BEETHOVEN 250: EMPEROR CONCERTO
Jonathan Biss interprets Beethoven’s fifth piano concerto, The Emperor Concerto. In parallel with studying Beethoven’s five piano concertos, Biss has commissioned and premièred as many new pieces by contemporary composers, pieces that in various ways relate to Beethoven’s concertos. Here, Biss plays Brett Dean’s Gneixendorf Music – A Winter’s Journey, an intriguing musical portrait of the celebrated composer.
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 orchestra’s high-quality music making as well as its collaborations with internationally renowned composers, conductors and soloists have been rewarded with numerous prizes and accolades.
“The orchestra has a unique combination of humility, sensibility and musical imagination”, says Daniel Harding, chief conductor 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 formed in 1925, the same year that the Swedish Radio Service began its broadcasts. 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.
Through the years, the orchestra has had several distinguished chief conductors. Two of them, Herbert Blomstedt and Esa-Pekka Salonen, have since been appointed conductors laureate together with Valery Gergiev, a regular guest conductor and co-founder of the Baltic Sea Festival.
Approximate concert length: 2 h 15 min (with intermission)
UPBEAT: Thursday, February 13 at 18.00 with Eric Schüldt, who tells about the second of the three concerts he has chosen for his own concert series, about the encounter with the unknown that occurs in the concert hall – and about Beethoven.
UPBEAT: Saturday at 14:00 Jonas Lundblad gives an introduction to the concert programme.