Göteborgs Konserthus The Idiosyncratic Richard Strauss

Event has already taken place. Gothenburg Symphony, Kent Nagano conductor, Yury Favorin piano

Concert length: 2 h incl. intermission Scene: Stora salen
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Richard Strauss was undeniably sly as a fox; he teased, surprised and fascinated, always with the same good humour. It’s evident in this lovely musical pastiche of 18th century dramatist Molière’s comedy The Merchant Gentleman.

But the signs can be glimpsed as early as in piano concerto Burlesque, which, with its humour, daring, and thrilling virtuosity is one of the hidden gems of the romantic era. Russian Yury Favorin is acutely aware of this, and has gained recognition for his performances of this concerto.

Bartók’s Music for Strings, Percussion and Celesta took a new, evolutionary step, and was, with its concentration and vitality, refreshing news on the world music market.


R Strauss Le bourgeois gentilhomme, suite 36 min

R Strauss Burleske 19 min

Intermission 25 min

STRING GROUP I: VNS I & II, VA I, VC I, CB I ********************************************************************** STRING GROUP II: VNS III & IV, VA II, VC II, CB II


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

Kent Nagano conductor

Yury Favorin piano

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