Fredrik Ekdahl. Photo: Nadja Sjöström
Tabita Berglund. Photo: Nikolaj Lund
Members from the Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra. Photo: Mats Lundqvist
The young Norwegian sensation Tabita Berglund conducts.
Thursday 16 February 2023 19.00Ends approximately 21.00
Franz Schubert began writing Symphony No. 8 in 1822, but never completed it – there are only piano sketches of the third movement. Even so, the work is regarded as one of the first true Romantic symphonies, with its otherworldly and mystical style. This mysticism was an important starting point for Dobrinka Tabakova when she composed her tribute in 2017, Fantasy Homage to Schubert. The melody in the piece is based on Schubert’s Wanderer Fantasy, which he composed the same year as the incomplete symphony.
The Romantic theme continues with Ludvig Irgens-Jensen’s Passacaglia and Carl Maria von Weber’s Bassoon Concerto in F major. The bassoon soloist is Fredrik Ekdahl, section leader of the Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra’s bassoons since 2020. He has also performed as soloist with numerous orchestras, and new compositions have been dedicated to him – for example, Jesper Nordin’s bassoon concerto Vicinities, of which he gave the world premiere with the Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra.
Norwegian Tabita Berglund conducts the concert. Born in 1989, she is an extraordinary talent and has already established herself as one of today’s most exciting and gifted young conductors. Berglund has been principal guest conductor of the Kristiansand Symphony Orchestra since the 2021/22 season. She debuted with the Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra at a summer concert in 2021 and was promptly invited to return.
The musicApproximate times
Dobrinka Tabakova Fantasy Homage to Schubert for strings14 min
Carl Maria von Weber Bassoon Concerto in F major17 min
Franz Schubert Symphony No. 8 ’’Unfinished’’22 min
Ludvig Irgens-Jensen Passacaglia25 min
- Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra
- Tabita Berglund conductor
- Fredrik Ekdahl bassoon