The Swedish Chamber Orchestra was founded in 1995 as the resident chamber orchestra for the Örebro municipality in Sweden and was joined by its current Music Director, Thomas Dausgaard just two years later. For the past eighteen years Dausgaard and the ensemble have worked closely together to create their own unique and dynamic sound and the orchestra’s quick rise to success has put it firmly on the international scene. A tightly knit ensemble of 39 regular members, the Swedish…
The Swedish Chamber Orchestra was founded in 1995 as the resident chamber orchestra for the Örebro municipality in Sweden and was joined by its current Music Director, Thomas Dausgaard just two years later. For the past eighteen years Dausgaard and the ensemble have worked closely together to create their own unique and dynamic sound and the orchestra’s quick rise to success has put it firmly on the international scene.
A tightly knit ensemble of 39 regular members, the Swedish Chamber Orchestra made its USA and UK debuts with Thomas Dausgaard in 2004 performing at the London Proms and Lincoln Center, Mostly Mozart Festival. The New York Times wrote of that performance: “It has been a longstanding complaint in the classical music world that as recordings and jet travel have shrunk the globe, an international sound has been fostered that has filtered out regional differences in timbre and interpretation … And every now and then an orchestra comes along with a sound that is surprising and fresh. The Swedish Chamber Orchestra, led by its music director, Thomas Dausgaard, produced a distinctive and consistently vibrant sound.”
Since 2004 the Swedish Chamber Orchestra has toured regularly throughout Europe and made its debut in Japan. Recent highlights have included a major European tour and New York Lincoln Center performance with Nina Stemme in a specially created programmed, a residency at the 2014 Schleswig Holstein Festival performing the complete Mendelssohn Symphony cycle and a European tour of Kurt Weill’s Weill’s “Seven Deadly Sins with H K Gruber and soprano Angelika Kirschlager”
In December 2015 the Swedish Chamber Orchestra will install itself in the completely refurbished concert hall in Örebro and, together with Thomas Dausgaard, will launch a new project entitled “Genesis – Bach’s Brandenburg Reborn.” The three year project will focus on six new commissions inspired by the Brandenburg concertos from leading international composers Uri Caine, Brett Dean, Anders Hillborg, Olga Neuwirth, Steve Mackey and Marc Antony Turnage. Each concerto will feature an international soloist and the orchestra will perform the original concertos alongside their new counterparts both at home in Sweden and extensively on tour with the support of the European Concert Hall Organisation.
The Swedish Chamber Orchestra continues to expand its repertoire and open doors to new challenges; together with Dausgaard the ensemble has recorded the complete Beethoven Orchestral works for Simax and both the complete Schumann and Schubert symphonies for BIS, which received outstanding reviews. Other recent releases include recordings of symphonic works by Schubert, Dvorak, Tchaikovsky and Bruckner as well as a 2013 release of Wagner which featured the Wesendonck Lieder with Nina Stemme as soloist. The ensemble’s current major project for BIS is the complete symphonies of Brahms. Reviewing their first release in the new series Germany’s MDR Radio commented “When you want to make a mark with a recording of Brahms’ first Symphony nowadays, then you have to offer something particularly special – an original framework and highly extravagant quality. Both can be found on this new CD by the Swedish Chamber Orchestra from Örebro …a really impressive example of the high level of maturity achieved by this exceptional orchestra.”
Beethoven: Piano Concerto No. 5 (Emperor) and Choral FantasySwedish Chamber Orchestra Örebro
Beethoven: The Creatures of Prometheus, Twelve Menuets, Twelve German DancesSwedish Chamber Orchestra Örebro
Beethoven: Symphony no. 8, Tarpeja Triumph-March, Namensfeier Overture, Wellington’s Sieg, KöningStephan overture, Siegesmarsch, Geistlicher Marsch, Ruinen von Athen, Fidelio OvertureSwedish Chamber Orchestra Örebro
Beethoven: Symphony no. 3 ‘Eroica’, 12 Contredanses, Leonore Prohaska, Romances nos. 1 and 2Swedish Chamber Orchestra Örebro
Beethoven: Symphony no. 6, Leonore Overtures 1-3Swedish Chamber Orchestra Örebro
Beethoven: Symphony no. 7, Egmont (the complete music)Swedish Chamber Orchestra Örebro
Beethoven: Piano Concertos nos. 1 and 2, Rondo in B flat MajorSwedish Chamber Orchestra Örebro
Beethoven: Symphonies nos. 1 and 2, Musik zü Einem RitterballetSwedish Chamber Orchestra Örebro