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March 8, 1998 | Justin Davidson, Justin Davidson is the classical music critic at Newsday
The Finnish composer Magnus Lindberg is 39, but like his conservatory comrade Esa-Pekka Salonen, he has the look of a perpetual boy, with sandy Nordic hair grazing a smooth forehead and traces of baby fat still clinging to his cheeks. Time and jet lag have left a delicate webbing around his eyes, but even so, it is easy to imagine him some 35 years ago, sitting on the floor of his family's Helsinki home, playing with the broken computer parts his father, a systems analyst at I.B.M.
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October 20, 2013 | By Mark Swed, Los Angeles Times Music Critic
The Los Angeles Philharmonic's monthlong 10th-anniversary celebration of the opening of Walt Disney Concert Hall entered Phase 2 on Friday night. Esa-Pekka Salonen was back. And it was old-home week. The former music director's old Finnish friends were on hand for the premiere of Magnus Lindberg's Cello Concerto No. 2, written for soloist Anssi Karttunen. There were other old friends as well - Debussy and Bartók. Both composers were mainstays of Salonen's 17 years leading the L.A. Phil.
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November 20, 2010 | By Reed Johnson, Los Angeles Times
Go to youtube.com, type in "salonen" and "bluebeard," and you'll get a pretty fair idea of where the L.A. Philharmonic's conductor laureate's heart and mind are these days. The resulting video shows Esa-Pekka Salonen last Wednesday rehearsing the Phil for Saturday's concert at Walt Disney Concert Hall. The program, a repeat of Friday's bill, opens with the U.S. premiere of "Graffiti" by Salonen's fellow Finn, the composer Magnus Lindberg, followed by Béla Bartók's "Bluebeard's Castle," based on the enigmatic tale of a nobleman whose new wife, Judith, fatefully investigates what happened to her husband's former spouses.
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November 20, 2010 | By Reed Johnson, Los Angeles Times
Go to youtube.com, type in "salonen" and "bluebeard," and you'll get a pretty fair idea of where the L.A. Philharmonic's conductor laureate's heart and mind are these days. The resulting video shows Esa-Pekka Salonen last Wednesday rehearsing the Phil for Saturday's concert at Walt Disney Concert Hall. The program, a repeat of Friday's bill, opens with the U.S. premiere of "Graffiti" by Salonen's fellow Finn, the composer Magnus Lindberg, followed by Béla Bartók's "Bluebeard's Castle," based on the enigmatic tale of a nobleman whose new wife, Judith, fatefully investigates what happened to her husband's former spouses.
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October 20, 2013 | By Mark Swed, Los Angeles Times Music Critic
The Los Angeles Philharmonic's monthlong 10th-anniversary celebration of the opening of Walt Disney Concert Hall entered Phase 2 on Friday night. Esa-Pekka Salonen was back. And it was old-home week. The former music director's old Finnish friends were on hand for the premiere of Magnus Lindberg's Cello Concerto No. 2, written for soloist Anssi Karttunen. There were other old friends as well - Debussy and Bartók. Both composers were mainstays of Salonen's 17 years leading the L.A. Phil.
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November 25, 2001
Mark Swed opens his CD review ("From Finland, Compelling Compositions," Nov. 11) with an interesting statement: That a small, out-of-the way country has been able to produce so many world-class musicians is often called the Finnish miracle. And it is all the more amazing when it comes to composers of the generation of Esa-Pekka Salonen, Kaija Saariaho and Magnus Lindberg, who are between 40 and 50 and are lately making a very strong impression just about everywhere. Finland has one of the best musical education systems in the world.
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March 14, 1998 | MARK SWED, TIMES MUSIC CRITIC
Magnus Lindberg, speaking before the premiere of his imposing new work for the Los Angeles Philharmonic Thursday night, told us not to put too much stock in the title, "Fresco." This is a big piece--its structure and granitic masses of sound might suggest grandeur similar to the great Italian wall paintings.
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October 8, 2005 | Mark Swed, Times Staff Writer
The Walt Disney Concert Hall has proved an inspirer of lasting, invigorating music. Steven Stucky's Second Concerto for Orchestra received a Pulitzer Prize. Steve Reich's "You Are (Variations)" was a Pulitzer finalist and has just been released on a winning Nonesuch disc. Esa-Pekka Salonen's "Wing on Wing" highlights a high-profile Deutsche Grammophon recording. John Adams' "Dharma at Big Sur" has lots more performances lined up and a recording comes out next year.
