The international soprano Camilla Tilling appears with the Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra and the Swedish Radio Choir in the first performance of Daniel Nelson’s Chaplin Songs, a musical version of Charlie Chaplin’s satirical 1940 film The Great Dictator. Andrew Manze then conducts the orchestra in two works by Ralph Vaughan Williams who was born 150 years ago: Fantasia on Greensleeves and Symphony No. 9. During Saturday’s concert, this year’s Sten Frykberg scholarships will be awarded.
Friday’s concert will be broadcast live on Sweden’s Radio P2 starting at 19.03.
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.
Engelske dirigenten och violinisten Andrew Manze hyllas som en av sin generations mest inspirerande dirigenter med en kombination av både bred och djup repertoarkännedom, sällsynt kommunikationsförmåga och en osviklig utstrålning. Han var chefsdirigent för NDR Radiophilharmonie, Nordtyska radions symfoniorkester 2014–2023 och sedan 2018 är han förste gästdirigent för Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra. Han är återkommande gäst vid Mostly Mozart Festival i New York City och har den senaste tiden arbetat med orkestrar som Scottish Chamber Orchestra, Mozarteumorkestern i Salzburg, Concertgebouworkestern och Finska radions symfoniorkester, och lett Chamber Orchestra of Europe på turné i Tyskland.
Med NDR Radiophilharmonie har Andrew Manze gjort prisbelönta inspelningar av verk av Felix Mendelssohn och Mozart. Han har även spelat in Ralph Vaughan Williams samtliga symfonier med Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra. I november 2016 beskrevs han av The Telegraph som ”den bäste av alla nu levande Vaughan Williams-uttolkare”. Han är också verksam som lärare, musikskribent och redaktör, Fellow vid Royal Academy of Music och gästprofessor vid Norges musikhögskola i Oslo.
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.
Sopranen Camilla Tilling har i över två decennier framträtt på opera- och konsertscener världen över. Tidiga operaroller som Sophie i Rosenkavaljeren, Pamina in Trollflöjten, Ilia i Idomeneo, Susanna i Figaros bröllop och Zerlina i Don Giovanni gav Tilling engagemang vid scener som the Royal Opera House Covent Garden, San Francisco Opera, Bayerische Staatsoper, Opéra national de Paris, Lyric Opera of Chicago, Teatro alla Scala och Metropolitan, New York. Bland senare roller kan nämnas Guvernanten i The Turn of the Screw, Euridice i Orfeo ed Euridice, Donna Clara i Dvärgen, Greta i Hans och Greta, l’Ange i Franciskus av Assisi, Blanche i Karmelitsystrarna och Mélisande i Pelléas och Mélisande.
Bland Tillings nyligen genomförda engagemang på konsertscenen kan nämnas Bernard Haitinks sista konsert vid Concertgebouw, Brahms Requiem med Birmingham Symphony Orchestra och Mirga Gražinytė Tyla, Dutilleuxs Correspondances med Los Angeles Philharmonic och Esa-Pekka Salonen, Mahlers fyra med Orchestre de Paris och Thomas Hengelbrock samt Bergs Sieben frühe Lieder med både Sydney Symphony Orchestra och Christoph von Dohnányi samt London Symphony Orchestra och François-Xavier Roth. Tilling har även turnerat med Peter Sellars uppsättningar av Matteuspassionen och Johannespassionen. Bland höjdpunkter säsongen 2022/2023 kan nämnas Griegs Peer Gynt med Cincinnati Symphony, Irgen-Jensens Japanischer Frühling med Karajan-Akademie of Berliner Philharmoniker samt Bachs Matteuspassion med Atlanta Symphony Orchestra.
Approximate concert length: 2 hours (with intermission)
HUGO ALFVÉN – 150TH ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATION
The 150th anniversary of Hugo Alfvén will be celebrated with a gala concert featuring the composer’s third symphony, the internationally renowned Festspel, and Lisa Streich’s new concerto grosso Jubelhemd.
A return to the 1970s disco dance scene with Hans Ek and the Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra.
TORLEIF THEDÉEN IN SHOSTAKOVICH’S CELLO CONCERTO NO. 2
Star cellist Torleif Thedéen performs Shostakovich’s Cello Concerto No. 2 together with the Swedish Radio Orchestra under Ingo Metzmacher, followed by Bruckner’s lyrical Symphony No. 4.