Göteborgs Symfoniker

Göteborgs Konserthus Salt – an oratorio in celebration of Gothenburg’s 400th anniversary

World premiere with the Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra, conductor Joana Carneiro, vocal soloists and the Gothenburg Symphony Choir.

Concert length: 2 h incl. intermission Scene: Stora salen
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Albert Schnelzer is one of Sweden’s most acclaimed composers. To celebrate the city of Gothenburg’s 400th anniversary he has composed a large oratorio for orchestra, choir and soloists, and now it is finally time for the world premiere!

The theme of Schnelzer’s oratorio SALT is the sea, which can be full of promise and exciting, but also frightening. The soprano represents the sea, and the baritone soloist represents mankind and the migrant. All texts relate to the sea, and there are musical references to works such as Debussy’s La Mer (The Sea). The oratorio was commissioned by the Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra to celebrate the city of Gothenburg’s 400th anniversary in 2021.

During this concert, which is rich in contrast, we also hear John Adams’ Doctor Atomic Symphony, which is about the testing of the first atomic bomb, and Samuel Barber’s meditative Adagio.

The orchestra is led by the internationally acclaimed conductor Joana Carneiro.


Get to know the composer Albert Schnelzer.


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!


Barber Adagio for strings 8 min

Adams Doctor Atomic Symphony 25 min

Intermission 25 min

Schnelzer Salt 40 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.

Joana Carneiro conductor

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