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Mahler with Rouvali

Gothenburg Concert Hall: Stora SalenGötaplatsen, Gothenburg, Västra Götaland, Sweden
Dates/times in Stockholm time zone
Thursday 08 September 202219:30
Friday 09 September 202218:00

Mahler’s Symphony No. 5 vibrates to a tragic mix of dread and harmony. Trembling nerves, but also the adagietto’s wonderful string section that floats between a state of dreaming and the waking world. Tchaikovsky’s Variations on a Rococo Theme represents noble classicism in a romantic costume, here reflected in all its loving playfulness by the Gothenburg Symphony’s solo cellist Claes Gunnarsson.

We can only imagine how the audience reacted when Mahler’s Symphony No. 5 premiered in Cologne in 1904 – a crazy trumpet that plays a bygone fanfare, followed by the explosion of the orchestra and then the emergence of a sorrowful melody. What an atmosphere! The entire symphony is characterised by a tragic mix of dread and harmony. The renowned adagietto features a string section that floats between a state of dreaming and the waking world – tranquil, soaring and motionless at the same time. Just a few decades earlier, a completely different sound filled the concert halls of Europe and Russia in a completely different era.

The orchestra is led by Santtu-Matias Rouvali, the highly acclaimed Finnish conductor and Chief Conductor of the Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra.

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