Dvořák and Borisova-Ollas
Composer Victoria Borisova-Ollas had a big hit with the premiere of her opera Dracula at the Royal Swedish Opera last autumn. In March, she is the focus of the Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra’s composer series. As part of this inaugural concert, her new symphony Labyrinths of Time will be performed. Music by Dvořák and Bartók will also be performed.
Dvořák only wrote three solo concertos, but his virtuoso Violin Concerto in A minor – the second – has become a much loved repertoire piece, and is performed here by the Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra’s leader, Tomo Keller. In Bartók’s Concerto for Orchestra, all the sections of the orchestra get their chance to shine, and it is one of Bartók’s most beloved and performed pieces. Victoria Borisova-Ollas’ Symphony No. 2, Labyrinths of Time was commissioned by Swedish Radio Berwaldhallen and the Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra.
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.