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Herbert Blomstedt © Martin UK Lengemann
London

The elixir of love: Blomstedt conducts the Philharmonia in Mozart and Beethoven

By , 14 April 2019
*****
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Herbert Blomstedt © Martin UK Lengemann
London

Day trips: Beethoven and Berlioz from Herbert Blomstedt and the Philharmonia Orchestra

By , 11 April 2019
****1
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Stanislav Kochanovsky © Marco Borggreve
London

Russians invade the Philharmonia, led by Matsuev and Kochanovsky

By , 04 April 2019
****1
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Douglas Boyd © Jean-Baptiste Millot
London

Explosive Schubert and deft Mozart from the Philharmonia

By , 24 March 2019
***11
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Berlioz's Requiem at St Paul's Cathedral © Martin Kendrick
London

Berlioz's Requiem: Nelson's sublime anniversary tribute to one of France's greatest sons

By , 08 March 2019
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Marianne Crebassa © Thomas Bartel
London

Musical painting from Marianne Crebassa, Esa-Pekka Salonen and the Philharmonia

By , 28 February 2019
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Esa-Pekka Salonen © Benjamin Suomela
London

Salonen shines as both composer and conductor with the Philharmonia

By , 24 February 2019
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Philippe Herreweghe © Michael Hendryckx
London

Herreweghe's one-of-a-kind “Jupiter” with the Philharmonia

By , 21 February 2019
****1
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Peter Eötvös © Klaus Rudolph
London

Intangible cosmos: Eötvös and three 20th-century classics from the Philharmonia

By , 07 February 2019
***11
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Radu Lupu © Priska Ketterer
London

Limpid clarity: Beethoven and Rachmaninov from Lupu, Järvi and the Philharmonia

By , 03 February 2019
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Santtu-Matias Rouvali © Kaapo Kamu
London

France 2 – 0 Finland: an uneven match under Santtu-Matias Rouvali and the Philharmonia

By , 24 January 2019
***11
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Santtu-Matias Rouvali © Kaapo Kamu
London

Blowing away the cobwebs: epic Strauss from Santtu-Matias Rouvali and the Philharmonia

By , 06 December 2018
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Jian Wang © Xu Bin
London

Elegant and energetic: pacy Tchaikovsky from Long Yu and the Philharmonia

By , 29 November 2018
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Jakub Hrůša © Andreas Herzau
London

Hrůša’s Slavic canvas and the mystery of Kabeláč

By , 22 November 2018
****1
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Benjamin Appl © Lars Borges | Sony Classical
London

Britten's War Requiem floods Westminster Cathedral with compassion

By , 03 October 2018
****1
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Esa-Pekka Salonen © Clive Barda
London

Eclecticism and excitement as Salonen continues his late Romantic traversal

By , 30 September 2018
***11
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Esa-Pekka Salonen © Clive Barda
London

End of the world hysteria launches Philharmonia season opener

By , 27 September 2018
****1
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Esa-Pekka Salonen © Benjamin Suomela
London

Prom 36: Brilliance and excitement in Salonen’s Webern, Mahler and Wagner with the Philharmonia

By , 09 August 2018
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Timothy Ridout © Kaupo Kikkas
Hereford

Contrasting modes of optimism explored at the Three Choirs Festival

By , 03 August 2018
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Geraint Bowen © Michael Whitefoot
Hereford

Disentangling pain and triumph, clarifying hope on Opening Night at the Three Choirs Festival

By , 28 July 2018
****1
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Esa-Pekka Salonen and Camilla Tilling © Camilla Greenwell | Philharmonia Orchestra
London

A thrilling Gurrelieder from Salonen and the Philharmonia

By , 28 June 2018
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Henry Waddington (Falstaff) © Clive Barda
High Wycombe

Songs of innocence and experience: Verdi's Falstaff at Garsington

By , 16 June 2018
****1
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Shiyeon Sung © Yongbin Park
London

Lovely programme... but the Philharmonia's Grieg and Tchaikovsky could deliver more

By , 14 June 2018
***11
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Christoph von Dohnányi © Berthold Fabricius
London

Dohnányi returns to the Philharmonia for Beethoven, Mozart and Haydn

By , 07 June 2018
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Paavo Järvi © Kaupo Kikkas
London

Masterful Dukas and Rachmaninov and a Berlioz with more to be desired from the Philharmonia

By , 03 June 2018
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Daniele Gatti © Marco Borggreve
London

