Nobel Prize Concert 2023
Esa-Pekka Salonen conducts music by Gabriella Smith and Maurice Ravel, and Julia Fischer is the soloist in Brahms’ violin concerto in her debut with the orchestra.
About the video
- Published online 21 January 2024.
- Filmed 8 December 2023.
- The video is approximately one hour and 30 minutes.
- The concert can be seen until 7 December 2024.
- Subtitles in English and Swedish is activated by using the CC control in the video player.
Conductor and composer Esa-Pekka Salonen is one of the leading names in classical music of our time. He often combines the core repertoire with bold, innovative programming, and has simultaneously emerged as a razor-sharp and forward-looking spokesperson for the entire genre. We were proud to welcome Esa-Pekka Salonen as the conductor of the 2023 Nobel Prize Concert.
Johannes Brahms’ stirring violin concerto contains an excess of powerful melodies in moods ranging from tender melancholy to pure euphoria. The violin soloist is Julia Fischer, known worldwide for her incredible versatility (she is also a professional pianist). With the Nobel Prize Concert 2023, she made her debut with the Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra – in this absolute classic that we never grow tired of.
Italian composer Luigi Boccherini was active in the late eighteenth century in the Spanish court, and portrayed the city in “Night Music from the Streets of Madrid”. 200 years later, his fellow countryman Luciano Berio transformed parts of the music into a festive orchestral work that begins this year’s Nobel Prize Concert. American composer Gabriella Smith also paints memories with her work Tumblebird Contrails, from 2014. The music takes us to the Californian peninsula of Point Reyes, from where Smith conveys the experience of the Pacific Ocean’s resonant spectacle.
Another painterly piece is Maurice Ravel’s ballet music for the classical love story between Daphnis and Chloé. He created two concert suites from the ballet, and Suite No. 2 is the most popular by far. This smart and colourful music begins with a spectacular sunrise setting the scene.
The concert includes speeches from Esa-Pekka Salonen and Gabriella Smith. A co-production between Nobel Prize Outreach, Sveriges Television and Konserthuset Play.
Luigi Boccherini Quattro versioni originale della Ritirata notturna di Madrid di Luigi Boccherini arr Luciano Berio
Johannes Brahms Violin Concerto
Speech by Gabriella Smith
Gabriella Smith Tumblebird Contrails
Speech by Esa-Pekka Salonen
Maurice Ravel Daphnis et Chloé – Suite No. 2
Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra
Esa-Pekka Salonen conductor
Julia Fischer violin