Conducted by Franz Welser-Möst
Thursday 22 February 19.00
Saturday 24 February 15.00
Conducted by Franz Welser-Möst.Thursday 22 February 2018 19.00
Conducted by Franz Welser-Möst.
When Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9 premiered in 1824, the soloists had to turn the then-deaf Beethoven towards the audience in order for him to accept the ardent applause of the cheering crowd. It was an enormous success, and it would prove to be true that Beethoven had composed a piece for the future that paved the way for the evolution of art music. The choir plays an important role in the symphony, a task shouldered here by the eminent Eric Ericson Chamber Choir.
Mirjam Tally is an Estonian composer who has lived and worked in Sweden for over ten years. Her piece Lament was written as a counterpart to Beethoven’s symphony. The Symphony Orchestra of Norrland’s Opera commissioned several composers to create pieces connected in some way to one of Beethoven’s nine symphonies – a drawing determined which composer was assigned which symphony. Tally opted to emphasise the lyrical side of Beethoven by building her piece on a recitative in the cello section, taken from the fourth movement of the ninth symphony.
The evening’s conductor, Franz Welser-Möst, is responsible for the arrangement of Grosse Fuge for String Quartet for string orchestra. Welser-Möst is chief conductor of the Cleveland Orchestra and a regular guest conductor of the Vienna Philharmonic.
Soloists in Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9 include: Dashon Burton, a baritone acclaimed for his majestic voice and who has previously worked with Welser-Möst; alto Jennifer Johnston, who has appeared at La Scala and with the Bavarian State Opera; Norwegian soprano Lise Davidsen, who has a luminous career ahead of her, with leading roles on stages including Covent Garden, the Vienna State Opera and Teatro Real in Madrid; and tenor Norbert Ernst, a highly coveted soloist in operas by Wagner and Richard Strauss.
Music as a balancing act.Friday 23 February 2018 12.15
Music as a balancing act.
The title of Russian Sofia Gubaidulina’s piece for violin and piano serves beautifully as a metaphor for both her own career, and for that of fellow countryman Sergei Prokofiev. Like tightrope walkers, they have balanced between their own artistic expression on the one hand, and the risk of being punished by their homeland’s regime for such expression on the other. After Perestroika, Gubaidulina’s music has been able to be disseminated freely beyond Russia’s borders; she was the focus of Konserthuset’s Composer Festival in 2000 and received the Polar Music Prize in 2002.
Prokofiev’s first sonata for violin and piano was written during Stalin’s Great Purge, when many of Prokofiev’s colleagues and friends were arrested and executed. The piece was created in a period permeated by anxiety, fear and despair, and perhaps he wrote it to alleviate his own trauma. His work on the sonata was interrupted by other assignments and World War II, and it was not completed until 1946. It is dedicated to violinist David Oistrakh.
French-born violinist Gabriel Cornet came to the Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra in 2016. In this programme, he is joined by French pianist Tom Grimaud.
Menu: Artichoke soup with potatoes and crème fraîche, served topped with bacon.
Friday 23 February 2018 13.15
The Stockholm Concert Hall at Hötorget is one of Sweden’s great architectural masterpieces. Created during a period of expansion in Stockholm, by the Swedish architect Ivar Tengbom, it opened in 1926. The Stockholm Concert Hall was built for the Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra and has since the start been the dedicated venue for the Nobel Prize Award Ceremony as well as many other prestigious events.
The tour is in Swedish.
It has now been 30 years since Deborah Brown first appeared in Sweden, and we celebrate the occasion with this concert!Friday 23 February 2018 19.30
It has now been 30 years since Deborah Brown first appeared in Sweden, and we celebrate the occasion with this concert!
It is something of a Swedish anniversary for Kansas-born jazz vocalist Deborah Brown: this year marks 30 years since she first performed here.
She has worked with much of the Swedish jazz world, including Sandviken Big Band and Jan Lundgren. Over the years, she has toured the entire country and the rest of the world: hardly a city or nook remains unvisited by her. Performing with her at Konserthuset is a trio and highly acclaimed saxophonist Bobby Watson (Jazz Messengers and more) as a special guest.
Deborah Brown has released over 25 albums and is lauded for her ability to combine classics with new material. Jazz legends with whom she has worked include Clark Terry, Johnny Griffin, Roy Hargrove, Billy Mitchell, Ed Thigpen, Michel Legrand, Lee Konitz and many more.