Elbphilharmonie Talk with Magnus Lindberg

The Finnish composer on isolation, freedom and the perils of being a composer.

Magnus Lindberg is one of Finland’s most important composers. On 6 March 2021 the NDR Elbphilharmonie Orchestra under chief conductor Alan Gilbert presented his dazzling orchestral work »Tempus fugit« in a lavish video production incorporating the architecture of the Elbphilharmonie. Tom R. Schulz talked to Magnus Lindberg about the work and his native Finland, about deadlines when composing and the secret wish that every composer has to score a hit like »Bolero« one day.

Please note: The introduction of this talk is in German, while the main interview with Marcus Lindberg takes place in English.

The concert :... with Alan Gilbert and the NDR Elbphilharmonie Orchestra

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About Magnus Lindberg

As a composer, Lindberg (born 1958) has travelled a long way: he enrolled at the Helsinki College of Music aged only 15, where he joined an ultramodern group of young musicians and helped advance the Finnish avant-garde. His early years were marked by experiments with sequences of numbers, random compositions, live electronica, punk and Far Eastern culture, as well as the constant search for extremes, all of which combined to produce the colossal orchestral work »Kraft«. More recently, Lindberg has been writing in a more traditional style. Music, the composer says, has to do with emotions, and it has to be an experience.

The interview was recorded on 25 January 2021.

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