the other album of her music that I have. This 2002 release was recorded the year previous. First up is Graal théâtre (1997), a two-part violin concerto, followed by Solar (1993), an ensemble piece with small parts for two synths, one playing quarter tone metallic bells sounds and the other fleshing out the piano and percussion.
Lastly, the highlight of this programme for me is definitely Lichtbogen, or arc of light, inspired by seeing the Aurora Borealis in the Arctic sky. This one dates from 1986 when Saariaho was working much more deeply with computer software manipulations of sound. It's a stunning, 16-minute haze of shifting light and texture, especially as it goes on and the sound gets more and more eerily transformed. Recommended, as are the other two works on the album. Another great example of this composer's unique sonic signature.
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