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Performer: London Symphony Orchestra

Biography

The London Symphony Orchestra is bringing the greatest music to the greatest number of people. This is at the heart of everything that it does. This commitment to serve music and the people who love music is borne of a unique ethos developed over more than 100 years. Established in 1904 by a number of London’s finest musicians, the LSO is a self-governing musical collective built on artistic ownership and partnership. The Orchestra is still owned by its Members and has a signature sound emanating from the combined zeal and virtuosity of these 95 brilliant musicians who come from around the world; its music-making remains firmly at the centre of the Orchestra’s activities. The LSO is Resident Orchestra at the Barbican in the City of London, where it gives 70 symphonic concerts every year, and performs a further 70 concerts worldwide on tour. The Orchestra works with a family of artists that includes the world’s greatest conductors – Sir Simon Rattle as Music Director Designate, Gianandrea Noseda and Daniel Harding as Principal Guest Conductors, Michael Tilson Thomas as Conductor Laureate and André Previn as Conductor Emeritus. LSO Discovery, the Orchestra’s community and education programme based at LSO St Luke’s, brings the work of the LSO with all parts of society and engages with 60,000 people every year. The LSO reaches out much further with its own recording label – LSO Live, the first of its kind which launched in 1999 – and now streams its music to millions around the world.

Visit the LSO website for more information.



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TokyoSir Simon Rattle conducts the London Symphony Orchestra

Grime, Mahler
London Symphony Orchestra; Sir Simon Rattle

TokyoSir Simon Rattle conducts the London Symphony Orchestra

Ravel, Szymanowski, Sibelius
London Symphony Orchestra; Sir Simon Rattle; Janine Jansen

LondonCzech Roots

Smetana: Má Vlast (My Country)
London Symphony Orchestra; Nikolaj Znaider

MadridLSO, Chaikovski y Smetana en Madrid con Ibermúsica

© Lars Gundersen
Tchaikovsky, Smetana
London Symphony Orchestra; Nikolaj Znaider; Denis Kozhukhin

MadridLSO Firebird in Madrid with Ibermúsica

LSO Firebird in Madrid with Ibermúsica
Falla, Lalo, Stravinsky
London Symphony Orchestra; Jaime Martín; Christian Tetzlaff
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Something special in the air: Rattle and the LSO

Sir Simon Rattle © Mark Allan | Barbican
Festive Janáček and energetically fresh Sibelius from Rattle and the LSO, with impressive focus and intensity from Janine Jansen in Szymanowski's sensuous Violin Concerto no. 1.
*****
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The Bohemians and Britten: Simon Rattle/LSO

Allan Clayton, Elizabeth Watts, Simon Rattle, Alice Coote and the LSO © Doug Peters | PA Wire
There was a tingle to this concert, as if musicians and audience alike saw clearly for the first time what riches lie ahead.
****1
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Prom 57: On the Town

On the Town © BBC | Mark Allan
John Wilson was constantly persuading the orchestra to dig deep and to unearth the riches and miracles in the orchestral writing.
****1
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Prom 48: Rattle and the LSO play Ravel

Magdalena Kožená in L'Enfant et les sortilèges © BBC | Chris Christodoulou
Neither Simon Rattle nor Magdalena Kožena could resist a tendency to add sentiment.
***11
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Rattle and the LSO make their Edinburgh Festival debut together

Sir Simon Rattle rehearsing with the LSO © Ryan Buchanan
Rattle excels in Dvořák and Janáček, but his rehabilitation of Bernstein stalls.
****1
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