Guide to the London Philharmonic Orchestra

The London Philharmonic Orchestra © Richard Cannon
The London Philharmonic Orchestra
© Richard Cannon
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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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GlyndebourneDon Pasquale

Donizetti: Don Pasquale
Giacomo Sagripanti; Mariame Clément; Glyndebourne Festival Opera; Julia Hansen; Renato Girolami; Lisette Oropesa; Andrei Zhilikhovsky

GlyndebourneLa traviata

Verdi: La traviata
Stefan Soltesz; Tom Cairns; Glyndebourne Festival Opera; Hildegard Bechtler; Joyce El-Khoury; Atalla Ayan; Dimitri Platanias

LondonProm 71

Stravinsky, Traditional, Prokofiev, Britten, Shostakovich
London Philharmonic Orchestra; Vladimir Jurowski; Alina Ibragimova

LondonLondon Philharmonic Orchestra: Enescu's Oedipe

Enescu: Oedipe
London Philharmonic Orchestra; Vladimir Jurowski; Paul Gay; Sir Willard White; Christopher Purves; Graham Clark

LondonLondon Philharmonic Orchestra: To the limits

Britten, Silvestrov, Janáček
London Philharmonic Orchestra; Vladimir Jurowski; Jan Vogler

LondonLondon Philharmonic Orchestra: Grandeur out of darkness

Mozart, Bruckner
London Philharmonic Orchestra; Vladimir Jurowski; Richard Goode
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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. 
****1
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Buffa as blood sport: Glyndebourne's Don Pasquale

Lisette Oropesa gives a coloratura star turn; Renato Girolami and Andrey Zhilikhovsky give the buffo patter; Mariame Clément's staging focuses on the work’s dark side.
***11
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Keep calm and carry on singing

A superlative cast and perceptive staging make for a gripping revival of Strauss’s Ariadne auf Naxos at the Glyndebourne Festival.
****1
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Hamlet boldly adapted by Brett Dean

Brett Dean treats Shakespeare's behemoth as a timeless story told in language that has become timeless; no effort is spared in elucidating and amplifying that story.
****1
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A strong Violetta carries an uninspired Traviata revival

Tom Cairns' production feels empty and distracted, but Kristina Mkhitaryan was a sensational Violetta, strongly reinforced by an impressive Germont from Igor Golovatenko.
****1
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Ravi Shankar’s Opera Sukanya Delights in Birmingham

Five years after the composer's death, his musical collaborator David Murphy ensures that Shankar's only operatic work finally gets heard.
****1
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