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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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LondonMoscow nights

Moscow nights
Glinka, Rachmaninov, Tchaikovsky
London Philharmonic Orchestra; Alondra de la Parra; Benjamin Grosvenor

LondonFrench fancies

French fancies
Berlioz, Canteloube, Bizet, Gershwin
London Philharmonic Orchestra; Enrique Mazzola; Anna Caterina Antonacci

LondonLittle Solemn Mass

Little Solemn Mass
Rossini: Petite Messe Solennelle
London Philharmonic Orchestra; Gustavo Gimeno; Elizabeth Watts; Sara Mingardo; Kenneth Tarver; Luca Pisaroni

LondonThe Rake's Progress

The Rake's Progress
Stravinsky: The Rake's Progress
Vladimir Jurowski; Daniel Slater; Toby Spence; Sophia Burgos; Patricia Bardon; Matthew Rose

LondonLife out of death

Life out of death
Klein, Schulhoff, Martinů, Janáček
London Philharmonic Orchestra; Vladimir Jurowski; Borodin Quartet

LondonThe eternal flameWorld Première

The eternal flame
Debussy, Lindberg, Stravinsky, Janáček
London Philharmonic Orchestra; Vladimir Jurowski; London Philharmonic Choir
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Canellakis, Aimard and the LPO escape to the country

Karina Canellakis © Mathias Bothor
The London Philharmonic Orchestra, conducted by Karina Canellakis and with Pierre-Laurent Aimard as soloist, offer a scenic tour to territories once visualised by Sibelius, Dvořák and Bartók.
***11
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Divine ire: two ballets inspired by Greek myth from the LPO

Russian conductor Vladimir Jurowski © Drew Kelley
Vladimir Jurowski led the LPO in a thoughtful and though-provoking concert that paired Beethoven's only full-length ballet, the joyous and energetic Die Geschöpfe des Prometheus with Stravinsky's cool and melancholy Orpheus.
****1
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Skelton and Connolly impress in Das Lied von der Erde

Stuart Skelton © Guðmundur Ingólfsson
Stuart Skelton and Sarah Connolly were the stars of the evening, lifting the performance to a new level in what Leonard Bernstein called Mahler’s “greatest symphony”.
***11
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Not with a whimper but a bang

Thomas Adès © Brian Voce
Commendably fine playing from the LPO conducted by Thomas Adès, and with Kirill Gerstein as soloist, three less than familiar works throw up overwhelming volumes of energy.
****1
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Prom 64: Davidsen and LPO shine in awesome Verdi Requiem

Lise Davidsen and the LPO © BBC | Chris Christodoulou
A quartet of superb soloists shine through an orchestral and choral performance of great precision to bring out Verdi’s powerful evocation of the terror of eternal damnation.
*****
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Vanessa at Glyndebourne: repression in a cold climate

Virginie Verrez (Erika), Emma Bell (Vanessa) © Tristram Kenton
Brilliant staging, superb acting, a magnetic performance from Virginie Verrez and an excellent orchestral performance make a strong case for Samuel Barber's all-but-forgotten chiller.
****1
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