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Magnus Lindberg

Publisher: Chester Music

Arena II (1996)
commissioned by the London Sinfonietta with funds of the Arts Council, Aldeburgh Festival and South Bank Centre
Publisher
Chester Music Ltd
Category
Large Ensemble (7 or more players)
Year Composed
1996
Duration
15 Minutes
Programme Note
Magnus Lindberg Arena II (1996)
Arena was commissioned by the first International Sibelius Conductors Competition (1995) and was premiered on 30 June 1995 at Porvoo (Finland) by the Avanti! Chamber Orchestra conducted by Sakari Oramo. In 1996 Magnus Lindberg made a revised version for sixteen instruments from the original score for symphony orchestra - baptised, Arena II. The duration is 16'.

Commissioned by the first Sibelius Conductor's Competition held in Helsinki in May 1995, as an obligatory piece to be rehearsed by all the competitors, Arena was performed in its totality at the annual Avanti! Chamber Orchestra's festival in Porvoo (Finland). Thematic thinking has never been a main feature in Lindberg's music, but here horizontal lines (one would not yet dare to call them melodies) gain some independence , for example in ornamental figures and in the intense cello solo around the middle of the piece. Another new element - which was already used to some extent at the warmly hovering ending of Aura - is the almost romantic sound world and the suspension of the harmonies in the final climax, which can make one think of Mahler and Berg, or Lindberg's grand predecessor and compatriot, Sibelius.

Arena reveals some clearly new material after a period of two years during which all Lindberg's pieces were dominated by the world of Aura. Lindberg has talked about Beethoven-like formal thinking, referring to a passage where the sense of movement seems to accelerate to an extreme so that finally one perceives only a motionless surface, Arena was written for a competition, but it is not just a work to catch out conductors; it is clearly an independent piece of music, and certainly Lindberg's most important.


  • Ensemble
    Avanti! Chamber Orchestra
    Conductor
    Sakari Oramo / Esa-Pekka Salonen
    Ondine:
Performances
Date
Title
  • 13 DEC 2014
    Poland
    TURKU Finland, Gdansk, Poland Students
    Mikko Luoma , conductor
  • 04 OCT 2014
    Malmö Opera, Sweden
    Skånes Dansteater

    Other Dates:
    10 November - Stockholms Kulturhus, Denmark
  • 16 MAY 2014
    The Hague, The Netherlands
    New European Ensemble
    Christian Karlsen, conductor
  • 15 MAY 2014
    Muziekgebouw aan't Ij, Amsterdam
    New European Ensemble
    Keren Motseri, soprano; Christian Karlsen, conductor
  • 20 SEP 2013
    Festival Musica
    Sélestat, France
    Orchestre Philharmonique de Strasbourg
    Mario Carioli (flute); Baldur Brönnimann, conductor

    Other Dates:
    21 September - Bischwiller, France
    22 September - Saverne, France
    24 September - Strasbourg, France
  • 14 APR 2012
    Tapiola, Finland
    Tapiola Sinfonietta
  • 05 NOV 2010
    Temppeliaukio Church Helsinki FINLAND
    SE Ensemble
  • 29 NOV 2009
    Nieuwe Kerk, Den Haag, The Netherlands
    New European Ensemble
    Maribeth Diggle, soprano; Christian Karlsen, conductor
  • 11 JUL 2009
    Saaksmaki, Finland
    Saaksmaki Festival Orchestra
    Jukka Lisakila, conductor
  • 06 APR 2008
    Oslo, Norway
    Ensemble Ernst
  • 13 JUL 2007
    Izumi Hall, Osaka, Japan
    Izumi Sinonietta Osaka
  • 22 SEP 2006
    Festival de Musica Alicante
    Teatro Principal, Alicante, Spain
    Grup Instrumental de Valencia
  • 16 FEB 2006
    Promenade Center, Pori, Finland
    Pori Sinfonietta
  • 28 OCT 2005
    Sibelius Academy, Helsinki, Finland
    Sibelius Academy Orchestra
  • 16 MAR 2005
    L'Auditori, Barcelona
    Grup Instrumental BCN 216
    Nacho de Paz, conductor
  • 16 MAR 2005
    L'Auditori, Barcelona
    Grup Instrumental BCN 216
    Nacho de Paz, conductor
  • 18 OCT 2004
    Lindberg Resonances
    Brown Shipley Concert Hall
    Royal Northern College of Music Chamber Orchestra
    Douglas Boyd, conductor
  • 16 OCT 2004
    Doncaster
    Royal Northern College of Music Chamber Orchestra
    Douglas Boyd, conductor
  • 25 FEB 2004
    Vaasa City Hall, Vaasa, Finland
    Vaasa City Orchestra

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