Göteborgs Konserthus The Irresistible Cello

A romantic masterpiece followed by stormy love, with the Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra, conductor John Wilson and cellist Leonard Elschenbroich.

Concert length: 2 h incl. intermission Scene: Stora salen
370-530 SEK Student 185-265 SEK

Edward Elgar’s Cello Concerto is a romantic masterpiece. Expressive music charged with lyrical melodic richness, elegance and longing passion. His countryman William Walton’s Symphony No. 1 provides a strong contrast with its emotional volcanic eruption.

While Elgar brings out the cello’s unique ability to convey both melancholic reflection and sincere desire, Walton’s symphony is a musical lava flow of suffering. The music is a powerful reflection of Walton’s stormy love affair with the Baroness Imma von Doernberg, who left him for the Hungarian physician, musician and art philosopher Tibor Csató in the early 1930s. The orchestra is led by the British conductor John Wilson, and the soloist is the acclaimed German cellist Leonard Elschenbroich.


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!


Elgar Cello Concerto 30 min

Intermission 25 min

Walton Symphony No. 1 43 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.

John Wilson conductor

Leonard Elschenbroich cello

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