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Shimmering forces of nature with the Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra, conductor Santtu-Matias Rouvali and pianist Alice Sara Ott.
Here we meet two works by the composer Debussy. His Prelude to the Afternoon of a Faun takes us from morning to midday at sea, to an afternoon in the company of the dangerous faun, half-goat and half-human. This piece of music caused a sensation when it first arrived and is felt by many to have initiated the era of modern music with its hypnotic, intoxicating sounds. Debussy’s music often conveys associations with an impressionistic shimmer, but here there are also pure forces of nature that find expression in the storms of the sea and the faun’s erotic desires.
The second work – La Mer (The Sea) – represents a milestone in the orchestral repertoire with its three ”symphonic sketches”. Debussy’s friend and colleague Satie rather insultingly stated that he ”liked the bit about quarter to eleven” in the first movement of The Sea.
This evening the Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra is joined by the brilliant pianist Alice Sara Ott. She delights in playing music that crosses borders, and on this occasion she treats us to a new Piano Concerto by the exciting Bryce Dressner. He is best known as a songwriter and guitarist in the indie band The National, but he has also had installations at the Metropolitan Museum of Art and has been Artistic Partner of the San Francisco Symphony. Dressner regularly produces orchestral works from his base in Paris, a number of which have been released by Deutsche Grammophon.
This evening’s conductor is Santtu-Matias Rouvali, Chief Conductor of the Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra.
Get to know the classic works.
Get to know the composer Bryce Dressner.
Get to know the pianist Alice Sara Ott.
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!
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Here you will find all the necessary information that you need to know about before your magical visit in the Concert Hall.
Invite yourself or someone you like to an experience for all the senses. Welcome to visit the Concert Hall's restaurant or one of our foyer bars.