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Eschenbach's Final Concert

Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra, Christoph Eschenbach conductor

Eschenbach's Final Concert

Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra, Christoph Eschenbach conductor

This concert is set to be a night to remember. It marks the end of Christoph Eschenbach’s three-year stint as Principal Guest Conductor of the Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra.

His long career and years of experience have granted Eschenbach an impressive repertoire to wow us with. And he has chosen Mahler’s sixth symphony, the “Tragic”, a musical journey that passes both sheer idyll and striking terror – via mischievous passages and streaks of pure joy of life.

Mahler’s wife Alma remembers the summer of 1904 when the Sixth Symphony was composed at Lake Wörthersee in southern Austria: “Once more we walked arm in arm up to his composing house in the woods, where nothing could disturb us. These occasions were always very solemn ones… Not one of his works came so directly from his inmost heart as this. We both wept that day. The music and what it foretold touched us deeply.”

The prophecy Alma Mahler tells of was the death of their eldest daughter in diphtheria in 1907, and the discovery of Mahler’s incurable heart decease that led to his death in 1911. The huge hammer blows in the symphony finale are said to foreshadow the tragic events. Harrowing music, but here is also nature’s mystique in the atmospheric sounds of the strings and celesta, and the safe and secure sounds of cow bells in the distance.

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.

Programme


Mahler Symphony No 6
1 h 20 min


Participants


Gothenburg Symphony

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.


Christoph Eschenbach Conductor


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