Göteborgs Symfoniker

Göteborgs Konserthus HANNIGAN’S SURPRISE

Event has already taken place. Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra, Barbara Hannigan conductor, Tuuri Dede mezzo-soprano, Aphrodite Patoulidou soprano

Concert length: 1 h 20 min Scene: Stora salen
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Event has already taken place

Due to current restrictions, we can only welcome a very limited audience for the concerts in September. This means that all subscription seats for this concert will be redeemed and  the money will be refunded. We are sorry that this affects you and we do everything we can to get back to a normal situation as quickly as possible where you obviously have your booked chairs and can look forward to a safe experience together in the Concert Hall.

Barbara Hannigan likes to plan her concert programmes down to the last detail. Music that feels so spontaneous and natural in concert in reality follows a carefully set-out plan. Hannigan may pair Claude Vivier’s emotional music with a chipper Haydn symphony, for example, followed by a tender turn-of-the-century lullaby. Precisely what this concert treats us to!

The concert is also livestreamed on GSOplay 17 September >>

Soloists tonight are fellow singers Aphrodite Patoulidou and Tuuri Dede.

Sångerskorna Aphrodite Patoulidou och Tuuri Dede.

Barbara Hannigan has been the Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra’s Principal Guest Conductor since the 2019-2020 season, together with Christoph Eschenbach. Listen to this interview to hear her talk about her art and her expectations ahead of joining the Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra.

No introduction to the concert

In the autumn of 2021, we will not give any introductions to the concerts due to the pandemic. Comments on the current programme for this particular concert can be found in connection with the names of the works under the heading Programme on this page (in swedish). You will get even more angles and keys to classical music in the concert magazine Podiet (in swedish) and the lecture series Classical Curiosities at GSOplay (in english).


Busoni Berceuse élégiaque 10 min

Vivier Wo Bist Du Licht? 23 min

Haydn Symphony No 26 "Lamentatione" 17 min

Composer's Notes Français Lonely Child is a long song of solitude. For the musical construction I wanted to have total power for expression, for musical development on the piece I was composing without using chords, harmony or counterpoint. I wanted to work up to very homophonic music that would be transformed into one single melody, which would be “intervalized.” I had already composed a first melody heard at the beginning of the piece for dancers. I subsequently developed this melody in five “intervalized” melodic fragments that is by adding one note below each note, which creates intervals—thirds, fifths, minor seconds, major seconds etc. If the frequencies of each interval are added, a timbre is created. Thus, there are no longer any chords, and the entire orchestra is then transformed into a timbre. The roughness and the intensity of this timbre depends on the base interval. Musically speaking, there was only one thing I needed to control, which automatically, somehow, would create the rest of the music, that is great beams of color! — Claude Vivier Reproduction Rights: This program note may be reproduced free of charge in concert programs with a credit to the composer.


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

Tuuri Dede mezzosopran

Aphrodite Patoulidou soprano

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