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 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.

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Toimii Ensemble
Boosey & Hawkes
Chester Novello

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Absence (2020)
Accused (2014), Three Interrogations for Soprano and Orchestra
Al largo (2009-10)
Arena (1995)
Arena 2 (1996)
Aura (1993-94), In memoriam Witold Lutoslawski
Away (1994)
Campana in aria (1998), for horn and orchestra
Cello Concerto No. 2 (2013)
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)
Era (2012)
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)
Related Rocks (1997), For Two Pianos, Two Percussionists and Electronics
Santa Fe Project (Konzertstück) for cello and piano (2006)
Sculpture (2005)
Seht die Sonne (2007)
Serenades (2020)
Souvenir (2010)**
Steamboat Bill Jr. (1990), for clarinet and cello
Tempus fugit (2016-17)
Tendenza (1982)
Trio for clarinet, cello and piano (2008)
Two Episodes (2016) for Orchestra
Viola Concerto (2023-24)
Violin Concerto (2006)*
Violin Concerto No. 2 (2015)
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Discography (extract)

Magnus Lindberg



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Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra

Hannu Lintu, conductor

Emil Holmström & Joonas Ahonen, piano & keyboard

Jani Niinimäki & Jerry Piipponen, percussions

ODE 1384-2

Released 05/2021

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Magnus Lindberg

Accused, Three Interrogations for Soprano and Orchestra

Two Episodes for Orchestra

Anu Komsi, soprano

Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra

Hannu Lintu, conductor

ODE 1345-2

Released 05/2020

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Magnus Lindberg

Tempus fugit

Violin Concerto No. 2

Frank-Peter Zimmermann, violin

Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra

Hannu Lintu, conductor

ODE 1308-5

Released 09/2018

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Finland 100

A Century of Finnish Classics

5 CD collection celebrating 100 years of Finland's independence

Orchestral Works I & II


Vocal Works

Chamber Music

Various Finnish artist, orchestras and conductors

ODE 1300-2Q


Released 11/2016

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