Vara Konserthus Gothenburg Symphony at Vara Konserthus

Event has already taken place. Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra, Jukka-Pekka Saraste conductor

Concert length: 2 h 30 min incl. intermission

Event has already taken place

In Mahler’s fifth symphony is an adagietto that many has called the most delightful music in the world. But all other human, emotional needs are also met in this near perfect introduction to Mahler’s music – such as happiness, melancholy, angst and ecstasy.

Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra plays in Vara Concert Hall this evening under the direction of Jukka-Pekka Saraste, one of our most prominent conductors with deep musical understanding and integrity. He is versatile and has a broad repertoire with a special interest in the late-romantic tone and style, while also craving contemporary music.



R Schumann Violin Concerto 27 min

Intermission 25 min

Mahler Symphony No 5 1 h 12 min


Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra, 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. Kent Nagano has been principal guest conductor since 2013. 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. 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 The orchestra has issued over 100 recordings on BIS, Deutsche Grammophon, Chandos, Farao Classics and several other labels, including the complete orchestral music by Grieg and the complete symphonies of Sibelius, Nielsen, Stenhammar and Atterberg, and most recently orchestral music by Richard Strauss. The Gothenburg Symphony is owned by the Region Västra Götaland.

Jukka-Pekka Saraste conductor

Isabelle Faust violin

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