MUSICAL STORYTELLING: SCHUBERT THE DRAMATIST
Besides the hundreds of lieder and the song cycles Winterreise and Die schöne Müllerin, Schubert wrote several operas and ballad operas. Lyric opera tenor Michael Schade gives us a taste of Schubert the dramatist. It will be even more dramatic in Henze’s orchestral adaptation of one of Schubert’s most famous songs, Erlkönig. In addition, we will starting Ludwig van Beethoven‘s 250th anniversary early with Frank Peter Zimmermann’s interpretation of Beethoven’s violin concerto, under the guidance of Chief Conductor Daniel Harding. Friday´s concert will be livestreamed at Play.
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.
Approximate concert length: 1 hour 50 min (with intermission)
UPBEAT: Friday at 6 pm, with the evenings host Eric Schüldt.