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Kirill Gerstein © Marco Borggreve
London

Smouldering Beethoven and barnstorming Ives from Elder and the LSO

By , 14 April 2019
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Roman Simović, Gianandrea Noseda and the LSO © Mark Allan | Barbican
London

LSO leader leaps in for unscheduled Tchaikovsky concerto

By , 31 March 2019
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Seong-Jin Cho, Gianandrea Noseda and the LSO © Mark Allan | Barbican
London

Poetic Rachmaninov in Seong-Jin Cho’s LSO debut

By , 28 March 2019
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Simon Halsey conducting the public domain © Doug Peters
London

LSO Futures: A mixed night of mostly new music at the Barbican

By , 24 March 2019
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Barbara Hannigan © Musacchio & Ianniello | Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia
London

Sex and subversion: Barbara Hannigan and the LSO

By , 17 March 2019
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Bernard Haitink © Mark Allan | Barbican
London

Bohemian Rhapsody: Haitink rocks 90 with the LSO

By , 14 March 2019
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Bernard Haitink conducts the LSO © Mark Allan | Barbican
London

Haitink at 90: Extraordinary Bruckner with the LSO

By , 10 March 2019
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Sir Antonio Pappano © Musacchio & Ianniello
London

Pappano and the LSO bring the Italians out of the opera pit

By , 03 March 2019
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Daniil Trifonov, Sir Simon Rattle and the LSO © Doug Peters
London

Dancing to disaster with Rattle and the LSO

By , 17 February 2019
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Sir John Eliot Gardiner © Sim Canetty-Clarke
London

Beethoven heroics among a sweet finale to Gardiner's memorable Schumann cycle

By , 10 February 2019
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Isabelle Faust © Felix Broede
Antwerp

Isabelle Faust shines in German early romantics programme from Gardiner and the LSO

By , 30 January 2019
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Sir Simon Rattle © Oliver Helbig
London

Big boned Bartók and Bruckner from Rattle and the London Symphony

By , 13 January 2019
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Barbara Hannigan © Raphael Brand
London

Diamonds in the snow: Rattle, Hannigan and the LSO

By , 10 January 2019
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Leonidas Kavakos © Marco Borggreve
London

Humanity, warmth, and excitement in Rattle’s folk music-inspired programme

By , 16 December 2018
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Sir Simon Rattle © Oliver Helbig
London

Rattle and the LSO on toe-tapping form

By , 13 December 2018
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Sir Thomas Allen with the Inquisition © Mark Allan
London

Missing too many bullseyes: Bernstein's Candide semi-staged by the LSO

By , 08 December 2018
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Kristjan Järvi and the London Symphony Orchestra © Mark Allan | Barbican
London

Divine Geometry measures up under Kristjan Järvi

By , 29 November 2018
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François-Xavier Roth © Holger Talinski
London

From sunrise to dreamy afternoons: orchestral sorcery from François-Xavier Roth and the LSO

By , 14 November 2018
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Ian Bostridge © Sim Canetty-Clarke
London

MacMillan première outgunned by Shostakovich at the Barbican

By , 04 November 2018
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Gianandrea Noseda © Steve Sherman
London

Passionate Shostakovich from Noseda and the LSO

By , 01 November 2018
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Nikolaj Szeps-Znaider © Lars Gundersen
London

A memorable and thrilling debut for Philippe Jordan with the LSO

By , 25 October 2018
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Jaime Martín © Alexander Lindström
London

It's party time, folks, with Jaime Martín and the LSO

By , 21 October 2018
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Sir Simon Rattle © Mark Allan | Barbican
London

Something special in the air: Rattle and the LSO in energetic Sibelius 5

By , 19 September 2018
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Allan Clayton, Elizabeth Watts, Simon Rattle, Alice Coote and the LSO © Doug Peters | PA Wire
London

The Bohemians and Britten: Simon Rattle and the LSO launch their season

By , 18 September 2018
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On the Town © BBC | Mark Allan
London

