JOHAN DALENE IN MENDELSSOHN’S VIOLIN CONCERTO
Richard Strauss’ Metamorphosen is – as the title suggests – a piece undergoing constant change. In its suggestive tonal world, you can hear the harshness of the post-war period, as well as traces of Beethoven’s dramatic third symphony, Eroica. Felix Mendelssohn’s violin concerto, written 100 years before Metamorphosen, here interpreted by young rising star Johan Dalene, is just as emotionally involving. Concertmaster Malin Broman leads the Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra through a concert permeated by powerful emotions.
The concert will be broadcasted on Berwaldhallen Play and on the Swedish Radio P2, April 30 at 7 pm.
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.
Permanent home of the Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra since 1979 is Berwaldhallen, the Swedish Radio’s concert hall. In addition to the seated audience, the orchestra 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 and in 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 orchestra is also proud to have Klaus Mäkelä as its Principal Guest Conductor since 2018.
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, as well as Valery Gergiev, a regular guest conductor and co-founder of the Baltic Sea Festival.
20 year old violinist, Johan Dalene, is already making an impact on the international scene, performing with leading orchestras and in important recital halls both at home in Sweden and abroad. His refreshingly honest musicality, combined with an ability to engage with musicians and audiences alike, has won him many admirers, most recently as the winner of the Norwegian Soloist Prize, and of First Prize at the prestigious 2019 Carl Nielsen Competition, which was broadcast to audiences worldwide on medici.tv.
Johan’s schedule for the coming seasons includes performances with all the major Scandinavian orchestras and debuts with the Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra with Sakari Oramo, Czech Philharmonic with Franz Welser-Möst, and Konzerthausorchester Berlin with Christoph Eschenbach, as well as solo recitals at in London’s Wigmore Hall and Carnegie Hall, New York. In April 2020, during lockdown in Sweden, Johan performed Bach’s Concerto for 2 Violins with the Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra, alongside Janine Jansen. During the 2020/21 season, he is Artist in Residence with the Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra, performing concertos, recitals and chamber music together with members of the orchestra.