IMPRESSIONS FROM THE DANCE FLOOR
For hundreds of years, folk music and classical music has lived side by side, inspiring generations of composers in different eras and genres. Conductor and arranger Hans Ek explores this closeness between folk music and classical music together with acclaimed Swedish folk trio Stinnerbom, Stinnerbom, Dubé.
The concert was broadcasted Friday September 11th at 19.03 on Berwaldhallen Play and Swedish Radio P2.
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.
Hans Ek’s ability to make music valid and interesting in our time, regardless of its origin and genre, has given him an exclusive position in Nordic music. This has led to several fruitful collaborations with artist such as Zara Larsson, Laleh, Veronica Maggio, Ane Brun, Metropole Orkester, Gothenburg symphony orchestra, Copenhagen Phil, and many others.
For ten years, Ek was the artistic director of the Polar Prize ceremony.
During recent years Ek’s production have been shown both in Sweden and on international stages. For example E.S.T Symphony, Bowie in Berlin, Eno Remixed for Orchestra, Chelsea Hotel, Kosmische Musik, Made by Björk, Studio 54-Disco Inferno and Dance Music Symphony.
Ek is frequently engaged to arrange music for both Swedish and international orchestras. In February 2020 the New York Philarmonic and Renée Flemming performed Ek’s production of Björk’s music and in November 2021 the Berlin Philarmonics and Theo Crocker played arrangements by Ek. Together with Swedish singer Jenny Wilson, Ek wrote music for her album Trauma, released in 2019. During the spring of 2022 a record was released where Nils Wülker and BR Müncher Rundfunkorchester played Ek’s musical arrangement.
In March 2022 the Wermland Opera put on the world premier och Linus Fellbom and Ek’s industrial barock opera Eurydike and during June and July Ek’s has performed with Eva Dahlgren and the Tampere Philarmonic Orchestra as well as the Royal Swedish Orchestra. In August a new collaboration with the Metropole Orkest and Stewart Copeland for at concert at the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam was initiated. In November Ek led the Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra and LaGaylia Fraiser, Andreas Lundstedt and Linda Hedlund in the sold out Disco inferno concerts at Berwaldhallen. In february 2023 GöteborgsOperan will stage the worldpremier of Kenneth Kvarnström’s show 12 songs+ with Ane Brun together with GöteborgsOperan’s dance company and orchestra.
Approximate duration: 1 hr 10 mins
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