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
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 the first concertmaster of the Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra since 2008. She served as artistic director of Musica Vitae in 2015–2020, premiering over 20 works and touring and recording extensively. In 2019, she succeeded Sakari Oramo as artistic director of the Ostrobothnian Chamber Orchestra.
As a guest leader, she has been invited to perform with ensembles such as the London Symphony Orchestra, Mahler Chamber Orchestra and the Philharmonia Orchestra. As combined soloist and leader she has performed with the Tapiola Sinfonietta, Nordic Chamber Orchestra, Trondheim Soloists and ACO Collective. Soloist highlights include performances with the Gothenburg Symphony, Copenhagen Phil, BBC Scottish Symphony, Academy of St Martin-in-the Fields, and the Swedish Radio Orchestra, working with such conductors as Neeme Järvi, Andrew Manze and Daniel Harding.
In recent years, she has premiered concertos by Daniel Börtz, Britta Byström, Andrea Tarrodi and Daniel Nelson. She has recorded over 30 albums, including concertos by Carl Nielsen and Britta Byström. Recent releases include an album with music by Laura Netzel, and Stockholm Diary with the Ostrobothnian Chamber Orchestra. Her recording of Mendelssohn’s double concerto together with pianist Simon Crawford-Phillips and Musica Vitae was Grammy nominated in 2019.
She received much acclaim for her recording of Felix Mendelssohn’s string octet in the spring of 2020, where she played all eight parts herself. She has since made two similar recordings: Britta Byström’s octet A Room of One’s Own, and Johan Halvorsens Passacaglia recorded with the Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra’s solo contrabassist Rick Stotijn.
In 2001, she founded the Change Music Festival in Kungsbacka. She is also co-founder of Kungsbacka Piano Trio, with which she had played more than 700 concerts all ove the world, and of Stockholm Syndrome Ensemble which is made up of some of Europe’s most brilliant chamber musicians.
In 2008, Malin was elected a member of the Royal Swedish Academy of Music. The Kungsbacka Piano Trio has received the prestigious Interpret Prize of the Royal Academy of Music. In 2019, she was awarded H.M. The King’s Medal. She is currently Professor of Viola at Edsberg Institute of Music in Stockholm. She plays a 1709 Stradivarius violin and a 1861 Bajoni viola, both generously loaned by the Järnåker Foundation.
Approximate concert length: 1 h 30 min (no intermission)
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