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DISCOVER BRETT DEAN: THE CELLO CONCERTO

The Scandianvian première of the Australian composer and violist Brett Dean’s cello concerto, co-commissioned by the Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra and written for his friend and musical colleague, Alban Gerhardt. Dean chose the concert programme himself, which also includes fellow countryman Percy Grainger’s fiery orchestral piece The Warriors, written “for a fictitious ballet”, and Ravel’s spellbinding suite from his ballet Daphnis et Chloé.


SVERIGES RADIOS SYMFONIORKESTER arrow Live in P2 7 FEB, 19:03
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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 orchestra’s high-quality music making as well as its collaborations with internationally renowned composers, conductors and soloists have been rewarded with numerous prizes and accolades.

The orchestra has a unique combination of humility, sensibility and musical imagination”, says Daniel Harding, chief conductor 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 formed in 1925, the same year that the Swedish Radio Service began its broadcasts. Since then, the orchestra’s concerts have always been broadcast by the Swedish Radio. The Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra received its current name in 1967.

Through the years, the orchestra has had several distinguished chief conductors. Two of them, Herbert Blomstedt and Esa-Pekka Salonen, have since been appointed conductors laureate together with Valery Gergiev, a regular guest conductor and co-founder of the Baltic Sea Festival.

Approximate concert length: 1 h 40 min (with intermission)

UPBEAT: Thursday and Friday February 6 & 7 at 6 pm with Brett Dean.