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MUSICAL STORYTELLING: FROM SCHEHERAZADE TO PIPPI LONGSTOCKING

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.


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 orchestra is also proud to have Klaus Mäkelä as its Principal Guest Conductor since 2018.

During the COVID-19 pandemic, the Swedish Radio Symphony was one of the only orchestras in the world which never stopped playing.  Its innovative and creative approach to making music in these dark times helped its public to cope and even made the news itself.

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 are Herbert Blomstedt and Esa-Pekka Salonen.

Ariane Matiakh. Foto: Marco Borggreve.

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