Kaija Saariaho
Du cristal
...à la fumée
Sept Papillons

Kronos Quartet
Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra
Esa-Pekka Salonen, conductor
Petri Alanko, flute
Hank Dutt, viola
David Harrington, violin
Joan Jeanrenaud, cello
Anssi Karttunen, cello
John Sherba, violin

Finnish contemporary


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


May 2004

Catalogue No.:
ODE 1047-2


Track listing

CD 68:47
Kaija Saariaho (1952-)
1 Du cristal for symphony orchestra (1989-1990) 16:40
2 ...à la fumée, for alto flute, cello and symphony orchestra (1990) 21:13
3 Nymphéa for string quartet and electronics (1987) 18:41
Sept papillons, for solo cello (2000) 11:48
4 Papillon I: Dolce, leggiero, libero 1:46
5 Papillon II: Leggiere, molto espressivo 1:30
6 Papillon III: Calmo, con tristezza 1:32
7 Papillon IV: Dolce, tranquillo 2:13
8 Papillon V: Lento, misterioso 1:32
9 Papillon VI: Sempre poco nervoso, senza tempo 2:02
10 Papillon VII: Molto espressivo, energico 1:10

Awards 'Empfehlung'

Press review

The Finnish cellist Anssi Karttunen performs these volatile and fugitive pieces (Sept papillons) with grace and clarity. (...) The Los Angeles Philharmonic manages in an enchanting way to make audible what constitutes the basic components of Saariaho's elegant construction of colour and sound: finding the balance through extremes in articulation, phrasing and sound, as well as artfully delicate transition. (...) This CD proves that contemporary music is not necessarily austere or ethereal, but can present itself in a very approachable and sensual way. (...) The entire production is a splendid and entirely successful example of contemporary sound magic.
Tobias Pfleger,, October 8, 2004, Recommended*****

Complete description

This CD features four works by Finnish composer Kaija Saariaho: Sept papillons is combined with three previously released recordings (ODE 804-2, 1992) of Du cristal, ...à la fumée and Nymphéa.