The fairytale figure of Till Ugglespegel was once as famous as Arne Anka or Herman Hedning are today – and his pranks were just as uncouth as those of his successors. In Richard Strauss’s symphonic poem, after having humiliated both craftsmen, priests and sages, Till is eventually sentenced do death. Sibelius’s fairytale hero Lemminkäinen is not evil or malevolent, but his debauchery leads to his death and his sorcerous mother must revive him with the help of the gods. Magnificent music with conductor James Gaffigan.

Listen to the Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra’s Rick Stotijn talk about composer Eduard Tubin’s Double bass concerto:


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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 55 min (with intermission)