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5.0 out of 5 stars Modernism with a Heart, 23 May 2011
This review is from: Orchestral Music (Audio CD)
Magnus Lindberg is one of the most original and significant yet least intimidating orchestral composers of the 20th century. This magnificent four-CD box set amply showcases his music, which takes the listener on a complex yet accessible voyage full of color, movement, emotion and sensuality. His orchestral drama and virtuosity recalls Stravinsky; his icy tonalities and atonalities rival those of Ligeti (especially in his string passages). Lindberg's great gift, however, is to make elaborate and sophisticated sound structures unfold in completely natural and organic fashion. The 15 collected works range from the early 1980s to the present, and reflect a constantly evolving, yet artistically consistent approach. Each piece, no matter how abstract, manifests unshakeable structural logic and unity. And while much alternative classical tends to be emotionally arid, Lindberg's music is always deeply moving. The aptly named "Joy," a work for chamber orchestra and electronics, is a perfect example of Lindberg's gift for insinuating melodic beauty and emotional consonance within adventurous, avant-garde settings. It's but one of the many staggering pieces on offer, all of them given superb interpretations by the Avanti! Chamber Orchestra, the Toimii Ensemble, the Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra and the Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra, guided variously by conductors Sakari Oramo, Jukka-Pekka Saraste and Esa-Pekka Salonen. One cannot overstate their collective artistry or the historical and aesthetic importance of this compilation. This treasure trove of music would be a steal at twice the price.
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