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The Yomiuri Nippon Symphony Orchestra was founded in 1962 by the Yomiuri Shinbun (a major newspaper), the Nippon Television Network Corporation (Japan’s first television company), and Yomiuri Television (based in Osaka City).

At the time of this recording, the orchestra was under the direction of four internationally acclaimed conductors: Heinz Rogner, Kurt Sanderling and Rafael Frühbeck de Burgos, all assisted by the Japanese conductor Seiichi Mitsuishi. The orchestra comprised one hundred players, all male with the exception of one female harpist, and enjoyed an excellent reputation for musical accomplishment.

Under its previous principal conductor, Hiroshi Wakasugi, the YNSO was often the first to perform works new to Japan, and was particularly honoured to give the first performance of Penderecki’s Lukas Passion. The YNSO has been awarded several prizes, and was particularly honoured as being the first Japanese orchestra to receive the Grand Prix award made by the Japanese Government Agency for Cultural Affairs. The orchestra has also made numerous TV appearances and produced several recordings, include Music of Toru Takemitsu, conducted by Hiroshi Wakasugi which were highly acclaimed.

In 1967, the YNSO made a successful tour of the United States and Canada, giving 41 concerts. Later in 1971, they toured Europe, giving 40 concerts which won the praises of critics and audiences alike in Germany, Holland, France and four other countries. In 1981, the Japanese Ministry of Foreign Affairs sent the YNSO to Eastern and Western Europe as a cultural envoy. During this visit, the orchestra represented Japan at the First International Orchestra Festival in Leipzig, where fellow participants were such renowned orchestras as the Berlin Philharmonic.

Sylvain Cambreling was appointed principal conductor in April 2010. He leads many of the orchestra’s major concert series at Suntory Hall in Akasaka, Tokyo, the Tokyo Metropolitan Theatre, also in Tokyo, and Yokohama Minato Mirai Hall in Yokohama, among other venues.

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