Magnus Lindberg: EXPO - Piano Concerto No. 2 - Al largo
01 June 2013
The association Dacapo has with the New York Philharmonic and their music director Alan Gilbert been producing some stunning disks. The first, issued on SACD coupled Nielsen's symphonies 2 and 3, with more Niesen to follow. Now we have this spectacular recording of music of Finnish composer Magnus Lindberg, who was the New York Philharmonic's composer-in-residence 2009-2012. For the orchestra's opening night concert in 2009, a major Lindberg work was premiered, EXPO
, for Orchestra, composed to celebrate Alan Gilbert's first season as music director of the NYP. It's exposition features two contrasting ideas which meld together in remarkable ways, always with tension and mystery. The Piano Concerto No. 2
, written in 2012, is a powerful work of massive substance—no superficial pianistic display here, although both soloist and orchestra are very active. Bronfman plays it spectacularly. The third work, Al largo
is a vast symphonic picture including a number of brilliant fanfares. Lindberg's intent was to suggest an offshore turbulent sea and its mysteries and depths. All of this music is played spectacularly by the NYP, and the audio is terrific, although one wonders why it, too, wasn't issued on SACD like the earlier disk. Don't miss this exciting recording!.