Albert Schnelzer is one of Sweden’s most acclaimed composers. To celebrate the city of Gothenburg’s 400th anniversary he has composed a large oratorio for orchestra, choir and soloists, and now it is finally time for the world premiere!
The theme of Schnelzer’s oratorio Salt is the sea, which can be full of promise and exciting, but also frightening. The soprano represents the sea, and the baritone soloist represents mankind and the migrant. The lyrics are taken from poems by, among others, Karin Boye, Dan Andersson and Edith Södergran, and musically there are references to works such as Debussy’s La Mer.
The oratorio was commissioned by the Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra to celebrate the city of Gothenburg’s 400th anniversary in 2021, and the concert was recorded on April 20th 2023.