Event has already taken placeAccording to some sources, Schumann suffered hallucinations and heard voices when he wrote the overture for Lord Byron’s dramatic poem about Manfred, a literary character haunted by guilt, who calls on the powers to give him peace.
And there is indeed a special nerve and pain in the overture’s intensity and bewildered desperation – Schumann put his heart and soul into every note. The same artistic refusal to compromise is characteristic of Anders Eliasson’s music which, with its strong expression and its spiritual dimension, has captured international star violinist Janine Jansen to the point that she’s made the violin concerto Solitary Journey “her own”.
A spectrum of the whole human psyche is presented by Carl Nielsen in his second symphony, The Four Temperaments, with vibrant interpretations of the choleric, phlegmatic, melancholic and sanguine personalities. A musical journey through the hidden rooms of the soul, made at your own risk.
Janine Jansen is Gothenburg Symphony`s Artist in Residence season 2018-2019.
Schumann Manfred Overture
Eliasson Solitary Journey, Concerto for Violin and Orchestra
Nielsen Symphony No 2 "The Four Temperaments"
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. 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 www.gsoplay.se.
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.
Daniel Blendulf Conductor