Symphonic ensembles in Örebro date back to the early 19th century, and their emphasis has shifted between small-orchestra music-making and full symphonic scale. These ensembles received municipal funding and sometimes included military musicians as well as orchestral players, professional and amateur. The current Swedish Chamber Orchestra (Swedish: Svenska Kammarorchestern) was formed by the merger of the existing Örebro Symphony Orchestra and Örebro Chamber Orchestra.
assumed the conductorship in 1997 and launched a recording program that included a complete cycle of Beethoven
's symphonies along with other orchestral music, an ambitious undertaking for a provincial Swedish ensemble. Those Beethoven
albums have appeared on the Simax
label. Further recordings have appeared on Naxos
(often featuring neglected Swedish orchestral music), and, especially since 2010, Sweden's BIS
label. Those recordings have included music not only of the early 19th century -- such as a cycle of Schubert
symphonies, which easily fit the chamber orchestra format -- but also works by Bruckner
(the Siegfried Idyll and the Wesendonk-Lieder, with soprano Nina Stemme
), and, in 2018, the Brahms
Symphony No. 2 in D major, Op. 73; Variations on a Theme by Haydn, Op. 56; and Academic Festival Overture, Op. 80.
The Swedish Chamber Orchestra tours and performs a full season at home at the Örebro Concert Hall. They have appeared at the BBC Proms, Lincoln Center in New York, and the Salzburg Festival. Dausgaard
planned to step down as of 2019; Swedish clarinetist and conductor Martin Fröst
was announced as his replacement. English conductor and keyboardist Andrew Manze
has been one of the orchestra's few non-Swedish collaborators.