:
CD

Released:
January 1992

Catalogue No.:
ODE 791-2

EAN/UPC Code:
6413657779122

Track listing

CD 73:56
Kaija Saariaho (1952-)
Maa - Ballet Music in Seven Scenes (1991)
1 I. Journey 7:33
2 II. Gates 11:03
3 III. ...de la Terre (Door) 14:11
4 IV. Forest 8:33
5 V. Windows 10:01
6 VI. Fall 5:27
7 VII. Aer (Phoenix) 17:08


Complete description

This CD features Finnish composer Kaija Saariaho's ballet music Maa, a commission from the Ballet of the Finnish National Opera to a choreography by Carolyn Carlson. Mixing and manipulation of sounds was carried out in the Finnish Radio Experimental Studio. The work's first performance took place on October 31, 1991, at the Finnish National Opera. Maa ("earth" / "land" / "country" / "world") has an abstract, non-narrative plot which is built around thematic archetypes such as doors, gates, stepping into new worlds, journeys and the crossing of waters.

This recording was made by the Finnish Broadcasting Company YLE in December 1991 and March 1992, in close collaboration with the composer.