For Jean Sibelius, Rakastava was one of his favourite works. He originally wrote it for male choir, and later also for string orchestra. Einojuhani Rautavaara was a worthy heir to Sibelius’ throne. His piece Sommarnatten has a folk music sound. We´ll also hear music by Estonian composer Veljo Tormis, one of the great choral composers of our time. Pushkin’s Garland was Giorgij Sviridov´s offering for the poet’s 180th anniversary. We also get a wonderful taste of Lidholm´s great treasure trove of choral music.
The concert will be broadcasted at the Swedish Radio P2, Friday, February 25 at 8:20 pm.
Conductor change: Maria Goundorina replaces Tõnu Kaljuste as conductor. Change in program: "Nature morte" by Grigorjeva is replaced by Lidholm's "Four choirs for poems by Åke Nilsson".
Some other changes in the program has been made, including change of concert name.
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.
Soloist: Jennie Eriksson Nordin, soprano.