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Guide to the Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra

Biography

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. 

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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.
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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. 
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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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Gothenburg(Encore) Mascagni's Cavalleria Rusticana

© Rafael Pulido for Citizens of Humanity
Mascagni: Cavalleria rusticana: Intermezzo
Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra; Gustavo Dudamel

Vienna(Encore) Look out little Ruth with Martin Grubinger

© Simon Pauly
Engel: Look out, little Ruth, Ragtime for marimba, percussion and piano
Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra; Santtu-Matias Rouvali; Martin Grubinger
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GothenburgShostakovich, Prokofiev and Mosolov

Mosolov, Shostakovich, Prokofiev
Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra; Santtu-Matias Rouvali; Fumiaki Miura

GothenburgShostakovich, Prokofiev and Mosolov

Mosolov, Shostakovich, Prokofiev
Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra; Santtu-Matias Rouvali; Fumiaki Miura
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Ravel’s playful sound worlds with Alice Sara Ott

Alice Sara Ott © Esther Haase | Deutsche Grammophon
In which Santtu-Matias Rouvali and the Gothenburg Symphony seek out a contrast with the dark sound colours of Sibelius.
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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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