SIR ANDRÁS SCHIFF INTERPRETS MOZART
Sir András Schiff, one of the world’s foremost pianists, makes a guest appearance at Berwaldhallen both as a soloist and as a conductor. He will be playing Mozart’s Piano Concerto No. 27, the last work the composer performed in public. Schiff will also conduct the Swedish Radio Orchestra and the Swedish Radio Choir in Schubert’s poignant Mass in E-flat Major – a work inspired by Mozart and also by Schubert´s favorite composer, Beethoven.
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 multi-award-winning orchestra has been praised for its exceptional, wide-ranging musicianship as well as collaborations with the world’s foremost composers, conductors and soloists.
Permanent home of the Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra since 1979 is Berwaldhallen, the Swedish Radio’s concert hall. In addition to the audience in the hall, the orchestra reaches many many listeners on the radio and the web and through it´s partnership with EBU. Several concerts are also broadcast and streamed on Berwaldhallen Play and with Swedish Television, offering the audience more opportunities to come as close as possible to one of the world’s top orchestras.
“The orchestra has a unique combination of humility, sensibility and musical imagination”, says Daniel Harding, Music Director 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 founded in 1925, the same year that the Swedish Radio Service began its broadcasts. The Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra received its current name in 1967. Through the years, the orchestra has had several distinguished Music Directors. Two of them, Herbert Blomstedt and Esa-Pekka Salonen, have since been appointed Conductors Laureate.
For more than 90 years, the Swedish Radio Choir has contributed to the development of the Swedish a cappella tradition. Under the leadership of legendary conductor Eric Ericson, the choir earned great international renown. It is still hailed as one of the best choirs in the world. The choir members’ ability to switch between powerful solo performances and seamlessly integrating themselves in the ensemble creates a unique and dynamic instrument praised by critics and music lovers alike, as well as by the many guest conductors who explore and challenge the choir’s possibilities.
Permanent home of the Swedish Radio Choir since 1979 is Berwaldhallen, the Swedish Radio’s concert hall. In addition to the seated audience, the choir reaches millions of listeners on the radio and the web through Klassiska konserten i P2. Several concerts are also broadcast and streamed on Berwaldhallen Play, offering the audience more opportunities to come as close as possible to one of the world’s top choirs.
With the 2020–2021 season, Kaspars Putniņš begins his tenure as the tenth Music Director of the Swedish Radio Choir. Since January 2019, Marc Korovitch is the choirmaster of the Swedish Radio Choir with responsibility for the ensemble’s continued artistic development. Two of the orchestra’s former Music Directors, Tõnu Kaljuste and Peter Dijkstra, were appointed Conductors Laureate in November 2019. Both maintain a close relationship with the choir and make regular guest appearances.
The Swedish Radio Choir was founded the same year as the Swedish Radio Service began its broadcasts and the choir had its first concert in May 1925. Right from the start, the choir had high ambitions with a conscious aim to perform contemporary music.
Malin Broman is the first concertmaster of the Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra since 2008. She served as artistic director of Musica Vitae in 2015–2020, premiering over 20 works and touring and recording extensively. In 2019, she succeeded Sakari Oramo as artistic director of the Ostrobothnian Chamber Orchestra.
As a guest leader, she has been invited to perform with ensembles such as the London Symphony Orchestra, Mahler Chamber Orchestra and the Philharmonia Orchestra. As combined soloist and leader she has performed with the Tapiola Sinfonietta, Nordic Chamber Orchestra, Trondheim Soloists and ACO Collective. Soloist highlights include performances with the Gothenburg Symphony, Copenhagen Phil, BBC Scottish Symphony, Academy of St Martin-in-the Fields, and the Swedish Radio Orchestra, working with such conductors as Neeme Järvi, Andrew Manze and Daniel Harding.
In recent years, she has premiered concertos by Daniel Börtz, Britta Byström, Andrea Tarrodi and Daniel Nelson. She has recorded over 30 albums, including concertos by Carl Nielsen and Britta Byström. Recent releases include an album with music by Laura Netzel, and Stockholm Diary with the Ostrobothnian Chamber Orchestra. Her recording of Mendelssohn’s double concerto together with pianist Simon Crawford-Phillips and Musica Vitae was Grammy nominated in 2019.
She received much acclaim for her recording of Felix Mendelssohn’s string octet in the spring of 2020, where she played all eight parts herself. She has since made two similar recordings: Britta Byström’s octet A Room of One’s Own, and Johan Halvorsens Passacaglia recorded with the Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra’s solo contrabassist Rick Stotijn.
In 2001, she founded the Change Music Festival in Kungsbacka. She is also co-founder of Kungsbacka Piano Trio, with which she had played more than 700 concerts all ove the world, and of Stockholm Syndrome Ensemble which is made up of some of Europe’s most brilliant chamber musicians.
In 2008, Malin was elected a member of the Royal Swedish Academy of Music. The Kungsbacka Piano Trio has received the prestigious Interpret Prize of the Royal Academy of Music. In 2019, she was awarded H.M. The King’s Medal. She is currently Professor of Viola at Edsberg Institute of Music in Stockholm. She plays a 1709 Stradivarius violin and a 1861 Bajoni viola, both generously loaned by the Järnåker Foundation.
Swedish soprano Johanna Wallroth was thrust into the limelight when she took First Prize at the prestigious Mirjam Helin International Singing Competition in 2019.
