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CLASSIC FILMS WITH LIVE MUSIC

Experience three classic silent films with unforgettable comedians such as Charlie Chaplin, Laurel and Hardy and Buster Keaton, when Berwaldhallen is transformed into a cinema hall with live music. While the films are shown on the big screen, the Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra plays the film scores under the direction of the conductor, composer and Charlie Chaplin connoisseur Timothy Brock, who has recreated and written new music for over thirty silent films and who tours orchestras all over the world with his productions. The movies will be presented on the stage by Orvar Säfström.

Photo: © Lobster Films Collection


SWEDISH RADIO 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.

Timothy Brock är en dirigent och tonsättare som specialiserat sig på musik från det tidiga 1900-talet och på stumfilmsföreställningar med levande musik. I egenskap av expert på 1920- och 30-talets framförandepraxis anlitas han av världens främsta orkestrar för konserter med såväl klassisk filmmusik som konstmusik.

Bland hans viktigaste bidrag till filmmusiken är att återställa partitur till Dmitrij Sjostakovitjs enda stumfilmsmusik, New Babylon, Manilo Mazzas epos Cabiria, Erik Saties dadaistverk Entr’acte och Camille Saint-Saëns musik till L’Assassinat du duc de Guise från 1908, en av de första filmerna med specialskriven musik. Sedan 1998 har han återställt Charlie Chaplins musik till tolv stumfilmer, bland andra Moderna tider och Guldfeber, och dessutom transkriberat tidigare okänd originalmusik av Chaplin.

Han har även varit starkt engagerad i att sprida musiken som förbjöds av Nazityskland. Han har givit USA-premiärerna av bland annat Erwin Schulhoffs andra symfoni, Hanns Eislers Kleine Sinfonie och Niemandslied och var en av de första som satte upp Viktor Ullmanns opera Kejsaren av Atlantis. Som tonsättare har han skrivit ett sextiotal verk: konsertstycken, symfonier och operor samt musik till mer än 20 stumfilmer.

Malin Broman is First Concertmaster of the Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra, and an internationally sought-after soloist, having visited the Academy of St Martin in the Fields, the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra, the Copenhagen Philharmonic, and the Gothenburg Symphony, among others.

From 2015 to 2020, Malin served as Artistic Director of the Musica Vitae Chamber Orchestra, and succeeded Sakari Oramo as Artistic Director of the Ostrobothnian Chamber Orchestra in 2019. She has also appeared as musical director/soloist with Tapiola Sinfonietta, Scottish Ensemble, Nordic Chamber Orchestra, Västerås Sinfonietta, Trondheim Soloists, Lapland Chamber Orchestra and the ACO Collective – the Australian Chamber Orchestra’s string ensemble.

Over the last few years, Broman has performed world premieres of violin concertos by Britta Byström, Andrea Tarrodi and Daniel Nelson. She has recorded over 30 discs, among them Carl Nielsen’s and Britta Byström’s concertos. Her recording of Mendelssohn’s double concerto for violin and piano with Musica Vitae and Simon Crawford Phillips was nominated for a Grammy in 2019. She has also made many recordings with celebrated ensemble the Kungsbacka Piano Trio.

Among Malin Broman’s latest recordings can be mentioned an album with music by Laura Netzel, as well as a recording with the Ostrobothnia Chamber Orchestra, Stockholm Diary, with works by, among others, Salonen and Stravinsky. In the spring of 2020, Broman filmed a noted recording of her playing all eight parts of Felix Mendelssohn’s String Octet. Since then she has made another two recordings according to a similar concept, A Room of One´s Own to Malin Broman x 8 by Britta Byström, and a recording with the solo contra bassist of The Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra, Rick Stotijn.

Malin Broman is a member of the Royal Swedish Academy of Music, and Professor of Viola at the Edsbergs Institute of Music. In the spring of 2019, she was awarded H.M. the King’s eighth size medal for her considerable contributions to the Swedish music industry. She plays a Stradivarius violin from 1709 and a Bajoni viola from 1861, borrowed from the Järnåker Foundation.

Approximate concert length: 1 h 10 min (no intermission)