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FOCUS: KAIJA SAARIAHO
In 2022 Kaija Saariaho, Finland’s most internationally successful contemporary composer, celebrated her 70th birthday, but the celebrations should carry on. In the concert, with music selected by Saariaho, we hear works that are important to her, such as her teacher Paavo Heininen’s Arioso from 1967, Bartók’s Music for Strings, Percussion and Celesta (familiar from Stanley Kubrick’s film The Shining) a recent orchestral work by Outi Tarkiainen. Saariaho’s song cycle True Fire is performed by Gerald Finley, the Canadian baritone who premiered the work in Los Angeles and who has triumphed in all the world’s major opera houses.