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Stavanger Symphony Orchestra

The Stavanger Symphony Orchestra (SSO) has become one of the most successful orchestras in Scandinavia. In recent years it has achieved an outstanding artistic development, attracting an ever-growing following, both inside and outside Norway. This success is partly due to the orchestra’s move, in 2012, into its present home, Stavanger’s new, state-of-the-art concert hall.

Christian Vasquez is the orchestra’s current Chief Conductor, while Fabio Biondi is Artistic Director for Baroque and Classical music. This shared artistic leadership has been in place since 1990, testifying to the orchestra’s particular focus on authentic performance practice of earlier repertoire. Biondi’s predecessors on the post have been Frans Brüggen and Philippe Herreweghe.

The orchestra has visited several European countries, Japan and the USA, including a successful appearance in the Carnegie Hall. The SSO discography to date includes more than 40 CDs, including complete series of orchestral music by the 20th-century Norwegian composers Harald Sæverud, Geirr Tveitt, Fartein Valen and Arvid Kleven. A number of these discs have received international awards.

Since 1990, Statoil has been the principal sponsor of the orchestra, whose patron is HRH Crown Prince Haakon.

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In Memoriam
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Arias for Marietta Marcolini - Rossini's first Muse
Per Nørgård – Violin Concertos
International Record Review: Outstanding March 2012.
Arvid Kleven – Lotusland
When the young flautist Arvid Kleven arrived in Oslo in the late...
Valen – Orchestral Music, Volume 3
This third and final disc of our survey of the complete orchestr...
Valen – Orchestral Music, Volume 2
Klassik Heute 10/10/10.
Valen – Orchestral Music, Volume 1
Harald Sæverud and Geirr Tveitt are two Norwegian composers whos...
Towards the Mountains - Symphonic Works
A legend as a folk-fiddler in his native Norway, Eivind Groven w...
Saeverud - Ouvertura appassionata
American Record Guide: Critic's Choice.
Saeverud - Symphonies Nos.2 & 4
Music Web International: outstanding.
Tveitt - Piano Concertos Nos.1 and 4 (Northern Lights)
Tveitt - Piano Concerto No.5
Classics Today 10/10.
Tveitt - Baldur's Dreams
10/10 and 10/10/10 Kl...
Saeverud - Symphony No.5
Tveitt - Wedding Suite and Troll Tunes, Op.151
Classics Today 10/10; Classica-Répertoire 10.
Norwegian Rhapsody - Orchestral Favourites
Geirr Tveitt - Concerto for Hardanger Fiddle
Music Web International: outstanding; International Record Guide...
Arne Nordheim - Complete Violin Music
BBC Music Magazine 5 stars.
Sæverud - Symphony No.8, Minnesota
Penguin Guide 3 stars; Music Web International: outstanding.
Tveitt - 100 Folk-tunes from Hardanger
Sæverud - Symphony No.9
Penguin Guide Rosette, highest rating.
Sæverud - Bassoon Concerto
Saeverud - Peer Gynt Suites Nos.1 & 2
Penguin Guide 3 stars.
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