Towards the Light: Kaija Saariaho Memorial Concert
Marking the first anniversary of Saariaho's death with a sequence of her iridescent music, including her final, powerful choral work 'Reconnaissance'.
Time & Location
Jun 02, 2024, 6:00 PM – 7:10 PM
London, 90 York Wy, London N1 9AG, UK
About the Event
Widely regarded as one of the greatest composers of our time, Kaija Saariaho has left an enduring mark on the world of music. This concert, given by two ensembles and a conductor who knew Saariaho and who are passionate about the universe she created, aims to honour the Finnish composer's limitless imagination.
Saairaho's final choral work, Reconnaissance, described as 'a defining choral masterwork of our era' (Classical Music Daily), contains an urgent message concerning mankind's domination of planet earth. Dubbed a 'science-fiction madrigal', the five-movement work features quotations from the 1972 film Solaris and ends with a Requiem, which will have grave and intimate undertones in the context of this performance.
Alongside Reconnaissance will be Saairaho's other choral milestones Nuits, Adieux and Tag des Jahrs and scintillating musc from her contemporaries, Jonathan Harvey - with whom she shared a colour pallette - and her former student Lotta Wennäkoski, whose Valossa will recieve its UK premiere in this concert.
Kaija Saariaho - Tag des Jahrs
Lotta Wennäkoski - Valossa
Kaija Saariaho - Reconnaissance
Jonathan Harvey - Plainsongs for Peace and Light
Kaija Saariaho - Nuits, Adieux
The Carice Singers
Aaron Holloway-Nahun, electonics
Marianne Schofield, double bass
Sam Wilson, percussion
George Parris, Conductor
Supported by The Finnish Institute in London, the Hinrichsen Foundation, and the Lucille Graham Turst.