SANDSTRÖM’S TROMBONE CONCERTO
It is not for nothing that Sven-David Sandström is called one of the greatest Swedish composers of our time. His newly written trombone concerto has been commissioned by the Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra and written specially for the orchestra’s trombone virtuoso, Håkan Björkman. The magnificent opening to Richard Strauss’s Also sprach Zarathustra was made famous by Stanley Kubrick’s film, 2001: A Space Odyssey. What few people know however, is that the entire work continues just as powerfully and thought-provokingly as its opening “Sunrise”.
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.