The time has come: we finally get to hear the Concert Hall’s fantastic new organ perform with the Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra, in a shiningly new work by B. Tommy Andersson commissioned for the occasion.
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).
The new Concert Hall Organ
Thanks to the collaboration between the real estate company Higab, the Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra and Gothenburg’s international organ academy, Gothenburg now has a new world-class concert hall organ, built by Rieger Orgelbau in Austria. Secure your seat to the magnificent premiere concerts and be among the first to experience the powerful organ sounds in Gothenburg Concert Hall!
Andersson Poseidon, Organ concerto No 2
R Schumann Symphony No 1 "Spring"
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.
Jukka-Pekka Saraste Conductor