Göteborgs Symfoniker

Göteborgs Konserthus Conductor and Soloist: Christian Zacharias

Event has already taken place. Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra, Christian Zacharias conductor & piano, Gothenburg Symphony Choir

Concert length: 2 h incl. intermission Scene: Stora salen
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As a conductor and internationally acclaimed pianist, Christian Zacharias often performs both of these roles simultaneously – an impressive feat. Here he apperas in both roles as he leads the Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra and choir in music by Brahms, and as soloist in Robert Schumann’s Introduction and allegro, inspired by Lord Byron’s gothic lyrics with magical settings and supernatural beings.

Brahms’ song Nänie is based on a text by Schiller, which many associate with Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony and An die Freude, “Ode to Joy”. Nänie means funeral song, but this is a beautiful song of praise, composed to to the artist and friend Anselm Feuerbach who had passed away. Brahms’ music has both warmth and dramatic nerve.

The gods are happy in their peaceful existence while humans have to fight in painful uncertainty. This is one way to summarize Friedrich Hölderlin’s poem Schicksalslied, “The Song of Fate”, whose lines Brahms skilfully follows through light and darkness. What awaits after life?

Schumann’s Piano Concerto is famous and one of the foremost of its kind, but he also wrote another work for piano and orchestra: Introduction and Allegro. The piece was composed in two days in an exalted inspiration, at a time when Lord Byron’s supernatural drama Manfred engulfed Schumann. And it seems that Byron’s unholy spirits have taken some motives in a firm grip.

The melodically versatile and rich Fourth symphony is by many considered to be Schumann’s symphonic masterpiece. From the nervous, unstoppable energy in the outer movements to the romance’s melancholy and hopeful gratitude to life – emotions that one simply can’t resist.

Introduction to the concert

Welcome to a free introduction to the concert one hour before the concert starts, in the Great Hall. The introduction is in Swedish.




R Schumann Introduktion und Allegro appassionato 16 min

Intermission 25 min

R Schumann Symphony No 4 29 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. 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.

Christian Zacharias conductor

Göteborgs Symfoniska Kör

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