MUSICAL STORYTELLING: GISELLE
Shostakovich called his eleventh symphony The Year 1905 after the Russian Revolution in 1905, the prelude to the October Revolution 12 years later. In actual fact, however, it was the Hungarian Uprising in 1956 against the influence of the Soviet Union that inspired the revolutionary strains. Victoria Borisova-Ollas’s newly written cello concerto Oh Giselle, Remember Me, composed for superstar cellist Truls Mørk, is based on the same story of unrequited love as the famous ballet.
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.
With a combination of artistic integrity, intensity and elegance, the cellist Truls Mørk has played his way to the very top as a soloist. He performs with the foremost orchestras around the world and has recently performed with the San Francisco Symphony Orchestra, Gewandhaus Orchester Leipzig, Orchestre de Paris and Tonhalle Orchester Zurich, to mention but a few. Mørk has recorded the great solo concerts of Dvořák and Elgar, as well as Britten and Shostakovich, and also the collective Cello Suites of both Bach and Britten. He has also begun touring with the pianist Behzod Abduraimov. Mørk is dedicated to contemporary music and has performed more than 30 works, such as Krzysztof Penderecki’s Concerto for Three Cellos, Hafliði Hallgrímsson’s Cello Concerto and Einojuhani Rautavaara’s Towards the Horizon.
Approximate concert length: 1 hour 50 min (with intermission)
DVOŘÁK SYMPHONY NO 9 – FROM THE NEW WORLD
Violinist Benjamin Beilman visits the Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra, led by Elim Chan, with Elizabeth Ogonek’s In Silence.
POETIC (R) EVOLUTION
Young poets meet the Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra in a unique collaboration between Berwaldhallen and Unga Klara.
EPIPHANY CONCERT 2022
Warmth and intimacy characterise Epiphany at Berwaldhallen. Start the year with a passionate musical journey together with the Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra, the Swedish Radio Choir and exceptional soloists. A thoroughly moving evening to invigorate frozen winter souls. Broadcasted on SVT.