Initially training as a dancer at the Royal Swedish Ballet School, Wallroth subsequently focused her principal study on voice and went on to graduate from Vienna’s Universität für Musik und darstellende Kunst (MDW). In 2013, Johanna Wallroth made her operatic debut as Barbarina in Le Nozze di Figaro under Arnold Östman at Ulriksdal Palace Theatre, Stockholm. Efter that she has regularly appeared on stages in Sweden and worldwide, for example as Despina in Cosi fan tutte at Schlosstheater Schönbrunn Wien and as Pamina in Die Zauberflöte at Moscow’s Gnesin Academy. In the 19/20 season, Johanna made her role debut as Zerlin in Don Giovanni to great acclaim in a live-streamed semi-staged performance with the Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra under Music Director, Daniel Harding.
Already with an enviable experience on the concert platform, Johanna Wallroth has for example performed with Sakari Oramo at Helsinki Music Centre in Mahler, Symphony No 4 and Mozart, Requiem with Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France under Barbara Hannigan. She was soloist on tour to Antwerp, Amsterdam, Dortmund, Köln, Hamburg and Luxembourg with Daniel Harding and the Swedish Radio Orchestra in Mahler, Symphony No 4.
The 2022/23 season opens with a debut at Sweden’s historic Drottningholm Festival as Leocasta in Vivaldi’s Il Giustino with the Drottningholm Theatre Orchestra under George Petrou, and sees her first appearance at Opernhaus Zürich in a ballet production choreographed by Christian Spück based on the Madrigals of Monteverdi and conducted by Christoph Koncz.
Named as Classical Artist in Residence for the 2022/23 season by the Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra, Johanna Wallroth joins the orchestra for several concerts across the season including Berg, Sieben frühe Lieder with Daniel Harding, Mozart arias with Martin Fröst and Schubert Mass in E-flat with Andràs Schiff.
Marie Henriette Reinhold har uppträtt som solist med bland andra Orchestre des Champs-Élysées, Gewandhausorchester Leipzig, Concerto Köln och Il Giardino Armonico samt med körer som Collegium Vocale Gent, Münchener Bachchor och Kammerchor Stuttgart. Bland operarollerna kan nämnas Grevinnan i Albert Lortzings Tjuvskytten, Fricka i Wagners Rhenguldet, Cornelia i Händels Julius Caesar och tredje damen i Mozarts Trollflöjten. Hon har uppträtt vid Bayreuth-festivalen flera gånger, bland som Grimgerde i Wagners Valkyrian. Hon medverkar på ett flertal inspelningar från olika skivbolag, bland annat i Haydns Stabat Mater med Kammerchor Stuttgart och Frieder Bernius, Bachs Johannespassion under ledning av Peter Schreier och Matteuspassionen med Hans-Christoph Rademann.
Tenoren Joel Annmo har mottagit ett flertal priser och utmärkelser, såsom Birgit Nilsson-stipendiet och Luciano Pavarotti Award för bästa manliga röst i Viotti Music Competition i Italien. Annmo har medverkat I ett stort antal uppsättningar vid Kungliga Operan, bland annat kan nämnas Tamino i Mozarts Trollflöjten, Lenskij i Tjajkovskijs Eugen Onegin, Rinuccio i Puccinis Gianni Schicchi och huvudrollen i Bernsteins Candide. Andra engagemang inkluderar bland annat roller som Jamie i Bjarnasons Brothers vid Danska Nationaloperan och Belmonte i Mozarts Die Entführung aus dem Serail vid Stadttheater Bremerhaven. Som konsertsolist har han bland annat framträtt i Hamburg och Nürnberg, och på svenska konsertscener återkommande sjungit i bland annat Mozarts Requiem och Bachs Magnificat. Under hösten 2022 medverkar Annmo i Kungliga Operans uppsättning av Verdis La Traviata, i rollen som Alfredo Germont.
Barytonen Jóhann Kristinsson kommer denna säsong att gästa bland andra Philharmonisches Staatsorchester Hamburg i Brahms Requiem och Islands Symfoniorkester i Mahlers Lieder eines fahrenden Gesellen. På Staatsoper Hamburg kommer han att medverka i uppsättningar av Donizettis Don Pasquale och han medverkar också i Haydns Årstiderna tillsammans med Bachakademie Stuttgart. Kristinsson har mottagit ett flertal priser, såsom juryns pris från Wiener Musikverein och han erhöll första pris i prestigefyllda Stella Maris Vocal Competition 2019. 2018 utnämndes han till årets mest lovande unga musiker i Icelandic Music Awards och året innan vann han publikens pris vid International Vocal Competition Das Lied i Heidelberg. Han har uppträtt vid festivaler som Oxford Lieder Festival och Dresdner Musikfestspiele och med dirigenter som Pier Giorgio Morandi, Bertrand de Billy, Kent Nagano och Herbert Blomstedt. Han har studerat för Bergþór Pálsson på Island och därefter vid Hanns Eisler School of Music i Berlin.
Chief conductor of the Jeune Choeur de Paris, he started a collaboration with the SWR Vokalensemble Stuttgart in 2013 (including a recording of Ravel’s Daphnis et Chloé), and also works regularly with the Chœur de Radio-France and the Choeur Accentus since 2014, for tours, radio performances, recordings, preparations and A Cappella concerts. He collaborates with many personalities, such as Sir Simon Rattle, Gustavo Dudamel, Daniele Gatti, Louis Langrée, Stéphane Denève, Daniel Harding, Laurence Equilbey, L. G. Alarcon… He has also conducted the WDR Rundfunkchor in 2016. In July 2016, he has prepared both the SWR Vokalensemble Stuttgart and the NDR Chor for Berlioz’s Romeo et Juliette. In 2017, he has participate to the opening of the Seine Musical conducting the choir accentus and in 2018, he starts a collaboration with the Croatian Radio Choir. Korovitch works for many festivals: the Mozartwoche in Salzburg, Recontres Musicales d’Evian, the Festival de Radio-France in Montpellier or the festival Mozart in New York.
Approximate concert length: 2 hours 10 min, including intermission
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