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Guide to the Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra


The Gothenburg Symphony (Göteborgs Symfoniker) was founded in 1905, and now numbers 109 players. The orchestra gives around 100 concerts annually in the Gothenburg Concert Hall, renowned for its fine architecture and excellent acoustics. In recognition of the orchestra’s role as an ambassador of Swedish music, as well as its high artistic level, the GSO was appointed to The National Orchestra of Sweden in 1997.

Among the orchestra’s previous Principal Conductors are Sergiu Comissiona, Sixten Ehrling and Charles Dutoit. During Neeme Järvi's leadership from 1982 to 2004, the orchestra became a major international force, touring around the world and making celebrated recordings. Gustavo Dudamel continued that successful journey as Principal Conductor 2007-2012, and is now Honorary Conductor. Principal Guest Conductor designate is Kent Nagano. Santtu-Matias Rouvali is chief conductor for the 2017/18 season. 


Full of natural bounce: Santtu-Matias Rouvali

Santtu-Matias Rouvali © Kaapo Kamu
Gothenburg Symphony's new Chief Conductor is young, Finnish and a bundle of restless energy. He doesn't eat before rehearsals, and tells the orchestra what he wants through motion more than words.

Josef Kotek and Tchaikovsky’s Violin Concerto

© Public domain | Wikimedia Commons
Ahead of Gothenburg Symphony's stream on 19 January, we look at Tchaikovsky's Violin Concerto and the musician who inspired it. 

The story of Finlandia

Serious young man: Sibelius in 1892 by Eero Järnefelt © Public domain | Wikimedia Commons
Ahead of Gothenburg Symphony's concert celebrating 100 years of Finnish independence, we look at the story of Sibelius's Finlandia
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GothenburgSibelius: Symphony no. 2 (excerpt)

Sibelius: Symphony no. 2 in D major, Op.43
Gothenburg Symphony; Gustavo Dudamel

GothenburgEncore - Overture to William Tell

Rossini: William Tell: overture
Gothenburg Symphony; Gustavo Dudamel; Sara Tröback

GothenburgStrauss - Der Rosenkavalier

Strauss R.: Der Rosenkavalier, Op.59: Suite
Gothenburg Symphony; Santtu-Matias Rouvali
May 2018
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The GSO on Youtube
Visit the Youtube channel of the Göteborgs Symfoniker, The Swedish National Orchestra with Principal Guest Conductor Kent Nagano and Honorary Conductor Gustavo Dudamel, to see live recorded concerts, interviews, GSO TV, and much more

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GothenburgRomeo and Juliet

Higdon, Samuelsson, Prokofiev
Gothenburg Symphony; Mei-Ann Chen; Katija Dragojevic

GothenburgSpring Concert

Peterson, Högberg, Dvořák
Gothenburg Symphony; Tung-Chieh Chuang; Sebastian Stevensson

GothenburgMahler’s homage to nature

Mahler: Symphony no. 3 in D minor
Gothenburg Symphony; Kent Nagano; Anna Larsson; Brunnsbo Musikklasser; Ladies Choir from Gothenburg Symphony Choir
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Rouvali brings Kullervo to Gothenburg

Santtu-Matias Rouvali © Kaapo Kamu
Sibelius' Kalevala-inspired epic is given the full treatment by the Orphei Drängar choir and the Gothenburg Symphony in Santtu-Matias Rouvali's inaugural concert as Chief Conductor of the Gothenburg Symphony.
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A majestic Boris Godunov in Stockholm

Alexander Tysmbalyuk © Henriette Mielke
The Stockholm Concert Hall hosts the Göteborg Symphonic Orchestra and Opera Chorus for a concert performance of Mussorgsky's Boris Godunov.
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Songs from the heart

Lisa Larsson © Merlijn Doomernik
Antonello Manacorda, the Gothenburg Symphony and Lisa Larsson show that the most beautiful route from Germany to America is the one via Sweden.
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