Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra

Composers

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
Atterberg: Orchestral Works, Vol. 4 / Jarvi, Gothenburg Symphony
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Catalog: 10894   Number of Discs: 1
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Beethoven: Triple Concerto, Brahms: Double Concerto / Jarvi, Trio Poseidon, Gothenburg
Release Date: 02/23/2010   Label: Chandos  
Catalog: 10564   Number of Discs: 1
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Weinberg: Symphonies Nos 1 & 7 / Svedlund, Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra
Release Date: 05/25/2010   Label: Chandos  
Catalog: 5078   Number of Discs: 1
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Weinberg: Symphony No. 3; The Golden Key Suite No. 4 / Svedlund, Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra
Release Date: 05/31/2011   Label: Chandos  
Catalog: 5089   Number of Discs: 1
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Atterberg: Symphonies No 4 & 6 / Jarvi, Gothenburg
Release Date: 03/26/2013   Label: Chandos  
Catalog: 5116   Number of Discs: 1
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  • 76.
    Grieg: Complete Music With Orchestra / Järvi, Gothenburg SO
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 471300 Release Date: 05/14/2002   Number of Discs: 6
    Composer:  Edvard Grieg
    Performer:  Lilya Zilberstein,  Barbara Bonney,  Urban Malmberg,  Marianne Eklöf  ... 
    Conductor:  Neeme Järvi
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra,  Pro Musica Chamber Choir,  Gösta Ohlin Vocal Ensemble  ... 
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  • 77.
    Eötvös: Zeropoints;  Beethoven: Symphony No 5
    Label: Budapest Music Center/Bmc (Hungary)   Catalog: 63 Release Date: 10/30/2001   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Ludwig van Beethoven,  Peter Eötvös
    Conductor:  Peter Eötvös
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra,  Ensemble Modern
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  • 78.
    The Radiant Voice Of Barbara Bonney
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 468818 Release Date: 07/24/2001   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach,  Andrew Lloyd Webber,  André Previn,  Carl Orff  ... 
    Performer:  Barbara Bonney,  Anthony Way,  Daniel Phillips,  André Previn  ... 
    Conductor:  Gustav Leonhardt,  Neil Page,  André Previn,  Riccardo Chailly  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment,  English Sinfonia,  Uppingham School Choir  ... 
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  • 79.
    Steinberg: Symphony No. 2, Variations / Jarvi, Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 471198 Release Date: 06/25/2001   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Maximilian Steinberg
    Conductor:  Neeme Järvi
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra
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  • 80.
    Shostakovich: Symphonies No 2 & 3, The Bolt Suite / Järvi
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 469525 Release Date: 03/13/2001   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Dmitri Shostakovich
    Conductor:  Neeme Järvi
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra,  Gothenburg Symphony Chorus
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  • 81.
    Music from the Movies
    Label: Dg Panorama   Catalog: 46956 Release Date: 01/23/2001   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach,  John T. Williams,  Ruggero Leoncavallo,  Carl Orff  ... 
    Performer:  Trevor Pinnock,  Carlo Bergonzi,  Harold Wright,  Anatol Ugorski  ... 
    Conductor:  Trevor Pinnock,  John Mauceri,  Herbert von Karajan,  James Levine  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  English Concert Winds,  Hollywood Bowl Symphony Orchestra,  Milan Teatro alla Scala Orchestra  ... 
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  • 82.
    Sibelius: Tapiola, En Saga, The Bard, Etc / Järvi, Et Al
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 457654 Release Date: 10/10/2000   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Jean Sibelius
    Conductor:  Neeme Järvi
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra
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  • 83.
    Grieg: Bergliot, Mountain Thrall, Etc / Jarvi, Bonney, Et Al
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 437519 Release Date: 04/04/2000   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Edvard Grieg
    Performer:  Rut Tellefsen,  Håkan Hagegård,  Randi Stene,  Barbara Bonney
    Conductor:  Neeme Järvi
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra,  Gothenburg Symphony Chorus Womens Voices
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  • 84.
    Swedish Bassoon Concertos - Berwald, Et Al / Anders Engström
    Label: Intim Musik   Catalog: 15 Release Date: 02/20/2000   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Franz Berwald,  Eduard Brendler,  John Fernström,  Bernhard Henrik Crusell
    Performer:  Anders Engström
    Conductor:  Thord Svedlund
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra
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  • 85.
    Grieg: Olav Trygvason, Etc. / N. Järvi, R. Stene, Et Al
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 437523 Release Date: 02/09/2000   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Edvard Grieg
    Performer:  Håkan Hagegård,  Anne Gjevang,  Randi Stene
    Conductor:  Neeme Järvi
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra,  Gothenburg Symphony Male Chorus,  Gothenburg Symphony Chorus
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  • 86.
    Christmas À La Carte / Bartoli, Domingo, Mutter, Et Al
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 459155 Release Date: 10/12/1999   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Franz Lehár,  Gabriel Fauré,  Saverio Mercadante,  Traditional  ... 
    Performer:  Kathleen Battle,  Placido Domingo,  Anne-Sophie Mutter,  Luciano Pavarotti  ... 
