He’s enraptured Gothenburg before with his interpretation of Bruckner. Now, Christoph Eschenbach returns to engage with the Austrian genius once again.
Bruckner’s seventh has been described as the composer’s most jubilant symphony. Aptly so, as it brought the composer great personal joy: it was this majestic symphony that first led to international acclaim for Bruckner – a success that continues to this day.
Christoph Eschenbach is the Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra’s Principal Guest Conductor, together with Barbara Hannigan. His life story is quite a read. Orphaned by the war, Eschenbach grew up living with his mother’s cousin, pianist Wallydore Eschenbach, in Schleswig-Holstein and Aachen. Her lessons laid the foundation for his illustrious musical career later in life.
Today, Christoph Eschenbach is a sought-after guest conductor invited to some of the foremost orchestras and opera houses of the world in places like Vienna, Berlin, Paris, London, Los Angeles, Boston, Shanghai and Milan, and to prestigious festivals in Salzburg, Tanglewood, Ravinia, St Petersburg and Schleswig-Holstein. He has previously served as chief conductor of the Tonhalle-Orchestra Zurich, Houston Symphony Orchestra, NDR Elbphilharmonie Orchestra in Hamburg, Orchestre de Paris, Philadelphia Orchestra and National Orchestra of Washington, and has conducted operas at the Houston Opera, Royal Opera House in London, Bayreuth Festival, Mariinsky Theatre, Opéra Bastille and the Metropolitan Opera.
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.
Bruckner Symphony No. 7 (Nowak)
1 h 4 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.
Christoph Eschenbach Conductor
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