Schumann and Hindemith
Violinist Frank Peter Zimmermann has graced the Berwaldhallen stage several times, and is always a welcome returnee. This time, he gives us chamber music by Paul Hindemith, and Schumann’s Fantasy for Violin and Orchestra.
Known 19th century violinist Joseph Joachim requested a solo piece by Schumann – he felt that violinists needed more opportunities to show their skills. The composer’s response was the critically acclaimed Fantasy for Violin and Orchestra. Hindemith’s Chamber Music No. 4, with the subtitle Violin Concerto, is indeed, in all the ways that matter, a solo concerto that can flourish in Zimmermann’s safe hands. There is even more Schumann when the Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra and Daniel Harding perform his splendid revised version of Symphony No. 4 from 1851.
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.