The Sydney Symphony Orchestra Launches Live Recordings Exclusively on Google Play Music

The Sydney Symphony Orchestra has today become the first orchestra in the Asia-Pacific to join Classical Live, an exciting digital initiative by Google Play Music making the best current concert recordings from the world's leading orchestras available to listeners around the globe.

Featuring recordings from the Boston Symphony Orchestra, The Cleveland Orchestra, London Symphony Orchestra, New York Philharmonic, and Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra of Amsterdam, Classical Live is the first and only initiative offering current concert recordings exclusively on Google Play Music for digital download and streaming.

The SSO joins the program with the London Philharmonic Orchestra and Orchestre de Paris, by releasing the second symphonies of Schumann and Sibelius with Chief Conductor and Artistic Director David Robertson, and an excerpt from Respighi's The Pines of Rome with Charles Dutoit, recorded by ABC Classic FM at the Sydney Opera House.

David Robertson said these recordings from the orchestra's 2015 season are perfect for the Classical Live program because they showcase the distinct artistry of the SSO musicians.

"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," Mr Robertson said. "We think this is something Classical Live listeners around the world will really connect with."

"Both Schumann and Sibelius wrote symphonies that are, at times, like big chamber works. 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," Mr Robertson added.

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