Works Discography

Magnus Lindberg (1958-)

Magnus Lindberg is one of the internationally best known Finnish composers of today. He is predominantly a composer of instrumental music, above all orchestral music. His musical language is usually highly complex yet highly full of vim and verve. Lindberg is both rationalist and pragmatist, a hands-on musician - a pianist - who participated in many premieres in the early stages of his career and founded the experimental Toimii Ensemble.

Lindberg studied composition at the Sibelius Academy with Einojuhani Rautavaara and Paavo Heininen (graduated 1981). The latter encouraged his pupils to look beyond the prevailing Finnish conservative and nationalist aesthetics, and to explore the works of the European avant-garde. This led around 1980 to the founding of the informal grouping known as the 'Ears Open Society' including Lindberg and his contemporaries Hämeeniemi, Kaipainen, Saariaho and Salonen, which aimed to encourage a greater awareness of mainstream modernism. Lindberg made a decisive move in 1981, travelling to Paris for studies with Gérard Grisey, the developer of spectral music, and Vinko Globokar, whose interests lay in the social functions of performing and in improvisation in contemporary music. The IRCAM and the impressive figure of Pierre Boulez contributed significantly to Lindberg's mental landscape. During this time he also attended Donatoni's classes in Siena, and made contact with Ferneyhough, Lachenmann and Höller. and later in composition masterclasses with Franco Donatoni, Helmut Lachenmann and Brian Ferneyhough.

Among the many prizes he and his music have won are the UNESCO Rostrum in 1982 for ...de Tartuffe, je crois and in 1986 for KRAFT, the Prix Italia 1986, the Nordic Music Prize 1988 for KRAFT, the Royal Philharmonic Society Prize for large-scale composition in 1992 and the Wihuri Sibelius Prize 2003.

Serving as Composer-in-Residence with the New York Philharmonic from 2009-2011, Magnus Lindberg is also much in demand as a teacher of composition masterclasses.


More information:
Magnus Lindberg, piano
Toimii Ensemble
Boosey & Hawkes
Chester Novello
Finnish Music Information Centre
Interview with Magnus Lindberg at eMusic.com (24 February 2010)

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Works



Arena (1995)
Arena 2 (1996)
Campana in aria (1998), for horn and orchestra
Chorale (2001-02)
Clarinet Concerto (2001-02)
Clarinet Quintet (1992)
Concerto for Orchestra (2003)
Corrente (1992)
Corrente II (1992)
Coyote Blues (1993)
Dos Coyotes for cello and piano (1993/2002)
Feria (1997)
GRAFFITI (2009), for chorus and orchestra
Gran Duo (1999-2000), for woodwind and brass
Joy (1990)
Jubilees (2000/2002)**
Kinetics (1989)
KRAFT (1985)
Mano a mano (2004)
Marea (1990)
Partia for cello solo (2001)
Piano Concerto (1994)
Santa Fe Project (Konzertstück) for cello and piano (2006)
Sculpture (2005)
Seht die Sonne (2007)
Souvenir (2010)**
Steamboat Bill Jr. (1990), for clarinet and cello
Tendenza (1982)
Trio for clarinet, cello and piano (2008)
Violin Concerto (2006)*
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Discography (extract)



Magnus Lindberg:
Violin Concerto
Jubilees
Souvenir
Pekka Kuusisto, violin & director*
Tapiola Sinfonietta
Magnus Lindberg, conductor**

Released 08/2013

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Magnus Lindberg
Chamber Works
Kari Kriikku
Anssi Karttunen
Magnus Lindberg

Released 08/2012

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Magnus Lindberg
Orchestral Music
Sakari Oramo · Esa-Pekka Salonen · Jukka Pekka Saraste
ODE 1110-2Q (4CD)

Released 03/2011

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Magnus Lindberg
GRAFFITI
Seht die Sonne
Helsinki Chamber Choir
Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra
Sakari Oramo, conductor
ODE 1157-2

Released 03/2010

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