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Intoxication and Witches in the World of Berlioz

Gothenburg Concert Hall: Stora SalenGötaplatsen, Gothenburg, Västra Götaland, Sweden
Dates/times in Stockholm time zone
Wednesday 23 November 202219:30
Friday 25 November 202218:00

As a composer, Berlioz had a temperament that was boundless and self-disclosing. In this concert we meet his Symphonie fantastique, with smoke rising from opium intoxication, and terror burning in the eyes on the way to the scaffold. With an orchestration that was stupendous and revolutionary at the time, he set the world of music alight. The ancient Christian hymn Dies irae, ”the Day of Wrath”, concludes this life story, with church bells that ring out into the endless spaces of the universe during the witches’ sabbath.

In contrast to this, we meet Sibelius’ unique sensitivity for the innermost nuances – just listen to the introductory tones in his Violin Concerto, or the stratospheric flageolets in the finale. In a way that few others can, he opens the door to unknown worlds, rooms filled with light and horizons that never end, with a masterful handling of the orchestra in which melancholy strings meet strident woodwind instruments. Soloist Valeriy Sokolov is the person who holds the key to these enchanting worlds.

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

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