A unique opportunity to let yourself be transported by voices and pipe sounds in a combination never heard before. Our conductor this evening is Jukka-Pekka Saraste, with Mattias Wager solo at the organ. The title Poseidon evokes images of still seas and stormy waves, a force of nature we have no power over. But it also brings to mind Carl Milles’ bronze sculpture standing proud in front of the Concert Hall: god of the sea, ruler of the oceans. Prepare to let your senses drown in the waves of the sea, the swell of the music.
Jukka-Pekka Saraste, principal conductor in Cologne for over a decade, knows Schumann like the back of his hand. The latter’s first symphony came into existence in an unusual way: In late January in the year of 1841, Schumann threw himself into his work with a feverish sort of madness. In just four days, he had plotted out an entire symphony; writing the score itself took just three more weeks. Schumann’s diary reads: “My symphony has given me many moments of happiness and I have more than once thanked the benevolent spirit that helped me complete this magnum opus so effortlessly and in such short time.”
No introduction to the concert
In the autumn of 2021, we will not give any introductions to the concerts due to the pandemic. Comments on the current programme for this particular concert can be found in connection with the names of the works under the heading Programme on this page (in swedish). You will get even more angles and keys to classical music in the concert magazine Podiet (in swedish) and the lecture series Classical Curiosities at GSOplay (in english).
Gothenburg Concert Hall has received a new world-class concert hall organ, thanks to the collaboration between the real estate company Higab, the Gothenburg’s international organ academy and Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra. For ten days, the over 9000 organ pipes sound when the new organ is celebrated with international soloists, premieres, organ concert with orchestra, organ marathon with participants from Västra Götaland’s 49 municipalities and live broadcasts on GSOplay. Secure your seat to the première concerts 15-24 october and be among the first to experience the powerful sounds vibrate in Gothenburg Concert Hall!