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Santtu-Matias Rouvali © Kaapo Kamu
London

Blowing away the cobwebs: epic Strauss from Santtu-Matias Rouvali and the Philharmonia

By , 06 December 2018
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Vladimir Jurowski conducts the LPO © Simon Jay Price
London

An exceptional Bruckner 2 from Jurowski and the LPO

By , 05 December 2018
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Dame Mitsuko Uchida © Justin Pumfrey | Decca
London

Uneasy music, utterly riveting: Mitsuko Uchida plays late Schubert

By , 04 December 2018
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Ray Chen © John Mac
London

Ray Chen entertains in an uneven night for the Orozco-Estrada and the LPO

By , 30 November 2018
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Jian Wang © Xu Bin
London

Elegant and energetic: pacy Tchaikovsky from Long Yu and the Philharmonia

By , 29 November 2018
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Andrés Orozco-Estrada © Martin Sigmund
London

Lords and ladies of the dance: the LPO and Orozco-Estrada

By , 28 November 2018
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Jakub Hrůša © Andreas Herzau
London

Hrůša’s Slavic canvas and the mystery of Kabeláč

By , 22 November 2018
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Arsen Soghomonyan, Ermonela Jaho and the LPO © Russell Duncan
London

Drama in concert: Elder and the LPO in Puccini's Le Willis

By , 21 November 2018
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Marin Alsop © Adriane White
London

Mournful and humane Brahms at the Royal Festival Hall

By , 11 November 2018
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Elizabeth Atherton © Kiran Ridley
London

Remembrance from Pole to Pole: London Sinfonietta revisits Górecki's Third

By , 11 November 2018
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Vladimir Jurowski © Simon Jay Price
London

Debussy, Lindberg, Stravinsky and Janáček speak to war and mortality

By , 10 November 2018
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Borodin Quartet © Simon Van Boxtel
London

Life out of Death: a celebration of Czech musical defiance from the LPO

By , 07 November 2018
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Matthew Rose © Lena Kern
London

A stylish Rake's Progress from Jurowski and the LPO

By , 03 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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Enrique Mazzola © Eric Garault
London

French flair: Pure joy from Enrique Mazzola and the LPO

By , 24 October 2018
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Alondra de la Parra © Erika Mayer
London

Russian warhorses: Alondra de la Parra and the LPO

By , 19 October 2018
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Karina Canellakis © Mathias Bothor
London

Canellakis, Aimard and the London Philharmonic escape to the country

By , 10 October 2018
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Andris Nelsons © Southbank Centre | Mark Allan
London

Nelsons’ manicured Mahler a slow burn with the Gewandhaus

By , 09 October 2018
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Andris Nelsons conducts the Leipzig Gewandhausorchester © Southbank Centre | Mark Allan
London

Mahler power, trumpet power: the Gewandhausorchester in London

By , 08 October 2018
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Russian conductor Vladimir Jurowski © Drew Kelley
London

Divine ire: two ballets inspired by Greek myth from the LPO

By , 06 October 2018
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Esa-Pekka Salonen © Clive Barda
London

Eclecticism and excitement as Salonen continues his late Romantic traversal

By , 30 September 2018
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Stuart Skelton © Guðmundur Ingólfsson
London

Skelton and Connolly impress in Das Lied von der Erde under Jurowski

By , 29 September 2018
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Esa-Pekka Salonen © Clive Barda
London

End of the world hysteria launches Philharmonia season opener

By , 27 September 2018
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Thomas Adès © Brian Voce
London

Not with a whimper but a bang: the LPO, Adès and Gerstein launch the new season

By , 26 September 2018
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Esa-Pekka Salonen and Camilla Tilling © Camilla Greenwell | Philharmonia Orchestra
London

A thrilling Gurrelieder from Salonen and the Philharmonia

By , 28 June 2018
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Shiyeon Sung © Yongbin Park
London

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

By , 14 June 2018
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Christoph von Dohnányi © Berthold Fabricius
London

Dohnányi returns to the Philharmonia for Beethoven, Mozart and Haydn

By , 07 June 2018
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Paul Lewis © Jack Liebeck
London

Subtlety and gravity: Paul Lewis delves deep in mature Haydn, Beethoven and Brahms

By , 05 June 2018
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Paavo Järvi © Kaupo Kikkas
London

Masterful Dukas and Rachmaninov and a Berlioz with more to be desired from the Philharmonia

By , 03 June 2018
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Sir Simon Rattle © Monika Rittershaus
London

The Berliner Philharmoniker hits the heights of rapture with Brahms 1

By , 31 May 2018
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Sir Simon Rattle and the Berliner Philharmoniker © Monika Rittershaus
London

Berlin Philharmonic serves tapas starter and monumental main

By , 30 May 2018
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Daniele Gatti © Marco Borggreve
London

La dolce vita and Sommerfrische: Mendelssohn and Brahms from Daniele Gatti and the Philharmonia

By , 24 May 2018
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Anne-Sophie Mutter © Bastian Achard
London

Heroic performances from the LPO and Łukasz Borowicz

By , 02 May 2018
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Vladimir Ashkenazy © Keth Saunders
London

Beauty and the beast: Two faces of Shostakovitch revealed by Ashkenazy and the Philharmonia

By , 29 April 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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Robert Treviño © Musacchio & Ianniello
London

Uncompromisingly dark: Rach 2 and Mahler 5 from the LPO

By , 25 April 2018
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Vladimir Jurowski © Drew Kelley
London

From a tango to brutality: Jurowski revels in Stravinsky, Debussy and Shostakovich

By , 18 April 2018
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Thomas Adès © Brian Voce
London

Stravinsky’s Perséphone brought to life by Adès and Barry

By , 11 April 2018
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Stephen Hough © Sim Canetty-Clarke
London

Misty evocations and raw passion from Stephen Hough

By , 05 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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The Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment © Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment
London

Darkness and pain in Mark Padmore's St Matthew Passion

By , 26 March 2018
*****
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Karl-Heinz Steffens © Susanne Diesner
London

Compassion and solace in Brahms’ German Requiem

By , 25 March 2018
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Vladimir Ashkenazy © Keith Saunders
London

Ore-inspiring: the Philharmonia Orchestra mines the Soviet musical legacy

By , 22 March 2018
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Andrés Orozco-Estrada © Martin Sigmund
London

Orozco-Estrada and the LPO dish up the sweet and the savoury

By , 21 March 2018
***11
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Daniil Trifonov © Dario Acosta | DG
London

Trifonov impresses in Tchaikovsky: the LPO's Stravinsky doesn't persuade

By , 17 March 2018
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Maurizio Pollini © Mathias Bothor | DG
London

Balancing head and heart: Pollini reveals intimacy and exuberance in Schumann and Chopin

By , 13 March 2018
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Diana Damrau © Rebecca Fay
London

Heavenly Strauss from Damrau, but leaden-footed Brahms from the LPO

By , 03 March 2018
***11
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Sergej Krylov © Evgeny Evtukhov
London

World-beating musicianship from Sergej Krylov in Tchaikovsky’s Violin Concerto

By , 28 February 2018
*****
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Ádám Fischer © Szilvia Csibi | Müpa Budapest
London

Zinging Haydn and Mozart from Ádám Fischer and the OAE

By , 27 February 2018
****1
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