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Dvořák and Borisova-Ollas

Composer Victoria Borisova-Ollas had a big hit with the premiere of her opera Dracula at the Royal Swedish Opera last autumn. In March, she is the focus of the Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra’s composer series. As part of this inaugural concert, her new symphony Labyrinths of Time will be performed. Music by Dvořák and Bartók will also be performed.

Dvořák only wrote three solo concertos, but his virtuoso Violin Concerto in A minor – the second – has become a much loved repertoire piece, and is performed here by the Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra’s leader, Tomo Keller. In Bartók’s Concerto for Orchestra, all the sections of the orchestra get their chance to shine, and it is one of Bartók’s most beloved and performed pieces. Victoria Borisova-Ollas’ Symphony No. 2, Labyrinths of Time was commissioned by Swedish Radio Berwaldhallen and the Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra.


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Sveriges Radios Symfoniorkester. Foto: Julian Hargreaves.

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.

Concert length: 2 h 15 min, incl. intermission