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

By , 14 June 2018
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Dohnányi returns to the Philharmonia for Beethoven, Mozart and Haydn

By , 07 June 2018
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Subtlety and gravity: Paul Lewis delves deep in mature Haydn, Beethoven and Brahms

By , 05 June 2018
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Masterful Dukas and Rachmaninov and a Berlioz with more to be desired from the Philharmonia

By , 03 June 2018
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The Berliner Philharmoniker hits the heights of rapture with Brahms 1

By , 31 May 2018
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Berlin Philharmonic serves tapas starter and monumental main

By , 30 May 2018
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La dolce vita and Sommerfrische: Mendelssohn and Brahms from Daniele Gatti and the Philharmonia

By , 24 May 2018
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Heroic performances from the LPO and Łukasz Borowicz

By , 02 May 2018
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Beauty and the beast: Two faces of Shostakovitch revealed by Ashkenazy and the Philharmonia

By , 29 April 2018
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RPO and Pinchas Zukerman deliver safe as houses repertoire

By , 26 April 2018
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Uncompromisingly dark: Rach 2 and Mahler 5 from the LPO

By , 25 April 2018
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From a tango to brutality: Jurowski revels in Stravinsky, Debussy and Shostakovich

By , 18 April 2018
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Stravinsky’s Perséphone brought to life by Adès and Barry

By , 11 April 2018
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Misty evocations and raw passion from Stephen Hough

By , 05 April 2018
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Intense Elgar from Isserlis, with the RPO woodwinds as equal stars of the show

By , 04 April 2018
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Two Dons and a señor: Payare’s debut with the RPO

By , 27 March 2018
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Darkness and pain in Mark Padmore's St Matthew Passion

By , 26 March 2018
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Compassion and solace in Brahms’ German Requiem

By , 25 March 2018
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Ore-inspiring: the Philharmonia Orchestra mines the Soviet musical legacy

By , 22 March 2018
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Orozco-Estrada and the LPO dish up the sweet and the savoury

By , 21 March 2018
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Trifonov impresses in Tchaikovsky: the LPO's Stravinsky doesn't persuade

By , 17 March 2018
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Balancing head and heart: Pollini reveals intimacy and exuberance in Schumann and Chopin

By , 13 March 2018
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Heavenly Strauss from Damrau, but leaden-footed Brahms from the LPO

By , 03 March 2018
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World-beating musicianship from Sergej Krylov in Tchaikovsky’s Violin Concerto

By , 28 February 2018
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Zinging Haydn and Mozart from Ádám Fischer and the OAE

By , 27 February 2018
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One thousand and one delights from the LPO and Petrenko in Scheherazade

By , 23 February 2018
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Lupo’s Ravel with Mena & the LPO steals the show from The Rite of Spring

By , 21 February 2018
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Hrůša on the verge of greatness?

By , 15 February 2018
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One step towards paradise: heavenly Mahler from Chen Reiss with the Philharmonia

By , 11 February 2018
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Miniatures, magic and a masterpiece: Jurowski, Chen and the LPO

By , 10 February 2018
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Filing past the tomb of the master: Jurowski and the LPO on Stravinsky’s debt to Rimsky-Korsakov

By , 07 February 2018
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A Liszt rarity and Mahler staple from Volkov and the RPO

By , 06 February 2018
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Rebellious Beethoven from Nicola Benedetti, Marin Alsop and the OAE

By , 04 February 2018
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Jurowski and the LPO go on a magical mystery tour of Imperial Russia

By , 03 February 2018
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Järvi and the Philharmonia Orchestra present a Bohemian feast with exhilarating performances of Dvořák

By , 01 February 2018
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A topsy-turvy Rheingold in concert from Jurowski and the LPO

By , 27 January 2018
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The London Sinfonietta: celebrating 50 years of excellence

By , 24 January 2018
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Four French masterpieces from a Philharmonia Orchestra on fine form

By , 21 January 2018
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Russian epic from Mikhail Agrest and the London Philharmonic Orchestra

By , 17 January 2018
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Vilde Frang's impresses, but Salonen's Finnish independence celebrations miss the mark

By , 07 December 2017
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Expressive truths: Mahler’s Ninth Symphony from Salonen and the Philharmonia

By , 30 November 2017
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Autumnal bacchanale as Marx’s Herbstsymphonie is given UK première

By , 29 November 2017
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Baroque intimacy and imperial splendour in the LPO's traversal of the four seasons

By , 24 November 2017
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Long Yu leads a fine troika of Russian standards with the Philharmonia

By , 23 November 2017
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Snow boots on for an exuberant Tchaikovsky 1 from Michail Jurowski and the LPO

By , 22 November 2017
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Kindred spirits: Holst and Vaughan Williams paired by John Wilson and the Philharmonia Orchestra

By , 09 November 2017
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Alain Altinoglu and the LPO cast a Napoleonic shadow in Beethoven and Tchaikovsky

By , 08 November 2017
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The LPO and Lawrence Renes scale the heights in Bruckner 8

By , 04 November 2017
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Esther Yoo's affectionate Tchaikovsky the highlight of a disappointing evening with the Philharmonia

By , 02 November 2017
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Orchestral tales: Barenboim and the West-Eastern Divan

By , 28 October 2017
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