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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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Janine Jansen © Marco Borggreve
London

On the edge of the precipice: Britten and Mahler from Janine Jansen, Semyon Bychkov and the LSO

By , 05 October 2017
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Sir Simon Rattle conducts the LSO © Doug Peters | PA Wire
London

Supersized, superhuman Stravinsky from Rattle and the LSO

By , 21 September 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
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Sir Simon Rattle © Doug Peters | PA Wire
London

This is Rattle: music from past and present transfigured and made radical

By , 14 September 2017
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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
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Sir Simon Rattle © Sebastian Hanel
London

A pioneering spirit: Rattle’s imaginary journey through Haydn

By , 11 July 2017
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A Trip to the Moon by Andrew Norman © Tim Whitby | Getty Images for the London Symphony Orchestra
London

Reluctantly grounded, A Trip to the Moon misses its lift-off

By , 09 July 2017
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Robert Treviño © Musacchio & Ianniello
London

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

By , 25 June 2017
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Eckehard Stier © Adrian Maloch
London

Playing the Game: Symphonic Odysseys at the Barbican

By , 20 June 2017
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Bernard Haitink © Todd Rosenberg
London

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

By , 28 May 2017
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Bernard Haitink © Clive Barda
London

Palliative and consoling: Mahler 9 from Bernard Haitink and the LSO

By , 23 May 2017
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Sir Mark Elder © Benjamin Ealovega
London

Inspired Holst and Vaughan Williams from Mark Elder and the LSO

By , 18 May 2017
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Nikolaj Znaider © Lars Gundersen
London

Sultans and Boyars: a Russo-Turkish alliance from Znaider and the LSO

By , 14 May 2017
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Anne-Sophie Mutter © Harald Hoffmann | DG
London

Anne-Sophie Mutter transplants Tchaikovsky to the 20th century

By , 07 May 2017
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Antoine Mignot © Julien Mignot
London

Antoine Tamestit presents first-class Bartók with the LSO

By , 23 April 2017
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Gianandrea Noseda © Ramella & Giannese | Teatro Regio di Torino
London

Haunting Berg from Jansen and Noseda; big-boned Mahler from the LSO

By , 06 April 2017
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François-Xavier Roth © Marco Borggreve
London

François-Xavier Roth and the London Symphony Orchestra on peak form

By , 30 March 2017
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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
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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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Igor Levit © Gregor Hohenberg
London

A classy collaboration: Igor Levit and Fabio Luisi ooze quality in Beethoven and Brahms

By , 16 March 2017
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Susanna Mälkki © Simon Fowler
London

An unexpected debut: Mälkki steps in to conduct Brahms and Strauss

By , 12 March 2017
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Karita Mattila © Marica Rosengard
London

Sensational Mattila, restrained Kaufmann in the LSO's exceptional Walküre Act 1

By , 08 February 2017
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