Streamed live on 22 April 2021 20:00

On French land with Hannigan

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Welcome to a live streamed concert with Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra, conductor Barbara Hannigan and soprano Sanna Gibbs!

Barbara Hannigan, first guest conductor at the Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra, on a dear return visit to Gothenburg. She lives in Paris so it was only natural that she chose one of Haydn’s “Paris Symphonies”, no. 87, composed in 1786 for a good penny for a music company in the French capital. The symphony has rightly been called “one of Haydn’s sunniest symphonies”.

The French theme reappears in Britten’s dramatic Les illuminations, songs to slightly surreal lyrics by the adventurous poet Artur Rimbaud. Here, a world between dream and reality is depicted in provocative poems that the British set to music with a superb fingertip feeling. A French composer gets the honor of ending the concert: Gabriel Fauré and his atmospheric stage music to the triangular drama Pelléas and Mélisande, seductive melodies with a scent from the 1890s and La Belle Époque.

Live studio and chat from 19.45

The broadcast starts at 19.45 CET with a pretalk from the studio. There will be interviews and talks under the direction of Andreas Lindahl, orchestra manager and music journalist. Also, be sure to join the chat here on the page when the broadcast starts. To do this, watch the concert on your computer and log into your Google account in the stream. The chat is not available on mobile, tablet or app.


Haydn Symphony no 86
28 min

Britten Les illuminations
23 min

Fauré Pelléas et Mélisande
19 min


Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra

Barbra Hannigan conductor

Sanna Gibbs  soprano

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