SPRING IN FYN
Fynsk foraar is Carl Nielsen’s last big choral work, and is also regarded as his most Danish one, with its poetic lyrics about when spring comes to the island Fyn. Furthermore, Tor Aulin’s third violin concerto from 1895 , Bo Lind’s orchestral A Merry ouverture and Pezzo Concertante for bass clarinett and strings, and Otto Olsson’s hymn Psalmus CX. Conductor Gudrun Dahlqvist leads the he Swedish Radio Symphony Orhestra, the Swedish Radio Choir and soloists.
The concert will be broadcasted live in the Swedish Radio P2 on Friday, April 21 at 7:03 pm.
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 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, Herbert Blomstedt and Esa-Pekka Salonen, have since been appointed Conductors Laureate.
For more than 90 years, the Swedish Radio Choir has contributed to the development of the Swedish a cappella tradition. Under the leadership of legendary conductor Eric Ericson, the choir earned great international renown. It is still hailed as one of the best choirs in the world. The choir members’ ability to switch between powerful solo performances and seamlessly integrating themselves in the ensemble creates a unique and dynamic instrument praised by critics and music lovers alike, as well as by the many guest conductors who explore and challenge the choir’s possibilities.
Permanent home of the Swedish Radio Choir since 1979 is Berwaldhallen, the Swedish Radio’s concert hall. In addition to the seated audience, the choir reaches millions of listeners on the radio and the web through Klassiska konserten i P2. Several concerts are also broadcast and streamed on Berwaldhallen Play, offering the audience more opportunities to come as close as possible to one of the world’s top choirs.
With the 2020–2021 season, Kaspars Putniņš begins his tenure as the tenth Music Director of the Swedish Radio Choir. Since January 2019, Marc Korovitch is the choirmaster of the Swedish Radio Choir with responsibility for the ensemble’s continued artistic development. Two of the orchestra’s former Music Directors, Tõnu Kaljuste and Peter Dijkstra, were appointed Conductors Laureate in November 2019. Both maintain a close relationship with the choir and make regular guest appearances.
The Swedish Radio Choir was founded the same year as the Swedish Radio Service began its broadcasts and the choir had its first concert in May 1925. Right from the start, the choir had high ambitions with a conscious aim to perform contemporary music.
Gudrun Dahlkvist has conducted the Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra, Norrköping Symphony Orchestra and Helsingborg Symphony Orchestra in professional engagements (which she will return to) and the Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra and Gävle Symphony Orchestra in masterclasses. Her rapidly spreading reputation has led to recent bookings from the Royal Philharmonic of Stockholm,
Dahlkvist was born in Stockholm and studied violin at the Royal College of Music in her native city and at the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique de Paris, before beginning her conducting studies in Sweden with B. Tommy Andersson. During the season 2022/23 she is mentoree conductor at Helsingborgs Konserthus.
Adding to her burgeoning experience with symphony orchestras, Dahlkvist recently made her debut at Malmö Opera, conducting a sold out hall with full audience for the first time in the opera house since after the pandemic. Her repertoire ranges from early to contemporary music and her varied experience in professional orchestral settings has equipped her with unusually sharp communicative abilities and taught her efficient rehearsal strategies. As a freelance violinist, she appeared in a concertmaster position with the Helsingborg Symphony Orchestra, as well as regularly guesting with the Royal Stockholm Philharmonic. In 2019, Gudrun Dahlkvist was awarded Musik i Linköping’s biennial Crusell Stipend.
Malin William-Olsson är alternerande stämledare för andra violin i Sveriges Radios Symfoniorkester. Studierna bedrevs i Köln och Stockholm. Hon har frilansat både i Sverige och internationellt, med ensembler som Mahler Chamber Orchestra och Spira Mirabilis. Malin ingick i den firade Taliskerkvartetten och är medlem av det innovativa bandet SeLest, som låter klassiskt möta pop.
