Stravinsky and Bartók
Romanian conductor Cristian Măcelaru offers an exciting programme with music from the early 20th century; both Bartók and Stravinsky, as well as a solo concerto by Karol Szymanowski and Romanian national romanticism by George Enescu.
Romanian composer George Enescu was greatly inspired by Romanian folk music and Romani music. This is particularly notable in Romanian Rhapsody No. 1, which is among his best loved and most performed pieces. Karol Szymanowski’s Violin Concerto No. 1 from 1916 is considered one of the first solo concertos to break new ground in the development of music in the 20th century, and is performed by Danish-Israeli violinist Nikolaj Znaider. Stravinsky’s symphonic poem Le Chant de Rossignol was inspired by his first opera which is based on H. C. Andersen’s story The Nightingale. Just like Enescu’s rhapsody, Bartók’s Dance Suite is inspired by folk music, here from Hungary and Wallachia in southern Romania for instance.
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.