Grammy® Award winner Gloria Cheng brings an exquisite array of touch to this program which couples the first mature works of Olivier Messiaen with the darkly radiant music of Kaija Saariaho, who attended this first recording of her "Ballade" and "Prelude". Cheng is joined by the genre-crossing Calder Quartet for Saariaho's 2003 trio "Je sens un deuxième cœur" and Messiaen's "Pièce pour piano et quatuor à cordes". As the New York Times says, "It's not just that Ms. Cheng plays…with such commanding technique, color and imagination. She has brought together works that fascinatingly complement one another."
"This album portrays the connections I perceived between, as Peter Sellars describes in his
liner notes, 'these most feminine works in Messiaen's entire catalogue,' and the deeply
expressive, passionate music of Kaija Saariaho. I am thrilled to have the Calder Quartet,
with whom I've joyfully collaborated for many years, join me in this endeavor."