Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra make acclaimed return to the BBC Proms
After a seven-year absence, the Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra made a triumphant return to the BBC Proms with Chief Conductor Sakari Oramo, greeted by a sold-out Royal Albert Hall. In an entirely Nordic programme, Oramo’s understanding of his compatriot Sibelius’s works was brought to the fore with a magical interpretation of the Sixth Symphony to open the programme, with critics praising the "wonderfully supple" strings (The Times) and the Orchestra’s "beautiful lightness" (The Telegraph).
Alice Sara Ott, making her BBC Proms debut and a regular collaborator with Oramo and the orchestra, was the soloist in Grieg’s Piano Concerto, demonstrating her "crystalline tone and prodigious range of colour" (The Guardian). Nielsen’s Symphony No. 4 closed the evening in which "the orchestra’s deftness and beautifully blended tone was a constant delight" (The Telegraph). This is a work with which both Oramo and the Orchestra strongly identify, amply demonstrated with a performance which drew a rousing response.