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.
The Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra is one of Europe’s most versatile orchestras, with a worldwide reputation and a repertoire that combines the major classical works as well as exciting new music. In collaboration with the most important conductors, soloists and composers, there is a constant striving to break new ground. The orchestra’s extensive and high-quality music-making has been rewarded with numerous prizes and accolades and they regularly perform at international festivals and concert halls. “The orchestra has a unique combination of humility, sensibility and musical imagination”, says Daniel Harding, chief conductor of the Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra. “I have never had a concert with the orchestra where they haven’t played as though their lives depended on it!” he continues. The first radio orchestra was formed in 1925, the same year that the Swedish Radio Service began its broadcasts and 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 and over the years has had such distinguished chief conductors as Sergiu Celibidache, Herbert Blomstedt and Esa-Pekka Salonen.
Approximate concert length: 1 h 45 min (with intermission)
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