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: Christmas Oratorio

Bach: Christmas Oratorio (Weihnachtsoratorium), BWV248
London Philharmonic Orchestra; Vladimir Jurowski; Maria Keohane; Anke Vondung; Jeremy Ovenden; Stephan Loges

LondonA Child of Our Time: Refugee Council Fundraiser

Mendelssohn, Tippett
London Philharmonic Orchestra; Edward Gardner; London Philharmonic Choir; Hilary Hahn; Sophie Bevan; Alice Coote

LondonLondon Philharmonic Orchestra: Russian epics

Khachaturian, Rachmaninov, Tchaikovsky
London Philharmonic Orchestra; Mikhail Agrest; Andrey Gugnin

LondonLondon Philharmonic Organ spectacular

Bach, Saint-Saëns, Fauré, Jongen
London Philharmonic Orchestra; Dirk Brossé; James O'Donnell

LondonLondon Philharmonic Orchestra: Das Rheingold

Wagner: Das Rheingold
Vladimir Jurowski; Matthias Goerne; Maxim Paster; Stephen Gadd; Allan Clayton

LondonLondon Philharmonic Orchestra: The fairytale begins

Rimsky-Korsakov, Stravinsky, Glazunov, Tchaikovsky
London Philharmonic Orchestra; Vladimir Jurowski; Kristóf Baráti
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Autumnal bacchanale from the LPO

In the last week, the LPO has been on a journey through the seasons. Tonight, it was mists and mellow fruitfulness, courtesy of rarities by Respighi and Marx.
*****
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Baroque intimacy and imperial splendour

Glazunov's The Seasons is a beautifully wrought and iridescent score, a jewel, a decorative Fabergé-like work of art, stuffed with melodic bonbons. 
***11
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Snow boots on for an exuberant Tchaikovsky 1

The LPO gave us a tantalising reminder of summer before plunging us into the icy chill of Tchaikovsky’s Winter Daydreams
****1
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Casting a Napoleonic shadow in Beethoven and Tchaikovsky

A questionable performance of Schumann's Violin Concerto was redeemed by lively interpretations of Beethoven's Third Symphony and Tchaikovsky's 1812 Overture.
***11
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Scaling the heights in Bruckner 8

The London Philharmonic Orchestra and Lawrence Renes demonstrate why one symphony, Bruckner's majestic Eighth, can successfully fill an entire concert evening.
****1
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Heroism and darkness for the Emperor and Leningrad

Andrés Orozco-Estrada conducts the LPO in a dramatic programme of Beethoven’s Emperor concerto and Showtakovich’s Leningrad symphony
****1
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