Of Innocence And Experience

Kristian Ofstad Lindberg

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Original Recording Format: DXD

The title of this recording is inspired by the painter and poet William Blake’s anthology of poems, Songs of Innocence and of Experience. It is a title that lends itself well to the pieces presented here, exploring as they do themes of light and darkness, life and death, angelic purity, and demonic passion.

These works are among those most frequently performed by pianists and they have each long been a central part of my own repertoire. They are, however, compositions rich enough in their expression to be able to carry a steady stream of new interpretations; interpretations that together constitute a continually changing tradition.

Tracklist

1.
Franz Liszt Piano Sonata in B minor, S. 178 - I. Lento assai - Allegro energico
12:09
2.
Franz Liszt Piano Sonata in B minor, S. 178 - II. Andante sostenuto
07:17
3.
Franz Liszt Piano Sonata in B minor, S. 178 - III. Allegro energico - Andante sostenuto - Lento assa
11:04
4.
Robert Schumann Kinderszenen, Op. 15 - Von fremden Landern und Menschen
01:34
5.
Robert Schumann Kinderszenen, Op. 15 - Kuriose Geschichte
01:17
6.
Robert Schumann Kinderszenen, Op. 15 - Hasche-Mann
00:37
7.
Robert Schumann Kinderszenen, Op. 15 - Bittendes Kind
00:57
8.
Robert Schumann Kinderszenen, Op. 15 - Gluckes genug
01:21
9.
Robert Schumann Kinderszenen, Op. 15 - Wichtige Begebenheit
00:56
10.
Robert Schumann Kinderszenen, Op. 15 - Traumerei
02:48
11.
Robert Schumann Kinderszenen, Op. 15 - Am Kamin
01:04
12.
Robert Schumann Kinderszenen, Op. 15 - Ritter vom Steckenpferd
00:40
13.
Robert Schumann Kinderszenen, Op. 15 - Fast zu ernst
01:57
14.
Robert Schumann Kinderszenen, Op. 15 - Furchtenmachen
01:46
15.
Robert Schumann Kinderszenen, Op. 15 - Kind im Einschlummern
01:55
16.
Robert Schumann Kinderszenen, Op. 15 - Der Dichter spricht
02:21
17.
Ludwig van Beethoven Sonata No. 23 in F minor, Op. 57 'Appassionata' - I. Allegro assai
10:07
18.
Ludwig van Beethoven Sonata No. 23 in F minor, Op. 57 'Appassionata' - II. Andante con moto
06:51
19.
Ludwig van Beethoven Sonata No. 23 in F minor, Op. 57 'Appassionata' - III. Allegro ma non troppo Pr
08:36

Total time: 01:15:17

Additional information

Label

SKU

2L161

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Artists

Composers

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Digital Converters

Horus, Merging Technologies

Editing Software

Pyramix, Merging Technologies

Executive Producers

Jorn Simenstad and Morten Lindberg

Financial Support

Fond for utøvende kunstnere, The Norwegian Academy of Music and Fond for lyd og bilde

Mastering Engineer

Morten Lindberg

Mastering Room

Genelec One Loudspeakers in Mastering Room

Microphones

DPA Microphones

Original Recording Format

Piano

Steinway Concert Grand Piano – Model D

Piano Technician

Gisle Daus

Producer

Morten Lindberg

Recording Engineer

Morten Lindberg

Recording Location

Sofienberg Church, Norway in November 2019

Recording Software

Pyramix, Merging Technologies

Recording Type & Bit Rate

DXD

Release Date September 8, 2020

Press reviews

Music Criticism Norway (Muscikkritikk)

It is with some skepticism that I begin to listen to Kristian Ofstad Lindberg’s album, Of Innocence and Experience, a release with three key works from the piano literature. Why do them again? It will turn out that I find good reasons – eventually.

When I hear Liszt’s Piano Sonata in B minor, P. 178, it strikes me that Norway is an incredibly rich country also culturally. Imagine that there are pianists like Lindberg, who after all are not among the most famous names in Norway. But he is in the top tier, and only the very best pianists have the technique to survive a replay of this work.

However, Lindberg also delivers a good in-depth reading of the score. I like the sound of the lyrical passages, how he plays out some Chopin ‘ bel canto improvisations, the beauty of the finger play, and the weight of the octaves. Not least, I like his phrase structure, harmonious listening, and variations in timbre that make me constantly nod in recognition of the score that swirls around in my inner ear.

With this intelligent reading, he lets the work unfold in its grandeur. I have nothing to complain about the interpretation, other than that I wonder if he holds back a little in some places where I think he could go forward. However, I still respect his choices, and I had half an hour of a loving reunion with one of all pianists’ best friends, namely Franz Liszt’s Piano Sonata in B minor, p.178.

At the same time, I am in the process of saying thank you for the entourage after one listen. The greatest legends, living and dead, have recorded it, and Martha Argerich has climbed the highest on my parnassus.

But even though the historical recordings have somewhat clearer colors and sounds than Lindberg’s, he has been able to show what a fabulous pianist he is. Festivals and concert organizers who hear this album should immediately engage him. Hearing the Liszt Sonata live at this level would be a rare gift.

With his mastery of details and technique, it is striking that Lindberg builds up two great epic stories in Beethoven and Liszt. And after hearing Beethoven, a need grows to go back and see if there was anything, I overheard in listening to the Liszt sonata. Kristian Ofstad Lindberg is without a doubt a great pianist. I hope he gets a chance to take a more active role in the live music concert scene when these concerts begin again, hopefully soon.

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