Ludwig van Beethoven is among the world’s most played composers and has become almost synonymous with classical music. In this concert, we’re introduced to two of his lesser known pieces as well as music by composers Korngold and Elgar.
The Leonore Ouverture No. 3 was Beethoven’s third attempt for the introduction to his only opera, Fidelio. It’s said that the great composer threw it out because it was too grand and self-independent. Which, of course, makes it a great concert piece. Another one is the concert aria “Ah, perfido”, here performed by the Göteborg Opera’s soloist and Court Singer Katarina Karnéus. A dramatic and powerful piece – Beethoven-style – of betrayal, rage and tender affection.
Korngold’s Suite from Much ado about nothing is a tribute to Shakespeare’s play. Originally composed for chamber orchestra, it’s performed here by a smaller orchestra.
For the finale we have Elgar’s captivating, romantic Enigma Variations, born from a series of improvisations caricaturing people he knew. The opening of the ninth variation, Nimrod, also holds the theme of the second movement of Beethoven’s Pathétique – a reminder of all things beautiful even in the hardest of times.
Conductor is the “ourageously talented” (Opernwelt) Israeli-American, Austria-based Yoel Gamzou, for the first time in Sweden.
Conductor YOEL GAMZOU
Soloist KATARINA KARNÉUS
The Göteborg Opera Orchestra
Ludwig van Beethoven: Leonore Ouverture No. 3, from Fidelio.
Erich Wolfgang Korngold: Suite from Much ado about nothing, op. 11
Ludwig van Beethoven: ”Ah, perfido!”, with soloist Katarina Karnéus (mezzo-soprano)
Edward Elgar: The Enigma Variations