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OUR TIME IS NOW

SVT’s hit series Our Time is Now is already a modern classic. The story of forbidden love, sibling rivalry and the changes that took place in Swedish society between 1945 and 1971 has captivated viewers since the autumn of 2017. Listen to composer Adam Nordén’s music from the series performed by the Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra, guest artists and conductor Hans Ek.

Broadcasted on the Swedish Radio P2 on December 18, 8.30 pm
Watch the concert on SVT 2 on the December 25, 6.30 pm
Available on Berwaldhallen Play.

Photo: Carl-Henrik


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.

Genom sin förmåga att göra musiken giltig i vår tid, oavsett ursprung och genre, har Hans Ek skaffat sig en alldeles särskild ställning i nordiskt musikliv. Det har lett till en mängd fruktbara samarbeten med Laleh, Veronica Maggio, Ane Brun, Renée Fleming, Michael Nyman, Metropole Orkest, Göteborgs Symfoniker, Sveriges Radios Symfoniorkester, Copenhagen Phil och många fler. Under tio år var Hans Ek konstnärlig ledare vid utdelningen av Polarpriset.

Under senare år har hans egna produktioner hörts flitigt både i Sverige och utomlands. Exempel på detta är Bowie in Berlin, E.S.T. Symphony, Chelsea Hotel, Kosmische Musik, Made by Björk, Studio 54-Disco Inferno och Dance Music Symphony.

Hans Ek har arrangerat och dirigerat musiken till filmer som Susanne Biers Oscarsbelönade Hämnden och den norska storfilmen Kon-Tiki. Han har gjort två samarbeten med regissören Tomas Alfredson – filmen Låt den rätte komma in och Se upp för Jönssonligan. Med sin ensemble Modern Fantazias arbetar han konsekvent med musik som betytt mycket för honom. I projektet Trans Europe Express tog han avstamp i den legendariska syntgruppen Kraftwerk samt i tonsättarporträtt av Brian Eno och John Cage.

Som arrangör anlitas Hans Ek regelbundet av orkestrar i Sverige och utomlands. År 2020 framförde New York Philharmonic och Renée Fleming musik av Björk med Eks arrangemang. Tillsammans med artisten Jenny Wilson har Hans skrivit musiken till skivan Trauma som utkom 2019.

I februari 2021 gavs uruppförandet av Hans Eks nya pianokonsert Soundscapes 1974-78 med den finländska pianisten Iiro Rantala och Västerås Sinfonietta. Våren 2021 ledde han Sveriges Radios Symfoniorkester i en radio- och tv-sänd konsert med Zara Larsson i Berwaldhallen.

Våren 2022  är det premiär för Hans Eks och Linus Fellboms opera Eurydike på Wermland Opera. I april 2022 framförs E.S.T. Symphony med Prague Radio Symphony Orchestra och våren 2023 presenteras verket 12 songs+ med Ane Brun, GöteborgsOperans Danskompani och GöteborgsOperans Orkester.