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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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A Child of our Time at the Three Choirs Festival © Michael Whitefoot
Worcester

Questioning the quintessence of Britain: Elgar, Britten and Tippett at the Three Choirs Festival

By , 22 July 2017
***11
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Denis Kozhukhin © Felix Broede
London

Temirkanov and Kozhukhin show drive in Russian powerhouses

By , 21 June 2017
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Andrea Carroll (Mélisande) and Jonathan McGovern (Pelléas) © Clive Barda
High Wycombe

Light and shade: Garsington Opera’s Pelléas et Mélisande at Wormsley

By , 18 June 2017
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Enrique Mazzola © Eric Garault
London

Bel canto Schumann unzipped by Enrique Mazzola and the Philharmonia

By , 08 June 2017
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Jérémie Rhorer © Chris Christodoulou
London

An emotional dedication: Duruflé & Fauré Requiems at the Royal Festival Hall

By , 04 June 2017
***11
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Gustavo Gimeno © Marco Borggreve
London

Stimulating programming and powerful performances the Philharmonia and Gustavo Gimeno

By , 01 June 2017
****1
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Herbet Blomstedt © Martin UK Lengemann
London

Poignancy and optimism: Herbert Blomstedt and the Philharmonia in cathartic Brahms and Beethoven

By , 25 May 2017
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Esa-Pekka Salonen © Clive Barda
London

Raw and thrilling Bartók and Mahler from the Philharmonia

By , 07 May 2017
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Esa-Pekka Salonen © Clive Barda
London

Smudgy haze and glaring sunbursts: Boulez and Debussy juxtaposed by Salonen and the Philharmonia

By , 04 May 2017
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Santtu-Mathias Rouvali © Kaapo Kamu
London

Geographical and astrological surveys from the Philharmonia

By , 23 April 2017
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Jakub Hrůša © Pavel Hejnz
London

The real deal: authenticity and spark from Jakub Hrůša and Philharmonia in Dvořák 8

By , 06 April 2017
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Jakub Hrůša © Petra Klačková
London

Jakub Hrůša reflects Brahms’ translucency through crystal prisms

By , 23 March 2017
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Veronika Eberle © Marco Borggreve
London

Ashkenazy and the Philharmonia: no fireworks, just the joy of music-making

By , 16 March 2017
****1
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Pablo Heras-Casado © Fernando Sancho
London

“Wish you were here!” Picture-postcard Spain from Heras-Casado and Perianes

By , 02 March 2017
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Nigel Back, Richard Watkins, Katy Woolley and Michael Thompson © Camilla Greenwell
London

Emperors and prophets from Esa-Pekka Salonen and the Philharmonia

By , 23 February 2017
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Karl-Heinz Steffens © Susanne Diesner
London

Meaty Brahms from Karl-Heinz Steffens and the Philharmonia

By , 16 February 2017
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Christian Tetzlaff © Giorgia Bertazzi
London

Pristine chaos becomes harmony: Paavo Järvi creates gold alloy from Nielsen’s unruly materials

By , 02 February 2017
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Andris Nelsons © Marco Borggreve
London

Terror to solace: Bruckner 9 with Nelsons and the Philharmonia

By , 22 January 2017
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Andris Nelsons
London

Bombshell Bruckner from Nelsons and the Philharmonia

By , 19 January 2017
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Veronika Dzhioeva © A Bolkvadze
London

Festive Tchaikovsky from Jac van Steen and the Philharmonia

By , 04 December 2016
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Nicholas Collon © Jim Hinson
London

Shrill frenzy: fierce Walton from Nicholas Collon and the Philharmonia

By , 01 December 2016
***11
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Frank Peter Zimmermann © Harald Hoffmann | Hänssler Classic
London

Bartók with bite from Zimmermann; intense but restrained Shostakovich from Valčuha and the Philharmonia

By , 24 November 2016
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Alice Sara Ott © Jonas Becker
London

Spectacular Tchaikovsky: Alice Sara Ott fires up an old warhorse

By , 17 November 2016
****1
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Paavo Järvi © Kaupo Kikkas
London

Technically faultless: terrific Brahms from Kavakos, Järvi and the Philharmonia

By , 10 November 2016
****1
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Lise Davidsen © Charlotte Gundersen
London

Exquisite Lise Davidsen the highlight of the Philharmonia's Verdi Requiem

By , 03 November 2016
****1
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Karl-Heinz Steffens © Susanne Diesner
London

Bluster and reserve: Steffens and Philharmonia play German romantics

By , 27 October 2016
***11
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Sergey Khachatryan © Marco Borggreve
London

Fire in their bellies: Temirkanov's impassioned Tchaikovsky 5, Khachatryan's intense Sibelius

By , 20 October 2016
****1
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Josep Pons © Igor Cortadellas
London

Anguish with or without words: the Philharmonia plays Schubert and Mahler

By , 16 October 2016
****1
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Esa-Pekka Salonen © Benjamin Suomela
Northridge

Sibelius with a golden wand: Esa-Pekka Salonen and the Philharmonia in Northridge, California

By , 05 October 2016
***11
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Laurel Jenkins and Sir Willard White © Camilla Greenwell
London

Magnificent climax to the Philharmonia Stravinsky series

By , 29 September 2016
****1
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Pauline Cheviller © Camilla Greenwell
London

“Sing O Muse": Salonen explores Stravinsky inspired by Greek myth

By , 25 September 2016
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Esa-Pekka Salonen © Clive Barda
London

Prom 32: Salonen and the Philharmonia prove a mixed bag

By , 08 August 2016
***11
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Gloucester

Mahler 8: Three Choirs Festival goes out in a flawed blaze of glory

By , 30 July 2016
***11
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Edward Gardner © Benjamin Ealovega
Gloucester

Fire and beauty, tears and triumph: Berlioz’s Requiem at the Three Choirs Festival

By , 27 July 2016
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Christoph von Dohnányi © Bertold Fabricius
London

Golden Beethoven and Pärt: Dohnányi at the Royal Festival Hall

By , 23 June 2016
****1
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Natalia Pavlova (Parasha) and Artyom Melikhov (Vassily) in Mavra © Camilla Greenwell Photography
London

Rhythmic precision: Foxy Stravinsky from Salonen and the Philharmonia

By , 26 May 2016
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Paavo Järvi © Julia Bayer
London

Enthusiastic Haydn and Nielsen from Paavo Järvi and the Philharmonia

By , 19 May 2016
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Esa-Pekka Salonen © Benjamin Suomela
London

Tension until the bitter end: Salonen and the Philharmonia devastate in The Rite of Spring

By , 15 May 2016
*****
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Edward Gardner © Benjamin Ealovega
London

Gardner's Elgar 2 with the Philharmonia: A passionate pilgrimage of a soul

By , 05 May 2016
****1
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Herbert Blomstedt © Martin U.K. Lengemann
London

Spry Mozart and Bruckner from Herbert Blomstedt and the Philharmonia

By , 24 April 2016
****1
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Denis Kozhukhin © Felix Broede
London

Dazzling Prokofiev and atmospheric Rachmaninov from the Philharmonia

By , 14 April 2016
****1
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Esther Yoo © Marco Borggreve
London

Energy and boyish excitement from Ashkenazy in Rachmaninov

By , 03 March 2016
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Jakub Hrůša © Pavel Hejnz
London

Powerful yet controlled Mahler from Hrůša and the Philharmonia

By , 11 February 2016
****1
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Håkan Hardenberger © Marco Borggreve
London

Trumpet extraordinary: Nordic passions from Hardenberger and Rouvali

By , 28 January 2016
***11
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London

Sailing close to the wind: John Wilson and the Philharmonia in Vaughan Williams' Sea Symphony

By , 24 January 2016
****1
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Andris Nelsons © Marco Borggreve
London

Navigating a way out the labyrinth: Andris Nelsons in Zimmermann and Bruckner

By , 06 December 2015
****1
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Esa Pekka Salonen © Clive Barda
London

Powerful Prokofiev and Scriabin from the Philharmonia and Salonen

By , 03 December 2015
***11
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