Ondine Records has this month announced the release of American cellist Wilhelmina Smith‘s new CD: Esa-Pekka Salonen & Kaija Saariaho: Works for Solo Cello.
The disc features Finnish composer Esa-Pekka Salonen‘s (b. 1958) Yta III for Cello, Knock, Breathe, Shine and Sarabande per un coyote, Giuseppe Colombi‘s ‘Ciaccona a basso solo‘ – and Kaija Saariaho‘s (b.1952) ‘Dreaming Chaconne, Petals, Sept Papillons and Spins and Spells.
‘I’ve been drawn to Esa-Pekka’s music since I first learned his “Mania,” … the technical demands of which he once described as “juggling chainsaws” …” Wilhelmina has told The Violin Channel.
“His solo works here transcend mere technical boundary-breaking … they are infused with humor, character, virtuosity, and spirituality … and Kaija’s music, with it’s sheer beauty, inventiveness, and other-worldliness I find intriguing and tantalizing,” the former Leonard Rose international Cello Competition prize winner has said.
“My inspiration, simply put, is their ingenious music … I hope that listeners will be taken on this captivating musical journey.”
Esa-Pekka Salonen & Kaija Saariaho Works for Solo Cello
Wilhelmina Smith, Cello
Label: Ondine Records
Release Date: March 8, 2019