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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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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
****1
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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
****1
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Marc Albrecht © Marco Borggreve
Amsterdam

Albrecht’s Mahler 8 is a fierce struggle for redemption

By , 23 February 2019
*****
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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
***11
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Ian Bostridge © Sim Canetty-Clarke
London

MacMillan première outgunned by Shostakovich at the Barbican

By , 04 November 2018
****1
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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
****1
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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
***11
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Morris Robinson, Quinn Kelsey and Thomas Søndergård © BBC | Chris Christodoulou
London

Prom 11: A Mahlerian leaving party

By , 22 July 2018
****1
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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
****1
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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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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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Bryan Hymel and Sir Simon Rattle © Doug Peters | PA Wire
London

Rattle leads the LSO on a thrilling ride into the abyss

By , 19 September 2017
****1
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Karen Cargill and the LSO © BBC | Chris Christodoulou
London

Prom 46: Rattle's Gurrelieder an irresistible force to move the hardest of hearts

By , 19 August 2017
****1
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Robert Treviño © Musacchio & Ianniello
London

A Mahler Third to savour: Robert Treviño triumphs in LSO debut

By , 25 June 2017
****1
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Eckehard Stier © Adrian Maloch
London

Playing the Game: Symphonic Odysseys at the Barbican

By , 20 June 2017
***11
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Bernard Haitink © Todd Rosenberg
London

The Agony and the Ecstasy: Bruckner, Bernard Haitink and the LSO

By , 28 May 2017
****1
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Alain Altinoglu © Marco Borggreve
London

Mediterranean heat: a scorching Daphnis et Chloé from Altinoglu and the LSO

By , 23 March 2017
****1
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Fabio Luisi © Barbara Luisi | Balu Photography
London

Disappointing Schubert and Brahms from the LSO and Fabio Luisi

By , 19 March 2017
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Pavlo Hunka (the Nekrotzar) and Peter Hoare (Piet the Pot) © John Phillips | Getty Images
London

Le Grand Macabre at the Barbican: surreal, madcap, touching the sublime

By , 15 January 2017
*****
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John Adams © Vern Evans
London

An alternative Nativity at the Barbican: John Adams' El Niño

By , 04 December 2016
***11
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Gianandrea Noseda © Steve Sherman
London

Hellfire and damnation as Noseda and the LSO blaze through Verdi's Requiem

By , 18 September 2016
****1
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Katherine Broderick (Mother) and Sebastian Exall (Magnus) © Mary Turner | Getty Images for the London Symphony Orchestra
London

The Hogboon: Peter Maxwell Davies' thrilling last work premiered at the Barbican

By , 26 June 2016
****1
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Anna Larsson © Askonas Holt
London

Spellbinding Anna Larsson the highlight of the LSO's Mahler's 2

By , 05 June 2016
***11
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Sir Simon Rattle © Simon Fowler
London

London Symphony Chorus turns 50: precision and flair in Haydn's Seasons

By , 17 April 2016
****1
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Christian Gerhaher © Jim Rakete | Sony Classical
London

The pulse of life: a nearly transcendent performance of Scenes from Goethe's Faust at the Barbican

By , 20 March 2016
****1
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Magdalena Kožená (Mélisande) © Tristram Kenton
London

Rattle and Sellars revisit Debussy's Pelléas et Mélisande

By , 09 January 2016
****1
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Juanjo Mena © Sussie Ahlburg
London

Prom 38: Hindu philosophy via Foulds and Messiaen excites and uplifts

By , 13 August 2015
****1
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Sarah Tynan © Chris Gloag
London

An enlightening Creation from the LSO in St Paul's Cathedral

By , 24 June 2015
****1
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Hanno Müller-Brachmann © Monika Ritterhaus
London

A Ninth lacking freshness: Haitink and the LSO in Beethoven's Choral Symphony

By , 21 June 2015
***11
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Christian Tetzlaff © Georgia Bertazzi
London

Revelatory Beethoven and pedestrian Brahms from the LSO

By , 24 May 2015
***11
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Juanjo Mena © Sussie Ahlburg
Manchester

Fidelio in concert with the BBC Philharmonic and Juanjo Mena

By , 08 May 2015
***11
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London

Hats off to David Hill in French repertoire with the LSO at the Barbican

By , 01 March 2015
****1
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London

Mahler to remember closes the Berliner Philharmoniker and Sir Simon Rattle's London residency

By , 15 February 2015
*****
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London

Rattle and the LSO give us a taste of rare but lovely Schumann

By , 11 January 2015
****1
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London

Prom 75: A joyous Ninth from Alan Gilbert and the Gewandhaus

By , 12 September 2014
****1
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London

Drama versus delicacy: Gergiev's Janáček impresses in Prom 9

By , 24 July 2014
***11
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London

The symphony that is not one: Berlioz's Roméo et Juliette

By , 06 November 2013
****1
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London

The LSO opens the season with a thrilling performance of Verdi's Rigoletto

By , 15 September 2013
****1
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London

Gergiev and the LSO in Brahms and Szymanowski choral works

By , 30 March 2013
****1
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Paris

Memory and (re)discovery: Gergiev and the LSO at the Salle Pleyel

By , 15 December 2012
****1
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London

Prom 39: Thierry Fischer ends his BBC NOW tenure with the Berlioz Requiem

By , 11 August 2012
***11
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London

The Agony and the Ecstasy: LSO Performs Bartók and Szymanowski

By , 08 May 2012
****1
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London

Colin Davis conducts Weber's Der Freischütz at the Barbican

By , 19 April 2012
*****
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London

War and Peace

By , 09 October 2011
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Manchester

BBC Philharmonic and Juanjo Mena: Mahler 2

By , 24 September 2011
*****
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London

Prom 67: Failing to reach the top of Mount Everest

By , 04 September 2011
****1
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London

Prom 15: Liszt rules at the Hungarian Prom

By , 26 July 2011
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London

Havergal Brian's monumental Gothic Symphony

By , 17 July 2011
****1
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