Guide to the London Symphony Orchestra

« ...we were certainly treated to a bewitching opening, with Simon Rattle and the LSO's string section producing a tone so warm and shimmering as to transport you from northern winter to sunnier climes faster than a magic carpet. »
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This is Rattle: LSO new season

It’s been the most hotly anticipated arrival in British classical music for years. Sir Simon Rattle takes up his post as Music Director of the London Symphony Orchestra with a refreshing season programme. 
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LondonFree Friday Lunchtime Concerts - Northern Light

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LondonMussorgsky, Tchaikovsky, Shostakovich

Mussorgsky, Tchaikovsky, Shostakovich
London Symphony Orchestra; Sir Mark Elder; Anne-Sophie Mutter

BrightonLondon Symphony Orchestra

Mozart, Tchaikovsky
London Symphony Orchestra; