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Beethoven was brusque, self-absorbed and unkempt, but perhaps also the greatest innovator in the history of Western music. 250 years after his birth, his music still strikes, captivates and seduces the world on its own merit. On September 24-27, the Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra and The Gothenburg Opera celebrate the giant artist with several selected digital concerts.

This celebration of Beethoven replaces the joint mammoth venture Beethoven Marathon that has been postponed to the future.

Digital live concerts

Live concert: Beethoven’s Fate Symphony

Few would probably dispute that Beethoven’s Five is the world’s most famous symphony. Most people are familiar with the initial theme of fate, but there is so much more to discover here: a rocking second movement and a grand finale. There is no better way to celebrate Beethoven’s 250th birthday. During the evening, we also get to take part in Schumann’s Second Symphony – a bubbling symphony that at times also leaves room for melancholic strings. The broadcast starts at 19.45 with a pre-talk from the studio.

Participants
Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra
Conductor Christoph Eschenbach

Program
Schumann Symphony No 2
Beethoven Symphony No 5

Live broadcast 24 September 20.00 CET at GSOplay

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Live concert: Much ado about Beethoven

In this tribute concert we get to enjoy two Beethoven pieces, as well as beautiful music by the composers Korngold and Elgar. The concert is given together with the “incredibly talented” conductor Yoel Gamzou, Göteborg Operans soloist court singer Katarina Karnéus and the Göteborg Operans Orkester.

Participants
Conductor Yoel Gamzou
Soloist Katarina Karnéus
Göteborg Opera Orchestra

Program
Beethoven Leonore Ouverture No. 3, from Fidelio
Korngold Suite from Much ado about nothing, Op. 11
Beethoven “Ah, perfido!”, with soloist Katarina Karnéus (mezzo-soprano)
Elgar The Enigma Variations

Live broadcast 26 september 18:00 CET at HemmaOperan

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Concert: Beethoven with Rouvali

Beethoven’s Seventh Symphony was already successful at its premiere in 1813 with its energy and dramatic charge. Napoleon had by this time besieged Vienna, something that deeply affected Beethoven. The second movement has therefore sometimes been interpreted as a monument to human suffering and the finale as a triumphantly inspired triumph. With its powerful rhythms, it is also one of Beethoven’s most muscular symphonies, here interpreted by the Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra under the direction of the charismatic chief conductor Santtu-Matias Rouvali. See it today on GSOplay!

Participants
Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra
Conductor Christoph Eschenbach

Program
Beethoven Symphony No 7

Concert available now at GSOplay

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Concert: Beethoven Symphony No 8

A symphony can not open more sunny: lukewarm, melodic summer breeze that sweep forward in a spontaneous dance. The second movement is said to be a game with the recently launched metronome that ticks out like a well-oiled clock. In the third movement, you meet an elegant minuet that trips forward with distinguished dance steps while the finale exudes speed and joy. Beethoven was very pleased with his work, which he lovingly called “my little symphony in F”.

Participants
Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra
Conductor Santtu-Matias Rouvali

Programme
Beethoven Symphony No 8

Concert available now at GSOplay

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Concert: Sweet power of song

Concert with songs by Beethoven. We enrich the image of the 250th anniversary Ludwig van Beethoven with a splashy and tender cavalcade of folk songs arranged by the German giant. The traditional songs – mainly from Ireland, Scotland and Germany – range from deep reflection and happy drinking songs.

For an hour we get to enjoy the GöteborgsOperan’s soloists’ interpretations of the songs in collaboration with an eminent trio: violin, David Bergström, cello Patrik Harryson and at the piano Henning Ruhe.

Participants
Musicians from GöteborgsOperans Orchestra
Songs by Kerstin Avemo, Mia Karlsson, Ann-Kristin Jones, Tomas Lind, Mattias Ermedahl, Mats Almgren

Program
Songs mainly from Ireland, Scotland and Germany

Concert available from 27 september 18.00 CET at HemmaOperan

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Want to know more about Beethoven?

Ludwig van Beethoven has become synonymous with classical music: the introduction to the Fifth Symphony has been number one on the classical charts for hundreds of years.

Learn more about Beethoven here

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