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Wed 27 May at 19:30
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Sibelius, Violin Concerto in D minor, Op.47
Rachmaninov, Symphony no. 2 in E minor, Op.27
Klaus Mäkelä, Conductor
Ray Chen, Violin
Sun 31 May at 19:30
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Sir Andrew Davis Conducts Symphonie Fantastique
Sir Andrew Davis Conducts Symphonie Fantastique
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Elgar, In the South (Alassio) - Concert Overture for orchestra, Op.50
Strauss R., Vier letzte Lieder (Four Last Songs)
Berlioz, Symphonie fantastique, Op.14
Sir Andrew Davis, Conductor
Siobhan Stagg, Soprano
Fri 5 Jun at 19:00
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The English Patient Live
Cancelled: The English Patient Live
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Yared, Film music from The English Patient (Live screening)
Ludwig Wicki, Conductor
Eleanor Grant, Soprano
Thu 11 Jun at 19:30
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© Camilla Greenwell
Cancelled: Mahler: Song of Lamentation
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Mozart, Der Schauspieldirektor (The Impresario)
Mahler, Das klagende Lied ''Song of Lamentation"
Esa-Pekka Salonen, Conductor
Olena Tokar, Soprano
Rebecca Nelsen, Soprano
Wallis Giunta, Mezzo-soprano
Ed Lyon, Tenor
Roderick Williams, Baritone
Philharmonia Voices
Fri 26 Jun at 19:00
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© Jiyang Chen
Liszt and Wagner: Mad, Bad and Dangerous to Know
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Wagner, Tristan and Isolde: Prelude and Liebestod
Liszt, Piano Concerto no. 1 in E flat major, S 124
Liszt, Piano Concerto no. 2 in A major, S 125
Wagner, Tannhäuser: Overture
Sir Mark Elder, Conductor
Stephen Hough, Piano
Wed 23 Sep at 19:30
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Tchaikovsky, Romeo and Juliet, Fantasy Overture
Lutosławski, Les espaces du sommeil (Spaces of sleep) for baritone and orchestra
Berlioz, Symphonie fantastique, Op.14
Edward Gardner, Conductor
Gerald Finley, Baritone
Thu 24 Sep at 19:30
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© Minna Hatinen
Origin Stories: Prometheus
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Programme to include:
Beethoven, The Creatures of Prometheus (excerpts)
Scriabin, Symphony no. 5 "Prometheus, Poem of Fire", Op.60
Esa-Pekka Salonen, Conductor
Yuja Wang, Piano
Philharmonia Voices
Sat 26 Sep at 19:30
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Strauss R., Also sprach Zarathustra, Op.30
Mendelssohn, Overture, Calm Sea and Prosperous Voyage, Op.27
Adams, Harmonium, for chorus and orchestra
Edward Gardner, Conductor
London Philharmonic Choir
Sun 27 Sep at 19:30
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© Clive Barda
Dohnányi conducts Brahms
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Brahms, Piano Concerto no. 1 in D minor, Op.15
Brahms, Symphony no. 3 in F major, Op.90
Christoph von Dohnányi, Conductor
Martin Helmchen, Piano
Wed 30 Sep at 19:30
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© Otto Van Den Toorn
2011 - Storming the heavens
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Anderson, The Discovery of Heaven
Nielsen, Violin Concerto, Op.33
Beethoven, Symphony no. 7 in A major, Op.92
John Storgårds, Conductor
Simone Lamsma, Violin
Thu 1 Oct at 19:30
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Dvořák, In Nature's Realm (V prírode) on poems by V. Hálek, Op.63
Rachmaninov, Piano Concerto no. 3 in D minor, Op.30
Dvořák, Symphony no. 8 in G major, Op.88
TBC, Conductor
Denis Kozhukhin, Piano
Sat 3 Oct at 19:30
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Adams, Absolute Jest, for string quartet and orchestra
Bartók, Four Orchestral Pieces, Op.12
Beethoven, Symphony no. 8 in F major, Op.93
Karina Canellakis, Conductor
Heath Quartet
Tue 6 Oct at 19:30
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Vasily Petrenko Conducts Tchaikovsky
Vasily Petrenko Conducts Tchaikovsky
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Debussy, Prélude à l'après-midi d'un faune
