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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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LondonDvořák's Symphony No. 8

Dvořák's Symphony No. 8
Debussy, Prokofiev, Dvořák
London Philharmonic Orchestra; Thomas Søndergård; Luca Buratto

LondonLondon Philharmonic Orchestra: Mutter plays Penderecki

London Philharmonic Orchestra: Mutter plays Penderecki
Panufnik, Penderecki, Prokofiev
London Philharmonic Orchestra; Łukasz Borowicz; Anne-Sophie Mutter

GlyndebourneMadama ButterflyNew production

Madama Butterfly
Puccini: Madama Butterfly
Omer Meir Wellber; Annilese Miskimmon; Glyndebourne Festival Opera; Nicky Shaw; Olga Busuioc; Joshua Guerrero

GlyndebourneDer Rosenkavalier

Der Rosenkavalier
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
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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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Sweet and savoury from the LPO

Andrés Orozco-Estrada © Martin Sigmund
An intelligently planned and generous programme featuring the London Philharmonic Orchestra, Andrés Orozco-Estrada and Peter Donohoe in two neo-classical works by Stravinsky paired with two German Romantic works.
***11
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Trifonov impresses, the LPO's Stravinsky doesn't

Daniil Trifonov © Dario Acosta | DG
Trifonov's rock solid technique is applied with finesse to one of the world's most popular concerti; Stravinsky's Fairy's Kiss doesn't transfer well to the concert platform.
***11
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Heavenly Strauss from Damrau

Diana Damrau © Rebecca Fay
With Damrau, one hears every word and her account of Strauss' Four Last Songs was memorable. 
***11
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World-beating musicianship from Sergej Krylov

Sergej Krylov © Evgeny Evtukhov
A superb concert from the London Philharmonic Orchestra under an inspirational Vasily Petrenko who brought vivid colours to two ballet scores straddling the Great War, and an excusite rendtion of Tchaikovsky's Violin Concerto. 
*****
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