DISCOVER HAYDN: THE LONDON SYMPHONY
The years he spent in London were some of the happiest of Haydn’s life. He was respected and appreciated, and had time to travel as well as to compose. Some of his most famous works were created on English soil, such as the London Symphony and Sinfonia concertante. The opera L’anima del filosofo was also written in London, but it did not première until 140 years after Haydn’s death. Concertmaster Tomo Keller and several soloists from the Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra present a tribute worthy of this master of classicism.
Malin Broman and Tomo Keller talk about their relationship with Haydn.
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 45 min (with intermission)
UPBEAT 6 pm: Conductor and pianist Simon Crawford-Phillips in conversation with composer David Saulesco on Joseph Haydn and his music.