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Richard Strauss’ A Hero’s Life

Gothenburg Symphony, Andrés Orozco-Estrada conductor, Lawrence Power viola

Richard Strauss’ A Hero’s Life

Gothenburg Symphony, Andrés Orozco-Estrada conductor, Lawrence Power viola

When conductor Andrés Orozco-Estrada met the Gothenburg Symphony for the first time in 2013, it was a raging success.

Göteborgs-Posten’s review called him “a phenomenal young artist… musically absolutely splendid,” and following concerts in Stockholm and Copenhagen, a second invitation was highly anticipated. But the rest of the world had also discovered Andrés Orozco-Estrada, and as he is music director in Houston and chief conductor in Frankfurt, his schedule has been full.

So we’re particularly pleased to welcome him back again in Richard Strauss’ splendidly virtuosic A Hero’s Life, a wonderfully self-obsessed hero’s tale in which Richard Strauss depicts friends and enemies, fights and peace with a great deal of humour.

Another “phenomenal artist” is violist Lawrence Power, a leading viola soloist. James MacMillan’s resonant viola concerto was dedicated to him, and after the first performance with the London Philharmonic in 2014, the Guardian wrote “A major contribution to the repertory… Lawrence Power looked as if he adored playing it.”

Programme


MacMillan Viola Concerto
31 min


Intermission
25 min


R Strauss Ein Heldenleben
43 min


Participants


Gothenburg Symphony

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. www.gso.se


Andrés Orozco-Estrada Conductor


Lawrence Power viola


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