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Graffiti, Seht Die Sonne

Album Summary

>Lindberg, Magnus : GRAFFITI, for chorus & orchestra
>Lindberg, Magnus : Seht die Sonne, for orchestra
Conductor Ensemble
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Notes & Reviews:

Gramophone Magazine
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.

The Telegraph
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 Guardian
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.

BBC Music Magazine
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.

Sunday Times
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.


Another Lindberg masterpiece
Few contemporary composers have produced as steady a stream of intellectually engaging and accessible music as Finland’s Magnus Lindberg. Lindberg has excelled in so many genres that it’s surprising he has never written a choral work until now. Graffiti, a large-scale work for choir and orchestra, premiered in 2009 and won the Finnish Teosto Award. The work is in one long movement and in it the composer sets ancient Latin graffiti inscriptions that were found on the walls of Pompeii. It’s a fascinating idea and these little snippets – some are as banal as notice for a missing pot, while others such as “You are dead, you are nothing”— are especially poignant considering Pompeii’s grim fate. Lindberg weaves some lean but extremely colorful orchestral writing around a rather eclectic vocal style that has some echoes of Britten and, more obviously, Orff. The comparison to Orff’s Carmina Burana is surely going to be made by some, but Lindberg makes a potent statement without any of Orff’s vulgar excesses. The balance of the recording is devoted to Lindberg’s 2007 Seht die Sonne (Behold the Sun), an orchestral piece that takes its title from the final choral section of Schoenberg’s Gurrelieder. This is muscular and ecstatic orchestral music on the grand scale. Lindberg’s music is filled with big gestures and whether it’s the concerto grosso-like passages for solo instruments (the cello cadenza in the second movement) or the haunting chorale in the final movement, everything works brilliantly. I don’t think there has been such a powerful orchestral work in the post-Messiaen era. The performances by the Helsinki Chamber Choir and Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra are miraculous. The choir sings with power, passion and athleticism – this is difficult music! Men’s voices are richly sonorous and the women are their match at the upper end of the register. Outstanding in every way, I can’t wait until the next Lindberg premiere.
Submitted on 05/11/10 by Craig Zeichner 
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Works Details

>Lindberg, Magnus : GRAFFITI, for chorus & orchestra
  • Conductor: Sakari Oramo
  • Running Time: 4 min. 12 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 2009

>Lindberg, Magnus : Seht die Sonne, for orchestra
  • Conductor: Sakari Oramo
  • Notes: House of Culture, Helsinki, Finland (09/04/2008-09/05/2008)
  • Running Time: 12 min. 16 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 2007