Review | San Francisco Classical Voice

San Francisco Classical Voice - January 22, 2019

Kaija Saariaho’s Sept Papillons explored the outer ranges of cello technique. The solo piece prominently featured the use of harmonics — notes in which the string is partially held down, allowing only certain overtones to vibrate in the air, producing a transparent and ethereal sound. Cellist Juliette Herlin carried these out with technical accuracy while still bringing impressive artistry to the piece. She held the audience’s attention — no small feat for a piece that highlighted the grit and dissonance inherent in the extremes of extended cello technique.

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