Tuesday, 23 February 2010

Oskar Lindberg - you need to hear him

Any ideas for why this time of the year is one for so many creatives?  Chopin was born yesterday, and February 23 seems to be a day of composer birthdays from across many centuries.  Let me know if you have any theories!

Here is a list of a few of the composers who were born today.  

1648 - Composer John Blow was born.

1685 - Composer George Frideric Handel was born.

1730 - Composer Christian Joseph Lidarti was born.

1811 - Composer George Washington Hewitt was born.

1848 - Composer Thomas Paine Westendorf was born.

1873 - Composer Dmitri Arakishvili was born.

1876 - Composer Wadi' Sabra was born.

1876 - Composer Edgar Istel was born.

1886 - Composer Albert Edward Sammons was born.

1887 - Composer Oskar Frederik Lindberg was born.

1924 - Composer Lejaren Hiller was born.

1927 - Composer Ivan Hrusovsky was born.

One particular composer that has really caught my attention is the composer Oskar Lindberg.  I will admit that I was not familar with his work before today but I've been absolutely blown away by what I have heard.  Please get in touch if you have any more suggestions for listening material but for the moment I will suggest you take a listen at what has inspired me.

Oskar Lindberg (23 February 1887 - 10 April 1955) was a nationalist/ romantic composer.  He wrote in a romantic idiom which blended features of composers such as Rachmaninoff and Sibelius with folk music and impressionistic elements.  There are two pieces in particular that I have to wax lyrical about, both recorded on Naxos.  Hear  Gammal fabodpsalm fran Dalarna (Old Pastoral Hymn from Dalecarlia) with its haunting saxophone solo, (track 6 on Nordic Favourites) and the ethereal Stjarntandningen (The Stars Appearing) on Swedish Choral Favourites, Vol.1 (track 22)

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