Album · 2004 · 5 Songs. Lindberg: Piano Concerto, Kraft Magnus Lindberg. Listen on Apple Music.
Ensemble – Toimii Ensemble. Orchestra – Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra. Photography By – Ann Johansson, Heikki Tuuli. Producer – Laura Heikinheimo (tracks: 4, 5), Seppo Siirala (tracks: 1 to 3). Notes. All tracks recorded at the House of Culture, Helsinki. Tracks 1-3 recorded 11/2003. Tracks 4 & 5 recorded 2/2002.
This album features Esa-Pekka Salonen and the Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra with two major important works by Finnish composer Magnus Lindberg. The composer himself plays the solo part in the Piano Concerto (1994). The large-scale orchestral piece KRAFT (1983-85) features the Toimii Ensemble, in which Lindberg plays piano and percussion. This group was founded by Lindberg and Salonen in 1981 and has provided the composer with a laboratory for his sonic development.
Lindberg: Piano Concerto; Kraft: Lindberg/ Toimii Ensemble/ Finnish Radio Symphony/ Salonen. As students in the 1980s, Magnus Lindberg and Esa-Pekka Salonen were two of the founders of the experimental Toimii ensemble in Helsinki. Lindberg's Kraft, written in 1985 for the group and a large orchestra, became one of its signature pieces. With explosive gestures, vivid sonorities and a huge battery of percussion arrayed around the auditorium, Kraft still packs a powerful punch, though now it appears more generalised and less discriminating in its harmonic organisation than later Lindberg.
Piano Concerto: III. - Your browser does not support the audio element. Kraft: I. Kraft: II. Terms and Conditions.
The Concerto for Piano and Orchestra is the first piano concerto by the Finnish composer Magnus Lindberg. The work was commissioned by the Helsinki Festival on September 4, 1991 and completed in 1994. It is dedicated to the pianist Paul Crossley. The concerto has a duration of approximately 24 minutes and is composed in three numbered movements played without pause. The composition is partially modeled after Maurice Ravel's Piano Concerto in G major.
Lindberg's contemporary Esa-Pekka Salonen could boast 22 performances, and his period of stardom came at the start of the new millennium. The five piano concertos by Selim Palmgren, one of Finnish piano music's main personalities, were played eleven times. This figure was also achieved by lusty National Romanticist Toivo Kuula. Esa-Pekka Salonen conducted the orchestra at thirty concerts, but was unable to increase the frequency of his visits despite his efforts; foreign engagements and composing jobs filled his diary. The number of concerts under the baton of former principal conductor Paavo Berglund rose to twenty-eight. For its owners, the Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra is the most effective tool for these purposes.
CD 1. Magnus Lindberg Composer. Magnus Lindberg Piano, Esa-Pekka Salonen Conductor, Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra Orchestra. Toimii Ensemble Ensemble.