Magnus Lindberg: Orchestral Music

Magnus Lindberg: Orchestral Music

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Delving into Magnus Lindberg: Orchestral Music, one might feel overwhelmed by the sheer quantity of works that are included. A brilliant composer with a truly virtuosic approach to writing for the orchestra, Lindberg produced an astonishing amount of music between 1982 and 2005, the period covered by this chronologically arranged box

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Delving into Magnus Lindberg: Orchestral Music, one might feel overwhelmed by the sheer quantity of works that are included. A brilliant composer with a truly virtuosic approach to writing for the orchestra, Lindberg produced an astonishing amount of music between 1982 and 2005, the period covered by this chronologically arranged box set from Ondine. Spread out over four CDs and employing the talents of conductors Sakari Oramo, Esa-Pekka Salonen, and Jukka-Pekka Saraste, who lead the Avanti! Chamber Orchestra, the Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra, and the Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra, this recording project ran from 1992 to 2008 and was a major undertaking, evidently a matter of great pride for all involved. Lindberg's vibrantly colorful and splendidly hyperactive music is bigger than life and just as complicated, and it requires dynamic musicians to pull off his uncompromising and difficult scores. Those who are fully versed in the extended techniques, timbres, and sonorities of avant-garde music will relish the density and profusion of Lindberg's textures and instrumental combinations, though others who like conventional orchestral music will be daunted by the music's edginess and frequent harshness. (The quotation from Salonen on the box mentions Richard Strauss, Maurice Ravel, and Igor Stravinsky, whose influences on Lindberg are real, though no one should take from this any idea that his music sounds remotely like theirs.) Even so, this set will be appreciated by many adventurous listeners.

Product Details

Release Date:
03/29/2011
Label:
Ondine
UPC:
0761195111024
catalogNumber:
1110-2

Tracks

  1. Sculpture, for orchestra
  2. Concerto for orchestra
  3. Chorale
  4. Gran Duo, for 13 winds & 11 brass
  5. Feria for orchestra
  6. Arena for orchestra
  7. Corrente II for orchestra
  8. Corrente (Pour Ensemble)
  9. Joy, for ensemble & electronics
  10. Marea, for orchestra
  11. Kinetics, for orchestra
  12. Kraft for orchestra

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Magnus Lindberg: Orchestral Music 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.