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Stenhammar Serenade

Tobias Ringborg conducts prize-winning music by the pioneer Elfrida Andrée and Wilhelm Stenhammar’s masterpiece Serenade. Ulf Norberg, organist of Konserthuset Stockholm, has a leading role in the organ symphony.

Elfrida Andrée, conductorc, composer and organist (in 1867 the first woman in Europe to become a cathedral organist) was influenced by the music of Beethoven, Mendelssohn and Schubert, and composed chamber music and many excellent symphonies. Here, Ulf Norberg, organist of Konserthuset Stockholm, has a leading role in the Organ Symphony No 2, written for organ and brass.

Stenhammar’s Serenade is one of the most refined and exquisite pieces ever composed by a Swedish composer. He wrote it while visiting Florence in 1907. In one of his letters, he says, “I want to write beautifully and tenderly about the south, in a way that only a resident of the north can do.” And indeed he succeeded, for the Serenade is a masterpiece: sensual southern European music presented in Nordic light – playful, lyrical and beautiful.

The Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra is led by Tobias Ringborg, who is not only an internationally acclaimed conductor, but also a violinist and an active advocate for Swedish music. He conducted, on short notice, one of the orchestra’s first live-streamed concerts in the spring of 2020.

  • The music

  • Elfrida Andrée Organ Symphony No. 2 in E flat major
  • Wilhelm Stenhammar Serenade in F major
  • Participants

  • Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra
  • Tobias Ringborg conductor
  • Ulf Norberg organ
  • From a livestream 4 February 2021.
  • The video is approximately one hour.
  • Subtitles in English and Swedish is activated by using the CC control in the video player.

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