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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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GlyndebourneVanessaNew Production

Virginie Verrez (Erika), Emma Bell (Vanessa) © Tristram Kenton
Barber: Vanessa
Jakub Hrůša; Keith Warner; Glyndebourne Festival Opera; Ashley Martin-Davis; Emma Bell; Virginie Verrez

LondonProm 64: Verdi Requiem

Verdi: Messa da Requiem
London Philharmonic Orchestra; Andrés Orozco-Estrada; Lise Davidsen; Karen Cargill; Dmytro Popov; Tomasz Konieczny

LondonAdès conducts In Seven Days

Adès conducts In Seven Days
Stravinsky, Adès, Lutosławski
London Philharmonic Orchestra; Thomas Adès; Kirill Gerstein

LondonUchida plays Mozart

Uchida plays Mozart
Mozart, Mahler
London Philharmonic Orchestra; Vladimir Jurowski; Dame Mitsuko Uchida; Dame Sarah Connolly; Stuart Skelton

LondonDivine Fire

Divine Fire
Beethoven, Stravinsky
London Philharmonic Orchestra; Vladimir Jurowski

LondonConcerto for Orchestra

Concerto for Orchestra
Sibelius, Dvořák, Bartók
London Philharmonic Orchestra; Karina Canellakis; Pierre-Laurent Aimard
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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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Glyndebourne's baffling Pélleas et Mélisande at the Proms

Christina Gansch (Mélisande) and John Chest (Pelléas) © BBC | Chris Christodoulou
The annual transfer of a production from Glyndebourne to the Proms this year saw Herheim's baffling production of Debussy's masterpiece. 
****1
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An enigmatic Pelléas et Mélisande at Glyndebourne

John Chest (Pelléas) and Christina Gansch (Mélisande) © Richard Hubert Smith
Stefan Herheim's dreamlike production of Debussy's opera sets it squarely in the Sussex manor house that gave birth to Glyndebourne's festival. 
***11
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Seriously funny: Glyndebourne's Rosenkavalier

Rachel Willis-Sørensen (The Marschallin) © Robert Workman | Glyndebourne Festival 2018
Strauss' mix of bedroom farce, comedy of manners and bittersweet musing about aging is acted and sung superbly in this revival of Richard Jones' production.
*****
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Tears on the picnic lawn: Madama Butterfly at Glyndebourne

Olga Busuioc (Cio-Cio San) © Robbie Jack
After dipping its toe in the cherry blossom for Glyndebourne's Tour in 2016, Annilese Miskimmon's staging of Puccini's gut-wrencher hits the main festival.
***11
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Heroic performances from the LPO and Łukasz Borowicz

Anne-Sophie Mutter © Bastian Achard
The stellar performance of the evening was Anne-Sophie Mutter performing Penderecki's Violin Concerto no. 2 “Metamorphosen”.
*****
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