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Barbara Hannigan, Principal Guest Conductor of Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra, combines moments of mourning with a peace manifestation – all performed by Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra, Gothenburg Symphonic Choir, Barbara Hannigan conductor, Veronika Eberle violin and song soloists.
Alban Berg’s moving Violin Concerto, passionately played by Veronika Eberle, was dedicated to “The Memory of an Angel”, a young human being who really shone during her short life. And, as is the case with people who are dearly missed, the memory lives on. Those memories are given space in the Requiem, and Mozart’s mass for the departed is both comforting and strengthening. A yearning for peace that also permeates Schoenberg’s appeal for world peace, Friede auf Erden.
Introduction to the concert
A free introduction in the main hall one hour prior to the concert, with musicians from the Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra.
Schönberg Friede auf Erden for Choir a cappella
A Berg Violin Concerto "Dem Andenken eines Engels"
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.
Barbara Hannigan Conductor
Emma Sventelius mezzosopran
Göteborgs Symfoniska Kör choir