Event has already taken placeProkofiev’s happy and slightly scary musical story captivates children and adults alike.
What will happen when the duck escapes, will the wolf jump up and catch the cat in the tree, will the farmers shoot the wolf? The fantastic music is almost as narrative as the story – the duck is an oboe, Peter a string quartet – but we won’t give away the ending here.
Following the premiere in the Soviet Union in 1936, Peter and the Wolf, commissioned by the central children’s theatre in Moscow, celebrated triumph after triumph across the world. The fable about good versus evil resonated with the young and the old, and Prokofiev’s expressive music with its catchy tunes stuck immediately.
Peter and the Wolf is one of the most performed works of the whole classical repertoire, and also took Prokofiev to Hollywood, where Disney made an animated film of the story. At this performance, there is not only the story and the music, but other fun stuff too.
Presenter is Sara Edwardsson, who is recognized from TV programs such as Bolibompa, Supersnällasilversara, Morgonshowen and Nattens hjältar. She has a great love for music and has released several own children’s albums over the years.
The performance is in Swedish.
Prokofjev Peter and the Wolf
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.
Sara Edwardsson presenter