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April 6, 2002 | MARK SWED, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Magnus Lindberg's "Parada" begins with a slow parade of chords. They are somber but colorful. They move with solemn grace, like ghostly visions floating through a fog. And when you have resonant chords like these--complex and new, yet somehow familiar-sounding, cloaked in beautiful sonorities, awash in mystery--you have a pretty good sense that something special is about to follow in their wake. That chordal parade opened the Los Angeles Philharmonic program Thursday night by a fluke.
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June 8, 1999 | MARK SWED, TIMES MUSIC CRITIC
Magnus Lindberg's "Kraft," which concluded the 1999 Ojai Festival Sunday, is an orchestral blowout that asks for just about everything except the kitchen sink. At least, I didn't see a sink, but it was hard to tell; one might have been hidden behind the rack of junked automobile parts that the composer whacked on from time to amazing time.
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October 8, 2005 | Mark Swed, Times Staff Writer
The Walt Disney Concert Hall has proved an inspirer of lasting, invigorating music. Steven Stucky's Second Concerto for Orchestra received a Pulitzer Prize. Steve Reich's "You Are (Variations)" was a Pulitzer finalist and has just been released on a winning Nonesuch disc. Esa-Pekka Salonen's "Wing on Wing" highlights a high-profile Deutsche Grammophon recording. John Adams' "Dharma at Big Sur" has lots more performances lined up and a recording comes out next year.
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April 6, 2002 | MARK SWED, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Magnus Lindberg's "Parada" begins with a slow parade of chords. They are somber but colorful. They move with solemn grace, like ghostly visions floating through a fog. And when you have resonant chords like these--complex and new, yet somehow familiar-sounding, cloaked in beautiful sonorities, awash in mystery--you have a pretty good sense that something special is about to follow in their wake. That chordal parade opened the Los Angeles Philharmonic program Thursday night by a fluke.
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November 25, 2001
Mark Swed opens his CD review ("From Finland, Compelling Compositions," Nov. 11) with an interesting statement: That a small, out-of-the way country has been able to produce so many world-class musicians is often called the Finnish miracle. And it is all the more amazing when it comes to composers of the generation of Esa-Pekka Salonen, Kaija Saariaho and Magnus Lindberg, who are between 40 and 50 and are lately making a very strong impression just about everywhere. Finland has one of the best musical education systems in the world.
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June 8, 1999 | MARK SWED, TIMES MUSIC CRITIC
Magnus Lindberg's "Kraft," which concluded the 1999 Ojai Festival Sunday, is an orchestral blowout that asks for just about everything except the kitchen sink. At least, I didn't see a sink, but it was hard to tell; one might have been hidden behind the rack of junked automobile parts that the composer whacked on from time to amazing time.
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March 14, 1998 | MARK SWED, TIMES MUSIC CRITIC
Magnus Lindberg, speaking before the premiere of his imposing new work for the Los Angeles Philharmonic Thursday night, told us not to put too much stock in the title, "Fresco." This is a big piece--its structure and granitic masses of sound might suggest grandeur similar to the great Italian wall paintings.
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March 8, 1998 | Justin Davidson, Justin Davidson is the classical music critic at Newsday
The Finnish composer Magnus Lindberg is 39, but like his conservatory comrade Esa-Pekka Salonen, he has the look of a perpetual boy, with sandy Nordic hair grazing a smooth forehead and traces of baby fat still clinging to his cheeks. Time and jet lag have left a delicate webbing around his eyes, but even so, it is easy to imagine him some 35 years ago, sitting on the floor of his family's Helsinki home, playing with the broken computer parts his father, a systems analyst at I.B.M.
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March 25, 1999 | ELAINE DUTKA, TIMES STAFF WRITER
In a departure from the more traditional thrust of recent years, the 53rd Ojai Music Festival will present a mostly 20th century program with emphasis on the achievement of Finland--a country with 5 million people, 29 orchestras and a major presence on the world music scene. The event will run June 2-6--two days longer than usual. Magnus Lindberg, a prominent Finnish composer, is composer-in-residence.
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March 12, 1998
Solo actors often portray multiple characters in their shows, but few if any match Heather Woodbury's total: In her much-lauded solo epic "What Ever, an American Odyssey in 8 Acts," performed over four evenings, Woodbury plays a whopping 100 characters. (Excerpts have been aired on National Public Radio's "This American Life.") * "What Ever, an American Odyssey in 8 Acts," 2100 Square Feet, 5615 San Vicente Blvd., Los Angeles, Thursdays-Sundays, 8 p.m. Ends April 19.
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