To celebrate Magnus Lindberg's 50th birthday in 2008, this CD draws together three of the Finnish composer's magnificent works from over the 10 previous years, including Sculpture, a work inspired by Frank Gehry's new Walt Disney Concert Hall in Los Angeles and Concerto for orchestra. Esa Tapani performs the solo part of the horn concerto Campana in aria.
Magnus Lindberg is one of today's most acclaimed composers. Commissions from the world's top orchestras, such as The Philadelphia Orchestra and the Berlin Philharmonic and his many recordings on Ondine and other major labels have helped to position him at the forefront of orchestral composition. Energy, colour and a thrilling density of material are the hallmarks of Lindberg's recent style, and the works on this recording offer entrancing examples thereof.
This disc follows on from the great success of the Clarinet Concerto recording, best contemporary / première recording at both the Gramophone Awards and the BBC Music Magazine Awards 2006 (ODE 1038-2). It also featured conductor Sakari Oramo and the Finnish RSO who are recognized experts in the field of their compatriot's music.
"He's a giant among his contemporaries: a composer of uncommon panache, famous for orchestral pieces targeted for big public display, not miniature examination in a laboratory." --Geoff Brown, The Times, November 28, 2008
"Three recent harmonically vibrant and sonically adventurous works by the Finnish composer Magnus Lindberg, receive dynamic readings from Sakari Oramo and the Finnish Radio Symphony." --Vivien Schweitzer, The New York Times, November 27, 2008, Records of the Year
"This superbly played collection does include his two major orchestral achievements of the first half of the decade (which) are striking examples of Lindberg's recent style." --Andrew Clements, The Guardian, November 21, 2008
"Lindberg is a sort of supercomposer. (...) Here are powerful accounts of three recent works." --Paul Driver, The Sunday Times, November 16, 2008
"This terrific disc brings together three of Magnus Lindberg's colourful, large-scale works from the past decade. (...) Sakari Oramo and his superb Finnish orchestra give performances that can only be described as definitive." --Matthew Rye, The Daily Telegraph, November 8, 2008, Classical CDs of the Week