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LINDBERG, M.: Graffiti / Seht die Sonne (Helsinki Chamber Choir, Finnish Radio Symphony, Oramo)

The Classical Shop
release date: May 2010

Recorded in 24 Bit / 96Khz
album available as a Studio Master


Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra

Sakari Oramo

Helsinki Chamber Choir

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Total Time - 57:08
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1 Beginning 4:12
2 Bar 111 4:16
3 Bar 232 6:13
4 Bar 403 4:41
5 Bar 518 6:28
6 Bar 682 5:37



Seht die Sonne

7 I. Ñ 12:17
8 II. Ñ 7:41
9 III. Ñ 5:43
 Sakari Oramo

Magnus Lindberg is widely recognized as one of the top composers of our time. He currently serves as the New York Philharmonic’s Composer-in-Residence. The present recording of GRAFFITI earned Lindberg a 2010 GRAMMY award nomination for Best Classical Contemporary Composition.

This recording showcases his famed skills as an orchestral composer. Seht die Sonne ("Behold the Sun"; 2007) borrows its title from the final chorus in Schoenberg’s Gurrelieder; it is an ideal example of his recent, more approachable style. GRAFFITI (2009) is Magnus Lindberg’s first large-scale choral work with orchestra, which earned him the 2009 Finnish Composer Society’s Award. The sung texts (performed by the Helsinki Chamber Choir) are a selection of 2000-year-old Latin graffiti inscriptions from the walls of excavated Pompeii houses. Their themes cover a range of aspects of domestic, political or civic life, including even some graphic language. International performances of this vital music (with hints of Stravinsky, Britten and Orff) have been received with great public and critical acclaim.

Sakari Oramo and the Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra are experienced champions of their compatriot’s music; their recording of Sculpture, Campana in aria and Concerto for orchestra (OD 1124) was listed by the New York Times among a selection of the 22 most notable recordings of 2008. The recording of Clarinet Concerto (OD 1038) won best contemporary / première recording at both the Gramophone Awards and the BBC Music Magazine Awards in 2006.

"Two of Magnus Lindberg’s recent works, among the most substantial that he has composed to date, make a logical pairing. Taken together they show how effective his recent style is in creating large-scale musical structures."

Andrew Clements - The Guardian - 25 March 2010

"Seht die Sonne" as massive and solidly built as anything else in Lindberg’s catalog. What’s different is the melodic grace of the writing and the gleaming transparency of the orchestral textures, beautifully rendered by the Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra under conductor Sakari Oramo."

Joshua Kosman - San Francisco Chronicle - 9 May 2010

"Lindberg’s conviction, and technical resourcefulness, in creating this sound world can inspire rapturous enjoyment or alienated bafflement... The effect is always upbeat, exuberant and laid down with immense panache by the Finnish forces involved, in spectacularly vivid sound."

Arnold Whittall - Gramophone - March 2010

"Oramo and his Helsinki forces give both works terrific performances."

Martin Anderson - Finnish Musical Quarterly 1/2010

Performance *****       Recording ****
"The orchestra under Sakari Oramo is a treasure trove of colour."

Neil Smith - BBC Music Magazine - May 2010

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