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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GlyndebourneLa traviata

Verdi: La traviata
Richard Farnes; Tom Cairns; Glyndebourne Festival Opera; Hildegard Bechtler; Kristina Mkhitaryan; Zach Borichevsky; Igor Golovatenko

GlyndebourneHamletNew Production

Dean: Hamlet
Vladimir Jurowski; Neil Armfield; Glyndebourne Festival Opera; Ralph Myers; Alice Babidge; Allan Clayton; Barbara Hannigan

LondonPsycho

Herrmann: Film music from Psycho
London Philharmonic Orchestra; Robert Ziegler

GlyndebourneAriadne auf Naxos

Strauss R.: Ariadne auf Naxos
Cornelius Meister; Katharina Thoma; Glyndebourne Festival Opera; Julia Müer; Irina Bartels; Lise Davidsen; Erin Morley

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
Andrés Orozco-Estrada; Tom Cairns; Glyndebourne Festival Opera; Hildegard Bechtler; Joyce El-Khoury; Atalla Ayan; Dimitri Platanias
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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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The revolutionary spirit tamed

Concluding its "Belief and Beyond Belief" series, the London Philharmonic Orchestra conducted by Yazushi Ono also completes its 2016-2017 concert season. 
***11
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An evening to cherish with the LPO

A sombre programme of four substantial works, part of the LPOs series of concert Belief and Beyond Belief nevertheless had something of showbusiness about it, thanks to the charismatic presence of John Mauceri. 
*****
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Janowksi ascends Bruckner 7 and admires the view

Long climbs often provide the best views. The Adagio second movement of Anton Bruckner’s Seventh Symphony bears the tempo marking Sehr feierlich und sehr langsam… and it is very solemn and very slow indeed.
****1
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Death be not proud: Stutzmann conducts Strauss and Mozart

Reflections on mortality provided by the French contralto Nathalie Stutzmann conducting the London Philharmonic Orchestra and Choir in two works by Richard Strauss and Mozart.
***11
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Anglo-Polish forces triumph in Penderecki

Few composers have made such a notable impact in setting the St Luke Passion narrative, and this impressive performance under an inspired Vladimir Jurowski made clear its relevance today.
****1
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