Welcome to this year’s Christmas concert! The Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra and Gothenburg Symphony Vocal ensemble will be performing the classic Christmas songs we all long for, among others Jul, jul strålande jul and parts of Handel’s Messiah.
These songs spell Christmas just like the scent of pine trees, gingerbread and mulled wine, or like snow crunching under your feet as you walk up to the Concert Hall (fingers crossed for a white Christmas!). This year’s presenter is Tomas von Brömssen!
No introduction to the concert
In the autumn of 2021, we will not give any introductions to the concerts due to the pandemic. Comments on the current programme for this particular concert can be found in connection with the names of the works under the heading Programme on this page (in swedish). You will get even more angles and keys to classical music in the concert magazine Podiet (in swedish) and the lecture series Classical Curiosities at GSOplay (in english).
Händel Messias: For Unto Us a Child is Born
Händel Messiah: Pifa
Händel Messias: Glory to God
Händel Messias: Rejoice
Reger Mariae Wiegenlied
Stravinsky movment 2 from Concerto in D
Nordqvist Jul, jul strålande jul
Corelli CONCERTO GROSSO, OPUS 6, NO. 8, "CHRISTMAS CONCERTO"
Mozart Presto from Serenad nr 9 "Posthornsserenaden
The Gothenburg Symphony, called "one of the world's most formidable orchestras" by the Guardian, has toured the USA, Europe, Japan and the Far East and performed at major music centres and festivals throughout the world. Chief conductor is Santtu-Matias Rouvali who started his tenure in 2017. Barbara Hannigan and Christoph Eschenbach are principal guest conductors since 2019.
Already at the orchestra's very first years, the great Swedish composer Wilhelm Stenhammar was appointed principal conductor, contributing strongly to the Nordic profile of the orchestra by inviting his colleagues Carl Nielsen and Jean Sibelius to conduct their own works. Subsequent holders of the post include Sergiu Comissiona, Sixten Ehrling and Charles Dutoit. During Neeme Järvi's tenure (1982-2004), the orchestra became a major international force. In 1997 it was appointed the National Orchestra of Sweden. During his celebrated tenure as music director (2007-2012), Gustavo Dudamel took the Orchestra to major music centres and festivals in Europe, making acclaimed appearances at BBC Proms and Vienna Musikverein.
The list of prominent guest conductors has included Wilhelm Furtwängler, Pierre Monteux, Herbert von Karajan, Myung-Whun Chung, Herbert Blomstedt and Sir Simon Rattle. The orchestra also runs extensive concert projects for children, and regularly releases digital live concerts free on gsoplay.se. The orchestra has been involved in many prestigious recording projects, the latest one the complete Sibelius Symphonies with Santtu-Matias Rouvali for Alpha Classics. Earlier, the orchestra has issued over 100 recordings on BIS, Deutsche Grammophon, Chandos, Farao Classics and several other labels. The Gothenburg Symphony is owned by the Region Västra Götaland.
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