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Dorothea Röschmann, Rafael Payare and the BBCSO © BBC | Mark Allan
London

Shostakovich 5 triumphs – or not – with BBCSO and Rafael Payare

By , 07 December 2018
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Martyn Brabbins © Benjamin Ealovega
London

Fury, passion and loss from Martyn Brabbins and the BBC Symphony Orchestra

By , 30 November 2018
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Pavel Kolesnikov © Eva Vermandel
London

Russian pyrotechnics and robust Anglican religion contrast in BBC SO programme

By , 15 November 2018
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Ashley Riches and Louise Alder © BBC | Jamie Simonds
London

The Silver Tassie makes a triumphant return

By , 10 November 2018
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Martin Fröst, Sakari Oramo and the BBCSP © BBC | Mark Allan
London

Powerful Prokofiev and charming Copland from Sakari Oramo and the BBCSO

By , 17 October 2018
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Cristian Măcelaru © Sorin Popa
London

Psychedelic musical bestiary meets Beethoven at Barbican Hall

By , 05 October 2018
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Semyon Bychkov © Chris Christodoulou
London

Prom 65: Bychkov shines in Berio’s '60’s fantasy

By , 31 August 2018
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Sakari Oramo conducts the BBC SO © BBC | Mark Allan
London

Prom 56: Blistering Bruckner from Oramo and the BBCSO

By , 24 August 2018
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Pekka Kuusisto and the BBC SO © BBC | Chris Christodoulou
London

Prom 47: a searing new violin ‘concerto’ from Philip Venables... and Bartók

By , 17 August 2018
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Richard Farnes © BBC | Chris Christodoulou
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Prom 33: Ashes to ashes, dust to dust – Richard Farnes conducts Brahms and Musgrave

By , 07 August 2018
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Miloš Karadaglić plays Joby Talbot's Ink Dark Moon © BBC | Chris Christodoulou
London

Prom 25: Miloš Karadaglić creates mystery and atmosphere in Joby Talbot’s new concerto

By , 02 August 2018
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Karina Canellakis and Alisa Weilerstein © BBC | Sarah Jeynes
London

Prom 12: Karina Canellakis and the BBCSO bring energy and bite

By , 23 July 2018
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Sakari Oramo conducts the BBCSO © BBC | Chris Christodoulou
London

Prom 6: Love laid bare in a passionate Turangalîla from Oramo and the BBCSO

By , 18 July 2018
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Five Telegrams from Kensington Gardens © Mark Pullinger
London

Prom 1: Five Telegrams and a Harbinger of War from the BBCSO and Sakari Oramo

By , 13 July 2018
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Jonas Kaufmann © Mark Allan | Barbican
London

Jonas Kaufmann sings the Four Last Songs in recital at the Barbican

By , 19 May 2018
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Daniele Rustioni © Davide Cerati
London

A vibrant Mediterranean tableau from Daniele Rustioni and Avi Avital

By , 09 May 2018
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Michael Mayes (Joseph de Rocher) © Mark Allan | Barbican
London

Crime, punishment, forgiveness, redemption: Dead Man Walking finally reaches London

By , 20 February 2018
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Paul Watkins © Nina Large
London

Totally committed Finzi and inspired Shostakovich from Sir Andrew Davis and the BBCSO

By , 02 February 2018
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Vadim Gluzman performs Bernstein’s Serenade with the BBC Symphony Orchestra © BBC | Mark Allan
London

From Plato to Voltaire: the BBCSO’s Bernstein

By , 27 January 2018
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María Toledo in El amor brujo © BBC | Mark Allan
London

Josep Pons and the BBCSO bring Spanish heat to an operatic double-bill

By , 19 January 2018
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Anu Komsi © Maarit Kyt
London

Affirmative end to Sakari Oramo's BBCSO Sibelius cycle

By , 06 January 2018
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Sakari Oramo © Benjamin Ealovega
London

Celebrating Finnish nationhood with the BBCSO and Oramo

By , 06 December 2017
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Lisa Batiashvili © Amy Hart | Deutsche Grammophon
London

Fire and ice: striking Sibelius and stunning Hillborg from Oramo, Batiashvili and the BBCSO

By , 29 November 2017
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Thomas Søndergård © Martin Bubandt
London

An evening of orchestral brilliance with Søndergård and the BBCSO

By , 23 November 2017
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Sakari Oramo © Benjamin Ealovega
London

An exciting combination of Schmitt & Sibelius from Oramo and the BBCSO

By , 27 October 2017
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Martyn Brabbins © Benjamin Ealovega
London

