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New clarinet concerto by Kaija Saariaho

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Kari Kriikku again with the New York Philharmonic and Alan Gilbert.
In the program on September 2014 the U.S. premiere of Unsuk Chin’s clarinet concerto.

D’om le vrai sens

As a champion of contemporary music the next work that now takes pride of place in Kari Kriikku’s repertoire list is Kaija Saariaho’s “D’OM LE VRAI SENS”, of which he gave the world premieres throughout the 2010/11 season.   The world premiere performances by the co-commissioning parties were:

  • Finnish Radio  Symphony and Sakari Oramo
  • BBC Symphony Orchestra and David Robertson
  • Swedish Radio Symphony  and John Storgårds
  • Orquestra Nacional do Porto, Casa da Musica and John Storgårds
  • Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France and Esa-Pekka Salonen, at the 2011 Présence Festival in Paris

Performances have continued in Vienna’s Konzerthaus with the Vienna Symphony Radio orchestra under the baton  of Cornelius Meister. And in 2011/12 season Kari will perform it with:

  • Flemish Radio Orchestra, Brugge Concertgebouw, Composer Residency Kaija Saariaho
  • Leipzig Gewandhaus and Vladimir Jurowski
  • Bergen Philharmonic and Juanjo Mena
  • Essen Philhamoniker and Dima Slobodeniouk

In Summer 2011 Ondine released the recording of the concerto with Finnish Radio Symphony conducted by Sakari Oramo.

The inspirations behind “D’OM LE VRAI SENS” are the famous medieval tapestries of “La Dame à la Licorne” housed in the Muséee National du Moyen Âge, Paris.   The tapestries each depict on of the the five senses, and intriguingly a ‘sixth sense’, with the name of each of the tapestries lending itself to the six “movements” or sections of the piece;  L’Ouïe (Hearing), La Vue (Sight), L’Odorat (Smell), Le Toucher (Touch), Le Goût (Taste), A mon seul Désir (According to my desire alone).

Much can be said about the symbolism and metaphors in these works of art, as they are especially rich enhanced brilliantly in this composition not least by the soloist adopting different positions in the concert hall.

More information can be found on the website of the Musée national du Moyen Âge, Paris (www.musee-moyenage.fr).

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