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BEETHOVEN'S NINTH

Case Scaglione leads the Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra, Swedish Radio Choir and soloists Julia Kleiter, Katija Dragojevic, Maximilian Schmitt and John Lundgren in a concert on the theme of freedom and peace. Arnold Schönberg’s interpretation of the Jewish prayer Kol nidre is followed by Ludwig van Beethoven’s ninth symphony, known above all for the euphoric final chorus Ode to Joy.

The concert will be broadcasted live in the Swedish Radio P2 Friday, April 19 at 7:03 pm.


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The concert has a new conductor. Case Scaglione replaces Herbert Blomstedt. John Lundgren, baritone replaces Tareq Nazmi, bass.

The change of conductor also means that the Missa Solemnis is deleted and replaced by Schönberg's Kol nidre and Beethoven's Symphony no. 9. The concert was previously titled Missa Solemnis with Blomstedt.

Participants

 

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The Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra is a multiple-award-winning ensemble renowned for its high artistic standard and stylistic breadth, as well as collaborations with the world’s finest composers, conductors, and soloists. It regularly tours all over Europe and the world and has an extensive and acclaimed recording catalogue.

Daniel Harding has been Music Director of the SRSO since 2007, and since 2019 also its Artistic Director. His tenure will last throughout the 2024/2025 season. Two of the orchestra’s former chief conductors, Herbert Blomstedt and Esa-Pekka Salonen, have since been named Conductors Laureate, and continue to perform regularly with the orchestra.

The Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra performs at Berwaldhallen, concert hall of the Swedish Radio, and is a cornerstone of Swedish public service broadcasting. Its concerts are heard weekly on the Swedish classical radio P2 and regularly on national public television SVT. Several concerts are also streamed on-demand on Berwaldhallen Play and broadcast globally through the EBU.

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32 professional choristers make up the Swedish Radio Choir: a unique, dynamic instrument hailed by music-lovers and critics all over the world. The Swedish Radio Choir performs at Berwaldhallen, concert hall of the Swedish Radio, as well as on tours all over the country and the world. Also, they are heard regularly by millions of listeners on Swedish Radio P2, Berwaldhallen Play and globally through the EBU.

The award-winning Latvian conductor Kaspars Putniņš was appointed Chief Conductor of the Swedish Radio Choir in 2020. Since January 2019, its choirmaster is French orchestral and choral conductor Marc Korovitch, with responsibility for the choir’s vocal development.

The Swedish Radio Choir was founded in 1925, the same year as Sweden’s inaugural radio broadcasts, and gave its first concert in May that year. Multiple acclaimed and award-winning albums can be found in the choir’s record catalogue. Late 2023 saw the release of Kaspars Putniņš first album with the choir: Robert Schumann’s Missa sacra, recorded with organist Johan Hammarström.

Julia Kleiter debuterade 2004 på Opéra Bastille som Pamina i Mozarts Trollflöjten under ledning av Jiří Kout och har därefter gjort flera Mozartroller, som Grevinnan i Figaros bröllop, Ilia i Idomeneo och Donna Anna i Don Giovanni. På operascenen har hon arbetat med dirigenter som Daniel Barenboim, Sir John Eliot Gardiner, Nikolaus Harnoncourt och Philippe Jordan och framträtt på bland annat Metropolitan Opera i New York, Wiener Staatsoper och Royal Opera House vid Covent Garden, samt festivalerna i Edinburgh och Salzburg. Bland rollerna ur den romantiska repertoaren finns Eva i Wagners Mästersångarna i Nürnberg och Agathe i Weberns Friskytten. Under säsongen 2022/2023 gjorde hon rolldebut som Fältmarskalkinnan i Strauss Rosenkaveljeren.

Kleiter gästar regelbundet världens stora konsertscener och samarbetar med dirigenter som Riccardo Muti, Jeffrey Tate, Marc Minkowski, Ivor Bolten, René Jacobs och Daniel Harding. De senaste åren har hon bland annat sjungit Brahms Ein deutsches Requiem i London, Haydns Skapelsen i Milano och Berlin, liksom Dvořáks Requiem i Berlin. Under säsongen 2023/24 kan man höra Kleiter i Beethovens nionde symfoni i Leipzig Gewandhaus under ledning av Manfred Honeck samt i Vienna Musikverein med Riccardo Muti.

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Katija Dragojevic is a Swedish mezzo-soprano, who works on international stages such as La Scala, Covent Garden and Salzburger Festspiele.

She is educated at the Royal Academy of Music in Stockholm and at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama in London, and debuted in 2000 as Krista in Janacek’s The Makropulos Affair at La Monnaie in Brussels. Other roles she has done include the title roles in Xerxes and Carmen and Cherubin in The Marriage of Figaro, and she has also appeared as Zerlina in Kasper Holten’s acclaimed film adaptation of Don Juan, based on Mozart’s Don Giovanni.

As a concert singer, Dragojevic has appeared with symphony orchestras such as the Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra, the Elbphilharmonie Orchestra, the Orchester de Paris, the Gulbenkian Orchestra in Lisbon, the NDR Sinfonieorchester in Hamburg and the Symphonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks in Munich. She has performed, among others, Bach’s Matthew Passion, Mozart’s Requiem, Berlioz’s Les nuits d´été, Mahler’s Des Knaben Wunderhorn and Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony, with conductors such as Ivor Bolton, Daniel Harding, Andris Nelsons, Leif Segerstam, Manfred Honeck and Robin Ticciati.

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Tenor Maximilian Schmitt studied singing with Anke Eggers at the Berlin University of the Arts and was artistically coached by Roland Hermann.

Schmitt gained his first stage experience as a member of the Opera Studio at Bayerische Staatsoper in Munich before joining the ensemble of the Mannheim National Theater for four years in 2008. In 2012, he made his debut at the Amsterdam Opera as Tamino under Marc Albrecht. In 2016 Maximilian Schmitt he debuted as Idomeneo in another major Mozart role, this time at the Opéra du Rhin in Strasbourg. Immediately afterwards, he appeared for the first time at the Vienna State Opera as Don Ottavio. In 2017, he made a guest appearance at La Scala in Milan, where he debuted as Pedrillo in Mozart’s Abduction from the Seraglio under Zubin Mehta. In 2019, he sang his first Max in Weber’s Freischütz at the Aalto Theater in Essen, followed in 2022 by his debut as Erik in the Flying Dutchman at the Graz Opera.

Maximilian Schmitt is a regular guest on the major international concert stages. His broad repertoire ranges from Monteverdi and Mozart to Mendelssohn, Elgar, Mahler, Zender and Britten. Invited by conductors such as Claudio Abbado, Daniel Harding, Manfred Honeck, René Jacobs and Robin Ticciati, he has already worked, with the Akademie für Alte Musik Berlin, the Tonhalle-Orchester Zürich, the symphony orchestras of the Bavarian and Central German Radio, the Vienna Symphony Orchestra, the Cleveland Orchestra, the Tokyo Symphony Orchestra, the Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra and the Gewandhausorchester Leipzig. Schmitt is also a regular guest of the Orchestre de Paris or the Orchestre National de France.

Programme

Approximate timings

I. Allegro ma non troppo; un poco maestoso
II. Molto vivace
III. Adagio molto e cantabile
IV. Presto – Allegro assai – Allegro assai vivace

Approximate duration: 1 hr 30 mins

Changed concert date
Previously announced concert dates Thursday 18 April & Friday 19 April, have been changed to Friday 19 April at 19:00 & Saturday 20 April at 15:00 in Berwaldhallen.