MUSICAL STORYTELLING: PETRUSHKA
Jimmy López’s Perú negro is a unique hybrid of Peruvian folk music and western classical music, the result of a Peruvian upbringing followed by musical studies at the Sibelius Academy in Finland. Other, equally unpredictable paths, are taken by violinist Pekka Kuusisto in Daníel Bjarnason’s newly written violin concerto. In the hands of Klaus Mäkelä, Stravinsky’s ballet Petrushka turns into a magnificent musical spectacle. A sparkling Nordic concert spiced with South American heat. The concert on Friday will be livestreamed at Berwaldhallen Play.
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.
Klaus Mäkelä has been the Principal Guest Conductor of the Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra since the autumn of 2018. He is Chief Conductor and Artistic Advisor at the Oslo Philharmonic, and Artistic Advisor at Orchestre de Paris, where he will begin work as Music Director in 2022. He is Artist in Association with the Tapiola Sinfonietta, and Artistic Director of the Turku Music Festival.
During the 2020/2021 season, Mäkelä made his debut with the Gewandhaus Orchestra, the Boston Symphony Orchestra, and the Concertgebouw Orchestra, among others. He has also visited the Orchestra del Maggio Musicale Fiorentino, the Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra, the Frankfurt Radio Symphony, the Gothenburg Symphony, and the Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra, and continued his collaboration with the Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra, and the Tapiola Sinfonietta.
Mäkelä studied conducting with Jorma Panula, and cello with Marko Ylönen, Timo Hanhinen and Hannu Kiiski at the Sibelius Academy. As a cello soloist, he has performed with a number of Finnish orchestras, as a chamber musician with members of the French Radio Philharmonic Orchestra, and at several Finnish festivals. He plays on a Giovanni Grancino from 1698, lent to him by the OP Art Foundation. In 2019, he was awarded the Finnish National Prize for his contributions to Finnish art and culture.
Approximate concert length: 1 h 45 min (with intermission)
UPBEAT: With Nordegren & Epstein, lower foajé at 18.00