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Guide to the Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra

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StockholmBeethoven 250: Symphony no. 9

Beethoven: Symphony no. 9 in D minor "Choral", Op.125
Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra; Daniel Harding; Swedish Radio Choir; Mari Eriksmoen; Ann Hallenberg; Andrew Staples

The Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra is one of Europe’s most versatile orchestras with a repertoire that includes the major classical works as well as exciting new music. In collaboration with composers, conductors and soloists there is a constant striving to break new ground. The orchestra’s extensive and high-quality music-making has been rewarded with numerous prizes and accolades and they regularly perform at international festivals and concert halls. “The orchestra has a unique combination of humility, sensibility and musical imagination”, says Daniel Harding, chief conductor of the Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra. “I have never had a concert with the orchestra where they haven’t played as though their lives depended on it!” he continues. The first radio orchestra was formed in 1925, the same year that the Swedish Radio Service began its broadcasts and since then the orchestra’s concerts have always been broadcast by the Swedish Radio. The orchestra received its current name in 1967 and over the years has had such distinguished chief conductors as Celibidache, Blomstedt and Salonen.

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StockholmBeethoven 250: Missa Solemnis

Beethoven: Mass in D Major "Missa solemnis”, Op.123
Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra; Daniel Harding; Swedish Radio Choir; Mari Eriksmoen; Ann Hallenberg; Andrew Staples

StockholmBeethoven 250: Symphony no. 9

Beethoven: Symphony no. 9 in D minor "Choral", Op.125
Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra; Daniel Harding; Swedish Radio Choir; Mari Eriksmoen; Ann Hallenberg; Andrew Staples

The Swedish Radio Choir is the ensemble that clears the path for others to follow. For more than 90 years they have been stewards of the Swedish a cappella tradition and the legendary choral sound created by Eric Ericson in the 20th century, while at the same time presenting an enterprising and culturally diverse repertoire, from early music to entirely new works. The ability of members of the choir to sing solo one moment only to then blend into the tightly woven sound of the choir creates an instrument whose recordings and concerts have received world-wide praise. The Swedish Radio Choir continues to constantly develop and has, for very good reason, been called one of the best choirs in the world.

Daniel Harding, Chief Conductor © Julian Hargreaves
Daniel Harding, Chief Conductor
© Julian Hargreaves
Klaus Mäkelä, First Guest Conductor © Heikki Tuuli
Klaus Mäkelä, First Guest Conductor
© Heikki Tuuli