Göteborgs Konserthus Tchaikovsky’s Violin Concerto with María Dueñas

Rhythmic energy with the Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra, conductor Jukka-Pekka Saraste and violinist María Dueñas.

Concert length: 2 h incl. intermission Scene: Stora salen
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With its romantic, passionate themes and hortatory rhythmic energy, Tchaikovsky’s Violin Concerto leaves no audience unmoved. The same can be said of Nielsen’s Symphony No. 5, which is also on the programme for this concert. At its premiere, which caused quite a scandal, it was compared with the sounds from a cattle market, but today it has become a symphonic classic.

Tchaikovsky’s renowned Violin Concerto also met resistance to begin with. A violinist of the time thought it was unplayable, and a famous critic deemed it to be vulgar and brutal. Thankfully the field of music criticism has come a long way since then! With its intimately intense themes, rhythmic energy and captivating orchestral movement, Tchaikovsky’s Violin Concerto is in fact an indispensable part of the Western canon of music as an art form. He composed his works at a time when his right to live honestly and love the one he wanted was so questioned that he tried to take his own life. Music, and this work in particular, was Tchaikovsky’s way of dealing with an inner struggle, and a reality that limited his freedom. The soloist is the young rising star María Dueñas.

This evening the audience is also treated to Drifts by the Finnish composer Sebastian Fagerlund, featuring music with a richness of sound, rapid flows and high intensity.


Get to know the classic pieces.

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!


Fagerlund Drifts 11 min

Tchaikovsky Violin Concerto 34 min

Intermission 25 min

Nielsen Symphony No. 5 35 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.

Jukka-Pekka Saraste conductor

Maria Duenas violin

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