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
Crusell: Clarinet Concertos / Fröst, Kamu, Gothenburg SO
Release Date: 12/09/2008   Label: Bis  
Catalog: 1723   Number of Discs: 1
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Sibelius: Lemminkäinen Suite / Järvi, Gothenburg So
Release Date: 10/26/1992   Label: Bis  
Catalog: 294   Number of Discs: 1
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Sibelius Encore! / Neeme Järvi, Gothenberg Symphony Orch
Release Date: 02/01/1994   Label: Bis  
Catalog: 610   Number of Discs: 1
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Trumpet Concertos / Hardenberger, Järvi, Gothenburg So
Release Date: 02/25/2003   Label: Bis  
Catalog: 1208   Number of Discs: 1
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Sibelius: Symphony No 1, Finlandia / Järvi, Gothenburg
Release Date: 09/22/1994   Label: Bis  
Catalog: 221   Number of Discs: 1
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  • 76.
    Weekend Classics - Weekend Favourites
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 000448502 Release Date: 06/14/2005   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Jules Massenet,  Pietro Mascagni,  Erik Satie,  Ralph Vaughan Williams  ... 
    Performer:  Christer Thorvaldsson,  Barbara Bonney,  Leo Winland,  Pavel Gililov  ... 
    Conductor:  Neeme Järvi,  Seiji Ozawa,  Giuseppe Sinopoli
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra,  Orpheus Chamber Orchestra,  Boston Symphony Orchestra  ... 
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  • 77.
    Tchaikovsky: Symphony No 5, Etc / Neeme Järvi, Gothenburg So
    Label: Bis   Catalog: 1408 Release Date: 03/29/2005   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
    Conductor:  Neeme Järvi
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra
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  • 78.
    Grieg - Greatest Hits
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 000395302 Release Date: 02/08/2005   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Edvard Grieg
    Performer:  Stephen Kovacevich,  Quintin Ballardie,  José Luis Garcia
    Conductor:  Raymond Leppard,  Sir Colin Davis,  Neeme Järvi
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  English Chamber Orchestra,  BBC Symphony Orchestra,  Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra
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  • 79.
    For The Hopeless Romantic
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 000387702 Release Date: 01/11/2005   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach,  Sergei Rachmaninov,  Edvard Grieg,  Gabriel Fauré  ... 
    Performer:  Raymond Leppard,  Jean-Yves Thibaudet,  Heinz Holliger,  Julian Lloyd Webber  ... 
    Conductor:  Raymond Leppard,  Neeme Järvi,  Ernest Ansermet,  Iona Brown  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  English Chamber Orchestra,  Cleveland Orchestra,  Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra  ... 
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  • 80.
    Tchaikovsky: Symphony No 1, Snow Maiden, Etc / Järvi
    Label: Bis   Catalog: 1398 Release Date: 10/26/2004   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
    Conductor:  Neeme Järvi
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra
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  • 81.
    Five Nordic Masters  - Svendsen, Stenhammar, Nielsen, Et Al
    Label: Bis   Catalog: 1496/8 Release Date: 09/28/2004   Number of Discs: 5
    Composer:  Eduard Tubin,  Jean Sibelius,  Carl Nielsen,  Wilhelm Stenhammar  ... 
    Conductor:  Neeme Järvi
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra
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  • 82.
    For Sunday Brunch / Schiff, Thibaudet, Orpheus, Et Al
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 000315512 Release Date: 09/14/2004   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Gustav Holst,  George Frideric Handel,  Ralph Vaughan Williams,  Michael Nyman  ... 
    Performer:  Jean-Yves Thibaudet,  Mischa Maisky,  András Schiff
    Conductor:  Christopher Hogwood,  Sir Neville Marriner,  Sir Adrian Boult,  Neeme Järvi  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  St. Paul Chamber Orchestra,  Orpheus Chamber Orchestra,  Academy of St. Martin in the Fields  ... 
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  • 83.
    Tchaikovsky: Symphony No 6, Francesca Da Rimini / Järvi
    Label: Bis   Catalog: 1348 Release Date: 07/27/2004   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
    Conductor:  Neeme Järvi
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra
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  • 84.
    Grieg: Piano Concerto, Peer Gynt Suites / Zilberstein, Järvi
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 4775007 Release Date: 07/01/2004  
    Composer:  Edvard Grieg
    Performer:  Lilya Zilberstein
    Conductor:  Neeme Järvi
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra
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  • 85.
    Prokofiev, Sibelius: Violin Concertos / Gringolts, Et Al
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 474814 Release Date: 06/15/2004   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Jean Sibelius,  Sergei Prokofiev
    Performer:  Ilya Gringolts
    Conductor:  Neeme Järvi
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra
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  • 86.
    Trio - Rachmaninov: Complete Operas / Järvi, Et Al
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 000247402 Release Date: 06/15/2004   Number of Discs: 3
    Composer:  Sergei Rachmaninov
    Performer:  Sergei Alexashkin,  Anatolij Kotscherga,  Vladimir Chernov,  Sergei Larin  ... 
    Conductor:  Neeme Järvi
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra,  Gothenburg Opera Chorus,  Gothenburg Symphony Chorus
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  • 87.
    For Your Life - For Yoga / Dutoit, Marriner, Ozawa, Previn
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 000221512 Release Date: 04/13/2004   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach,  Antonín Dvorák,  Christoph W. Gluck,  Alessandro Marcello  ... 
    Performer:  Raymond Leppard,  Heinz Holliger,  Julian Lloyd Webber,  Jascha Silberstein  ... 
