6 May 2013
Volkswagen’s Transparent Factory in Dresden is as much tourist destination as auto plant. This month it will also become a concert venue, as the New York Philharmonic performs Magnus Lindberg’s Kraft there during its EUROPE / SPRING 2013 tour. The composer has visited the factory to source parts from the manufacturing process for use as instruments in the site-specific work. Watch as he tries some out, and mark your calendar to watch the live webcast at 2 p.m. (EDT) on Tuesday, May 14, on medici.tv.
28 June 2012
During Magnus Lindberg’s three years as the Philharmonic’s inaugural Marie-Josée Kravis Composer-in-Residence, New York audiences have gotten a big helping of his new orchestral music, from EXPO through to the Piano Concerto No. 2.
Tonight his chamber music will be served up as dessert at New York Philharmonic Offstage: Target Free Thursday, beginning at 8:30 p.m. at the David Rubenstein Atrium (Broadway between 62nd and 63rd Streets). Stop by for a free serving of conversation between the Finnish composer and 105.9 FM WQXR’s Jeff Spurgeon, topped off with performances of Lindberg’s Dos Coyotes, Trio, and three solo piano works.
27 June 2012
Wishes for a Magnus-ficent Birthday
Today we celebrate Magnus Lindberg’s birthday. We get to do so in person, since the Finnish composer is in town for the culmination of his tenure as our Marie-Josée Kravis Composer-in-Residence — a three-year partnership that led to the birth of four new works (including his Piano Concerto No. 2, available as a download), the creation of our CONTACT! series, and New York premieres including of Kraft — with his role as one of the three conductors leading Stockhausen’s Gruppen this weekend in Philharmonic 360. We’ll miss you, Magnus; come back often!
7 May 2012
Two Programs, One Rave
Last week Alan Gilbert and the New York Philharmonic triumphed in back-to-back feats of daring: Mahler’s Symphony No. 6, at Carnegie Hall on Wednesday, and a full program including the world premiere of Magnus Lindberg’s Piano Concerto No. 2.
The New York Times said Lindberg’s final work as The Marie-Josée Kravis Composer-in-Residence has “great stylistic diversity.… Yet for all the shifts in language and style, the concerto comes across as organic and inevitable.”
And about the Carnegie concert: “There was still plenty of energy, vigor and, in the finale, terror in this Mahler Sixth. The orchestra’s sound was sumptuous and grand in the great hall.”
Music Director, Orchestra, and soloist (the indomitable Yefim Bronfman, at center in photo, flanked by Alan Gilbert and Magnus Lindberg) will reprise the Concerto this week on the CALIFORNIA 2012 tour.
30 April 2012
“ I don’t believe it is easy or even fruitful any more for a composer to invent a completely new universe for the instrument; rather, the complexity of pianistic history needs to be absorbed into a personal language. ”
Magnus Lindberg, of his Piano Concerto No. 2, The Marie-Josée Kravis Composer-in-Residence at the New York Philharmonic, which Alan Gilbert and the Orchestra will premiere May 3–5. Learn more about the composer of Kraft and EXPO, and his thoughts about the last work he is writing during his residency — which will feature virtuoso pianist Yefim Bronfman in the premiere and on the Orchestra’s CALIFORNIA 2012 tour — by reading the program notes.
2 December 2011