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Hubert Culot
MusicWeb International, April 2013

These performances by musicians having a close working association with the composer are ideal. They are also superbly served by Ondine’s beautiful recording. Full marks, too, for Kimmo Korhonen’s excellent insert notes. This well-filled release is an important addition to Saariaho’s ever-growing discography and a must for all devotees of her music. © 2013 MusicWeb International Read complete review

David Fanning
Gramophone, March 2013

Performances are uniformly first-rate and the recording is pretty much ideal. The CD is self-recommending to contemporary-music connoisseurs, but not exclusively to them. © 2013 Gramophone Read complete review on Gramophone

Allen Gimbel
American Record Guide, January 2013

This well-played release gives a clear account of the composer’s musical language. © 2013 American Record Guide Read complete review on American Record Guide online

David Olds
The WholeNote, October 2012

The intimacy of this chamber version of Mirage is simply stunning…Cloud Trio…[is] performed by the Zebra Trio which includes former TSO principal violist Steven Dann, Karttunen and violinist Ernst Kovacic. The eerie ethereal string timbres in this aptly named work have to be heard to be believed. Dann, Karttunen and Hakkila are featured in Je sens un deuxième coeur, a five movement work based on Saariaho’s 2003 opera Adriana Mater. It is certainly an effective chamber work…The other offerings are Cendres for alto flute, cello and piano which involves extended techniques and vocalisms from the flutist (Mikael Hesasvuo), and Serenatas for percussion (Florent Jodelet), cello and piano. The latter once again draws on other Saariaho works as points of departure, in this case the cello concerto Notes on Light and, bringing the disc full circle, the opening piece Mirage…This recording presents a wealth of diverse textures and instruments with definitive performances by musicians who have collaborated extensively with Saariaho, one of the most distinctive voices in the music of our time. © 2012 The WholeNote Read complete review

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