The Gothenburg Symphony, called “one of the world’s most formidable orchestras” by the Guardian, has toured the USA, Europe, Japan and the Far East and performed at major music centres and festivals throughout the world. In 2017, the young Finnish conductor Santtu-Matias Rouvali starts his tenure as the new Principal Conductor of the Gothenburg Symphony.
The distinguished American conductor Kent Nagano has been Principal Guest Conductor of the orchestra since 2013. Together they have embarked on several exciting projects, among them the 150th jubilee of Richard Strauss with several concerts of major orchestral works, including recordings. The first volume, Eine Alpensinfonie, was released by Farao Classics in 2016, and other volumes will follow. In 2015 they toured several cities in China, including Shanghai and Beijing, to excited audiences, and there was also a special Sibelius week in Gothenburg with performances of all seven symphonies at three concerts celebrating the Finnish master’s 150th anniversary.
Founded in 1905, the Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra (Göteborgs Symfoniker) now numbers 109 players. The great Swedish composer Wilhelm Stenhammar was appointed Principal Conductor in 1907, contributing strongly to the Nordic profile of the orchestra by inviting his colleagues Carl Nielsen and Jean Sibelius to conduct their own works. Subsequent holders of the post include Sergiu Comissiona, Sixten Ehrling, and Charles Dutoit. During Neeme Järvi’s tenure (1982-2004), the orchestra became a major international force. It has toured in the USA, Japan, and Far East, and in 1997 was appointed The National Orchestra of Sweden. During five years as the Orchestra’s Music Director (2007-2012), Gustavo Dudamel and the Gothenburg Symphony made acclaimed appearances at the BBC Proms and Vienna Musikverein. The list of prominent guest conductors has included Wilhelm Furtwängler, Pierre Monteux, Herbert von Karajan, Myung-Whun Chung, Herbert Blomstedt, Vladimir Jurowski, Esa-Pekka Salonen, Christian Zacharias and Sir Simon Rattle. The Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra also runs extensive concert projects for children, and digital live concerts are available on: www.gsoplay.se
For Chandos the Orchestra has recorded concertos and symphonies by Mieczysław Weinberg, a comprehensive two-disc set of orchestral works by Alban Berg, and a disc coupling Beethoven’s Triple Concerto and Brahms’s Double Concerto. The latest project is the complete symphonies of Kurt Atterberg with Neeme Järvi conducting. The first release of Symphonies No 4 & 6 was praised by the critics and singled out as Recording of the Month by MusicWeb International. The cycle is now completed on five CDs.
Among the orchestra’s many recordings on BIS and Deutsche Grammophon, several of them award-winning, are the complete symphonies of Sibelius, Nielsen, Stenhammar, Berwald, Borodin, Rimsky-Korsakov and Tchaikovsky, operas and symphonies by Rachmaninov, Prokofiev and Shostakovich, and the complete orchestral music of Edvard Grieg. There is also a DG 3 CD-box with Gustavo Dudamel conducting Bruckner’s ninth symphony, Sibelius second and Nielsen’s fourth and fifth symphonies.
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