Schoenberg, Verklärte Nacht
Tchaikovsky, The Nutcracker, Op.71: Act 2
Vasily Petrenko, Conductor
Marina Sosnina, Artist
Wed 7 Oct at 19:30
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Schubert, Symphony no. 1 in D major, D.82
Lindberg, Cello concerto no.2 (UK premiere)
Stravinsky, Le Sacre du printemps (The Rite of Spring)
Jukka-Pekka Saraste, Conductor
Anssi Karttunen, Cello
Fri 9 Oct at 19:30
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Grieg, Piano Concerto in A minor, Op.16
Tchaikovsky, Symphony no. 5 in E minor, Op.64
Ken-Ichiro Kobayashi, Conductor
Víkingur Ólafsson, Piano
Sun 11 Oct at 19:30
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© Felix Broede
Hrůša conducts Britten and Barber
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Britten, Peter Grimes, Op.33a: Four Sea Interludes
Britten, Violin Concerto, Op.15
Barber, Adagio for strings, Op.11
Barber, Symphony no. 1, Op.9
Jakub Hrůša, Conductor
Isabelle Faust, Violin
Thu 15 Oct at 19:30
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© Mathias Bothor | DG
Järvi conducts Mozart and Mahler
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Schmidt, Notre Dame: Intermezzo
Mozart, Piano Concerto no. 20 in D minor, K466
Mahler, Symphony no. 9 in D major
Paavo Järvi, Conductor
Jan Lisiecki, Piano
Tue 20 Oct at 19:00
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Handel, Solomon
Christian Curnyn, Conductor
Lucy Crowe, Queen of Sheba, Soprano
James Way, Zadok
Neal Davies, Levite
Iestyn Davies, Solomon
Zoe Brookshaw, Soprano
Wed 21 Oct at 19:30
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Schubert, Symphony no. 2 in B flat major, D.125
Larcher, A Padmore Cycle
Nielsen, Symphony no. 4, "The Inextinguishable," Op.29
Thierry Fischer, Conductor
Mark Padmore, Tenor
Sat 24 Oct at 19:30
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Handel, Zadok the priest; Coronation Anthem No. 1, HWV 258
Beethoven, Fantasia in C minor for piano, chorus, and orchestra 'Choral Fantasy', Op.80
Beethoven, Symphony no. 9 in D minor "Choral", Op.125
Daniele Rustioni, Conductor
Sophie Bevan, Soprano
Jade Moffat, Mezzo-soprano
Toby Spence, Tenor
Sir Bryn Terfel, Bass-baritone
London Philharmonic Choir
Sun 25 Oct at 15:00
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Schumann, Manfred Overture, Op.115
Schumann C., Piano Concerto in A minor, Op.7
Brahms, Symphony no. 1 in C minor, Op.68
James Gaffigan, Conductor
Isata Kanneh-Mason, Piano
Thu 29 Oct at 19:30
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© Camilla Greenwell
Santtu conducts Beethoven and Shostakovich
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Beethoven, Leonore Overture no. 3, Op.72b
Beethoven, Piano Concerto no. 4 in G major, Op.58
Shostakovich, Symphony no. 12 in D minor "The Year 1917," Op.112
Santtu-Matias Rouvali, Conductor
Lars Vogt, Piano
Thu 5 Nov at 19:30
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© Marco Borggreve
Walton: Belshazzar's Feast
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Gershwin, Cuban Overture
Ravel, Piano Concerto in G major
Walton, Belshazzar's Feast
John Wilson, Conductor
Louis Schwizgebel, Piano
Božidar Smiljanić, Baritone
Philharmonia Voices
Crouch End Festival Chorus
Fri 6 Nov at 19:30
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Tchaikovsky, Eugene Onegin: Polonaise
Brahms, Violin Concerto in D major, Op.77
Tchaikovsky, Symphony no. 4 in F minor, Op.36
Christoph Eschenbach, Conductor
Ray Chen, Violin
Wed 11 Nov at 19:30
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Schubert, Symphony no. 3 in D major, D.200
Penderecki, Concertino for Trumpet and Orchestra
Wennäkoski, Verdigris (London premiere)
Sibelius, Symphony no. 5 in E flat major, Op.82
Hannu Lintu, Conductor
Gábor Boldoczki, Trumpet
Thu 12 Nov at 19:30
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© Willeke Machiels
Elim Chan: Rachmaninov and Sibelius
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Grieg, Two Elegiac Melodies for string orchestra, Op.34
Sibelius, Violin Concerto in D minor, Op.47
Rachmaninov, Symphonic Dances, Op.45
Elim Chan, Conductor
