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Guide to the Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra

« My fantasy orchestra, on the basis of last night’s Symphony no. 5 in B flat major by Bruckner, would include the brass section of the Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra. »
David Karlin, October 2016
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Stockholm International Composer Festival

Discovery and drama: Thea Musgrave at 90

Thea Musgrave © Thomas Le Brocq
Ahead of a major presentation of her work in Stockholm, we sit down with the master craftswoman to talk about her passion for discovery and her advice to young artists. 
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StockholmWhen the clowns met the orchestra

de Falla, Traditional Swedish, Mendelssohn, Borodin, Ravel, Strauss R., Strauss II, Beethoven
Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra; Andreas Alin
RSPO's concerts for schoolchildren

100 years of school concerts

Stockholm Concert Hall © David Karlin | Bachtrack Ltd
The Royal Stockholm Philharmonic has been staging school concerts for every year since 1917. The RSPO's Stefan Forsberg and Karina Svensson talk about bringing music to Swedish children, then and now.
RSPO's Chief Conductor

Leading from the front with Sakari Oramo

© Benjamin Ealovega
The Finnish conductor talks about feeling a part of the orchestra and which Nordic country performs the best Nielsen. 
The blue concert hall at Hötorget (the Haymarket) in central Stockholm is one of Sweden’s great architectural masterpieces. Opened in 1926, it was designed by architect Ivar Tengbom during a period of expansion in the capital. The Stockholm Concert Hall was built to house The Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra – founded in 1902 – and to serve as an arena for the Nobel Prize Ceremony. Besides the main hall, the building also contains two chamber music halls: the beautiful Grünewald Hall and the smaller Aulin Hall. The Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra’s chief conductor Sakari Oramo was appointed in 2008, with his present contract lasting until 2020
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StockholmVilde Frang plays Bartók

Vilde Frang plays Bartók
Staern, Bartók, Mahler
Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra; Sakari Oramo; Vilde Frang

MadridStockholm Oramo y Luganski con la Titán de Mahler en Madrid

Stockholm Oramo y Luganski con la *Titán* de Mahler en Madrid
Staern, Prokofiev, Mahler
Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra; Sakari Oramo; Nikolai Lugansky

StockholmHerbert Blomstedt conducts

Herbert Blomstedt conducts
Berwald, Berlioz
Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra; Herbert Blomstedt

StockholmMahler's Fourth

Mahler's Fourth
Martinsson, Mahler
Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra; Gustavo Gimeno; Lisa Larsson

StockholmRetrotopia

Retrotopia
Mozart, Beethoven, Mühlrad, Borisova-Ollas, Fröst, Nordin
Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra; Martin Fröst
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Franz Welser-Möst conducts in Stockholm

Franz Welser-Möst conducts the RSPO © Urban Wedin
The much anticipated Austrian conductor strikes home with Shostakovich and Beethoven as a side dish in Stockholm.
***11
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RSPO in blazing form at the Proms

Sakari Oramo conducts the Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra © BBC | Mark Allan
An eclectic programme from this Swedish orchestra which gave sharply defined performances in repertoire that, at first glance, had seemingly little in common.
*****
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A late summer's night with Renée Fleming in Amsterdam

Renée Fleming © Andrew Eccles | Decca
Renée Fleming sings Barber and Strauss at the Concertgebouw.
****1
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French night in Stockholm with Stéphane Denève

Stéphane Denève © Jan-Olav Wedin
Twenty-first century Stockholm or fin de siècle Paris? Works by Ravel, Debussy and Schmitt take the audience back to the times of the French avant-garde.
***11
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