Magnus Lindberg - LPO Composer in Residence

LPO Composer in Residence, Magnus Lindberg discusses his music and life as a composer with Ivan Hewett (March 2015)

At the end of January we performed our first commission from the LPO's new composer in residence, the Finnish composer Magnus Lindberg.   Accused, for soprano and orchestra set texts from three real interrogations – historical and contemporary – in a powerful and political work.  In the premiere, soprano Barbara Hannigan sang the demanding solo role which asks her to take the position of both interrogator and the accused.  

The day after the premiere, music critic Ivan Hewett interviewed Magnus Lindberg in front of a live audience at the Finnish Ambassador’s Residence.   As well as exploring why the composer selected these interrogation texts for his first major work for voice and orchestra, you'll discover when Lindberg started composing, what he considers as his first 'real' work and his musical explorations while at college.  He also gives an overview of the ways in which his composing style has changed over the last decades as he has been exploring the grammar of music and the historical ballast that is attached to harmony.

Featured recording:
Messiaen Des canyons aux étoiles (From the Canyons to the Stars) conducted by Christoph Eschenbach

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