MUSICAL STORYTELLING: THE ANTIHEROES
The fairytale figure of Till Ugglespegel was once as famous as Arne Anka or Herman Hedning are today – and his pranks were just as uncouth as those of his successors. In Richard Strauss’s symphonic poem, after having humiliated both craftsmen, priests and sages, Till is eventually sentenced do death. Sibelius’s fairytale hero Lemminkäinen is not evil or malevolent, but his debauchery leads to his death and his sorcerous mother must revive him with the help of the gods. Magnificent music with conductor James Gaffigan.
Listen to the Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra’s Rick Stotijn talk about composer Eduard Tubin’s Double bass concerto:
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: 1 hour 55 min (with intermission)
UPBEAT 1 hour before each concert, Friday and Saturday.