Throughout Rimsky-Korsakov’s Scheherazade we hear a recurring violin solo that represents Scheherazade, the heroine in the collection of folk tales One Thousand and One Nights, who tells a thousand stories with her indefatigable voice and thus manages to save her own life. Ravel was also inspired by the story of Scheherazade in his overture from 1898. We are also treated to Swedish composer Benjamin Staern’s Pippi Lifts Her Horse – a captivating and imaginative piece commissioned by the Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra to celebrate the fact that Astrid Lindgren’s beloved character Pippi Longstocking would have turned 75 in 2020.

The concert will be broadcasted at the Swedish Radio P2, Friday, March 4, at 7:03 pm.


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The Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra is a multiple-award-winning ensemble renowned for its high artistic standard and stylistic breadth, as well as collaborations with the world’s finest composers, conductors, and soloists. It regularly tours all over Europe and the world and has an extensive and acclaimed recording catalogue.

Daniel Harding has been Music Director of the SRSO since 2007, and since 2019 also its Artistic Director. His tenure will last throughout the 2024/2025 season. Two of the orchestra’s former chief conductors, Herbert Blomstedt and Esa-Pekka Salonen, have since been named Conductors Laureate, and continue to perform regularly with the orchestra.

The Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra performs at Berwaldhallen, concert hall of the Swedish Radio, and is a cornerstone of Swedish public service broadcasting. Its concerts are heard weekly on the Swedish classical radio P2 and regularly on national public television SVT. Several concerts are also streamed on-demand on Berwaldhallen Play and broadcast globally through the EBU.

Approximate concert length: 1 hour, 10 minutes, no intermissioin