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Magnus Lindberg: “proof that the orchestra is not dead!”

Finnish composer Magnus Lindberg

Finnish composer Magnus Lindberg

“One-man living proof that the orchestra is not dead.”

That’s high praise coming from Berlin Philharmonic maestro Simon Rattle. For many Americans, Magnus Lindberg might sound more like a cheese than an artist, but the 55-year-old Finnish composer has many champions in conducting circles. His former class-mate Esa-Pekka Solenen has done his works in Los Angeles and in London with the Philharmonia Orchestra; and Alan Gilbert began his tenure as music director of the New York Philharmonic with a Lindberg piece. Lindberg now serves as composer-in-residence for the Philharmonic. Thursday’s broadcast is entirely devoted to his music—something that almost never happens for composers who still have a pulse.

Thursday at 8:00 PM
New York Philharmonic/Alan Gilbert
Yefim Bronfman, piano

ExPo
Souvenir in Memoriam of gerard Grisey
Grand Duo
Piano Concerto #2
Kraft

The radio show offers a sampling of Lindberg works including a piano concerto with soloist Yefim Bronfman. See the video of Bronfman and Gilbert discussing the piece:

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