Sergey Khachatryan, Violin
Wed 18 Nov at 19:30
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Beethoven, Symphony no. 6 in F major "Pastoral", Op.68
Shankar, Sitar Concerto no. 2 "Raga-Mālā"
Zubin Mehta, Conductor
Anoushka Shankar, Sitar
Thu 19 Nov at 19:30
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Beethoven, Coriolan overture, Op.62
Beethoven, Triple Concerto for violin, cello, and piano in C major, Op.56
Beethoven, Symphony no. 5 in C minor, Op.67
TBC, Conductor
Antje Weithaas, Violin
Marie-Elisabeth Hecker, Cello
Martin Helmchen, Piano
Wed 25 Nov at 19:30
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Prokofiev, Symphony no. 1 in D major "Classical", Op.25
Schubert, Symphony no. 5 in B flat major, D.485
Lindberg, Two Episodes
Szymanowski, Symphony no. 3 "The Song of the Night", for tenor choir and orchestra, Op.27
Thomas Søndergård, Conductor
Michael Weinius, Tenor
London Philharmonic Choir
Sat 28 Nov at 19:30
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© Marco Borggreve
2017: Gavrylyuk plays Prokofiev
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Ravel, Le Tombeau de Couperin
Schubert, Symphony no. 6 in C major, D.589
Thorvaldsdottir, Metacosmos
Prokofiev, Piano Concerto no. 3 in C major, Op.26
Thomas Søndergård, Conductor
Alexander Gavrylyuk, Piano
Sun 29 Nov at 19:30
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© Martin Lengemann
Blomstedt conducts Bruckner
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Bruckner, Symphony no. 8 in C minor, WAB 108
Herbert Blomstedt, Conductor
Mon 30 Nov at 19:30
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© Geoffrey Silver
Isabelle Demers: Bach from Every Angle
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Bach, Wir muessen durch viel Trübsal - Cantata, BWV146: Sinfonia (arr. Dupré)
Bach, Trio sonata in G Major, BWV530
Bach, Prelude and Fugue "Grand" in E Minor, BWV548
Dupré, Three Preludes and Fugues, Op.7
Isabelle Demers, Organ
Wed 2 Dec at 19:30
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© Matthias Creutziger
2018: Jurowski conducts Enescu
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Bach, Orchestral Suite no. 1 in C major, BWV1066
Kats-Chernin, Piano Concerto No.3 'Lebewohl' (European premiere)
Enescu, Symphony no. 3 in C major, Op.21
Vladimir Jurowski, Conductor
Tamara-Anna Cislowska, Piano
London Philharmonic Choir
Trinity Boys Choir
Sat 5 Dec at 19:30
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© Christoffer Askman
2019: All the world's a stage
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Bach, Brandenburg Concerto no. 5 in D major, BWV1050
Dean, The Players, for accordion and orchestra (UK premiere)
Stravinsky, Pulcinella
Vladimir Jurowski, Conductor
Pieter Schoeman, Violin
Juliette Bausor, Flute
Catherine Edwards, Harpsichord
James Crabb, Accordion
Angharad Lyddon, Soprano
Sam Furness, Tenor
David Soar, Bass
Sun 6 Dec at 15:00
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© Nikolaj Lund
Sunday Matinees: Nordic Legends
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Grieg, Peer Gynt Suite no. 1, Op.46
Grieg, Piano Concerto in A minor, Op.16
Sibelius, Lemminkäinen Suite (Four legends) for orchestra, Op.22
Tabita Berglund, Conductor
Håvard Gimse, Piano
Tue 8 Dec at 19:00
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Brahms, Violin Concerto in D major, Op.77
Dvořák, Symphony no. 8 in G major, Op.88
Robin Ticciati, Conductor
Alina Ibragimova, Violin
Thu 10 Dec at 19:30
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© Dario Acosta
Riccardo Muti conducts Verdi's Requiem
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Verdi, Messa da Requiem
Riccardo Muti, Conductor
Asmik Grigorian, Soprano
Anita Rachvelishvili, Mezzo-soprano
Francesco Meli, Tenor
Riccardo Zanellato, Bass
Philharmonia Chorus
Sat 12 Dec at 19:30
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MacMillan, Christmas oratorio
Vladimir Jurowski, Conductor
Mary Bevan, Soprano
Christopher Maltman, Baritone
London Philharmonic Choir
Sun 13 Dec at 15:00
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Programme to include:
Williams, Film music from E.T.
