Borisova-Ollas and Tchaikovsky
This spring at Berwaldhallen, discover Victoria Borisova-Ollas! Global star Martin Fröst performs her critically acclaimed Clarinet Concerto, a piece inspired by ancient Egypt, with the Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra.
The title of the concerto, Golden Dances of the Pharaohs, reveals the background of the piece: we have gotten to know the remnants of the powerful Egypt, but their sounds have been lost in time. What did their voices sound like? What about their music and dances? Mendelssohn wrote concert overture Meeresstille and Glückliche Fahrt to two poems by Goethe at the age of 19, and gives the image of a calm and sultry, but successful sailing trip. Tchaikovsky depicts the destiny of the unhappily in love Francesca da Rimini, described by Dante in The Divine Comedy.
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 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.
Martin Fröst is one the most eminent virtuosos of his instrument. He performs all over the globe, not only with the traditional repertoire but also with works written specially for him. He is currently continuing his artistic collaboration with the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra in Minnesota and will be launching the Retropia project, a sequel to the critically acclaimed Genesis. Fröst is also Artist-in-Residence at L’Auditori in Barcelona, a position he previously held at Concertgebouw in Amsterdam and at London’s Wigmore Hall. Beginning in the autumn of 2019, Martin Fröst will be the chief conductor of the Swedish Chamber Orchestra.
Concert length: 1 h 15 min
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