Beethoven meets Lotta Wennäkoski.
In Symphony No. 9, Beethoven conveys universal human triumph. Symbolically, this music shifts from minor to major. Finnish composer Lotta Wennäkoski says that Beethoven’s music has the capacity to generate insights that permit a better understanding of human reality. As an introduction, we will hear her highly acclaimed Flounce.
Beethoven was deaf when his ninth symphony had its world premiere in 1824, and the soloists had to turn him towards the audience in order for him to discover their cheers and exuberant applause. The piece was enormously successful and it would prove that Beethoven had composed music for the future, which paved new paths for the development of classical music.
Lotta Wennäkoski (b. 1970) has established herself as one of Finland’s most acclaimed composers. Flounce for orchestra had its world premiere under the baton of Sakari Oramo at Last Night of The Proms in 2017; it is music that piques the imagination, in which the force of an engine is combined with airiness, rhythm and clarity.
Chief conductor Sakari Oramo leads the Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra at this final concert presenting all of Beethoven’s symphonies and music by female composers. Soprano soloist Christina Nilsson and the Eric Ericson Chamber Choir will also participate.
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