Beethoven meets Dora Pejacevic.
Two incredible symphonies strengthen one another at this concert: Beethoven’s Symphony No. 5 and Dora Pejacevic’s grandiose Symphony in F-Sharp Minor.
Beethoven’s fifth symphony may be the most played classical piece in the world. It is a musician’s symphony, a piece about which it is impossible to be neutral. In his book on Beethoven, former Konserthuset director Åke Holmquist wrote that the symphony is “scaled down and incredibly concentrated, with violent contrasts, easy to follow, and – if one so wishes – with ‘action’: from darkness to light, from struggle to triumph. In addition, the Fifth is thought, like no other piece, to portray the myth of Beethoven: alone against destiny, the battling titan, who can only prevail through conflict.”
Composer Dora Pejacevic (1885–1923) was among, albeit reluctantly, the Croatian nobility around the turn of the last century and was largely self-taught as a composer. She died at just 37 years old due to complications from the delivery of her first child, but she left behind over one hundred pieces including a piano concerto, songs, string quartets, piano pieces – and this unparalleled symphony imbued with traces of late romanticism.
The Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra plays under the baton of chief conductor Sakari Oramo.