Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra

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Biography

Active: 1905 - ; Göteborg, Sweden
Göteborg (Gothenburg), Sweden's second largest city, with a population of around half a million, is the home to the oldest and most prestigious professional orchestra in the country. Located on Sweden's western (North Sea) coast, Göteborg became an important fishing, shipping, and manufacturing center. A violinist named Le Hay, with a few professional musicians as his staff, founded a music school for interested amateurs and organized teachers Read more and their students into ad hoc ensembles that gave concerts between 1781 and 1791. The first subscription concerts were begun by Joseph Czapek, who settled in the city in 1847.

In 1905 an orchestral association, the Göteborgs Orkesterförening, was organized, with funding from local industrial concerns. Part of the motivation was to provide orchestral concerts as cultural stimulation for the workers and the increasing number of educated technical staff, who needed additional incentives to move to a non-metropolitan location. The first concerts were given the same year.

In 1906 the society engaged composer Wilhelm Stenhammar to become the orchestra's principal conductor. He was a firm leader, with strong gifts for orchestra building and a widely ranging interest in new repertory. Under his leadership, the orchestra began to grow into a first rate small symphonic ensemble. This process was only speeded when he made the choice of Tor Aulin, another excellent orchestral trainer, as his assistant. Stenhammar was an innovator as a symphony director. Reasoning that children benefited by exposure to orchestral music (and that many of them then grew up to be fans of the art form), he was among the first conductors anywhere to establish regular school outreach concerts. This has resulted in symphony concerts becoming one of the favorite forms of musical entertainment in Göteborg and the surrounding area. Stenhammar and the Göteborg Symphony were the first to introduce the music of Danish composer Carl Nielsen to Sweden.

Stenhammar had to overcome the obstacle of Göteborg's lack of a suitable concert hall. This was remedied in 1935, with the opening of a municipally financed hall, the Göteborgs Konserthus. This hall of modern design (with some art deco elements) has legendary acoustics and vies with such venues as Boston's Orchestra Hall, Carnegie Hall, and the Amsterdam Concertgebouw in various commentators' opinions as the best-sounding concert hall in the world. The richness and clarity of the sound is one of the factors that have set the high standards that the Göteborg Symphony has met.

In addition, the orchestra management over the years has shown notable skill in choosing Stenhammar's successors as music director, which have included Tor Mann, Ture Rängstrom, Isay Dobrowen, Sixten Eckberg, Dean Dixon, Sten Frykberg, Sergiu Comissiona, Charles Dutoit, Sixten Ehrling, and, since 1982, the Estonian maestro Neeme Järvi.

Soon after his accession to the podium of the orchestra, Järvi began a long association with Sweden's Bis record company which has mode both Järvi and the orchestra world-famous. Järvi, exhibiting an astonishingly large repertory, began with a complete cycle of Sibelius recordings. With Järvi or others, on both the Bis and Deutsche Grammophon labels, the orchestra has produced dozens of recordings, including complete cycles of music with orchestra by Tubin, Nielsen, Grieg, Borodin, and several others, and the complete Rachmaninov operas.

Järvi had taken the orchestra on several successful tours. When they played in Vienna for the first time in 1994, the Wiener Zeitung wrote, "Many in the Musikverein might have doubted, for the first time, that the Vienna Philharmonic really is the best orchestra in the world."