Williams, Music from Home Alone
Armstrong, Film music from Love Actually: Glasgow Love Theme
Blake, The Snowman
Berlin, White Christmas
Tiomkin, Film music from It's a Wonderful Life
Silvestri, Film music from Polar Express
Various, Miracle on 34th Street
Elfman, Film music from The Nightmare Before Christmas
Sun 13 Dec at 19:00
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Gruber, Stille Nacht (Silent Night)
Tchaikovsky, The Nutcracker Suite, Op.71a
Rutter, Candlelight Carol
Vaughan Williams, Fantasia on Christmas Carols
Traditional, Joy to the world (arr. Wilberg)
Traditional, God Rest Ye Merry, Gentlemen
Traditional, O Come, All ye Faithful
Traditional, Hark! The Herald Angels Sing
Traditional, The First Nowell
Traditional, Good King Wenceslas
Traditional, Away in a Manger
Sat 16 Jan 2021 at 19:30
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© Chris Christodoulou
Daniel Barenboim, Michael Barenboim & Kian Soltani
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Beethoven, Piano Trio no. 1 in E flat major, Op.1 no.1
Beethoven, Piano Trio no. 3 in C minor, Op.1 no.3
Beethoven, Piano Trio no. 2 in G major, Op.1 no.2
Beethoven, Piano Trio no. 5 in D major "Ghost", Op.70 no.1
Daniel Barenboim, Piano
Michael Barenboim, Violin
Kian Soltani, Cello
Sun 17 Jan 2021 at 19:30
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© Harald Hoffmann
Barenboim, Barenboim & Soltani
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Beethoven, Kakadu Variations, Op.121a
Beethoven, Piano Trio no. 6 in E flat major, Op.70 no.2
Beethoven, Piano Trio no. 7 in B flat major 'Archduke', Op.97
Daniel Barenboim, Piano
Michael Barenboim, Violin
Kian Soltani, Cello
Tue 26 Jan 2021 at 19:30
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© Nick Rutter
Robert Quinney: The Mathematical Made Spiritual
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Bach, Toccata and Fugue in F Major, BWV540
Bach, Trio sonata in E Flat Major, BWV525
Bach, Toccata and Fugue "Dorian" in D Minor, BWV538
Bach, Trio sonata in C Major, BWV529
Bach, Passacaglia and fugue in C Minor, BWV582
Robert Quinney, Organ
Thu 4 Feb 2021 at 19:30
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© Annick Ramp
Esa-Pekka Salonen conducts Sibelius
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Thorvaldsdottir, Metacosmos
Beethoven, Piano Concerto no. 3 in C minor, Op.37
Sibelius, Symphony no. 2 in D major, Op.43
Esa-Pekka Salonen, Conductor
Yefim Bronfman, Piano
Sun 7 Feb 2021 at 19:30
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© Chris Gloag
Origin Stories: Strauss' Elektra
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Strauss R., Elektra (in concert)
Esa-Pekka Salonen, Conductor
Iréne Theorin, Elektra
Anna Larsson, Klytaemnestra
Lise Davidsen, Chrysothemis
Peixin Chen, Orest
Alan Oke, Aegisth
Philharmonia Voices
Thu 11 Feb 2021 at 19:30
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Strauss R., Don Quixote, Op.35
Berlioz, Symphonie fantastique, Op.14
Rafael Payare, Conductor
Alisa Weilerstein, Cello
Sun 14 Feb 2021 at 17:00
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Debussy, Prélude à l'après-midi d'un faune
Rodrigo, Concierto de Aranjuez
Bruce, New work for guitar and orchestra
Dvořák, Symphony no. 9 in E minor, "From the New World," Op.95
Enrique Mazzola, Conductor
Miloš Karadaglić, Guitar
Mon 15 Feb 2021 at 19:30
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© Marco Borggreve
Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra: Music from Another World
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Wagner, Wesendonck-Lieder
Bruckner, Symphony no. 7 in E major, WAB 107
Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra
Andris Nelsons, Conductor
Emily Magee, Soprano
Tue 16 Feb 2021 at 19:30
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© Marco Borggreve
Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra: Bruckner’s Last Breath
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Wagner, Tristan and Isolde: Prelude to Act 1
Wagner, Tristan und Isolde: Liebestod
Bruckner, Symphony no. 9 in D minor, WAB 109
Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra
Andris Nelsons, Conductor
Emily Magee, Soprano
Wed 17 Feb 2021 at 19:30
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Stravinsky, The Firebird: Suite
Nyman, Where the Bee Dances
Prokofiev, Romeo and Juliet: excerpts
Vasily Petrenko, Conductor
Jess Gillam, Saxophone