Aurally spectacular Vaughan Williams and Birtwistle at the Barbican

By , 13 October 2017
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Sakari Oramo © Benjamin Ealovega
London

Heights of expression: Oramo, Pogostkina and the BBCSO in full-bodied season opener

By , 27 September 2017
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Karina Canellakis conducts the BBCSO © BBC | Chris Christodoulou
London

Prom 70: Karina Canellakis makes impressive Proms debut with the BBCSO

By , 05 September 2017
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Kirill Gerstein © Marco Borggreve
London

Prom 63: Gerstein, Bychkov and the BBCSO revive some rare Russians

By , 31 August 2017
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Jakub Hrůša © V. Krsul
London

Prom 56: Jakub Hrůša raises Czech music to celestial Bohemian heights

By , 26 August 2017
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Sakari Oramo © Benjamin Ealovega
London

Prom 51: Hearty Elgar from Oramo and the BBCSO

By , 22 August 2017
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Sakari Oramo conducts the BBCSO © BBC | Chris Christodoulou
London

Prom 45: Hair-raising Mahler 2 in the end from Oramo and the BBCSO

By , 18 August 2017
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Kazushi Ono © BBC | Chris Christodoulou
London

Prom 39: Turnage's Hibiki receives European première

By , 14 August 2017
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Semyon Bychkov conducts Khovanshchina © BBC | Chris Christodoulou
London

Prom 29: Twilight of the Old Believers as Semyon Bychkov leads a majestic Khovanshchina

By , 06 August 2017
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James Gaffigan © Daniela Kienzler
London

Prom 18: Pirates, sirens and Sinbad's ship with the BBCSO and James Gaffigan

By , 28 July 2017
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Sir Andrew Davis and the BBC Symphony Orchestra © BBC | Chris Christodoulou
London

Prom 13: a warm, if fatiguing, tribute to Sir Malcolm Sargent

By , 24 July 2017
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Joshua Weilerstein and Alisa Weilerstein perform Bartók as an encore © BBC | Chris Christodoulou
London

Prom 7: Primordial sludge: BBC Symphony finds common threads in Berlioz, Rebel and Dusapin

By , 19 July 2017
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Igor Levit and the BBC Symphony Orchestra © BBC | Chris Christodoulou
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Prom 1: Fuel to the Proms fire on the First Night

By , 14 July 2017
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Sakari Oramo © Benjamin Ealovega
Birmingham

Ecstatically uncomfortable: a revelatory, risk-taking Turangalîla in Birmingham

By , 26 May 2017
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Sir Andrew Davis © Dario Acosta
London

A Bliss revival at the Barbican from Sir Andrew Davis and the BBCSO

By , 12 May 2017
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Sakari Oramo conducts the BBC Symphony Orchestra in Arcana © BBC | Mark Allan
London

Drama and poetry: the BBCSO and Sakari Oramo bring Varèse alive and kicking

By , 06 May 2017
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John Adams takes a bow after conducting his opera, ‘Dr Atomic’ © BBC | Mark Allan
London

Death, destroyer of worlds: John Adams conducts Doctor Atomic at the Barbican

By , 25 April 2017
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Jiří Bělohlávek © Lloyd Smith
London

After an imperfect start, Dvořák’s Requiem catches fire at the Barbican

By , 13 April 2017
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Simone Young © BBC | Mark Allan
London

Hungarian tingle factor: Simone Young and the BBCSO in Bartók and Eötvös

By , 10 March 2017
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Sakari Oramo © Benjamin Ealovega
London

Siren song: Detlev Glanert's Megaris given UK première by Sakari Oramo and the BBCSO

By , 03 March 2017
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Nicolas Hodges © Eric Richmond
London

Lines of beauty: Rihm and Bruckner from the BBC Symphony Orchestra

By , 22 February 2017
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Ilan Volkov © Simon Butterworth
London

Sensitive Schreker and energetic Rachmaninov from the BBC SO

By , 17 February 2017
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Marin Alsop and the BBCSO © Mark Allan | Barbican
London

Alsop and the BBCSO totally immersed in Glass

By , 28 January 2017
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Edward Gardner © Benjamin Ealovega
London

Extreme sports: Gardner leads the BBCSO in a thrilling Central European expedition

By , 07 January 2017
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James Gaffigan © Mat Hennek
London

Opposites attract: sardonic Weill meets Korngold’s unrepentant Romanticism

By , 23 November 2016
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