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Magnus Lindberg (b.1958)

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Lindberg, M: Clarinet Concerto, etc.

Lindberg, M:

Clarinet Concerto

Gran Duo

Chorale


(World première recording)

“Lindberg composed his Clarinet Quintet for Kriikku in 1992, and it is hard to imagine that this fabulously attractive work would ever have appeared without him to play it so brilliantly.” The Guardian Classical CD of the Week*****

“The clarinet has featured prominently as a solo instrument in Magnus Lindberg's output throughout his career, though it was only in 2002 that he set about writing a concerto for his longtime colleague Kari Kriikku. The finished article, however, is really very different from 1980s pieces such as Ablauf and Linea d'ombra.
Running for 25 minutes, the work's four sections play continuously, if not seamlessly. Beautifully written for the instrument, there are hints of Debussy in the opening pages and – in the orchestration – of Barber and Copland later on, but the Concerto is in no way derivative. It proceeds with ineluctable momentum through a varied tonal landscape (including some decidedly jazz-like passages) to an ecstatic peroration that is deeply moving and uplifting, before closing out serenely: Rautavaara meeting Gershwin, perhaps.
There is something of Rautavaara's manner in the modest Chorale (2001-2), written to precede Berg's Violin Concerto (both use the chorale Esist genug). The larger Gran Duo for winds and brass (1999), with its suggestions of Stravinsky's Symphonies of Wind Instruments, is utterly different though no less impressive. The duo is between the woodwinds and brass en masse, the work a bracing dialogue across some 20 minutes with fascinating incidents along the way, not least where the textures pare down to chamber proportions, though the dark-hued coda has considerable cumulative power. Very strongly recommended.”
Gramophone Classical Music Guide, 2010

“Magnus Lindberg's Clarinet Concerto has enjoyed phenomenal success since its 2002 premiere… A marvellous vehicle for the amazing virtuosity of clarinettist Kari Krikku, this is a shiny, sophisticated, nostalgic cultural artefact, indubitably contemporary in language yet sensuously easy (tuneful, even) on the ear. ...is a stunning disc.” BBC Music Magazine, September 2005 *****

Presto Disc of the Week

27th October 2008

GGramophone Awards 2006

Record of the Year Finalist

GGramophone Magazine

Editor's Choice - October 2005

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Lindberg, M: Feria (1995-97), etc.

Lindberg, M:

Feria (1995-97)

Corrente II

Arena 2 (1996)


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A Due

A Due

Contemporary Duos for Clarinet and Cello


Bergman, E:

Karanssi, Op. 114

Hakola:

Capriole for bass clarinet and cello

Heininen:

Short I, Op. 58

Jokinen:

Pros

Kortekangas:

Iscrizione

Länsiö:

A Due

Lindberg, M:

Steamboat Bill Jr

Meriläinen:

Unes

Saariaho:

Oi Kuu (To the Moon)

Tiensuu:

Plus II


Kari Kriikku (clarinet/bass clarinet) & Anssi Karttunen (cello)

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I Ching

I Ching

Contemporary music for percussion


Adderley:

Mechanics I

Lindberg, M:

Metal Work

Nørgård:

Thunder Repeated: The Image of Shock

The Taming Power of the Small

The Gentle, the Penetrating

Towards Completion: Fire Over Water


Eirik Raude (percussion)

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Krönung (Coronation)

Krönung (Coronation)


Baltakas:

(co)ro(na)

World Premiere Recording

Lindberg, M:

Joy

Saunders, R:

cinnabar

World Premiere Recording

Xenakis:

Thalleïn


musikFabrik

The focus of Coronation is not on blue blood or kingly power but music that sends up shoots and produces blossoms like crowns. "(co)ro(na)", by Vykintas Baltakas, springs from a cascade of motivic branchings, its roots in a cycle of works named after the alchemical Ouroboros, a snake that swallows its own tail. Its ‘dragon’s blood’, so the legends say, is cinnabar red – like the hue that shines in cinnabar by Rebecca Saunders. Magnus Lindberg’s Joy expresses itself through its profligacy with spectral harmonies and the resonant snapping of the strings of a demolished piano. Iannis Xenakis creates archaic dances, refulgent with the brass tones characteristic of so many musical moments: this is the sound that crowns the affair.

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Lindberg: Arena 2, Coyote Blues, Tendenza, Corrente

Lindberg: Arena 2, Coyote Blues, Tendenza, Corrente


Lindberg, M:

Arena 2 (1996)

Coyote Blues (1993)

Tendenza (1982)

Corrente (1992)


Avanti! Chamber Orchestra, Sakari Oramo

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Lindberg - Complete Piano Music

Lindberg - Complete Piano Music


Lindberg, M:

Musik för Två Pianon

with Maarten van Veen (piano II)

Klavierstück

Tre Pianostycke

Play I

with Maarten van Veen (piano II)

Twine

Jubilees

Etude No. 1

Etude No. 2


Ralph van Raat (piano)

Magnus Lindberg is one of Finland’s most important living composers. The differences between his piano works from the late 1970s and early 1980s and those composed in the early years of the 21st century, following a break of 12 years, can seem quite stark.

