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 Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra is one of Europe’s most versatile orchestras, with a worldwide reputation and a repertoire that combines the major classical works as well as exciting new music. In collaboration with the most important conductors, soloists and composers, there is a constant striving to break new ground. The orchestra’s extensive and high-quality music-making has been rewarded with numerous prizes and accolades and they regularly perform at international festivals and concert halls. “The orchestra has a unique combination of humility, sensibility and musical imagination”, says Daniel Harding, chief conductor of the Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra. “I have never had a concert with the orchestra where they haven’t played as though their lives depended on it!” he continues. The first radio orchestra was formed in 1925, the same year that the Swedish Radio Service began its broadcasts and 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 and over the years has had such distinguished chief conductors as Sergiu Celibidache, Herbert Blomstedt and Esa-Pekka Salonen.