    Conductor:  Raymond Leppard,  Sir Neville Marriner,  André Previn,  Gianandrea Gavazzeni  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  English Chamber Orchestra,  Academy of St. Martin in the Fields,  Orpheus Chamber Orchestra  ... 
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  • 88.
    Shostakovich: Symphony No 5, Etc / Ashkenazy, Chailly
    Label: Universal   Catalog: 000217302 Release Date: 04/13/2004   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Dmitri Shostakovich
    Conductor:  Riccardo Chailly,  Neeme Järvi,  Mikhail Pletnev,  Vladimir Ashkenazy
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra,  Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra,  Russian National Orchestra  ... 
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  • 89.
    Love Moods - The Most Romantic Classics
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 000174302 Release Date: 01/13/2004   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Agustín Barrios Mangoré,  Gioachino Rossini,  Sir Edward Elgar,  Franz Schmidt  ... 
    Performer:  Alexander-Sergei Ramirez,  Teresa Berganza,  Gil Shaham,  Ben Heppner  ... 
    Conductor:  Claudio Abbado,  Giuseppe Sinopoli,  Neeme Järvi,  Karl-Heinz Loges  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony Orchestra,  Philharmonia Orchestra,  Orpheus Chamber Orchestra  ... 
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  • 90.
    Bedroom Adagios
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 000088602 Release Date: 09/09/2003   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach,  Sir William Walton,  Edvard Grieg,  Giacomo Puccini  ... 
    Performer:  Raymond Leppard,  Heinz Holliger,  William Bennett,  Eduardo Fernandez  ... 
    Conductor:  Raymond Leppard,  Andrew Litton,  Iona Brown,  Neeme Järvi  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  English Chamber Orchestra,  Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra,  Academy of St. Martin in the Fields  ... 
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  • 91.
    30th Anniversary Edition - Dvorak: Cello Concerto, Etc
    Label: Bis   Catalog: 300245 Release Date: 09/02/2003   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Antonín Dvorák
    Performer:  Frans Helmerson
    Conductor:  Neeme Järvi
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra
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  • 92.
    Trumpet Concertos / Hardenberger, Järvi, Gothenburg So
    Label: Bis   Catalog: 1208 Release Date: 02/25/2003   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Rolf Martinsson,  Eino Tamberg,  Arvo Pärt
    Performer:  Håkan Hardenberger
    Conductor:  Neeme Järvi
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra
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  • 93.
    Tubin: The Symphonies / Järvi, Gothenburg So, Bergen Po
    Label: Bis   Catalog: 1402/4 Release Date: 01/21/2003   Number of Discs: 5
    Composer:  Eduard Tubin
    Conductor:  Neeme Järvi
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bamberg Symphony Orchestra,  Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra,  Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra  ... 
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  • 94.
    The Four Seasons - A Musical Calendar Of Favorite Classics
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 469376 Release Date: 01/13/2003   Number of Discs: 4
    Composer:  Alexander Glazunov,  Astor Piazzolla,  Johann Strauss Jr.,  Leroy Anderson  ... 
    Performer:  Patrick Gallois,  Göran Söllscher,  Dino Ciani,  Jörg Demus  ... 
    Conductor:  Ernest Ansermet,  Claudio Abbado,  Lorin Maazel,  Arthur Fiedler  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Suisse Romande Orchestra,  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra,  Boston Pops  ... 
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  • 95.
    Miaskovsky: Symphony No 6 / Järvi, Göteborgs Symfoniker
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 471655 Release Date: 11/12/2002   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Nikolay Myaskovsky
    Conductor:  Neeme Järvi
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra,  Gothenburg Symphony Chorus
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  • 96.
    My Ballerina Album - Favorite Ballet Scenes And Melodies
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 471744 Release Date: 11/12/2002   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Charles Gounod,  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart,  Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky,  Amilcare Ponchielli  ... 
    Performer:  Nicolas Economou,  Martha Argerich,  Jean-Marc Luisada,  Michel Schwalbé
    Conductor:  Herbert von Karajan,  Sir Neville Marriner,  Seiji Ozawa,  Neeme Järvi  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra,  Academy of St. Martin in the Fields,  Boston Symphony Orchestra  ... 
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  • 97.
    Caravan - The Ultimate Silk-road Album
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 472398 Release Date: 07/16/2002   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Carl Nielsen,  Alexander Borodin,  Ludwig van Beethoven,  Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky  ... 
    Performer:  Michel Schwalbé
    Conductor:  Herbert Blomstedt,  Neeme Järvi,  Bernhard Klee,  Herbert von Karajan  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  San Francisco Symphony Chorus,  San Francisco Symphony Orchestra,  Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra  ... 
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  • 98.
    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:  Barbara Bonney,  Randi Stene,  Håkan Hagegård,  Anne Gjevang  ... 
    Conductor:  Neeme Järvi
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra,  Gothenburg Symphony Chorus Womens Voices,  Gothenburg Symphony Male Chorus  ... 
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  • 99.
    The Ultimate Relaxation Album Iii
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 472243 Release Date: 04/09/2002   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Sir William Walton,  Tomaso Albinoni,  Aaron Copland,  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart  ... 
    Performer:  Christer Thorvaldsson,  Paul Coker,  Joshua Bell,  Julian Lloyd Webber  ... 
    Conductor:  Andrew Litton,  David Zinman,  Neeme Järvi,  Myung-Whun Chung  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra,  I Musici,  Baltimore Symphony Orchestra  ... 
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  • 100.
    Rimsky-korsakov: Symphonies Nos. 1 - 3, Capriccio Espagnol,  Etc.
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 459512 Release Date: 01/02/2002   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov
    Conductor:  Neeme Järvi
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra
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