Grammy Awards 62nd Awards (2020) Nominee - Best Classical Compendium
Kaija Saariaho (b. 1952) is among the most prominent names in contemporary music scene today. This new album by the Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra conducted by Hannu Lintu includes world première recordings of three works by Saariaho featuring bass-baritone Gerald Finley and harpist Xavier de Maistre as soloists.
[True Fire is] sung with glorious lyricism and clarity by Gerald Finley…Lintu’s agile direction of the excellent Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra balances every detail in Saariaho’s intricate, crystalline scores, and the recording quality from Ondine is top-notch to. Not to be missed. BBC *****
It’s Gerald Finley’s wondrous delivery of a restrained but soulful vocal line that makes the song-cycle True Fire…Where the vocal line is focused, the orchestral writing would be nothing without its surface effects…Ciel d’hiver, a downsized version of the central movement of Saariaho’s Orio…is patiently, broodingly and richly played by Lintu and the FRSO. This was the composer in good vintage. Gramophone
The performers draw out every luminous detail of Saariaho’s writing. MusicWeb