Finnish composer Kaija Saariaho combines influences ranging from the complexity of her teacher Brian Ferneyhough to the inwardness of Japanese Buddhism. She has spoken of possessing a form of synaesthesia: “The visual and the musical world are one to me ... Different senses, shades of colour, or textures and tones of light, even fragrances and sounds blend in my mind. They form a complete world in itself.” Her opera L’amour de loin (Love from Afar), inspired by the poetry of the 12th-century French troubadour Jaufré Rudel, won the 2003 Grawemeyer Award for composition. The Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin under Kent Nagano wonderfully captures this sombre, glistening, otherworldly score.