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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.
Magnus Lindberg: Graffiti
Magnus Lindberg: Seht die Sonne
“...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.”
“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.”
1st August 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.”
“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”
12th 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.”