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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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EindhovenPure Beethoven & Norrington

Beethoven
London Philharmonic Orchestra; Sir Roger Norrington; Arseny Tarasevich-Nikolaev

BrugesTwo legends on one stage: Beethoven's Fifth and Sir Roger Norrington

Beethoven
London Philharmonic Orchestra; Sir Roger Norrington; Arseny Tarasevich-Nikolaev

LondonHere and Now, part of SoundState

Here and Now, part of SoundState
Gieshoff, Tüür, Grime, Andriessen, Hillborg
London Philharmonic Orchestra; Marin Alsop; Stewart McIlwham; Colin Currie

LondonDie Walküre

Die Walküre
Wagner: Die Walküre
Vladimir Jurowski; Stuart Skelton; Stephen Milling; Ruxandra Donose; Evgeny Nikitin

LondonDido and Aeneas

Dido and Aeneas
Handel, Purcell
Sir Roger Norrington; Marie-Claude Chappuis; Benjamin Appl; Lucy Crowe; Anna Dennis
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An exceptional Bruckner 2 from Jurowski and the LPO

Vladimir Jurowski conducts the LPO © Simon Jay Price
Alena Baeva gets under the skin of Tchaikovsky's concerto in this outstanding concert. 
*****
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Ray Chen entertains in an uneven night for the LPO

Ray Chen © John Mac
Chen plays a fine solo part in Bruch and delights with his encore; Orozco-Estrada and the LPO provide some good moments but fall short of their best form.
***11
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Lords and ladies of the dance: the LPO and Orozco-Estrada

Andrés Orozco-Estrada © Martin Sigmund
Andrés Orozco-Estrada and the LPO offer an eclectic and unusual mix of works which, despite commendable playing, never quite added up to a satisfying whole.
****1
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Drama in concert: Elder and the LPO in Puccini's Le Willis

Arsen Soghomonyan, Ermonela Jaho and the LPO © Russell Duncan
Mark Elder and the LPO's performance of Puccini's Le Willis proved interesting and frustrating in equal measure, rescued by a star performance from Ermonela Jaho.
***11
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Four composers speak to war and mortality

Vladimir Jurowski © Simon Jay Price
On the 100th eve of the Armistice, Vladimir Jurowsky led the LPO in four radically different meditations on death and eternal life.
****1
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