RUSSIAN MASTERS: TCHAIKOVSKY & USTVOLSKAYA
Russian metropolis St Petersburg is the starting point for this concert. Piotr Tchaikovsky’s magnificent fifth symphony, originally performed at the Mariinsky Theatre in 1888, meets Galina Ustvolskaya’s Suite for Orchestra from 1959. Born in St Petersburg, Ustvolskaya was the only female student in Dmitri Shostakovich’s composition class in what was then Leningrad. A musical journey in the footsteps of Russian masters, with the Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra, led by Anja Bihlmaier.
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.
Julia Kretz-Larsson, violin, has studied with Marianne Boettcher and Thomas Brandis in Berlin and with Josef Suk in Prague. With the Julius Stern Piano Trio, she has won various awards at international competitions. She is a member of the chamber music ensemble Spectrum Concerts Berlin, which has its own concert series in the Berliner Philharmonie Kammermusiksaal and with which she also played in halls such as Carnegie Hall in New York and Concertgebouw Amsterdam. In 2006, Julia Kretz-Larsson became a member of the Lucerne Festival Orchestra, led by Claudio Abbado, and since 2008 she has been a member of the Mahler Chamber Orchestra, from 2011 as conductor. Julia has been the alternate first concertmaster in the Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra since 2015 and is a teacher at the Royal Academy of Music in Stockholm.Julia has regularly played chamber music concerts with several international artists and has performed at festivals such as the Salzburger Festspiele, the International Chamber Music Festival Utrecht, Julian Rachlin and Friends, Schubertiade, the Schleswig-Holstein Music Festival and the Winter Festival. She has recorded chamber music for, among others, BIS, NAXOS, dB Productions, Harmonia Mundi and has won the music award ” Grammis” for the recording with music by Amanda Maier.
Approximate concert lenght: Ca 1 h
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.
SWEDISH SUMMER NIGHT - HUGO ALFVÉN 150 YEAR
Performance in tribute to Hugo Alfvén, one of Sweden’s foremost composers who was born in May 150 years ago.
GOD IN DISGUISE
The Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra and the Swedish Radio Choir in an early summer programme featuring music by Lars-Erik Larsson, Hugo Alfvén, Einojuhani Rautavaara, Ethel Smyth and Carl Reinecke.