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Magnus Lindberg
Campana in aria
Concerto for orchestra


Finnish contemporary


Booklet with liner notes in English, French, German and Finnish


October 2008 (Finland)
November 2008 (internationally)

Catalogue No.:
ODE 1124-2


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Track listing

Sculpture (2005)

Campana in aria (1998), for horn and orchestra

Concerto for Orchestra (2003)

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Pizzicato 'Supersonic Award' '10/10'

Press review

Der Magnus-Lindberg-Zyklus von Ondine gehört zweifelsohne zu den faszinierendsten Produktionen zeitgenössischer Musik. (...) Lindberg schafft es, sich als moderner Komponist unserer Zeit nahtlos in die Reihe Musiker einzufügen, deren Musik (...) in jedem Ton ihre einzigartige Allgemeingültigkeit vermittlen: Bach, Haydn, Mozart, Beethoven, Bruckner, Mahler, Bartok, Shostakovich, Henze, Rihm.
Alain Steffen, Pizzicato, Januar 2010, Supersonic Award

Here Lindberg shows a stunning command of orchestration. (...) The best thing I can say about Magnus Lindberg's music (...) is that it is illuminating. (...) Sound and performance are world-class.
William Zagorski, Fanfare Magazine, March/April 2009

Lindberg hasn't lost any of his imaginative edge, but the wildest arabesques can still be felt to be part of something that moves (...). The performances are bracingly clean and alert (...) and the recording very convincingly balances clarity and atmosphere.
Stephen Johnson, BBC Music Magazine, March 2009

First recordings of lively investigations into orchestral shapes and colours. (...) Sculpture makes this a mandatory purchase for Lindberg's admirers.
Richard Whitehouse, Gramophone, February 2009

One of the most intriguing and challenging discs I've heard in a long time.
Robert Moon, Audiophile Audition, January 11, 2009

This beautifully played and engineered release is a magnificent addition to Lindberg's growing discography. It should not be missed. (...) For admirers but also for those who have yet to be convinced that contemporary music may be accessible and enjoyable.
Hubert Culot,, January 2009

Here are three recent works that showcase (Magnus Lindberg's) mastery of symphonic argument while also speaking to the imagination (...). Sakari Oramo conducts high-powered performances.
Andrew Clark, The Financial Times, December 6, 2008

These days (Finland's) classical musicians belong to the world's elite. As conducted by Sakari Oramo, the Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra mixes precision with roaring exuberance. As for Magnus A brilliant disc in all respects: performances, engineering, and above all, the music itself.
David Hurwitz,, December 2008, Disc of the Month, Artistic Quality 10 / Sound Quality 10

Lindberg (...), 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

Complete description

To celebrate Magnus Lindberg's 50th birthday in 2008, this CD features three of the Finnish composer's works from 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.

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