The Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra, led by Santtu-Matias Rouvali is Sweden’s national orchestra and the country’s pride and joy.

Its past music directors include Neeme Järvi, Christian Zacaharias, Kent Nagano and Gustavo Dudamel. Rouvali was just appointed its Chief Conductor and given a four-year contract. The future looks bright.

This orchestra is absolutely first rate. I just finished listening to the Gothenburgers in a hair-raising performance of Mussorgsky’s Pictures at an Exhibition followed by Janáček’s Taras Bulba followed by Smetana’s Die Moldau – all three brilliantly played and conducted by the hundred-plus ensemble and its 32-year old Music Director.

The Swedes and its Finish leader deliver a massively plush sound while playing like a well-oiled apparatus. Maestro Rouvali conducts with the cool mental clarity and warm heart that suit the big Romantic works he favors.

And, speaking of favors, do yourself one and listen to this link https://vimeo.com/221784978?from=outro-embed .

If you like what you hear you can sign up through Vimeo or directly with the orchestra by email or on Facebook to receive monthly links to their concerts. or find them on You Tube. You will be glad you did, especially when you realize it’s all free.

Rafael de Acha
http://www.RafaelMusicNotes.com All About the Arts