The Sydney Symphony Orchestra has become the first orchestra in the Asia Pacific region to join the Classical Live program, an exclusive offering of live recordings from the world's best orchestras within the Google Play Music online store.
The SSO recordings are captured live by ABC Classic FM at the Sydney Opera House. When it came to choosing SSO performances for Google Play Music's new Classical Live program, the orchestra's Chief Conductor David Robertson immediately thought of the second symphonies of Schumann and Sibelius.
"The virtuosity and the heart of the music, the real emotional content, is something the Sydney Symphony Orchestra brings out strongly in all its performances − but particularly in the second symphonies of Schumann and Sibelius," David says. "We think this is something Classical Live listeners around the world will really connect with."
David wanted to feature recordings that highlight the individual players within the orchestra, while also celebrating the full power of the ensemble.
"Both Schumann and Sibelius wrote symphonies that are, at times, like big chamber works," he explains. "The usage of the mass and individual voices is something that is really fascinating in these works and I think that comes across in these recordings."
Along with these full symphonies, the first movement of Respighi's The Pines of Rome featuring the SSO conducted by Charles Dutoit at the Sydney Opera House in September is also available.