Guide to the London Philharmonic Orchestra

The London Philharmonic Orchestra © Richard Cannon
The London Philharmonic Orchestra
© Richard Cannon
March 2017
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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: Death and Transfiguration

Strauss R., Mozart
London Philharmonic Orchestra; Nathalie Stutzmann; Kateryna Kasper; Sara Mingardo; Robin Tritschler; Leon Košavić

ZürichRavel, Poulenc, Dvořák

Ravel, Poulenc, Dvořák
London Philharmonic Orchestra; Howard Griffiths; Güher Pekinel; Süher Pekinel

LondonLondon Philharmonic Orchestra: Symphony of a Thousand

Tallis, Mahler
London Philharmonic Orchestra; Vladimir Jurowski; Melanie Diener; Anne Schwanewilms; Sofia Fomina; Sarah Connolly

LondonLondon Philharmonic Orchestra: Heaven and Earth

Wagner, Bruckner
London Philharmonic Orchestra; Marek Janowski; Egils Silins

LondonLondon Philharmonic Orchestra: Time Becomes Space

Bach, Hindemith, Wagner, Strauss R.
London Philharmonic Orchestra; John Mauceri; Angel Blue

LondonLondon Philharmonic Orchestra: Hymn to Joy

Lindberg, Beethoven
London Philharmonic Orchestra; Christoph Eschenbach; Susanna Hurrell; Justina Gringyte; David Butt Philip; Jihoon Kim
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Anglo-Polish forces triumph in Penderecki

Few composers have made such a notable impact in setting the St Luke Passion narrative, and this impressive performance under an inspired Vladimir Jurowski made clear its relevance today.
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Black Angels: a brush with death

The Grim Reaper swept the aisles of the Royal Festival Hall in Vladimir Jurowski's latest programme in the Southbank Centre’s “Belief and Beyond Belief” series which explores faith and spirituality. 
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Intriguing exploration of American adventurers

A quartet of American composers drew some notable performances from the London Philharmonic Orchestra as part of the Southbank Centre’s Belief and Beyond Belief series. 
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Feel-good factor Creation from Norrington and LPO

At 82, Sir Roger Norrington may have slowed down his conducting career but I’m very pleased to report that he still loves stirring things up at his concerts.
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Illuminating Vaughan Williams from Jurowski and the LPO

Kancheli, Martinů and Vaughan Williams – all of whom have at various times been misunderstood or ignored – featured in this bold programme from Vladamir Jurowski and the LPO.
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Fidelio with footnotes

Despite a condescending commentary, a strong performance from Anja Kampe as Leonore made this concert staging of Fidelio at the Royal Festival Hall thoroughly enjoyable.
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