Julia Kretz-Larsson, violin, has studied with Marianne Boettcher and Thomas Brandis in Berlin and with Josef Suk in Prague. With the Julius Stern Piano Trio, she has won various awards at international competitions. She is a member of the chamber music ensemble Spectrum Concerts Berlin, which has its own concert series in the Berliner Philharmonie Kammermusiksaal and with which she also played in halls such as Carnegie Hall in New York and Concertgebouw Amsterdam. In 2006, Julia Kretz-Larsson became a member of the Lucerne Festival Orchestra, led by Claudio Abbado, and since 2008 she has been a member of the Mahler Chamber Orchestra, from 2011 as conductor. Julia has been the alternate first concertmaster in the Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra since 2015 and is a teacher at the Royal Academy of Music in Stockholm.Julia has regularly played chamber music concerts with several international artists and has performed at festivals such as the Salzburger Festspiele, the International Chamber Music Festival Utrecht, Julian Rachlin and Friends, Schubertiade, the Schleswig-Holstein Music Festival and the Winter Festival. She has recorded chamber music for, among others, BIS, NAXOS, dB Productions, Harmonia Mundi and has won the music award ” Grammis” for the recording with music by Amanda Maier.
In 2022 the soprano Karin Mobacke was cover for Gerda in Snödrottningen at The Royal Opera in Stockholm and cover for Leocasta and Fortuna in Il Giustino at Drottningholm slottsteater. At Vadstena-Akademien July 2022 she sang Eritrea in ’’Il colore fa la regina’’ by Carlo Francesco Pollarolo and in autumn 2022 she participated in Livets bok by S.D Sandström with Norrköping Symphony Orchestra. Mobacke has studied Music and Opera at Mälardalen University.
Mattias Gunnari (b. 1988) is a freelance tenor based in Stockholm. Gunnari graduated from Stockholms University of Arts in 2021 where he studied with Erik Årman och Anita Soldh. He has also studied at the Royal Academy of Music and at the School of Music, Theatre and Art at Örebro University.
Gunnari has also studied with among others Olle Persson, Karl-Magnus Fredriksson and Jonatan Lönnqvist. He has received a number of scholarships including the 2018 Bayreuth scholarship. During the 2021-2022 season, Gunnari made his debut at the Royal Opera as the Prince in Benjamin Staern’s Snödrottningen (the Snow Queen). In addition to his scenic activities he is a very sought after soloist for the concert and church repertoire.
The talented young baritone Arvid Eriksson now returns to the Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra and Berwaldhallen where he made his debut in 2021 performing Faurés Requiem. This year he will also make his debut with Västerås Sinfonietta and meet the award-winning Ensemble Correspondances for the first time.
Born in Uddevalla in 1998, Eriksson currently lives in Stockholm, where he graduated from The Royal College of Music in 2021. His teachers during the training have been, among others, Petteri Salomaa and Erik Årman. He also holds a degree in church music. He began his professional career at the age of sixteen, singing with the renowned ensemble Göteborg Baroque, of which he was also a member until 2022. Arvid has focused on the performance of art song and concert. Among the highlights of 2022 were performances of Handel’s Messiah with the Helsingborg Symphony Orchestra and a tour of Mahler’s Rückert-Lieder in an arrangement for baritone and piano quartet.
Eriksson’s extensive concert repertoire includes works by Bach such as the St John’s Passion, St Matthew Passion, Christmas Oratorio, B-minor Mass and several cantatas, Handel’s Messiah, Haydn’s The Creation and Stabat Mater, Requiems by Brahms, Mozart, Fauré, Duruflé and others, as well as works by Beethoven, Britten, Monteverdi, Roman, Larsson and many more.
Eriksson has performed a number of well-known song cycles, including Schumann’s Dichterliebe and Liederkreis op. 24, Mahler’s Rückert-Lieder, Beethoven’s An die ferne Geliebte and Vaughan Williams’ Songs of Travel. He also frequently performs lieder by Schubert, Strauss, Brahms, Ravel, Sibelius, and Finzi, among others. Closest to his heart, however, are the Swedish art songs, many of which he has performed, including songs by Stenhammar, Rangström, and Peterson-Berger.
Approximate concert length: 1 h 45 min (with intermission)
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