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Peer Gynt
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Peer Gynt
Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra


The music of the Northern lights

‘Music begins where the possibilities of language end,’ said Jean Sibelius, and Edvard Grieg agreed: ‘Words sometimes need music, but music needs nothing.’ Each of these composers used musical means to create a national art that is permeated with the soul of his own people, but that in artistic terms transcends the boundaries of his own country. Just as Finlandia by Sibelius has become the unofficial national anthem of Finland and his Violin Concerto perhaps the country’s greatest international showpiece, Grieg’s music for Ibsen’s play Peer Gynt is the one work that perfectly portrays the Norwegian soul – and this music for the stage comprises a great deal more than just the well-known pieces from the two Peer Gynt suites. In this programme, the Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra pays tribute to the music of the Far North. ‘Det Beste Fra Scandinavia’?


  • Jean Sibelius Finlandia, op.26 (1900)
  • Jean Sibelius Violin Concerto in d minor, op.47 (1903-1904)
  • Edvard Grieg Peer Gynt, incidental music (excerpts), op.23 (1874-1875)
Dates & tickets


Centre for Fine Arts

Running time

ca 2h (interval included)


cat 1 - € 74 / cat 2 - € 54
cat 3 - € 40 / cat 4 - € 18


Pre-performance talk half an hour before the start of the performance by Jacqueline Guisset (in French) & Peggy Stuyck (in Dutch)

More info

Alain Altinoglu is forced to cancel his participation to this concert because of personal health issues. He is replaced by the conductor Marc Soustrot. The programme remains unchanged.

Guest concert

the Scandinavian soul by excellence

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Dates & tickets




Soprano KLARA EK

Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra

CO-PRODUCTION La Monnaie / De Munt, Bozar Music