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Mark Wigglesworth © Sim Canetty-Clarke
London

Quintessentially English: Mark Wigglesworth reveals the greatness of Vaughan Williams' Fifth

By , 09 April 2019
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Rafael Payare © Henry Fair
London

Darkness and daylight from the RPO, Rafael Payare and Lise de la Salle

By , 05 March 2019
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Benjamin Appl © Uwe Arens | Sony Classical
London

Not quite the Messiah at the Royal Albert Hall

By , 21 December 2018
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Alexander Shelley © Dwayne Johnson
London

Seeking new horizons with the Royal Philharmonic

By , 27 November 2018
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Lionel Bringuier © Simon Pauly
London

The Goldilocks approach to Russian masterworks from Bringuier, Sokolov and the RPO

By , 30 October 2018
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Fatma Said © Felix Broede
Birmingham

Beguiling Strauss and surging Shostakovich in Birmingham

By , 13 October 2018
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Alain Altinoglu © Marco Borggreve
London

Prom 2: Poise and restraint from Alain Altinoglu and the RPO

By , 14 July 2018
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Pinchas Zukerman © Cheryl Mazak
London

RPO and Pinchas Zukerman deliver safe as houses repertoire

By , 26 April 2018
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Steven Isserlis © Satoshi Aoyagi
London

Intense Elgar from Isserlis, with the RPO woodwinds as equal stars of the show

By , 04 April 2018
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Rafael Payare © Askonas Holt
London

Two Dons and a señor: Payare’s debut with the RPO

By , 27 March 2018
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Alexander Shelley © Thomas Dagg
London

Fantasy and dreams from the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra

By , 04 March 2018
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Yi-Jia Susanne Hou © Wright Music Management
London

Tales of wonderment and vivid imagery from Shelley and the RPO

By , 27 February 2018
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Ilan Volkov © Simon Butterworth
London

A Liszt rarity and Mahler staple from Volkov and the RPO

By , 06 February 2018
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Alexandra Dăriescu © Adrian Stoicoviciu
London

Restraint and cool ardour from the RPO, Mandeal and Dăriescu

By , 28 November 2017
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Mark Bebbington © Rama Knight
London

English jewels in the European crown: Wordsworth and the RPO at Cadogan Hall

By , 01 November 2017
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Hilary Davan Wetton © Clive Barda
London

The sacred and the secular: RPO, City of London Choir and Hilary Davan Wetton

By , 24 October 2017
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Martha Argerich © Cătălina Filip
Bucharest

Inside and outside the comfort zone: Dutoit leads Argerich and the RPO

By , 12 September 2017
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Charles Dutoit, Joshua Bell and the RPO © BBC | Chris Christodoulou
London

Prom 43: Dutoit and the RPO pull out all the stops

By , 17 August 2017
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Tadaaki Otaka © Masahide Sato
London

Walton's First Symphony still blazes at the RFH

By , 06 June 2017
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Natalya Romaniw © Patrick Allen, Opera Omnia
Winchester

Royal Choral Society impresses with Russian music at Winchester Cathedral

By , 20 May 2017
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Christoph König © Pedro Lobo, Casa da musica
London

Full-on romantics: Tasmin Little lyrical in Tchaikovsky with Christoph König and RPO

By , 04 May 2017
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Charles Dutoit © Columbia Artists Management Inc
London

A hymn to a pure and noble spirit: bracing Prokofiev from Dutoit and the RPO

By , 07 March 2017
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Marin Alsop © Adriane White
London

Triumph of the human spirit: defiance and compassion from Marin Alsop and RPO

By , 27 February 2017
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Chloë Hanslip © Benjamin Ealovega
London

Frenzy and passion: intense Sibelius from Chloë Hanslip and Alexander Shelley's fiery Prokofiev

By , 25 January 2017
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Jean-Luc Tingaud © Jean-Baptiste Millot
London

Operatic drama in Saint-Saëns' “Organ Symphony " from Jean-Luc Tingaud and the RPO

By , 29 November 2016
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Bertrand Chamayou © Marco Borggreve | Warner Classics
Lugano

Evocation of the Ancestors: Dutoit opens Lugano Musica with Stravinsky's The Rite of Spring

By , 22 September 2016
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Callum Smart © Patrick Allen, operaomnia.co.uk
Cheltenham

Callum Smart makes stunning debut with the RPO

By , 20 September 2016
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Martha Argerich © Adriano Heitman
London

Still going strong at 70: the RPO celebrates in style

By , 19 September 2016
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Ildikó Komlósi and Charles Dutoit © BBC | Chris Christodoulou
London

Prom 25: Behind closed doors: Poetic drama from Dutoit in Bluebeard's Castle

By , 03 August 2016
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Pinchas Zukerman © Paul Labelle
London

Lacklustre interpretations of Romantic classics from the RPO and Pinchas Zukerman

By , 30 June 2016
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Pinchas Zukerman © Cheryl Mazak
London

Broad and glossy: Zukerman and the Royal Philharmonic at Cadogan Hall

By , 28 June 2016
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Venus © NASA | Wikicommons
Bristol

Perfect performance of Holst's Planets in Bristol

By , 11 June 2016
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Thomas Dausgaard © Per Morten Abrahamsen
London

Variations in temperature control: Dausgaard, Buniatishvili and the RPO

By , 03 May 2016
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Peter Jablonski © Benjamin Ealovega
London

From Paris to New York: A whirlwind of orchestral virtuosity from the RPO

By , 26 April 2016
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Charles Dutoit © Robert Taylor
London

Puppet master: Dutoit conjures superb playing from the RPO in Petrushka

By , 29 March 2016
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Alice Coote © Benjamin Ealovega
London

Stark contrasts: a wholehearted Mahler 2 from Petrenko and the RPO

By , 22 March 2016
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Pinchas Zukerman © Cheryl Mazak
London

Zukerman drives an unsteady Russian troika with the RPO

By , 01 March 2016
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Ingrid Fliter © Anton Dressler
London

Ravel, Roslavets and high impact Shostakovich from Volkov and the RPO

By , 02 February 2016
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Marta Fontanals-Simmons © Hazard Chase
London

Rutter celebrates his 70th birthday in St Paul’s

By , 05 November 2015
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José Serebrier © Clive Barda
London

RPO and Serebrier revive The Golden Age of Hollywood

By , 04 November 2015
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Charles Dutoit conducting the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra © Chris Lee
London

Prom 45 All is vanity: Dutoit and the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra's take on Shostakovich 15

By , 19 August 2015
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Eric Whitacre © BBC | Chris Christodoulou
London

Prom 32: Eric Whitacre leads forces through Earth and Space

By , 09 August 2015
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Tadaaki Otaka © Masahide Sato
London

Everything but the kitchen sink: Walton's Belshazzar's Feast with the RPO and Bach Choir

By , 06 May 2015
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London

Crushed wings: exquisite Madam Butterfly suffers in the Royal Albert Hall

By , 26 February 2015
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London

Far more than a fairy tale: Bartók's Duke Bluebeard's Castle at the Royal Festival Hall

By , 27 January 2015
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London

Nationalistic fervour from the Royal Philharmonic at Cadogan Hall

By , 27 November 2014
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London

A concert of two halves: the RPO plays German Romantic classics

By , 11 November 2014
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London

Roman Holiday at the Proms: Charles Dutoit and the RPO journey to the Eternal City

By , 01 September 2014
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London

Zukermann and the RPO perform Mozart's miraculous final three symphonies

By , 02 July 2014
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London

Stephen Hough sparkles in Saint-Saëns' "Egyptian"

By , 20 May 2014
****1
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