- Lonh for soprano & electronics
- Près, for cello & electronics
- Noanoa for flute & electronics
Finnish composer Kaija Saariaho brings together so many elements in her music: electronics, the spoken word, and advanced instrumental techniques. Yet, what's most beguiling about her work is its delicacy. The chill breezes in NoaNoa (for flute and electronics) are the same ones that blow through Sibelius' symphonies. The musical language may be very different, but the sense of atmosphere is similarly palpable. This collection of solo pieces (aided by electronics) is a marvelous introduction to her world. In Lonh, magnificently sung here by Dawn Upshaw, a medieval troubadour's song is filtered through Saariaho's lens and purified. Six Japanese Gardens is ceremonial and remote yet has an emotional immediacy that catches one off guard. This attractively packaged disc comes with an equally stunning CD-ROM that offers further insight into Saariaho's world, as well as an interactive musical game that lets the user get in on the compositional act.