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HERBERT BLOMSTEDT & JOHAN DALENE

The P2 Classical Artist meets the Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra’s Conductor Laureate in Mozart’s colourful fifth violin concerto: an acclaimed composer’s youthful work performed by an acclaimed young violinist. Additionally, Blomstedt interprets Franz Schubert’s Great C major symphony, a symphonic masterpiece to which he also has an important, personal connection.

The concert will be broadcasted on Swedish Radio P2 and Berwaldhallen Play November 20, 7 pm.


SWEDISH RADIO SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA
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Information about the November concerts

Take part of Berwaldhallen's November concerts on Swedish Radio P2 and Berwaldhallen Play. Due to the stricter restrictions in the Stockholm region, the concerts are played without an audience.

Participants

 

The Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra is known worldwide as one of Europe’s most versatile orchestras with an exciting and varied repertoire and a constant striving to break new ground The multi-award-winning orchestra has been praised for its exceptional, wide-ranging musicianship as well as collaborations with the world’s foremost composers, conductors and soloists.

Permanent home of the Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra since 1979 is Berwaldhallen, the Swedish Radio’s concert hall. In addition to the audience in the hall, the orchestra reaches many many listeners on the radio and the web and through it´s partnership with EBU. Several concerts are also broadcast and streamed on Berwaldhallen Play and with Swedish Television, offering the audience more opportunities to come as close as possible to one of the world’s top orchestras.

“The orchestra has a unique combination of humility, sensibility and musical imagination”, says Daniel Harding, Music Director of the Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra since 2007. “I have never had a concert with the orchestra where they haven’t played as though their lives depended on it!” The orchestra is also proud to have Klaus Mäkelä as its Principal Guest Conductor since 2018.

During the COVID-19 pandemic, the Swedish Radio Symphony was one of the only orchestras in the world which never stopped playing.  Its innovative and creative approach to making music in these dark times helped its public to cope and even made the news itself.

The first radio orchestra was founded in 1925, the same year that the Swedish Radio Service began its broadcasts. The Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra received its current name in 1967. Through the years, the orchestra has had several distinguished Music Directors. Two of them, Herbert Blomstedt and Esa-Pekka Salonen, have since been appointed Conductors Laureate, as well as Valery Gergiev, a regular guest conductor and co-founder of the Baltic Sea Festival.

Violinist Johan Dalene has already made a big impression on the international stage. He performs regularly with leading orchestras and in famous concert halls, both abroad and in Sweden. He won the Norwegian Soloist Prize and the prestigious Carl Nielsen International Competition in 2019. Future seasons include soloist performances with most of the big Scandinavian orchestras, as well as his debut with the Gewandhaus Orchestra in Leipzig with Sakari Orami, the Czech Philharmonic with Franz Welser-Möst, the Konzerthausorchester Berlin with Christoph Eschenbach, and recitals in Wigmore Hall, London, and Carnegie Hall, New York.

In April 2020, when public concerts were cancelled due to the Corona pandemic, Johan performed Bach’s concerto for two violins with Janine Jansen and the Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra in a broadcast concert. During the 2020/2021 season, Johan was the appointed Classical Artist in Swedish Radio’s P2 and is also named a Rising Star by the European Concert Hall Organisation (ECHO). During this period, he will also perform recitals in many of Europe’s most prestigious concert halls, such as Musikverein in Vienna, Het Concertgebouw in Amsterdam, L’Auditori in Barcelona, Elbphilharmonie in Hamburg, and Cité de la Musique in Paris. Johan was a New Generation Artist on BBC Radio 3 during the 2019 – 2021 season, mainly performing at recitals, chamber music concerts, and as a soloist with all the BBC orchestras.

Programme

Approximate timings

Less than two minutes of music. Almost nothing.
A motif that is allowed to develop in time.
A flower bud already showing what it wants.

This becomes a fanfare for Maestro Herbert Blomstedt: To my generation truly inspiring, someone who gave us such magnificent experiences, who opened our generation’s ears to the new, together with the Classical and Romantic repertoire.

And inspiring new generations is something Herbert Blomstedt has continued to do.
My heartfelt thank you.

Text: Daniel Börtz

Approximate duration: 2 hours