La dolce vita and Sommerfrische: Mendelssohn and Brahms from Daniele Gatti and the Philharmonia

By , 24 May 2018
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Vladimir Ashkenazy © Keth Saunders
London

Beauty and the beast: Two faces of Shostakovitch revealed by Ashkenazy and the Philharmonia

By , 29 April 2018
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Esa-Pekka Salonen © Clive Barda
Antwerp

Thrilling Beethoven and Mahler from Salonen and the Philharmonia Orchestra in Antwerp

By , 18 April 2018
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Karl-Heinz Steffens © Susanne Diesner
London

Compassion and solace in Brahms’ German Requiem

By , 25 March 2018
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Vladimir Ashkenazy © Keith Saunders
London

Ore-inspiring: the Philharmonia Orchestra mines the Soviet musical legacy

By , 22 March 2018
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Jakub Hrůša © V Krsul
London

Hrůša on the verge of greatness?

By , 15 February 2018
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Chen Reiss © Paul Marc Mitchell
London

One step towards paradise: heavenly Mahler from Chen Reiss with the Philharmonia

By , 11 February 2018
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Paavo Järvi © Kaupo Kikkas
London

Järvi and the Philharmonia Orchestra present a Bohemian feast with exhilarating performances of Dvořák

By , 01 February 2018
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Lucienne Renaudin Vary © Simon Fowler
Bedford

The Philharmonia's Carnival in Prague

By , 30 January 2018
***11
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Pablo Heras-Casado © Fernando Sancho
London

Four French masterpieces from a Philharmonia Orchestra on fine form

By , 21 January 2018
****1
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Vilde Frang © Marco Borggreve
London

Vilde Frang's impresses, but Salonen's Finnish independence celebrations miss the mark

By , 07 December 2017
***11
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Esa-Pekka Salonen © Benjamin Suomela
London

Expressive truths: Mahler’s Ninth Symphony from Salonen and the Philharmonia

By , 30 November 2017
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Long Yu © Askonas Holt
London

Long Yu leads a fine troika of Russian standards with the Philharmonia

By , 23 November 2017
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John Wilson © Sim Canetty-Clarke
London

Kindred spirits: Holst and Vaughan Williams paired by John Wilson and the Philharmonia Orchestra

By , 09 November 2017
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Edward Gardner conducts the Philharmonia at The Anvil © Camilla Greenwell
Basingstoke

Gardner brings Elgar vividly to life in Basingstoke

By , 04 November 2017
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Esther Yoo © Marco Borggreve
London

Esther Yoo's affectionate Tchaikovsky the highlight of a disappointing evening with the Philharmonia

By , 02 November 2017
**111
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Yuri Temirkanov © Sasha Gusov
London

Energetic Scheherazade from Temirkanov and the Philharmonia

By , 19 October 2017
***11
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Act I of Battleship Potemkin
London

Fiction-laden history, musical truth: Ashkenazy brings Shostakovich to Battleship Potemkin

By , 12 October 2017
****1
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Santtu-Matias Rouvali © Kaapo Kamu
London

Exuberance and zest: Kozhukhin joins Rouvali and Philharmonia in Russian treats

By , 05 October 2017
***11
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Michelle DeYoung, Esa-Pekka Salonen, Philharmonia © David Karlin | Bachtrack Ltd
London

Hand-crafted from start to finish: Salonen and the Philharmonia triumph with Mahler 3

By , 01 October 2017
*****
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Anna Thorvaldsdóttir © Kristinn Ingvarsson
London

Nordic, but not noir: Salonen and the Philharmonia match Sibelius with new Icelandic talent

By , 28 September 2017
****1
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Ashkenazy and members of the Philharmonia © Cătălina Filip
Bucharest

A performance with two very different halves: Vladimir Ashkenazy at the helm of the Philharmonia Orchestra

By , 14 September 2017
***11
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Marianne Crebassa © Thomas Bartel
London

Prom 24: A monumental assault on the senses from Crebassa, Salonen and Philharmonia

By , 02 August 2017
*****
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The Philharmonia plays Shostakovich © Michael Whitefoot
Worcester

Gravity and explosives at the Three Choirs Festival

By , 28 July 2017
****1
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Natalya Romaniw © Michael Whitefoot
Worcester

Frank Beermann and the Philharmonia bring mischief and melancholia to the Three Choirs Festival

By , 26 July 2017
****1
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