Vita nuova. New life. Something the world was perhaps hoping for during the 1950s, when Gunnar de Frumerie composed his elegant a cappella piece with text by Pär Lagerkvist. By contrast, Francis Poulenc wrote his Mass in G major at a time when World War II was almost upon Europe, and a new seriousness and depth not previously associated with the composer is perceptible in this religious work. For Lars Edlund, religion was a central theme of life, and his Gloria is a stand-alone work in which the shifting tones of the choir provide a nuanced expression of the text’s meaning.

The concert will be broadcasted at the Swedish Radio P2 Friday March 25 at 7:03.


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32 professional choristers make up the Swedish Radio Choir: a unique, dynamic instrument hailed by music-lovers and critics all over the world. The Swedish Radio Choir performs at Berwaldhallen, concert hall of the Swedish Radio, as well as on tours all over the country and the world. Also, they are heard regularly by millions of listeners on Swedish Radio P2, Berwaldhallen Play and globally through the EBU.

The award-winning Latvian conductor Kaspars Putniņš was appointed Chief Conductor of the Swedish Radio Choir in 2020. Since January 2019, its choirmaster is French orchestral and choral conductor Marc Korovitch, with responsibility for the choir’s vocal development.

The Swedish Radio Choir was founded in 1925, the same year as Sweden’s inaugural radio broadcasts, and gave its first concert in May that year. Multiple acclaimed and award-winning albums can be found in the choir’s record catalogue. Late 2023 saw the release of Kaspars Putniņš first album with the choir: Robert Schumann’s Missa sacra, recorded with organist Johan Hammarström.

Approximate concert length: 50 minutes (no intermission)