Guide to the London Philharmonic Orchestra

The London Philharmonic Orchestra © Richard Cannon
The London Philharmonic Orchestra
© Richard Cannon
October 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: Faith from the shadows

Shostakovich, Vasks, Rachmaninov
London Philharmonic Orchestra; Andrés Orozco-Estrada; István Várdai; London Philharmonic Choir; Lay Vicars of Westminster Abbey

LondonLondon Philharmonic Orchestra: Leningrad Symphony

Beethoven, Shostakovich
London Philharmonic Orchestra; Andrés Orozco-Estrada; Inon Barnatan

LondonLondon Philharmonic Orchestra: Bruckner Symphony No. 8

Bruckner: Symphony no. 8 in C minor, WAB 108
London Philharmonic Orchestra; Lawrence Renes

LondonLondon Philharmonic Orchestra: War and (troubled) peace

Tchaikovsky, Schumann, Beethoven
London Philharmonic Orchestra; Alain Altinoglu; Patricia Kopatchinskaja

LondonLondon Philharmonic Orchestra: Summer to winter

Bridge, Prokofiev, Tchaikovsky
London Philharmonic Orchestra; Michail Jurowski; Beatrice Rana

LondonLondon Philharmonic Orchestra: The Four Seasons

Vivaldi, Kabalevsky, Glazunov
London Philharmonic Orchestra; Marius Stravinsky; Pieter Schoeman
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Storm, stress and tension: Vladimir Jurowski and the LPO

Vladimir Jurowski and the London Philharmonic Orchestra brought romantic storms with Mozart's Piano Concerto no. 20 in D minor and Bruckner's Fifth to the Royal Festival Hall.
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The End of Time and a UK première

Prophecies and apocalyptic visions were on the programme as part of the London Philharmonic's Be Moved season.
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Enescu’s ambitious only opera opens LPO season

The London Philharmonic’s concert performance of Enescu’s Oedipe proves an extravagant but triumphant way to launch the orchestra’s new Royal Festival Hall season.
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Elegiac, violent, purposeful Shostakovich 11

Alina Ibragimova plays with skill but insufficient sound to fill the Royal Albert Hall; Vladimir Jurowski and the LPO blow the roof off with Shostakovich's account of the Revolution of 1905.
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A blazing Oedipe kicks off Bucharest’s Enescu Festival

Vladimir Jurowski and the LPO gave a stunning performance of Enescu’s operatic masterpiece, despite a dramatically limp concert staging.
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El-Khoury transcends Cairns’ chilly Traviata

Glyndebourne's second Traviata cast of the summer saw the festival field three principals worthy of any major international opera house. 
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