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All Music Guide - Blair Sanderson
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, ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Blair Sanderson
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.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 3/29/2011
  • Label: Ondine
  • UPC: 761195111024
  • Catalog Number: 1110-2
  • Sales rank: 111,689

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1–2 Kraft for orchestra - Magnus Lindberg & Esa-Pekka Salonen (30:24)
  2. 2 Kinetics, for orchestra - Magnus Lindberg & Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra (12:48)
  3. 3 Marea, for orchestra - Magnus Lindberg & Avanti! Chamber Orchestra (10:30)
Disc 2
  1. 1 Joy, for ensemble & electronics - Magnus Lindberg & Avanti! Chamber Orchestra (26:48)
  2. 2 Corrente (Pour Ensemble) - Magnus Lindberg & Avanti! Chamber Orchestra (10:58)
  3. 3 Corrente II for orchestra - Magnus Lindberg & Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra (16:45)
Disc 3
  1. 1 Arena for orchestra - Magnus Lindberg & Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra (15:13)
  2. 2 Feria for orchestra - Magnus Lindberg & Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra (17:13)
  3. 3 Gran Duo, for 13 winds & 11 brass - Magnus Lindberg & Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra (19:23)
Disc 4
  1. 1 Chorale - Magnus Lindberg & Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra (6:07)
  2. 2 Concerto for orchestra - Magnus Lindberg & Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra (30:08)
  3. 3 Sculpture, for orchestra - Magnus Lindberg & Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra (22:56)
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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 23, 2011

    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.

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