MAGNUS LINDBERG (b.1958): Trio for Clarinet, Cello and Piano, Santa Fe Project (Konzertstück) for Cello and Piano, Partia for Solo Cello, Dos Coyotes for Cello and Piano.
Catalogue Number: 09O082
Reference: ODE 1199-2
Description: These are all recent works, and have in common the almost Romantic, often quite tonal, vocabulary that Lindberg has increasingly adopted in recent years (after the 'angry young man' modernism of his early works, nonetheless breathtaking in their mature command of unruly forces and forms), as well as an emphasis on his own re-emergent career as a pianist of formidable technique. The trio is a good case in point; a substantial work requiring considerable virtuosity from all three players. The grand first movement is followed by a quiet episode which turns into a skittering scherzo, and the finale is a rhythmically incisive statement that seems unable to decide whether it wants to be a march or a dance, before broadening into a tranquil, glowing conclusion. Santa Fe Project is a tough, tautly organized concert piece played without a break, divided into clearly delineated sections, opening with a freely expressive fantasia followed by an exploratory middle section and rhythmic finale. The Partia is a suite in six movements, following the overall forms of a Baroque suite, but in a much more modern vocabulary, with the technical possibilities of the cello fully explored (but without straying into 'extended' territory). Dos Coyotes is a reworking of the ensemble piece Coyote Blues, consisting of four striking character pieces with an emphasis on lyricism and sumptuous harmony. Kari Kriikku (clarinet), Anssi Karttunen (cello), Magnus Lindberg (piano).