MUSICAL STORYTELLING: HANNIGAN AND STRAVINSKY
International star Barbara Hannigan presents Igor Stravinsky’s Pulcinella with the Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra and, as soloists, some of the talented young singers from Equilibrium. Music for the Theatre by Aaron Copland was not written for any particular play, but the work has such a theatrical atmosphere that Copland did not hesitate in giving it the title he did.
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 orchestra’s high-quality music making as well as its collaborations with internationally renowned composers, conductors and soloists have been rewarded with numerous prizes and accolades.
“The orchestra has a unique combination of humility, sensibility and musical imagination”, says Daniel Harding, chief conductor 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 formed in 1925, the same year that the Swedish Radio Service began its broadcasts. Since then, the orchestra’s concerts have always been broadcast by the Swedish Radio. The Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra received its current name in 1967.
Through the years, the orchestra has had several distinguished chief conductors. Two of them, Herbert Blomstedt and Esa-Pekka Salonen, have since been appointed conductors laureate together with Valery Gergiev, a regular guest conductor and co-founder of the Baltic Sea Festival.
Approximate concert length: 1 h 45 min (with intermission)
UPBEAT: Friday at 18:00 and Saturday at 14:00 an introduction to the concert programme and a presentation of commedia dell’arte, the Italian theatre that inspired Stravinsky’s ballet Petrushka.