Prom 57: On the Town where score, orchestra and conductor are the stars

By , 25 August 2018
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Magdalena Kožená in L'Enfant et les sortilèges © BBC | Chris Christodoulou
London

Prom 48: Rattle and the LSO play Ravel

By , 18 August 2018
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Sir Simon Rattle rehearsing with the LSO © Ryan Buchanan
Edinburgh

Rattle and the LSO make their Edinburgh Festival debut together

By , 10 August 2018
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Gianandrea Noseda © Steve J Sherman
London

Precision and abandon in the LSO's Shostakovich

By , 24 June 2018
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Sir Simon Rattle © Oliver Helbig
Zürich

A polyphonic paradise: Mahler’s Ninth Symphony at the Tonhalle Maag

By , 27 April 2018
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Sir Simon Rattle © Johann Sebastian Hanel
London

Musical endgames with Rattle and the LSO

By , 22 April 2018
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Susanna Mälkki © Simon Fowler
London

From Sibelius to Giguère, Mälkki returns to the LSO with versatility

By , 15 April 2018
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François-Xavier Roth © Holger Talinski
London

Alert and refined: LSO on top form under François-Xavier Roth

By , 25 March 2018
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Sir John Eliot Gardiner © Sim Canetty-Clarke
London

Gardiner and LSO make a welcome return with Schumann concerto

By , 15 March 2018
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Sir John Eliot Gardiner conducting the LSO in Essen © Sven Lorenz
London

Spellbinding Schumann and Berlioz from Gardiner and the LSO at the Barbican

By , 11 March 2018
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Alina Ibragimova © Eva Vermandel
London

Concertos for orchestra: the LSO in Brahms, Dutilleux and Ravel

By , 22 February 2018
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Sir Mark Elder © Benjamin Ealovega
London

Energy and eloquence from Elder and the LSO in Elgar's Second Symphony

By , 11 February 2018
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Sir Mark Elder © Benjamin Ealovega
London

Symphonic grandeur and two curious farewells from Elder and LSO

By , 08 February 2018
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Semyon Bychkov © BBC | Chris Christodoulou
London

A triumphant Mahler 2 of operatic intensity from Bychkov and the LSO

By , 04 February 2018
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François-Xavier Roth © Marco Borggreve
London

Essential and elusive Debussy from the LSO and François-Xavier Roth

By , 25 January 2018
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François-Xavier Roth © François Sechet
London

The Young Debussy: Roth and the LSO open their miniature festival in style

By , 21 January 2018
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Isabelle Faust © Molina Visuals
London

A masterwork of elegiac introspection from Isabelle Faust and Alban Berg

By , 14 January 2018
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Sir Simon Rattle © Mark Allan/Barbican/LSO
London

Entertaining resurrection of a Hollywood oddity by Rattle and the LSO

By , 13 January 2018
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Magdalena Kožená © Oleg Rostovtsev
London

From Rameau to Mahler: Rattle and Kožená entertain in wide-ranging LSO programme

By , 11 January 2018
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Sir Simon Rattle © Doug Peters | PA Wire
London

Big city alienation and love in the LSO's Bernstein 100 season

By , 16 December 2017
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Christian Gerhaher © Jim Rakete | Sony Classical
London

Rattle brings out the LSO's brilliance in Das Lied von der Erde

By , 13 December 2017
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Nikolaj Znaider © Lars Gundersen
London

Znaider concludes his Mozart cycle with the LSO in style

By , 07 December 2017
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Alice Sara Ott © Jonas Becker
London

Infernal Liszt: Alice Sara Ott, Antonio Pappano and a Faustian pact

By , 26 November 2017
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Marin Alsop © Adrianne White
London

From lamentation to jubilation: Bernstein celebrated in style by Marin Alsop and the LSO

By , 08 November 2017
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Veronika Eberle © Felix Broede
London

Veronika Eberle wows in Mendelssohn's Violin Concerto

By , 15 October 2017
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Bernard Haitink © Clive Barda
London

Classical tradition as Bernard Haitink joins the LSO for Brahms and Beethoven

By , 10 October 2017
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