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Hubert Culot
MusicWeb International, December 2012

If taken chronologically, the earliest here is Dos Coyotes which is a reworking rather than an arrangement of a somewhat earlier work for ensemble Coyote Blues…This lovely work is a good example of Lindberg’s accessible, often melodic idiom as found in his recent music.

The Partia for Cello Solo was composed for the Turku Cello Competition. As may be expected the music is devised so as to exploit most, if not all, the expressive and technical possibilities of the instrument. The music is certainly technically demanding but the whole remains musically rewarding.

The Santa Fe Project…is typical of Lindberg’s melodic and colourful writing although…it is still demanding from the purely technical point of view. It, too, receives a superbly committed reading.

The Trio for Clarinet, Cello and Piano is not only the most recent work here but also the most substantial. This is a superb piece in which Lindberg allows his inner lyricism full rein.

The performances are immaculate and fully committed and again very well recorded. I also want to mention Kimmo Korhonen’s excellent insert notes…

All in all, this is a magnificent release that is a must for all Lindberg fans but should also appeal to anyone who enjoys accessible and warmly expressive contemporary music. © 2012 MusicWeb International Read complete review

Guy Rickards
Gramophone, December 2012

…the Trio is a grand statement in a traditional classical genre. Its three movements encompass four, the central slow span, ‘Like the tranquillity we seek’, morphing into a scherzo. The movement titles…are indications of mood and expressive profile…

Partia for cello…evokes [a]…distant past, that of Bach’s Solo Suites (‘partia’ is an old form of ‘partita’) and, while not dance-like as such, is a superb reinvention of the form. Dos Coyotes is also a reinvention but of one of Lindberg’s own works, Coyote Blues… Here, the reworking of the single-span small-orchestral original has created a four-movement structure that is in essence an entirely new work. Santa Fe Project is wholly original…The performance quality…is unimpeachable and Ondine’s radiant sound completes a superb issue. © 2012 Gramophone Read complete review on Gramophone

David Olds
The WholeNote, September 2012

In February 2008 Finnish composer Magnus Lindberg visited Toronto to participate in concerts with the TSO and New Music Concerts. In the latter, TSO assistant principal cellist David Hetherington performed a recent Lindberg composition Konzertstück with the composer at the piano. A new Ondine release simply entitled Chamber Works… features this piece and three others which all prominently showcase the cello and Anssi Karttunen…They perform as a duo called Dos Coyotes which is also the name of a hauntingly lyrical work that is the earliest on this disc…Lindberg and Karttunen are joined by clarinettist Kari Kriikku for a three movement Trio…Lindberg has a strong penchant for chamber music, both as a composer and a performer, as this disc aptly demonstrates. © 2012 The WholeNote Read complete review, September 2012

The most interesting piece on the new Ondine CD of Lindberg’s works is the Trio for Clarinet, Cello and Piano (2008), in which Lindberg himself plays piano—because this work shows just how far Lindberg is now willing to move back from, or past, standard modernistic models such as minimalism and the acerbity of Pierre Boulez…it has an emotional underpinning and ease of listener access that couple very well with Lindberg’s skillful construction and skillfully even-handed approach to the three instruments. The other three works here have their pleasures as well: the Konzertstück of 2006 and Dos Coyotes of 2002…offer effective interplay between the instruments, and the Partia for cello solo (2001) is a real tour de force for the instrument, thoroughly exploring its range and expressive abilities without ever sounding as if it was composed simply for the sake of virtuosity. © 2012 Read complete review

Lawson Taitte
The Dallas Morning News

NORGARD, P.: Sceneries (Martinez, Esbjerg Ensemble, Sundkvist) 8.226092
LINDBERG, M.: Chamber Works - Trio / Santa Fe Project / Partia / 2 Coyotes (Kriikku, Karttunen, M. Lindberg) ODE1199-2

Finnish composer Magnus Lindberg…writes in an epic style even for a small body of instruments, such as the 2008 Clarinet Trio here. The piano part he plays himself cascades notes like some mighty waterfall, while Anssi Karttunen on cello heroically scrapes out chords and Kari Kriikku’s clarinet squeals in protest. The movement titles say it all: “Sound big, sound,” “Like the tranquility we seek,” and “Crash wave, crash.” That finale generates a powerful rhythmic impetus but ends with an ethereal chorale.

Four Meditations and Three Scenes pit the soloist against the Esbjerg Ensemble under conductor Petter Sundkvist. The most recent work on the disc, 2010’s Arabesques, is for percussion solo. Here Nørgård’s textures are closer to what you expect from percussion pieces, but still subtle rather than banged out. If most composers use these instruments to overpower, he seeks to seduce with them. © 2012 Dallas News

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