Whereas works such as Musik för Två Pianon (1976) and Klavierstück (1977) are based strictly on serial procedures, the emergence of a vibrant, more approachable and less extreme style can be heard in Jubilees (2000) and the two Etudes (2001/2004), which even share harmonic, textural and stylistic parallels with Chopin, Liszt, Debussy, Rachmaninov, Scriabin and Messiaen

“Ralph van der Raat… provides impressive readings of all these highly contrasted pieces… His rhythmic precision, subtlety and alacrity of pedalling, and bravura despatch of the most difficult textures makes this an absorbing release.” BBC Music Magazine, January 2009 ****

“Ralph van Raat is admirably attuned to the music's intricate voicing and weighting, helped by a recording that gives the piano just the right amount of presence and space.” Gramophone Magazine, December 2008

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Lindberg - Graffiti & Seht die Sonne

Lindberg - Graffiti & Seht die Sonne

World Prèmiere Recordings


Lindberg, M:

Graffiti for chamber chorus and orchestra

Seht die Sonne for orchestra


Magnus Lindberg is one of today’s most acclaimed living composers, and currently serves as the New York Philharmonic’s composer-in-residence.

This new recording showcases his famed skills as an orchestral composer. Seht die Sonne (“Behold the Sun”; 2007) is an ideal example of his recent, more approachable style.

GRAFFITI (2009) is Magnus Lindberg’s first large-scale choral work with orchestra, which earned him the 2009 Finnish Composer Society’s Award. The sung texts are a selection of 2000-year-old Latin graffiti inscriptions from the walls of excavated Pompeii houses.

Sakari Oramo and the Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra are experienced champions of their compatriot’s music; their recording of Sculpture / Campana in aria / Concerto for orchestra was listed by the New York Times among a selection of the 22 most notable recordings of 2008.

“There are Stravinskian as well as Straussian associations here but the overall result seems to me to have more in common with Carmina Burana than Les Noces, and some of the instrumental writing could be taken as parodying (or celebrating) Hollywood conventions of a Korngoldian Ancient Rome. Whether or not Lindberg is consciously mocking such lush aestheticisation of the primitive and the barbaric is impossible to tell. But the effect is always upbeat, exuberant and laid down with immense panache by the Finnish forces involved, in spectacularly vivid sound.” Gramophone Magazine, March 2010

“Swedish composer Magnus Lindberg’s setting, for chorus and orchestra, of graffiti found buried in Pompeii could hardly be described as original...But as a celebration of the fierce pagan joy of these ancient scraps it seems exactly right.” The Telegraph, 12th March 2010

“Taken together they show how effective his recent style is in creating large-scale musical structures...The teeming detail of the two works is far better appreciated on disc than it was at their London premieres” The Guardian

“...the truly individual moments are the most affecting - particularly the ethereal conclusion. In both works the orchestra under Sakari Oramo is a treasure trove of colour.” BBC Music Magazine, May 2010 *****

“Graffiti is the Finn’s first work for chorus and orchestra...No other music exploits a full orchestra in quite the hefty, intricate, expressively airless manner [Lindberg] has made his own....[Seht die Sonne] has an enthralling turbulence...The performances are superb.” Sunday Times, 1st August 2010 ***

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Lindberg: Mano a mano, Takemitsu: In the Woods & Henze: Royal Winter Music

Lindberg: Mano a mano, Takemitsu: In the Woods & Henze: Royal Winter Music


Henze, H:

Royal Winter Music 1 - First Sonata on Shakespearean Characters for Guitar

Lindberg, M:

Mano a mano

Takemitsu:

In the Woods - Three pieces for guitar


Timo Korhonen (guitar)

World Première Recording

“Throughout, Korhonen's fluency gives a fragrant spaciousness to the music that allows each detail to shimmer with significance within the context of the whole. Simply put, this is masterful playing on every level.” Gramophone Magazine, June 2007

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Magnus Lindberg: Al Largo, Cello Concerto No. 2 & Era

Magnus Lindberg: Al Largo, Cello Concerto No. 2 & Era


Lindberg, M:

Al largo

Era

Cello Concerto No. 2

Anssi Karttunen (cello)


Magnus Lindberg (b. 1958) is among the most important European contemporary voices in classical music. This recording includes some of Lindberg’s most recent orchestral works written during and after hiscomposer-in-residence years with the New York Philharmonic Orchestra (2009–12). Lindberg is continuing as the composer-in-residence with the London Philharmonic Orchestra 2014–17.

“Fine performances, and a composer who never disappoints” Gramophone Magazine, March 2016

“Lindberg may protest post-modern post-Romanticism, and may knowingly reference Strauss’s ironic prankster Till Eulenspiegel; but although some of his musical thinking feels dreamlike, free-associative, more often the effect isn’t really ‘post’ at all – more Central European late Romanticism with a 21st-century accent. And none the worse for that, especially in these sumptuous, sweeping performances.” BBC Music Magazine, July 2016 *****

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