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Magnus Lindberg: Orchestral Music

Audio Samples

>Lindberg, Magnus : Tendenza, for chamber orchestra
>Lindberg, Magnus : Kraft for orchestra
>Lindberg, Magnus : Kinetics, for orchestra
>Lindberg, Magnus : Marea, for orchestra
>Lindberg, Magnus : Joy, for ensemble & electronics
>Lindberg, Magnus : Corrente (Pour Ensemble)
>Lindberg, Magnus : Corrente II for orchestra
>Lindberg, Magnus : Coyote Blues, for chamber orchestra
>Lindberg, Magnus : Arena for orchestra
>Lindberg, Magnus : Arena 2, for 16 instruments
>Lindberg, Magnus : Feria for orchestra
>Lindberg, Magnus : Gran Duo, for 13 winds & 11 brass
>Lindberg, Magnus : Chorale, for orchestra
>Lindberg, Magnus : Concerto for orchestra
>Lindberg, Magnus : Sculpture

Album Summary

>Lindberg, Magnus : Tendenza, for chamber orchestra
>Lindberg, Magnus : Kraft for orchestra
>Lindberg, Magnus : Kinetics, for orchestra
>Lindberg, Magnus : Marea, for orchestra
>Lindberg, Magnus : Joy, for ensemble & electronics
>Lindberg, Magnus : Corrente (Pour Ensemble)
>Lindberg, Magnus : Corrente II for orchestra
>Lindberg, Magnus : Coyote Blues, for chamber orchestra
>Lindberg, Magnus : Arena for orchestra
>Lindberg, Magnus : Arena 2, for 16 instruments
>Lindberg, Magnus : Feria for orchestra
>Lindberg, Magnus : Gran Duo, for 13 winds & 11 brass
>Lindberg, Magnus : Chorale, for orchestra
>Lindberg, Magnus : Concerto for orchestra
>Lindberg, Magnus : Sculpture
Conductors Ensembles Composer

Notes & Reviews:

The Sunday Times, London
The prolific Finn is among the doughtiest writers for large orchestra. This compilation allows one to trace a development from the madcap modernism of Kraft to the eloquent, if thwacking, concision of the two Correntes, and the ceremonious directness of Sculpture.

Pizzicato
Lindberg's music is a powerful feast for the ears, and should convince any skeptic of contemporary music.

MusicWeb International
There's a good English and Finnish booklet by Kimmi Korhonen which tells you what you want to know at about the right pace and length.

Avant-garde origins never quite let go - why should they - but brilliance, fantastic imaginative orchestra textures and Stravinskian mulch all add to the draw of this music.

American Record Guide
One thing all those composers have in common is that undefinable thing called "character", which makes their "greatness" clearly identifiable. Although Lindberg's music does have a clear "Scandinavian" character, it lacks that "arresting" element that captivates the attention and makes you want to return to the work again and again. "Approachable" or not, this is extremely dense, unrelievedly demanding music that will likely have a healthy future in academia, but I wonder how the picky Philharmonic audiences (and players) will take to it over time. Granted, readers are not required to devote 4-1/2 hours to it as I had to for the last couple of weeks, but it can become trying in large doses. Given the composer's newfound stature, though, I do highly recommend making up your own mind, and this set, with its magnificent sonics and outstanding performances, is as good a place to start as any.

london24.com
This collection of works written between 1982 - 2005 is a representative (and striking) sampler of his compositional skill.

Sunday Times
The prodigious Finnish composer (b1958) is among the doughtiest wielders of the large orchestra at work today. His style is instantly recognisable - furiously scurrying surfaces, sounding at once felicitous and computer-controlled, underpinned by slow, rumbling, portentous harmonic changes...This impressive four-disc compilation of some (not all) of his orchestral essays allows one readily to trace his development.



Reviews

Modernism with Heart
Magnus Lindberg is one of the most original and significant yet least intimidating orchestral composers of the 20th century. This magnificent four-CD box set amply showcases his music, which takes the listener on a complex yet accessible voyage full of color, movement, emotion and sensuality. His orchestral drama and virtuosity recalls Stravinsky; his icy tonalities and atonalities rival those of Ligeti (especially in his string passages). Lindberg’s great gift, however, is to make elaborate and sophisticated sound structures unfold in completely natural and organic fashion. The 15 collected works range from the early 1980s to the present, and reflect a constantly evolving, yet artistically consistent approach. Each piece, no matter how abstract, manifests unshakeable structural logic and unity. And while much alternative classical tends to be emotionally arid, Lindberg’s music is always deeply moving. The aptly named “Joy,” a work for chamber orchestra and electronics, is a perfect example of Lindberg’s gift for insinuating melodic beauty and emotional consonance within adventurous, avant-garde settings. It’s but one of the many staggering pieces on offer, all of them given superb interpretations by the Avanti! Chamber Orchestra, the Toimii Ensemble, the Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra and the Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra, guided variously by conductors Sakari Oramo, Jukka-Pekka Saraste and Esa-Pekka Salonen. One cannot overstate their collective artistry or the historical and aesthetic importance of this compilation. This treasure trove of music would be a steal at twice the price.
Submitted on 05/23/11 by Dean Brierly 
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Works Details

>Lindberg, Magnus : Tendenza, for chamber orchestra
  • Conductor: Sakari Oramo
  • Running Time: 12 min. 4 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 1982

>Lindberg, Magnus : Kraft for orchestra
  • Conductor: Esa-Pekka Salonen
  • Ensemble: Toimii Ensemble
  • Running Time: 30 min. 24 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 1983-1985

>Lindberg, Magnus : Kinetics, for orchestra
  • Conductor: Jukka-Pekka Saraste
  • Running Time: 12 min. 48 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 1988-1989

>Lindberg, Magnus : Marea, for orchestra
  • Conductor: Jukka-Pekka Saraste
  • Running Time: 10 min. 30 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 1989-1990

>Lindberg, Magnus : Joy, for ensemble & electronics
  • Conductor: Jukka-Pekka Saraste
  • Running Time: 26 min. 48 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 1990

>Lindberg, Magnus : Corrente (Pour Ensemble)
  • Conductor: Sakari Oramo
  • Running Time: 10 min. 58 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 1991

>Lindberg, Magnus : Corrente II for orchestra
  • Conductor: Jukka-Pekka Saraste
  • Running Time: 16 min. 45 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 1992

>Lindberg, Magnus : Coyote Blues, for chamber orchestra
  • Conductor: Sakari Oramo
  • Running Time: 11 min. 53 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 1993

>Lindberg, Magnus : Arena for orchestra
  • Conductor: Jukka-Pekka Saraste
  • Running Time: 15 min. 13 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 1995

>Lindberg, Magnus : Arena 2, for 16 instruments
  • Conductor: Sakari Oramo
  • Running Time: 15 min. 9 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 1996

>Lindberg, Magnus : Feria for orchestra
  • Conductor: Jukka-Pekka Saraste
  • Running Time: 17 min. 13 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 1997

>Lindberg, Magnus : Gran Duo, for 13 winds & 11 brass
  • Conductor: Sakari Oramo
  • Running Time: 19 min. 23 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary

>Lindberg, Magnus : Chorale, for orchestra
  • Conductor: Sakari Oramo
  • Running Time: 6 min. 7 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary

>Lindberg, Magnus : Concerto for orchestra
  • Conductor: Sakari Oramo
  • Running Time: 30 min. 8 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 2003

>Lindberg, Magnus : Sculpture
  • Conductor: Sakari Oramo
  • Running Time: 22 min. 56 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 2005