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Guide to the London Philharmonic Orchestra

The London Philharmonic Orchestra © Richard Cannon
The London Philharmonic Orchestra
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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 2016/17 season include visits to New York, Germany, Hungary, Spain, France, Belgium, The Netherlands and Switzerland. 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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LondonLondon Philharmonic Orchestra: Fidelio

Beethoven: Fidelio
Vladimir Jurowski; Anja Kampe; Sofia Fomina; Peter Rose; Michael König

LondonLondon Philharmonic Orchestra: 20th-Century Discoveries

Kancheli, Martinů, Vaughan Williams
London Philharmonic Orchestra; Vladimir Jurowski; Kim Kashkashian

LondonLondon Philharmonic Orchestra: New Worlds

Rebel, Milhaud, Adams
London Philharmonic Orchestra; Vladimir Jurowski

LondonLondon Philharmonic Orchestra: In the Beginning

Haydn: The Creation (Die Schöpfung), Hob XXI:2
London Philharmonic Orchestra; Sir Roger Norrington; Susan Gritton; Thomas Hobbs; Christopher Maltman; London Philharmonic Choir

LondonLondon Philharmonic Orchestra: Man and Superman

Haydn, Poulenc, Ligeti, Strauss R.
London Philharmonic Orchestra; Andrés Orozco-Estrada; James O'Donnell

LondonLondon Philharmonic Orchestra: American Adventures

Glass, Kernis, Ives, Adams
London Philharmonic Orchestra; Andrés Orozco-Estrada; Marina Piccinini
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Isserlis and Jurowski's Slavic adventure

Vladimir Jurowski and the LPO cut an unusual slice of Russian music, with energetic performances of five works from four composers and Steven Isserlis outstanding in Prokofiev's Cello Concerto.
****1
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Andrés Orozco-Estrada leads a pristine Eroica

The Colombian conductor leads the London Philharmonic in an evening of Weber, Bruch and Beethoven where classical discipline comes out on top.
***11
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Atmosphere? The Adagios have it aplenty

The London Philharmonic Orchestra under Andrés Orozco-Estrada explore Romanticism in Weber and Rachmaninov, with Juian Bliss providing a classical contrast in Mozart's clarinet concerto.
***11
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Water-sprites, tarantulas and icy landscapes

The final pair of Sibelius symphonies is memorably performed by the LPO under Osmo Vänskä, with Tasmin Little as the authoritative soloist in Walton's violin concerto.
****1
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Sublime Sibelius from Vänskä and the LPO

This central instalment in Osmo Vänskä’s Sibelius cycle with the London Philharmonic Orchestra fully endorsed his credentials as perhaps the world's greatest Sibelian.
*****
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Hot Sibelius from Vänskä and the LPO

Gripping Sibelius and Britten open a further exploration of the mighty Finn with a compelling performance from violinist Simone Lamsma.
****1
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