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BIOGRAPHY

Magnus Martensson is Music Director of The Scandinavian Chamber Orchestra of New York; between 1997 and 2006 he was conductor of the Slee Sinfonietta and Visiting Professor at SUNY Buffalo.

In 1989, Martensson made his operatic debut in Malmö, Sweden, conducting a production of Offenbach’s Orpheus in the Underworld, and has subsequently conducted operas by Mozart, Puccini, Golove, among others.  He has conducted several world premiere recordings, including orchestral music by Jeffrey Stadelman, Roger Reynolds, and David Felder.

In the past few seasons Martensson has guest conducted with the New York New Music Ensemble, the Trondheim Soloists, Musica Vitae, ICE, and at the Monday Evening Concert Series (Los Angeles), The Manhattan School of Music, and Teatro San Martin (Buenos Aires).

As a composer, Martensson has been featured at festivals including the June in Buffalo and the Mid-American Contemporary Arts Festivals. His one act opera Before the Law , based on Kafka’s work, was premiered in Buffalo in 1997. Among his other works are Sonata for Two Violins, Two Poems of E.E.Cummings, OGNAT Quartet, and Kvasir for Strings, performed most recently at Carnegie Hall in New York. Martensson has recorded for Mode and Centaur.

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Some Music Conducted

H. Alfven
Swedish Rhapsody No.1
J.S. Bach/A.Webern

Ricercare from A Musical Offering
B. Bartok

Divertimento
Music for Strings, Percussion and Celesta
Concerto for Two Pianos
Romanian Folk Songs

L. van Beethoven

Symphonies 1,5,7,9
Triple Concerto
Piano Concerto No.4

L. Berio
Folk Songs

H. Berlioz
Symphonie Fantastique
Overture to Benvenuto Cellini

E. Bloch
Schelomo

M. Bononcini
Stabat Mater

A. Borodin
In the Steppes of Central Asia

J. Brahms
Symphony No. 2
Serenades Nos.1, 2
Schicksalslied
Academic Festival Overture

E. Carter
Elegy

E. Chausson
Poeme for Violin and Orchestra

F. Chopin
Piano Concertos Nos.1, 2
Andante Spianato and Grande Polonaise Brillante

J. Corigliano
Troubadours

A. Copland
Appalachian Spring
El Salon Mexico
Quiet City

A. Corelli
Concerto Grosso Op.6, No.8

B. Crusell
Clarinet Concerto in B-Flat

I. Dahl
Variations for Strings

M. Daugherty
Dead Elvis

C. Debussy
Sacred and Profane Dances for
Harp and Strings
Prelude to An Afternoon of a Faun
Rhapsody for Clarinet

F. Donatoni
Algo III for Guitar and
Chamber Orchestra

T. Dubois
Seven Last Words of Christ

A. Dvorak
Symphony No.9
Cello Concerto

E. Elgar
Serenade for Strings

P. Elwood
Edgard Varese in the Gobi Desert

G. Faure
Pelleas et Melisande

R. Febel
Auf der Galerie

D. Felder
Journal
Six Pomes from Neruda’s “Alturas…”
Two Neruda Poems
Incendio
Inner Sky
Linebacker Music
Dionysiacs
Shredder
Partial [dist]res[s]toration

J. Fernström
Clarinet Concerto
Four Intimate Miniatures

L. Foss
Time Cycle
Solo Observed
For Toru

R. Fueting

leaving without/palimpsest 2

G. Gabrieli
Canzon noni toni a 12

E. Grieg
Piano Concerto
Holberg Suite
Peer Gynt Suite No.1

N.W. Gade
Nouvelettes

P. Glass
Symphony No.3
Glassworks

J. Golove
Red Harvest
The King in Yellow

S. Gubaijdulina
Detto II

C-A Hall
Elegy

H. Hanson
Symphony No.2
Pastorale

J. Harbison
Mirabai Songs

J. Harvey
Song Offerings

E. Harnass
“Afros O Tafos Then Mbori
Name Horessi”

J. Haydn
Symphonies Nos. 24, 26,104
Cello Concertos in C, D
Trumpet Concerto

J. Hummel
Trumpet Concerto

G.F. Händel
The Messiah
Concerto for Organ

C. Ives
Symphony No.3
Three Places in New England
The Unanswered Question
Central Park in the Dark

L. Janacek
Suite for Strings

M. Kagel
Ludwig van

F. Kaufman
Cello Concerto

O. Knussen
Music for a Puppet Court

G. Kurtag
…quasi una fantasia…

A. Liadov
Eight Russian Folk Songs

G. Ligeti
Concerto for Piano

B. Linde
Preludio e Finale

W. Lutoslawsi
Jeux Venetiens

 

G. Mahler

Lieder eines fahrenden Gesellen
Symphony No.4
Das Lied von der Erde

P. Manoury
Passacaille pour Tokyo

M. Mårtensson
Kvasir for Strings
Before the Law

R. Martinsson
A.S. in Memoriam
Concerto for Flute, Oboe, and
Strings

K. McFaul
Drum&Bass Concerto

F. Mendelssohn
Symphony No.4
Violin Concerto

O. Messiaen
Oiseaux Exotique

W.A. Mozart
Symph. Nos. 21, 29, 38, 41
The Magic Flute
Exultate Jubilate
Pi. Conc. Nos. 9, 14, 23
Bassoon Concerto
Flute Concertos Nos.1, 2
Clarinet Concerto
Divertimento

