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Performer: Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra

Biography
The Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra (RSPO), founded in 1902, enjoys great national and international acclaim. Working in close collaboration with Chief Conductor and Artistic Advisor Sakari Oramo, the orchestra’s ambitions are high. Oramo was appointed in 2008, with his present contract lasting until 2018. During Oramo’s tenure the orchestra’s international reputation has grown even stronger. August 2011 saw a successful appearance at the Proms at the Royal Albert Hall in London and in February 2012 followed a European tour, taking off at the prestigious Musikverein in Vienna. Recent performances include New York and Washington in February 2013 and the Dresden Festival in May 2013. Upcoming tours include the famous George Enescu Festival in Bucharest in September. RSPO’s recordings of the Schumann symphonies (Sony) have received much international praise, as has The Romantic Violinist (Deutsche Grammophon), where the orchestra collaborated with Daniel Hope. Further RSPO releases in 2011 included orchestral works by Anders Hillborg (BIS) – a cd awarded with a Swedish Grammy in January 2012. Recordings of the complete Carl Nielsen symphonies are to be released in 2015. Even though mastery of the vast classical symphonic repertoire is the core objective of the RSPO, the orchestra actively strives to renew and broaden the range of music available for a symphony orchestra through annual new music festivals and commissions of new pieces. Programming also includes in depth presentations of repertoire music, for instance the huge Mahler festival in 2010 and more lately the Beethoven festival of 2012, featuring all nine symphonies. The RSPO participates yearly at the Nobel Prize Ceremony, as well as the Nobel Prize Concert – an annual concert of the highest international standard organised in partnership with the Nobel Media. The recently launched RSPOplay allows you to view concerts with the RSPO, as well as other artists performing at the Stockholm Concert Hall, online and for free. Find more information here.
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StockholmSing 1-2-3

Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra; Gudrun Dahlkvist; Ayla Kabaca

StockholmSchubert's Unfinished

Tabakova, Weber, Schubert, Irgens-Jensen
Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra; Tabita Berglund; Fredrik Ekdahl

StockholmStrauss Don Juan

Elgar, Prestini, Strauss R.
Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra; Speranza Scappucci; James Ehnes
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StockholmNielsen's Symphony no. 2

Nielsen: Symphony no. 2, "The Four Temperaments", Op.16
Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra; Sakari Oramo

StockholmProkofiev's Symphony no. 5 in B flat major

Prokofiev: Symphony no. 5 in B flat major, Op.100
Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra; Daniel Blendulf

StockholmMozart's Symphony no. 40

Mozart: Symphony no. 40 in G minor, K550
Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra; Sakari Oramo
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Music, people, planet: a triumphant celebration in music for Yo-Yo Ma

The celebrated cellist becomes the first instrumentalist to be presented the Birgit Nilsson Prize by His Majesty King Carl XVI Gustaf at the official Award Ceremony in Stockholm.
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Birgit Nilsson Prize: dazzling Dvořák from the ever-smiling Yo-Yo Ma

Yo-Yo Ma's beatific serenity speaks volumes about his approach to life and music as he gives a performance in Stockholm's Konserthuset ahead of receiving the Birgit Nilsson Prize later in the week.
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Old works and new from Jukka-Pekka Saraste and the RSPO

An intriguing programming of old and new works, covering the time period 1893 to 1976, which themselves contain elements of old and new, beautifully performed.

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Grande Finale 4: Oramo and the RSPO conclude a majestic Sibelius cycle

In between the two symphonies, there was an extra Sibelius item, and this time it was a novelty.
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Grande Finale 3: Favourite Sibelius from Oramo

Oramo's structural insight ensures ideal tempo relations between sections, so crucial in Sibelius.
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Grande Finale 2: Sibelius and Oramo in Stockholm

In this second of Oramo's farewell concerts, the RSPO play Sibelius' Third and Fourth Symphonies; Anu Komsi sings a compelling Luonnotar.
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