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Lindroth: 'In Our Time ...'

Magazine article Gramophone

Lindroth: 'In Our Time ...'

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Lindroth

'in our time ...'

Para dos violins (a). Des Menschen Wort vergeht (b). Rite Now (c). SXQ II (d). Night Musice (b) Christina Hogman sop (e) Bo Pettersson bcl Bjorn Malmqvist db (a) Cecilia & Martin Gelland, (b) Nils-Erik Sparf vns Mats Jansson (b) harmonium/(e) pf (e) Yoriko Asahara harmonium (d) Stockholm Saxophone Quartet; (c) Musicians from the Royal College of Music, Stockholm (e) David Sward cond Sterling Modern (F) CDM3003-2 (62' * DDD * T/t)

A one-time pupil of Sven-David Sandstrom, the Swedish composer Peter Lindroth is now in his late sixties. This portrait CD of his instrumental and chamber works, mostly written between 2013 and 2016, is a useful way inside an aesthetic where the more intimate and stripped-back the setting, the more powerfully Lindroth's work is able to communicate.

Rite Now, an earlier work from 1991, looses me off completely. Lindroth explains that the piece he had originally planned to write for string trio and electronics was changed by 'an ongoing war' (presumably the Gulf War) and the piece that emerged instead was 'rather nasty'. And, it has to be said, rather simplistic too, as a reverby processed military drumbeat collides with angsty string clusters, an overcooked texture that sustains itself for a whole nine minutes. …

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