Da Camera is honored to present the world premiere of Sombre, a new chamber work by Kaija Saariaho commissioned specifically for and inspired by Houston's Rothko Chapel.
The Paris-based Finnish composer Kaija Saariaho stands apart with her sensual, expansive soundscapes and sensitive spirituality. Carnegie Hall's 2011/2012 composer-in-residence, Saariaho turns to texts by American poet Ezra Pound to create Sombre, a powerfully evocative work featuring baritone Daniel Belcher, the star of Saariaho's recent opera, Amour de loin.
Sombre (world premiere; commissioned by Da Camera)
Ballade for piano
Dolce Tormento for piccolo
Fall for harp
Deux mélodies hébraïques for voice and piano
Additional works of Ravel and Messiaen for piano solo
Daniel Belcher, baritone; Camilla Hoitenga, bass flute; Bridget Kibbey, harp; Matthew Strauss, percussion; Sarah Rothenberg, piano; Kaija Saariaho, guest composer
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