The Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra - The National Orchestra of Sweden, has toured the USA, Europe, Japan and the Far East and performed at major music centres and festivals throughout the world. The home arena for the orchestra is the Gothenburg Concert Hall. In the autumn of 2013, the distinguished American conductor Kent Nagano started his tenure as the orchestra´s Principal Guest Conductor and Artistic Advisor. 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, Sakari Oramo and Sir Simon Rattle. The Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra also runs extensive concert projects for children, GSOpuls, and digital live concerts, GSOplay, are available on the web. 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, the first release of Symphonies No 4 & 6 and other orchestral works which has been praised by the critics, and singled out as Recording of the Month by MusicWeb International.
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. The latest DG release is a 3 CD-box with Gustavo Dudamel conducting Bruckner’s ninth symphony, Sibelius second and Nielsen’s fourth and fifth symphonies.
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