VIVE LA FRANCE!
With countless concerts and recordings under his belt, world-famous pianist Nikolai Lugansky is a true Chopin connoisseur. Here, he will interpret Chopin’s first piano concerto with rippling virtuosity and abundant feeling in an eagerly awaited return to Berwaldhallen. Together with Ravel’s humorous La valse and Henri Dutilleux’s rhythmic Symphony No. 2, it will be an intense and interesting presentation of French music, featuring the Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra and conductor Jukka-Pekka Saraste. The concert on Friday will be livestreamed at Berwaldhallen Play.
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.
Approximate concert length: 2 h (with intermission)
UPBEAT: Thursday, May 28 at 6 pm with Pernilla Eskilsdotter, who tells about the last of the three concerts she has chosen for her own concert series, a selection made with curiosity and love.
UPBEAT: Friday 29 May at 18.00 with the Swedish Radio’s Southern Europe correspondent, Beatrice Janzon.