Göteborgs Konserthus Dvorák’s colourful No. 7 and masterful trumpet

A fanciful evening with the Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra, conductor Anja Bihlmaier and trumpet player Per Ivarsson.

Concert length: 2 h incl. intermission Scene: Stora salen
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Antonín Dvorák’s Symphony No. 7 encompasses both exhilaration and outbursts of joy, melancholy and contemplation. In this concert it is joined on the programme by French composer André Jolivet’s fanciful Trumpet Concerto and the magical sounds of Anders Hillborg’s Sound Atlas.

Dvorák composed his seventh symphony after hearing Brahms’ Symphony No. 3, which he found to be a musical vitamin injection. But even if Dvorák drew inspiration from his mentor Brahms, who was eight years his elder, this music is completely unique and very personal. The symphony begins in a dull and mysterious manner but then blossoms into exuberant joy. The slow movement is pure and natural, the third movement is a melancholic scherzo, and the finale is a true outburst of joy.

André Jolivet’s Trumpet Concerto is charmingly melodic, sonorously piquant and masterful. This evening it is performed by Per Ivarsson, principal trumpet of the Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra.

Trumpetaren Per Ivarsson med sin silvriga trumpet i handen.

Swedish composer Anders Hillborg has a wide field of activity – he writes orchestral, choral and chamber music as well as film music and pop music. On this occasion we meet his Sound Atlas, described by the Financial Times as: ”Music of the far expanses of the universe, haunted by the otherworldly sound of the glass harmonica. If Stanley Kubrick came back to remake 2001 and needed a soundtrack, Hillborg would be his man.” Exciting!


Get to know the classical pieces.

Get to know the composer Anders Hillborg.

Introduction to the concert

Take a seat in the Great Hall one hour before the concert begins and learn more about the music you will soon experience! A musician from the Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra gives you the stories behind the music, knowledge of the composers and own reflections on what it is like to play the classical pieces. The introduction last for about 30 minutes, it is free and free seating in the hall. Warm welcome!


Hillborg Sound Atlas 20 min

Jolivet Trumpet Concerto No. 2 14 min

Intermission 25 min

Dvorák Symphony No. 7 38 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.

Anja Bihlmaier conductor

Per Ivarsson trumpet

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