GOTHENBURG SYMPHONY & SANTTU-MATIAS ROUVALI "GOING WHERE THE MUSIC TAKES YOU"

ON TOUR · NEW FESTIVAL · DEBUT CD

The Gothenburg Symphony is enjoying a new renaissance as the National Orchestra of Sweden and living up to their maxim of "Going where the Music Takes you". Together with Finnish Chief Conductor, Santtu-Matias Rouvali, their second season together includes a major European tour (26 February - 1 March), the launch of a brand new festival in Gothenburg (23 - 26 May) and their debut album on Alpha Classics (released in January).

In the great tradition of Finnish conductors, Santtu-Matias Rouvali is known for both his physical and organic interpretations: ‘Music unmistakeably flows from him’ commented The Sunday Times. This was evident when, at a very young age, he stepped in to conduct a concert with the Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra which began the journey to his first tenure as Chief Conductor with the Tampere Philharmonic and which now includes a third post as Principal Guest Conductor of the Philharmonia Orchestra in London. In the Gothenburg Symphony he finds a prestigious cohort of musicians with an impressive discography, and joins a line of their illustrious musical directors, notably Neeme Järvi, the orchestra’s Principal Conductor from 1982 - 2004.

ON TOUR 16 February - 1 March

Stockholm · Hamburg · Berlin · Munich · Frankfurt · Köln · Vienna · Salzburg

Hear the Gothenburg Symphony and Santtu-Matias Rouvali live in concert on their first major European tour. Programmes include short works by Daniel Nelson and Andrea Tarrodi, Sibelius’ Finlandia & Symphony No. 5, Stravinsky’s Petrushka, Ravel’s Piano Concerto in G Major with Alice Sara Ott and Kalevi Aho’s percussion concerto, Seidi, with Martin Grubinger.

POINT MUSIC FESTIVAL 23 - 26 May

The leitmotif of the Gothenburg Symphony's first festival at home in Sweden is the human voice - personal stories from across the world.

Highlights include:

· 2 programmes with Festival Artist Patricia Kopatchinskaja

· a world première by Icelandic composer Anna Thorvaldsdóttir

· the world première "Blodhov" by Swedish composer Karin Rehnqvist, featuring folk singer Lena Willemark

· a guest performance of the acclaimed Canadian multi-media project

· "Life Reflected" with The National Arts Centre Orchestra

ON CD, SIBELIUS, Symphony No. 1 · En Saga

The debut album on Alpha Classics and the start of a complete Sibelius cycle with the Gothenburg Symphony, Santtu-Matias Rouvali, takes us to the high altar of Finnish music.

"Naturally all Finnish conductors and orchestras have this repertoire in their blood. The music of Jean Sibelius belongs to their staple food … and yet this reunion with Symphony No.1 and the tone poem 'En Saga' are enthralling, intoxicating and sometimes overwhelming." Rondo Magazine

 

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