In May 1997, the Swedish Parliament and government appointed the Göteborg Symphony Orchestra as "Sweden's National Orchestra." Read less
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  • 1.
    Rachmaninov: The Complete Works [32-CD Set]
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 002145102 Release Date: 09/23/2014   Number of Discs: 32
    Composer:  Sergei Rachmaninov,  Franz Schubert,  Felix Mendelssohn,  Georges Bizet  ... 
    Performer:  Vladimir Ashkenazy,  André Previn,  Peter Jablonski,  Mikhail Pletnev  ... 
    Conductor:  André Previn,  Vladimir Ashkenazy,  Kiril Kondrashin,  Stanislaw Wislocki  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony Orchestra,  Goldner String Quartet,  Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra  ... 
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    100 Great Symphonies
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 002054602 Release Date: 06/03/2014   Number of Discs: 56
    Composer:  Giovanni Battista Sammartini,  Johann Wenzel Stamitz,  Carl Ditters von Dittersdorf,  Johann Christian Bach  ... 
    Performer:  Dame Gwyneth Jones,  Hanna Schwarz,  René Kollo,  Kurt Moll  ... 
    Conductor:  Kevin Mallon,  Christopher Hogwood,  Thomas Füri,  Sir Neville Marriner  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Aradia Ensemble,  Academy of Ancient Music,  Camerata Bern  ... 
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    Shostakovich: Complete Symphonies [12-CD Collector's Edition]
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 002020902 Release Date: 04/15/2014   Number of Discs: 12
    Composer:  Dmitri Shostakovich
    Performer:  Anatoli Kotscherga,  Sergei Leiferkus,  Ljuba Kazarnovskaya
    Conductor:  Leonard Bernstein,  Neeme Järvi,  Myung-Whun Chung,  Mstislav Rostropovich  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Chicago Symphony Orchestra,  Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra,  Gothenburg Symphony Chorus  ... 
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    The Sound of Alison Balsom
    Label: Warner Classics   Catalog: 19162 Release Date: 10/29/2013   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  George Frideric Handel,  Henry Purcell,  Johann Sebastian Bach,  Benedetto Marcello  ... 
    Performer:  Alison Balsom,  Iestyn Davies,  Colm Carey,  Alastair Ross
    Conductor:  Trevor Pinnock,  Edward Gardner
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  English Concert,  Scottish Ensemble,  Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra  ... 
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    Atterberg: Symphonies No 4 & 6 / Jarvi, Gothenburg
    Label: Chandos   Catalog: 5116 Release Date: 03/26/2013   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Kurt Atterberg
    Performer:  Sara Troback Hesselink,  Per Högberg
    Conductor:  Neeme Järvi
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra
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    Part: Tabula Rasa
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 001767102 Release Date: 12/11/2012   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Arvo Pärt
    Performer:  Gil Shaham,  Erik Risberg,  Adele Anthony,  Roger Carlsson
    Conductor:  Neeme Järvi
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra
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    Discoveries / Gustavo Dudamel
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 001709702 Release Date: 09/25/2012  
    Composer:  Ludwig van Beethoven,  Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky,  Anton Bruckner,  Dmitri Shostakovich  ... 
    Conductor:  Gustavo Dudamel
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Simon Bolivar Youth Orchestra of Venezuela,  Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra,  Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra  ... 
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    Discoveries / Gustavo Dudamel [CD + DVD]
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 001725300 Release Date: 09/25/2012   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Ludwig van Beethoven,  Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky,  Anton Bruckner,  Dmitri Shostakovich  ... 
    Conductor:  Gustavo Dudamel
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Simon Bolivar Youth Orchestra of Venezuela,  Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra,  Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra  ... 
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  • 9.
    Serenity: The Beauty Of Arvo Part
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 001730902 Release Date: 08/21/2012   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Arvo Pärt
    Performer:  Adele Anthony,  Gil Shaham,  Gidon Kremer,  Naoko Yoshino  ... 
    Conductor:  Harry Christophers,  Neeme Järvi,  Nigel Short,  Antony Pitts  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  The Sixteen,  Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra,  English Chamber Orchestra  ... 
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    Berio: Sinfonia, Ekphrasis / Peter Eotvos
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 001708302 Release Date: 07/31/2012   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Luciano Berio
    Performer:  Mark Williams,  Per Enoksson
    Conductor:  Peter Eötvös
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra,  London Voices,  Swedish National Museum Chamber Orchestra
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  • 11.
    Jussi Bjorling's Last Concert
    Label: Andromeda   Catalog: 9064 Release Date: 05/29/2012   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky,  Giacomo Puccini,  Richard Wagner,  Jean Sibelius  ... 
    Performer:  Jussi Björling,  Kerstin Meyer,  Olle Sivall,  Hjördis Schymberg  ... 
    Conductor:  Nils Grevillius,  Herbert Sandberg,  Kurt Bendix,  Lamberto Gardelli
