Kaija Saariaho

70 Years

(Digital album)

Orchestre Philharmonique de Strasbourg, Orchestre National
Avanti! Chamber Orchestra
Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra
Orchestre de Paris
Marko Letonja, conductor
Christoph Eschenbach, conductor
Hannu Lintu, conductor
Sakari Oramo, conductor
Jukka-Pekka Saraste, conductor
Esa-Pekka Salonen, conductor
Wilhemina Smith, cello
Gerald Finley, bass-baritone
Camilla Hoitenga, flute
Anssi Karttunen, cello
Anu Komsi, soprano
Karita Mattila, soprano
John Storgårds, violin
Gabriel Suovanen, baritone
Dawn Upshaw, soprano
Karen Vourc'h, soprano

Finnish contemporary


Digital album on Kaija Saariaho's 70th anniversary

Digital Only

January 2023

Catalogue No.:
ODE 1407-2


Track listing

Digital Only 2:55:32
Kaija Saariaho (1952-)
1 Ciel d'hiver for orchestra 9:43
2 Laterna Magica (2008) 23:40
3 River (from True Fire) 5:14
4 Petals (1988) 8:46
Graal théâtre, for solo violin and chamber orchestra (1997) 29:43
5 I. 18:25
6 II. 11:18
7 Fall (from Maa) 5:27
8 Sua katselen (from Leino Songs) 3:01
9 On fire (from Notes on Light) 3:12
10 Fleurs de Neige for string quartet 4:17
11 Presentiments (from Émilie Suite) 8:13
12 II. Sempre dolce, ma energico, sempre a tempo (from Cloud Trio) 3:46
13 Première Station (from La Passion de Simone) 3:18
14 Ultime Station (from La Passion de Simone) 7:16
15 Tocar 7:22
16 L'Amour de loin (from Cinq reflets de l'amour de loin) 7:25
Quatre instants (2002) 21:40
17 I. Attente 5:07
18 II. Douleur 6:06
19 III. Parfum l'instant 3:47
20 IV. Résonances 6:40
21 Memento mori (from Orion) 6:58

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Complete description

Selection of tracks from Kaija Saariaho’s 15-album discography on Ondine to celebrate her 70th anniversary of birth.


Composer Kaija Saariaho (b. 1952) celebrated her 70th birthday on October 14, 2022. Saariaho is known as one of the most celebrated living composers. In 2019, BBC Music Magazine made a survey ranking ‘50 Greatest Composers of All Time’. Kaija Saariaho was on position 17 – the best result for any living composer, and ahead of the likes of Brahms, Schubert and Tchaikovsky, to name a few.


Ondine released its first complete album devoted to the music of Kaija Saariaho in 1992. During the three decades to follow, Ondine’s collaboration with Kaija Saariaho has resulted in more than 15 album releases creating several award-winning recordings and the most extensive catalogue of Saariaho’s music on any record label.