DISCOVER BRETT DEAN: BISS AND BEETHOVEN
In parallel with studying Beethoven’s five piano concertos, Jonathan Biss commissioned and premièred just as many newly written works that in various ways relate to Beethoven’s concertos. The versatile Australian composer Brett Dean has written Gneixendorf Music – A Winter’s Journey, the final of Biss’s commissions, which contrasts with and references the mighty Emperor Concerto, Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No. 5 in E flat major.
The Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra is one of Europe’s most versatile orchestras, with a worldwide reputation and a repertoire that combines the major classical works as well as exciting new music. In collaboration with the most important conductors, soloists and composers, there is a constant striving to break new ground. The orchestra’s extensive and high-quality music-making has been rewarded with numerous prizes and accolades and they regularly perform at international festivals and concert halls. “The orchestra has a unique combination of humility, sensibility and musical imagination”, says Daniel Harding, chief conductor of the Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra. “I have never had a concert with the orchestra where they haven’t played as though their lives depended on it!” he continues. The first radio orchestra was formed in 1925, the same year that the Swedish Radio Service began its broadcasts and since then the orchestra’s concerts have always been broadcast by the Swedish Radio. The Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra received its current name in 1967 and over the years has had such distinguished chief conductors as Sergiu Celibidache, Herbert Blomstedt and Esa-Pekka Salonen.