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.
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.