The international soprano Camilla Tilling appears with the Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra and the Swedish Radio Choir in the first performance of Daniel Nelson’s Chaplin Songs, a musical version of Charlie Chaplin’s satirical 1940 film The Great Dictator. Andrew Manze then conducts the orchestra in two works by Ralph Vaughan Williams who was born 150 years ago: Fantasia on Greensleeves and Symphony No. 9. During Saturday’s concert, this year’s Sten Frykberg scholarships will be awarded.
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.
For more than 90 years, the Swedish Radio Choir has contributed to the development of the Swedish a cappella tradition. Under the leadership of legendary conductor Eric Ericson, the choir earned great international renown. It is still hailed as one of the best choirs in the world. The choir members’ ability to switch between powerful solo performances and seamlessly integrating themselves in the ensemble creates a unique and dynamic instrument praised by critics and music lovers alike, as well as by the many guest conductors who explore and challenge the choir’s possibilities.
Permanent home of the Swedish Radio Choir since 1979 is Berwaldhallen, the Swedish Radio’s concert hall. In addition to the seated audience, the choir 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, offering the audience more opportunities to come as close as possible to one of the world’s top choirs.
With the 2020–2021 season, Kaspars Putniņš begins his tenure as the tenth Music Director of the Swedish Radio Choir. Since January 2019, Marc Korovitch is the choirmaster of the Swedish Radio Choir with responsibility for the ensemble’s continued artistic development. Two of the orchestra’s former Music Directors, Tõnu Kaljuste and Peter Dijkstra, were appointed Conductors Laureate in November 2019. Both maintain a close relationship with the choir and make regular guest appearances.
The Swedish Radio Choir was founded the same year as the Swedish Radio Service began its broadcasts and the choir had its first concert in May 1925. Right from the start, the choir had high ambitions with a conscious aim to perform contemporary music.
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.
Swedish soprano Camilla Tilling has been performing on the world’s leading opera, concert and recital stages for over two decades. Early operatic roles such as Sophie in Der Rosenkavalier, Pamina in Die Zauberflöte, Ilia in Idomeneo, Susanna in Le nozze di Figaro and Zerlina in Don Giovanni took Tilling to the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, San Francisco Opera, Bayerische Staatsoper, Opéra national de Paris, Lyric Opera of Chicago, Teatro alla Scala and The Metropolitan Opera. Later roles included the Governess in The Turn of the Screw, Euridice in Orfeo ed Euridice, Donna Clara in Der Zwerg, Gretel in Hänsel und Gretel, l’Ange in Saint François d’Assise, Blanche de la Force in Dialogues des Carmélites and Contessa in Le nozze di Figaro and Mélisande in Pelléas et Mélisande.
Recent concert highlights include as a soloist in Bernard Haitink’s historic final appearance with the Radio Filharmonish Orkest at Amsterdam’s Concertgebouw, Brahms’ Requiem with the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra and Mirga Gražinytė Tyla, Dutilleux’s Correspondances with the Los Angeles Philharmonic and Esa-Pekka Salonen, Mahler’s Symphony No.4 with Orchestre de Paris and Thomas Hengelbrock, Berg’s Sieben frühe Lieder with both the Sydney Symphony Orchestra/Christoph von Dohnányi and the London Symphony Orchestra/François-Xavier Roth, and she’s toured extensively in Peter Sellar’s stagings of Bach’s St Matthew Passion and St John Passion with the Berliner Philharmoniker and Sir Simon Rattle. Highlights in the 20/21 season include Brahms’ Requiem with Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France, a programme of Mahler and Strauss with the Philharmonie Zuidnederland and Mahler’s Symphony No.4 with the Concertgebouworkest.
Approximate concert length: 2 hours (with intermission)
SWEDISH RADIO CHOIR: SANDSTRÖM IN MEMORIAM
Swedish Radio Choir under principal conductor Kaspars Putniņš interpret Sven-David Sandström’s Sonnets of Darkness and Love together with the star trombonist and vocalist Nils Landgren as well as a new work by Matthew Peterson.
HUGO ALFVÉN 150th ANNIVERSARY SING-ALONG
The Swedish Radio Choir and Körsverige in a sing-along concert with new arrangements of Hugo Alfvén’s music.
WINTER MOOD WITH THE SWEDISH RADIO CHOIR
The Swedish Radio Choir will usher in Christmas with contemporary carols and Karlheinz Stockhausen’s ground-breaking Stimmung from the 1960s.