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Lindberg: Sculpture, Concerto For Orchestra, Etc / Oramo, Tapani, Finnish Radio So

Release Date: 11/11/2008 
Label:  Ondine   Catalog #: 11242   Spars Code: n/a 
Composer:  Magnus Lindberg
Performer:  Esa Tapani
Conductor:  Sakari Oramo
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 4 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Magnus Lindberg remains one of the most exciting and worthwhile living composers, and this new disc is magnificent. Sculpture is an incredibly grand work, richly textured and full of evocative colors. Scored for large orchestra without violins and emphasizing "low" instruments (bass clarinets, Wagner tubas), it shows how much more rewarding contemporary music can be through a clever and well-contrasted mixture of tonal and atonal elements. Lindberg also is one of the few composers around who can energize a 20-odd-minute span of music, sustaining such a length effortlessly, and the Finnish players under Sakari Oramo really do the music proud.

Campana in aria ("bell
Read more up") is a single-movement tone poem for solo horn and orchestra. Once again the writing is ceaselessly brilliant, exploiting the instrument's upper register to hair-raising effect. Esa Tapani offers a splendid, muscular account of the challenging solo part. Concerto for Orchestra effortlessly joins the list of famous works (Bartók, Lutoslawski) in the medium. Lindberg always has been a marvelous concerto-writer, demonstrating a keen knowledge of instrumental possibilities both alone and in groups. This work, in five linked movements, is both a showpiece and a nicely contrasted expressive journey; its arresting gestures and often attractive ideas should win the composer many new friends. This is a brilliant disc in all respects: performances, engineering, and above all, the music itself. Highly recommended! [11/26/2008]

– David Hurwitz,
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Works on This Recording

Sculpture by Magnus Lindberg
Performer:  Esa Tapani (French Horn)
Conductor:  Sakari Oramo
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra
Written: 2005; Finland 
Length: 23 Minutes 6 Secs. 
Campana in aria by Magnus Lindberg
Conductor:  Sakari Oramo
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1998; Finland 
Length: 11 Minutes 4 Secs. 
Concerto for Orchestra by Magnus Lindberg
Conductor:  Sakari Oramo
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra
Written: 2003; Finland 
Length: 29 Minutes 58 Secs. 

Sound Samples

Campana in Aria
Concerto for Orchestra

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