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Performer: London Symphony Chorus

Biography

The London Symphony Chorus is one of the UK's leading choirs, performing regularly at the Barbican and other venues.

Formed in 1966 to complement the work of the London Symphony Orchestra, the Chorus consists of over 160 amateur singers from all walks of life. Whilst maintaining a close association with the LSO, the London Symphony Chorus partners with other leading orchestras around the world.

From its creation the Chorus, under the direction of eminent musicians including John Alldis, Arthur Oldham, Richard Hickox, Stephen Westrop, Joseph Cullen and from August 2012 Simon Halsey, has continued to expand its wide repertoire of music including the commissioning of new works.

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LondonLSO/ Noseda: Carmina Burana

© Jonas Becker
Saint-Saëns, Orff
London Symphony Orchestra; Simon Halsey; Alice Sara Ott; Christina Poulitsi; Sunnyboy Dladla; Elliot Madore

LondonLSO/Rattle: The Dream of Gerontius

© London Symphony Orchestra
Elgar: The Dream of Gerontius, Oratorio for soloists chorus and orchestra, Op.38
London Symphony Orchestra; Simon Halsey; Stuart Skelton; Alice Coote; John Relyea; London Symphony Chorus

LondonLSC/Halsey: A Roar of War

London Symphony Orchestra
Britten, Tippett, Holst, Dove, Weir, Parry
Simon Halsey; London Symphony Chorus

LondonLSO/Roth: Varèse, Ravel & Berlioz

© Jonas Becker
Varèse, Ravel, Berlioz
London Symphony Orchestra; Simon Halsey; Alice Sara Ott; London Symphony Chorus; François-Xavier Roth
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A Beethoven Ninth to remember from Rattle and the LSO

Sir Simon Rattle conducts the LSO © Candice Witton

Is it still permitted to play the Adagio of Beethoven's Ninth like this?

*****
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Outstanding Beethoven, disappointing Berg from the LSO

Sir Simon Rattle and the LSO in Berg and Beethoven © Mark Allan
With fabulous solo singing from Pavol Breslik and Elsa Dreisig, Beethoven's only oratorio Christ on the Mount of Olives turns out to be a gem. Sadly, the Berg Violin Concerto misses the mark.
****1
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Autumnal Elgar and visceral Bartók from Roth, Weilerstein and the LSO

François-Xavier Roth © Holger Talinski
At once visceral and disciplined, Roth drew scintillating playing from each section, none more so than the woodwind.
****1
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Happy Anniversary: 50 up for MTT and the LSO, 150 for Berlioz

Michael Tilson Thomas conducting the LSO © Kevin Leighton
Tilson Thomas has form with Berlioz: the full forces of the LSO and London Symphony Chorus built up to a noble blaze
****1
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Czech lyricism and fervour from the LSO and Kazushi Ono

Kazushi Ono conducts the LSO © Mark Allan | Barbican

Kazushi Ono and LSO forces go with the flow in Janáček’s Glagolitic Mass after a relatively uninspiring first half.

***11
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