T. Murail
L’esprits des dunes

M. Mussorgsky
Night on Bald Mountain

C. Nielsen
Little Suite

P. Nörgård
Constellations for Strings

J. Offenbach
Orpheus in the Underword

E. Ona
Lame Butterfly

K. Penderecki
Viola Concerto

S. Prokofiev
Lt.Kije Suite
Peter and the Wolf
March and Scherzo from
Love for Three Oranges
Violin Concerto No.2

G. Puccini
Tosca

A. Pärt
Fratres

B. Rands
Canti Lunatici

T. Rangström
Divertimento

M. Ravel
Concerto for the Left Hand

A. Read-Thomas
Spiritual Musings
Passion Prayers

S. Revueltas
Ocho por Radio

R. Reynolds
Angel of Death

H. Rosenberg
The Holy Night

G. Rossini
Overture to William Tell

C. Rouse
Compline

J. Ryan
Ophelia

C. Saint-Saens
Cello Concerto No.1
Overture to The Yellow Princess
Christmas Oratorio

A. Sallinen
Some Aspects of
Peltoniemi Hintrik’s Funeral March

E. Satie/Debussy
Gymnopedies

A. Scarlatti
Sinfonias Nos.8 and 11

A. Schnittke
Concerto Grosso No.1

A. Schönberg
Chamber Symphony No.1
Verklärte Nacht

D. Shostakovich
Symphony No.5
Concerto No.1 for Piano

F. Schubert
Symphonies Nos. 5, 8

L. Segerstam
Cello Concerto No.3
Oboe Concerto No.1

J. Sibelius
Symphony No.2
The Swan of Tuonela
Pelleas and Mellisande
Finlandia
Romance
Andante Festivo
Rakastava

H. Smith
Dialogues and Commentaries

J. Stadelman
Starry Wisdom
Pity Paid
From Hegel’s Eyes

R. Steiger
13 Loops

R. Strauss
Till Eulenspiegel

I. Stravinsky
Pulcinella Suite
The Soldier’s Tale
Le Sacre du Printemps

J. Svendsen
Two Swedish Folk Songs

V. Thompson
Acadian Songs and Dances

E. Varese
Octandre
Deserts
Ecuatorial
Hyperprism

N. Vigeland
To Jenter
Romance

A. Vivaldi
The Four Seasons
Guitar Concertos A, D – Major

R. Wagner
Siegfried Idyll
Wesendonck Lieder

A. Webern
Concerto Op.24
Variations Op.30

K. Weill
Concerto for Violin and
Wind Ensemble

D. Wiren
Serenade for Strings

C. Wourinen
The River of Light

F. Zappa
G-Spot Tornado
Dupres Paradise

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Slee Sinfonietta



RECORDINGS

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Roger Reynolds Angel of Death -  Slee Sinfonietta/Magnus Martensson,  Marilyn Nonken – Piano (2009, Mode Records)

JEFFREY STADELMAN – Slee Sinfonietta/Magnus Martensson, Movses Pogossian – Violin

Kinderszenen, Starry Wisdom, Pity Paid (2008, Centaur Records)

For more info: http://www.centaurrecords.com/

felder

DAVID FELDER
Six Poems from Neruda’s, Alturas …
June in Buffalo Festival Orchestra
Magnus Martensson, conductor
World premiere recording of works for orchestra by David Felder. (1998, Mode Records)
For more info: http://www.moderecords.com/catalog/089felder.html

chopin

FREDERICK CHOPIN
Chopin’s f-minor Piano Concerto, arranged for string orchestra by Magnus Martensson. (2003, Mindfeel Records)
Shan-shan Sun, piano
Musica Vitae
Magnus Martensson, conductor
For more info: http://www.shanshansun.com/html/recordings.html

grace

FERNSTRÖM, SVENDSEN
The Scandinavian Chamber Orchestra of New York. (2004, Mindfeel Records)
Magnus Martensson, conductor
For more info: http://www.toccata.nu/cd-label/mindfeel/mfcd004.html

BABBITT, FELDER, etc. Metalofonico! Magnus Martensson, conductor, and many more. For more info:

http://cdbaby.com/cd/metalofonico

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PRESS

“… a conductor who possesses both the technique and intelligence to produce high quality performances.”
The Buffalo News

“A good gauge of what Magnus Martensson has achieved was apparent in the clarity with which the strings projected the complex but gossamer textures and the plaintive ambience of Elliot Carter’s Elegy for String Orchestra …the performance had coherence and a remarkable sense of assurance.”
The Buffalo News

“Vibrant”
The Cleveland Plain Dealer

“Performances are astonishing” [D. Felder - Six Poems ..]
American Record Guide

“Constellations by Per Nörgård ended the program….Magnus Martensson led his fine instrumentalists [The Scandinavian Chamber Orchestra] in a clear, clean reading”
Norway Times

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Lukas Foss

All B/W photos on this page by Irene Haupt www.photo-irene.com

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