Violinist Janine Jansen will be the soloist in Alban Berg’s beloved Violin Concerto with one of top orchestras of her ‘second fatherland’, the Swedish Radio Orchestra. Jansen says, ‘I’ve wanted to play his Violin Concerto for a long time. It’s a very emotional piece, written in a beautiful musical language. Berg gives an incredible amount to the audience without resorting to flashiness or empty virtuosity.’ The Swedish Radio Orchestra will be conducted by Daniel Harding, with whom Jansen has recorded an album of Tchaikovsky. ‘And when I’m in Stockholm, I live just around the corner from the orchestra. Working with them feels homey and familiar.’
Daniel Harding will also conduct Beethoven’s Symphony no. 3, the 'Eroica', a whirlwind of emotions and ideas inspired by the winds of revolution that were blowing through Europe at the time. Although the symphony was originally meant as a tribute to Napoleon, his proclaiming himself emperor disappointed Beethoven, who disliked such a brash display of power. The 'Eroica' is about precisely the opposite: simply being human, being equal to others, and the heroism inherent in all of us.