Göteborgs Konserthus Beethoven’s Heroic Symphony

Event has already taken place. Gothenburg Symphony, Han-Na Chang conductor, Anna Christensson piano

Concert length: 2 h incl. intermission Scene: Stora salen
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Beethoven dedicated his Heroic Symphony to freedom seeker and revolutionary Napoleon Bonaparte, but retracted the dedication, indignant, when Napoleon appointed himself emperor and set Europe alight: “So he is no more than a common mortal…”

But the music retained its revolutionary power and its humanistic pathos in which joy and grief (the tragic funeral march) eventually transforms into the gigantic expression of a new era. The music of our era is headed in many different directions.

Gothenburg composer Gösta Nystroem had his feet planted in tradition, and his gaze fixed on the future. His Concerto Ricercare for piano and orchestra is rhythmically driven and curious; the “ricercare” of the baroque period means roughly “to seek,” and Nystroem probably sought where he stood: his time as a student in Paris, with influences from Stravinsky and Poulenc, for instance.

Added to this is a dear introduction from a completely different time – Mozart’s Uverture to Figaro’s wedding.

The conductor who masteres all these characteristic music styles is Han-Na Chang, a former world-class cellist who has now also established a career as a conductor. Soloist is Anna Christensson, one of the foremost Swedish pianists in her generation.


Mozart Overture to Le nozze di Figaro 4 min

Nystroem Concerto ricercante 24 min

Intermission 25 min

Beethoven Symphony No 3 "Eroica" 48 min


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. Kent Nagano has been principal guest conductor since 2013. 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. 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 www.gsoplay.se. The orchestra has issued over 100 recordings on BIS, Deutsche Grammophon, Chandos, Farao Classics and several other labels, including the complete orchestral music by Grieg and the complete symphonies of Sibelius, Nielsen, Stenhammar and Atterberg, and most recently orchestral music by Richard Strauss. The Gothenburg Symphony is owned by the Region Västra Götaland. www.gso.se

Han-Na Chang conductor

Anna Christensson piano

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