    Conductor:  James Levine,  Kurt Herbert Adler,  Simon Preston,  Neeme Järvi  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Metropolitan Opera Orchestra,  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra,  National Philharmonic Orchestra  ... 
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  • 87.
    20/21 - Pärt: Tabula Rasa, Etc / Shaham, Järvi, Et Al
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 457647 Release Date: 09/14/1999   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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  • 88.
    Shostakovich: Symphony No 14;  Mussorgsky / Neeme Järvi
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 437785 Release Date: 08/30/1998   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Dmitri Shostakovich,  Modest Mussorgsky
    Performer:  Luba Kazarnovskaya,  Sergei Leiferkus,  Brigitte Fassbaender
    Conductor:  Neeme Järvi
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra
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  • 89.
    Entry Of The Gladiators / Järvi, Gothenburg Symphony
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 453586 Release Date: 02/18/1998   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Jaromir Weinberger,  Julius Fucik,  Joseph Hellmesberger,  E. Nikolaus von Reznicek  ... 
    Conductor:  Neeme Järvi
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra
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  • 90.
    Shostakovich: Symphony No 13 / Järvi, Gothenburg Symphony
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 449187 Release Date: 02/16/1998   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Dmitri Shostakovich
    Conductor:  Neeme Järvi
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra
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  • 91.
    Shostakovich: Orchestral Songs Vol 1 / Järvi, Dyadkova Et Al
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 439860 Release Date: 09/08/1997   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Dmitri Shostakovich
    Performer:  Sergei Leiferkus,  Larissa Diadkova,  Nathalie Stutzmann,  Luba Orgonasova  ... 
    Conductor:  Neeme Järvi
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra,  Gothenburg Opera Chorus
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  • 92.
    Nielsen: Aladdin Suite, Maskarade, Etc / Järvi, Gothenburg
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 447757 Release Date: 06/03/1996   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Carl Nielsen
    Conductor:  Neeme Järvi
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra
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  • 93.
    Kabalevsky, Khachaturian: Cello Concertos / Lidström, Et Al
    Label: Bis   Catalog: 719 Release Date: 02/20/1996   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Sergei Rachmaninov,  Aram Khachaturian,  Dmitri Kabalevsky
    Performer:  Vladimir Ashkenazy,  Mats Lidström
    Conductor:  Vladimir Ashkenazy
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra
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  • 94.
    Mahler: Symphony No 8 / Neeme Järvi, Gustafsson, Et Al
    Label: Bis   Catalog: 700 Release Date: 03/08/1995   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Gustav Mahler
    Performer:  Mari Anne Häggander,  Ulla Gustafsson,  Ulrika Tenstam,  Anne Gjevang  ... 
    Conductor:  Neeme Järvi
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Gothenburg Opera Chorus,  Gothenburg Symphony Chorus,  Gothenburg Opera Orchestra  ... 
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  • 95.
    Stenhammar: The Two Symphonies, Piano Concertos, Etc / Järvi
    Label: Bis   Catalog: 714 Release Date: 12/20/1994   Number of Discs: 4
    Composer:  Wilhelm Stenhammar
    Performer:  Ulf Wallin,  Peter Mattei,  Cristina Ortiz,  Love Derwinger  ... 
    Conductor:  Neeme Järvi,  Paavo Järvi
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Gothenburg Concert Hall Chorus,  Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra,  Malmö Symphony Orchestra
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  • 96.
    Nielsen: Symphonies No 4 & 6 / Järvi, Gothenburg So
    Label: Bis   Catalog: 600 Release Date: 10/12/1994   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Carl Nielsen
    Conductor:  Neeme Järvi
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra
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  • 97.
    Nielsen: The Six Symphonies / Chung, Järvi, Gothenburg So
    Label: Bis   Catalog: 614 Release Date: 10/12/1994   Number of Discs: 4
    Composer:  Carl Nielsen
    Performer:  Olle Schill,  Patrick Gallois,  Dong-Suk Kang,  Pia Raanoja  ... 
    Conductor:  Myung-Whun Chung,  Neeme Järvi
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra
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  • 98.
    Nielsen: Violin Concerto, Flute Concerto, Clarinet Concerto
    Label: Bis   Catalog: 616 Release Date: 10/12/1994   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Carl Nielsen
    Performer:  Olle Schill,  Patrick Gallois,  Dong-Suk Kang
    Conductor:  Myung-Whun Chung
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra
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  • 99.
    Sibelius: Scaramouche, Etc / Järvi, Gothenburg So
    Label: Bis   Catalog: 502 Release Date: 10/12/1994   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Jean Sibelius
    Conductor:  Neeme Järvi
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra
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  • 100.
    Sibelius: The Seven Symphonies, Etc / Järvi, Gothenburg So
    Label: Bis   Catalog: 622 Release Date: 10/12/1994   Number of Discs: 4
    Composer:  Jean Sibelius
    Performer:  Karita Mattila,  Jorma Hynninen
    Conductor:  Neeme Järvi
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Laulun Ystävät Male Choir,  Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra
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