NEW EUROPEAN ENSEMBLE
S p o t l i g h t o n . . . Lindberg Project with the New European Ensemble
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Imagination Unchained - Magnus Lindberg Portrait
Thursday May 15th 2014, 20.15
Amsterdam, Muziekgebouw aan’t IJ
Friday May 16th 2014, 20.30
The Hague, Korzo Theater
This season Magnus Lindberg is the New European Ensemble’s composer in residence. In a project that started in the autumn of 2013, Lindberg travels to The Netherlands again to attend rehearsals and concerts in Amsterdam and The Hague in which the Ensemble present his most important works for large ensemble.
Magnus Lindberg, from Finland, is regarded as one of our time’s major composers. His compositions are performed by the world’s leading orchestras, ensembles and conductors. Lindberg’s music is superbly crafted, energetic, colourful and appeals to a broad audience.
Magnus Lindberg, composer in residence
Magnus Lindberg is composer in residence for the New European Ensemble, a group praised in de Volkskrant for its ‘exemplary performances’. Just recently Lindberg was commissioned to write new works for the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra and appeared as a prominent guest in the Holland Festival. Both the New York and London Philharmonic Orchestras invited him to be their composer in residence. Lindberg is a brilliant sound magician. All over the world he captivates audiences with his music, which is rich in contrasts and evokes colourful imagery. New European Ensemble will present his most important large ensemble works.
Lindberg's ensemble works
In Souvenir for 18 musicians Lindberg pays tribute to his teacher Gérard Grisey, the French composer who explored new sound worlds. Lindberg follows successfully in his footsteps with this masterpiece, written for the New York Philharmonic Orchestra. NEuE presents the Dutch premiere of this magically well-orchestrated piece on a truly symphonic scale.
Jubilees are orchestrations of six piano pieces, created for the 75th birthday of Pierre Boulez.
Arena II was inspired by the late romantic symphonic style of Mahler, Berg and Sibelius; it is a captivating piece where tension builds up to an overwhelming climax.
In the work Corrente Lindberg explored the character from a baroque dance bearing the same name. This is a composition with a strong drive and rich ornaments.
Also on the programme: a newly commissioned work by Peter-Jan Wagemans, a song cycle by Esa-Pekka Salonen – Lindberg’s close friend and kindred spirit – and a twentieth-century classic:
Chain I by the Polish composer Witold Lutosławski.