Chopin and Adès
Chopin’s dreamy and dance-friendly Piano Concerto No. 1 in E minor contrasts with Thomas Adès’ complex and multilayered Totentanz, a depiction of life’s inevitable meeting – and dance – with death!
Both of Chopin’s piano concertos were created during his final time in Warsaw, before he left to live in Paris. In both cities, he performed his Piano Concerto No. 1 in E minor, and was met with acclaim from the audience and the critics alike. 22-year-old pianist Jan Lisiecki takes on the concerto with great feeling and considered musicality. Thomas Adès composed Totentanz in memory of composer Witold Lutoslawski and his wife. In the piece, the soprano and baritone soloists perform a dialogue between death and man, who, regardless of social or financial status, can’t escape his final dance with death.
The Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra serves as a symphony orchestra for the whole of Sweden. Regardless of where you live you can listen to the orchestra’s concerts through the Swedish Radio’s broadcasts or on their website, and several concerts are also shown on Swedish Television. The Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra is one of the best and most versatile orchestras in Europe – perhaps even in the world. Every year they perform well-loved works from the classical repertoire as well as new music by exciting contemporary composers such as Victoria Borisova-Ollas, Magnus Lindberg and Unsuk Chin. In addition they perform music from popular films and computer and video games and collaborate with leading jazz, pop and rock artists in a constant endeavour to develop and to break new ground.
Concert length: 1 h 40 min incl. intermission
Friday 27 of April – Concert length: 1 h 40 min incl. intermission
Saturday 28 of April – Concert length: 1 h 30 min no intermission