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra,  Royal Stockholm Opera Orchestra,  Royal Stockholm Opera Chorus
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    Weinberg: Cello Concerto; Symphony No. 20 / Svedlund, Gunnarsson, Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra
    Label: Chandos   Catalog: 5107 Release Date: 05/29/2012   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Mieczyslaw Weinberg
    Performer:  Claes Gunnarsson
    Conductor:  Thord Svedlund
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra
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    Sibelius: Symphony No 2; Nielsen: Symphonies 4 & 5; Bruckner / Dudamel, Gothenburg Symphony
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 001587402 Release Date: 09/13/2011   Number of Discs: 3
    Composer:  Jean Sibelius,  Carl Nielsen,  Anton Bruckner
    Conductor:  Gustavo Dudamel
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra
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    Fagerlund: Isola / Sundqvist, Slobodeniouk, Gothenburg Symphony
    Label: Bis   Catalog: 1707 Release Date: 06/28/2011   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Sebastian Fagerlund
    Performer:  Christoffer Sundqvist
    Conductor:  Dmitri Slobodeniouk
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra
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    Mahler: Kindertotenlieder, Lieder Eines Fahrenden Gesellen, Ruckert-lieder / Karneus
    Label: Bis   Catalog: 1600 Release Date: 06/28/2011   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Gustav Mahler
    Performer:  Katarina Karnéus
    Conductor:  Susanna Mälkki
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra
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    Past Future: Arrangements For Electric Bass
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 8572650 Release Date: 06/28/2011   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Jan Alm,  Henry Eccles,  Magnus Rosen,  Jimi Hendrix  ... 
    Performer:  Magnus Rosen,  Susana Risberg
    Conductor:  David Björkman
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra,  Hvila String Quartet
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    Weinberg: Symphony No. 3; The Golden Key Suite No. 4 / Svedlund, Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra
    Label: Chandos   Catalog: 5089 Release Date: 05/31/2011   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Mieczyslaw Weinberg
    Conductor:  Thord Svedlund
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra
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    Tchaikovsky: Orchestral Works, Symphonies 1-6  / Jarvi, Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra
    Label: Bis   Catalog: 1897 Release Date: 01/25/2011   Number of Discs: 6
    Composer:  Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
    Conductor:  Neeme Järvi
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra
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  • 19.
    Nielsen: Symphonies 3 And 4 / Jarvi, Gothenburg Symphony
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 439776 Release Date: 01/02/2011   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Carl Nielsen
    Conductor:  Neeme Järvi
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra
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  • 20.
    Shostakovich: Symphony No 11 / Jarvi, Gothenburg So
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 429405 Release Date: 12/18/2010   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Dmitri Shostakovich
    Conductor:  Neeme Järvi
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra
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  • 21.
    Shostakovich: Symphony No 15, October, Etc / Jarvi
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 427616 Release Date: 12/18/2010   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Dmitri Shostakovich
    Conductor:  Neeme Järvi
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra
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  • 22.
    111 More Classic Tracks [6-CD Set - Limited Edition]
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 001483202 Release Date: 11/09/2010   Number of Discs: 6
    Composer:  Georges Bizet,  Dmitri Shostakovich,  Franz Liszt,  Franz Joseph Haydn  ... 
    Performer:  Géza Anda,  Maurice André,  Stefan Askenase,  Martha Argerich  ... 
    Conductor:  Claudio Abbado,  Karel Ancerl,  Hans Stadlmair,  John Nelson  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony Orchestra,  Czech Philharmonic Orchestra,  Munich Chamber Orchestra  ... 
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    Label: Composers Recordings, Inc. (Cri)   Catalog: 180 Release Date: 06/01/2010   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Walter Piston,  Charles Ives,  John Alden Carpenter
    Performer:  Marjorie Mitchell
    Conductor:  William Strickland
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra
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    Prokofiev: The Fiery Angel / Jarvi, Secunde, Lorenz, Terfel
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 431669 Release Date: 05/27/2010   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Sergei Prokofiev
    Performer:  Marie Fagerberg,  Märta Schéle,  Martin Andersson,  Esa Aapro  ... 
    Conductor:  Neeme Järvi
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Gothenburg Symphony Chorus,  Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra
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    Weinberg: Symphonies Nos 1 & 7 / Svedlund, Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra
    Label: Chandos   Catalog: 5078 Release Date: 05/25/2010   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Mieczyslaw Weinberg
    Conductor:  Thord Svedlund
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra
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