With its striking first movement, Beethoven’s fifth symphony just has to be the most famous work in the history of classical music. The Israeli composer Ella Milch-Sheriff has based her tribute to Beethoven, The Eternal Stranger, on one of Beethoven’s dreams. It presents the legendary composer in a new and unexpected way. We will also have the privilege of hearing the violist Lawrence Power in Anders Hillborg’s Viola Concert, commissioned by, among others, the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra and the Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra.
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.
Julia Kretz-Larsson is the assistant first concertmaster of the Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra since 2015. She is also a member of the chamber music ensemble Spectrum Concerts Berlin who, in addition to having their own concert series at the Berlin Phiharmonic, has performed at venues including Carnegie Hall in New York City and the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam. She is a former member of both the Lucerne Festival Orchestra and leader of the Mahler Chamber Orchestra.
She is also an active chamber musician, having performed with Janine Jansen, Isabelle Faust, Cecilia Zilliacus, Torleif Thedéen and others, and played at internationally renowned festivals in Salzburg, Utrecht and Schleswig-Holstein, as well as the Schubertiade in Voralberg and Vinterfest in Mora, Sweden. She has recorded chamber works for labels such as BIS, dB and Harmonia Mundi, and the 2018 album Amanda Maier vol. 3 was awarded a Swedish Grammy Award. As a member of the Julius Stern Piano Trio, she has won prizes at international competitions in Florence, Berlin and Trieste.
Julia Kretz-Larsson teacher violin at the Royal College of Music in Stockholm. She is a Berlin native, has studied under Professor Marianne Boettcher, under Professor Thomas Brandis at the Berlin University of the Arts, and in Prague for Josef Suk.
Internationally-acclaimed viola player Lawrence Power is widely heralded for his richness of sound, technical mastery and his passionate advocacy for new music. Lawrence has advanced the cause of the viola both through the excellence of his performances, whether in recitals, chamber music or concertos and the creation of the Viola Commissioning Circle (VCC), which has led to a substantial body of fresh repertoire for the instrument by today’s finest composers. Lawrence has premiered concertos by leading composers such as James MacMillan, Mark-Anthony Turnage, Julian Anderson, Alexander Goer, and through the VCC has commissioned works by Anders Hillborg, Thomas Adès, Gerald Barry and Cassandra Miller.
Israeli actor Eli Danker is at home both on the theatrical stages of Israel and in front of the cameras of Hollywood. After studying at the Acting Institute of the Beit Zvi School of the Performing Arts in Israel and at the HB Studio in New York, Eli Danker became an ensemble member of Jerusalem’s Khan Theatre, where his broad-based talent quickly became apparent. Thus, he played a wide range of roles, including Rogozin in Dostoevsky’s The Idiot, Collie Couch in Bertold Brecht’s In the Thicket of Cities, the circus horse Negro Kaballo in Erich Kästner’s May 35 or Konrad Rides to the South Seas or Dumbo in Joseph Heller’s Catch-22. At Israel’s National Theater Habimah, to which he soon transferred, he played the following roles, among others: Jason in Medea, Orsino in Was ihr wollt, Menelaos in Die Troerinnen and Mortimer in Maria Stuart. He received a scholarship from the French government to study pantomime at the Jacques Lecoq École. As a result, he was hired by the Israeli Opera as Master Of The House in Les Miserables. After being cast alongside Klaus Kinski and Diane Keaton in the film The Little Drummer Girl, shot in Munich, Eli Danker’s film and television career took off. Since 1985, he divides his time between the stages of Israel and film productions worldwide. Some of his recent films include Viktor with Gérard Depardieu, My Mom’s New Boyfriend with Antonio Banderas and Meg Ryan, Undisputed II: Last Man Standing and the American TV series 24: Legacy. Eli Danker is a member of the Cameri Theatre in Tel Aviv, where he most recently played the cook in Bertold Brecht’s Mother Courage and can now be seen in Saturday Night Fever. Eli Danker has collaborated with Omer Meir Wellber for Strawinsky‘s Histoire du soldat and Ella Milch-Scheriff’s ”The Eternal Stranger” which had its world premiere with the Gewandhaus Orchestra Leipzig in February 2020.
Approximate concert length: 2 hours including intermission
Bonusconcert on Friday March 31 – Late night concert Rebecca Clarke – A musical odyssey
We have the pleasure of inviting you to a late night concert after the concert on the 31st of March. You are most welcome to stay, the performance will begin after a brief interval.
Join internationally praised musicians for a bonus concert where Johannes Brahms accompanies works by American-British composer Rebecca Clarke. An eminent violist in herself, Clarke wrote several pieces for the instrument, which in today’s concert is played by internationally renowned Lawrence Powell.
Lawrence Power, viola and violin
Simon Crawford-Phillips, piano
Per Öman, violin
Jan-Erik Gustafsson, cello
REBECCA CLARKE Dumka – 10 min
REBECCA CLARKE Sonata – 25 min
JOHANNES BRAHMS: Trio Op 114 in A minor – 25 min
III. Adantino grazioso
LYKKE LI MEETS THE SWEDISH RADIO SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA
The Swedish world famous artist Lykke Li visits Berwaldhallen and the Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra where her emotional music will get new symphonic arrangements by conductor Hans Ek.
GIL SHAHAM IN KORNGOLD’S VIOLIN CONCERTO
Star violinist Gil Shaham interprets Korngold’s violin concerto followed by Carl Nielsen’s vivacious fourth symphony, The Inextinguishable.
MARTIN FRÖST & JOHANNA WALLROTH
The world-class clarinettist Martin Fröst in Weber’s colourful first clarinet concerto. Together with Mendelssohn’s lively fifth symphony, “The Italian”, and arias by Mozart with the soprano Johanna Wallroth, radio station P2’s Classical Artist of the Year.