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A concert rich in contrast, with the Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra, conductor Santtu-Matias Rouvali and violinist Valeriy Sokolov.
As a composer, Berlioz had a temperament that was boundless and self-disclosing. In this concert we meet his Symphonie fantastique, with smoke rising from opium intoxication, and terror burning in the eyes on the way to the scaffold. With an orchestration that was stupendous and revolutionary at the time, he set the world of music alight. The ancient Christian hymn Dies irae, ”the Day of Wrath”, concludes this life story, with church bells that ring out into the endless spaces of the universe during the witches’ sabbath.
In contrast to this, we meet Sibelius’ unique sensitivity for the innermost nuances – just listen to the introductory tones in his Violin Concerto, or the stratospheric flageolets in the finale. In a way that few others can, he opens the door to unknown worlds, rooms filled with light and horizons that never end, with a masterful handling of the orchestra in which melancholy strings meet strident woodwind instruments. Soloist Valeriy Sokolov is the person who holds the key to these enchanting worlds.
The concert is led by the acclaimed Finnish conductor Santtu-Matias Rouvali, Chief Conductor of the Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra.
Get to know the classical pieces.
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!
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.