Göteborgs Konserthus Enigmatic

Sparkling and colourful, with the Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra, conductor Cristian Macelaru and pianist Leif Ove Andsnes.

Concert length: 2 h incl. intermission Scene: Stora salen
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The Enigma Variations put composer Edward Elgar on the international musical map and is a key work in the history of classical music. One evening, Elgar had entertained his wife with musical caricatures of some of their friends, which soon developed into a number of orchestral variations.

Elgar said: ”This work commenced in a spirit of humour and continued in deep seriousness”. The 14 individuals described in the music include his wife, the publisher Jaeger and Elgar himself.

In this concert we also meet the Norwegian pianist Leif Ove Andsnes, one of the world’s most acclaimed and popular soloists, in Debussy’s sparkling, masterful and colourful Fantaisie for piano and orchestra.

The evening begins with British composer Anna Clyne’s Abstractions, with music inspired by five abstract works of art.


Get to know the classic works.

Get to know the composer Anna Clyne.

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!


Anna Abstractions 20 min

Debussy Fantaisie pour piano et orchestre 25 min

Intermission 25 min

Elgar Variations on an Original Theme ("Enigma") 29 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.

Cristian Macelaru conductor

Leif Ove Andsnes piano

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