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Classical - Released September 14, 2018 | Ondine

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Finnish composer Magnus Lindberg memorialized Witold Lutoslawski in the 1994 orchestral work Aura, and he has gradually emerged as Lutoslawski's successor. He has elaborated on Lutoslawski's big orchestral works that replace traditional harmony with a dynamic of stasis and motion, and as his own style has developed he has been able to control large ensembles effectively as he has landed prestigious composer-in-residence spots with the New York Philharmonic and London Philharmonic. Tempus Fugit was commissioned by the Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra to celebrate the 100th anniversary of Finnish independence. If you think you're getting a set of patriotic fanfares, well, the Scandinavian mind does not work that way; Lindberg delivers a dense orchestral score consistent with his productions in New York and London. His music may be of the sort more beloved by orchestral musicians and conductors, who really get to show their stuff, than by listeners, but those wanting a place to start with Lindberg would do well to choose these accessible scores. Sample the dramatic third movement of Tempus Fugit, with its flashes of piano against a dark landscape. The Violin Concerto No. 2, only slightly older than Tempus Fugit, features a fluid performance of its difficult solo part by Frank Peter Zimmermann. Recommended, and beautifully recorded by Ondine at the Helsinki Music Centre. © TiVo
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Classical - Released May 1, 2020 | Ondine

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This new album by the Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra and conductor Hannu Lintu includes two of Magnus Lindberg’s (born 1958) recent compositions featuring soprano Anu Komsi as soloist in Accused. Magnus Lindberg is among the leading figures in today’s contemporary music and the Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra enjoys a particularly close relationship with the composer. Vocal music, with the exception of the award-winning work Graffiti (2009) for choir and orchestra, is a rare medium among Lindberg’s output. Accused (2014) is Lindberg’s first work written for a solo voice and orchestra. The work was jointly commissioned by the London Philharmonic, Radio France, the Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra, the Toronto Symphony Orchestra, the Cleveland Orchestra and Carnegie Hall. The work was premiered in London in January 2015. Lindberg chose extracts from actual interrogations in three historically and politically different situations: from the French Revolution, an extract from East Germany’ Stasi archives, and part of the Bradley (now Chelsea) Manning interrogation. Accused reflects universal human values that transcend transitory politics. Two Episodes (2016) is an orchestral work that was written for the London Prom's in 2016 to accompany Beethoven’s 9th Symphony. With this in mind the work is scored for a similar orchestra that is required to play Beethoven’s 9th. Lindberg also concluded his work on the same A–E fifth that opens Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony, meaning that the transition can be without a pause. Nevertheless, Two Episodes is an independent work and can naturally be performed without the Beethoven. Beethoven’s musical thinking left an imprint on the work, though in the form of distanced references and spiritual kinship rather than stylistic influences. Although textural similarities to Beethoven can be identified in the music, they blend seamlessly into the colourful tapestry that principally seems to hark from the orchestral brilliance of Ravel and Debussy. © Ondine