Anders Hillborg: A Major Contemporary Composer
Anders Hillborg is yet another significant contemporary composer who is bringing extraordinary new ideas to our musical world. His background in popular music, film scoring, and choral writing serves him well in his development as a colorist of the highest level. He is currently in Los Angeles with the world premiere of a stunning work commissioned by the Los Angeles Philharmonic and dedicated to Esa-Pekka Salonen, his longtime colleague and friend - the work being ELEVEN GATES. This 1999 recording of earlier pieces suggest the power of his current work and as such this CD is highly recommended as an introduction to a very important composer.
This CD offers a good sampling of Hillborg's powers as a colorist, from the very fine choral work 'Muoodaeyiywooum' conducted by Eric Ericson, to the experimental work 'Haut-Posaune for trombone & tape' with Christian Lindberg, to three solely orchestral pieces - 'Lamento', with violin obbligato performed by Kari Kriikku with the Osthrobothnian Chamber Orchestra, and 'Clang and Fury' with Esa-Pekka Salonen conducting the Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra and 'Celestial Mechanics' with Salonen at the helm of the Stockholm Chamber Orchestra.
Hillborg's orchestrations involve massive scans of atmospheric, mobile tone clusters that allow ideas to emerge from the glacial aqueous matrix like whirlwinds or tornados. His use of percussion is as widely expressive as any composer working today and the effect of his compositions is one of wonder and 'other-worldly' sounds.
The recording is superb in sound and in variation and serves as a fine introduction to Hillborg's gifts, gifts which are maturing to a level of sophistication as evidenced by his newest 'Eleven Gates' premiere, a work that hopefully will reach the recording stage quickly. Highly recommended. y. Highly recommended.
Grady Harp Los Angeles, CA, May 06, 2006, Amazon.com reviews