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Guide to the London Philharmonic Orchestra

One of the finest orchestras on the international stage, the London Philharmonic Orchestra was founded in 1932 by Sir Thomas Beecham. Since then, its Principal Conductors have included Sir Adrian Boult, Bernard Haitink, Sir Georg Solti, Klaus Tennstedt and Kurt Masur. In 2007 Vladimir Jurowski became the Orchestra’s current Principal Conductor.

The London Philharmonic Orchestra has been performing at Southbank Centre’s Royal Festival Hall since it opened in 1951, becoming Resident Orchestra in 1992. It also has residencies in Brighton and Eastbourne, and performs regularly around the UK. The Orchestra frequently tours abroad: highlights of the 2017/18 season include visits to Japan, China, Romania, the Czech Republic, Germany, Belgium, Austria, Spain, Italy and France.

The Orchestra broadcasts regularly on television and radio, and has recorded soundtracks for numerous films including The Lord of the Rings. In 2005 it began releasing live, studio and archive recordings on its own CD label.

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GlyndebourneMadama ButterflyNew production

Olga Busuioc (Cio-Cio San) © Robbie Jack
Puccini: Madama Butterfly
Omer Meir Wellber; Annilese Miskimmon; Glyndebourne Festival Opera; Benjamin Glassberg; Nicky Shaw; Olga Busuioc

GlyndebourneDer Rosenkavalier

Rachel Willis-Sørensen (The Marschallin) © Robert Workman | Glyndebourne Festival 2018
Strauss R.: Der Rosenkavalier
Robin Ticciati; Richard Jones; Glyndebourne Festival Opera; Paul Steinberg; Nicky Gillibrand; Rachel Willis-Sørensen; Michaela Kaune

GlyndebournePelléas et MélisandeNew Production

Pelléas et Mélisande
Debussy: Pelléas et Mélisande
Robin Ticciati; Stefan Herheim; Glyndebourne Festival Opera; Philipp Fürhofer; Christina Gansch; John Chest

LondonProm 5: Debussy Pélleas et Mélisande

Debussy: Pelléas et Mélisande
Robin Ticciati; Glyndebourne Festival Opera; Christina Gansch; John Chest; Christopher Purves; Brindley Sherratt

GlyndebourneVanessaNew Production

Vanessa
Barber: Vanessa
Jakub Hrůša; Keith Warner; Glyndebourne Festival Opera; Ashley Martin-Davis; Emma Bell; Virginie Verrez

LondonProm 64: Verdi Requiem

Verdi: Messa da Requiem
London Philharmonic Orchestra; Andrés Orozco-Estrada; Lise Davidsen; Karen Cargill; Dmytro Popov; Tomasz Konieczny
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Seriously funny: Glyndebourne's Rosenkavalier

Rachel Willis-Sørensen (The Marschallin) © Robert Workman | Glyndebourne Festival 2018
Strauss' mix of bedroom farce, comedy of manners and bittersweet musing about aging is acted and sung superbly in this revival of Richard Jones' production.
*****
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Tears on the picnic lawn: Madama Butterfly at Glyndebourne

Olga Busuioc (Cio-Cio San) © Robbie Jack
After dipping its toe in the cherry blossom for Glyndebourne's Tour in 2016, Annilese Miskimmon's staging of Puccini's gut-wrencher hits the main festival.
***11
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Heroic performances from the LPO and Łukasz Borowicz

Anne-Sophie Mutter © Bastian Achard
The stellar performance of the evening was Anne-Sophie Mutter performing Penderecki's Violin Concerto no. 2 “Metamorphosen”.
*****
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Uncompromisingly dark: Rach 2 and Mahler 5 from the LPO

Robert Treviño © Musacchio & Ianniello
Robert Treviño conducts the LPO in tension-filled accounts of Rachmaninov and Mahler. 
****1
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Jurowski revels in Stravinsky, Debussy and Shostakovich

Vladimir Jurowski © Drew Kelley
In a memorable evening, Jurowski and the LPO presented entirely convincing accounts.
*****
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Stravinsky’s Perséphone brought to life by Adès and Barry

Thomas Adès © Brian Voce
Glistening performances by the London Philharmonic Orchestra and combined forces under Thomas Adès bring to life Stravinsky’s Perséphone, with fiery premières of works by Adès himself and Gerald Barry.
****1
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