In 2019, in a poll of 174 composers conducted by BBC Music Magazine, the Finn Kaija Saariaho was judged the greatest living composer in the world. Founder, with Magnus Lindberg, of the Ears Open group, Saariaho has consolidated, over the years, this outstanding reputation through pieces commissioned by the Lincoln Center or by the Salzburg Festival. Tom Service, in The Guardian, wrote of her that “there are few composers who have dared to dream of sound images of such magnetic power”. At Gulbenkian Música, her work will be conducted by Alexander Liebreich, the Principal Conductor of the Prague Radio Symphony Orchestra.
Kaija Saariaho(n. 1952)
Suite from Émilie *
2. Interlude I
4. Interlude II
5. Contre l’oubli
Felix Mendelssohn-Bartholdy (1809– 1847)
Symphony No. 3, in A minor, op. 56, Scottish
1. Andante con moto – Allegro un poco agitato
2. Scherzo: Vivace non troppo
3. Adagio cantabile
4. Finale: Allegro vivacissimo – Allegro maestoso assai
* Portuguese premiere (the opera Émilie was co-commissioned by the Calouste Gulbenkian Foudation, da Ópera Nacional de Lyon e do Barbican Centre de Londres).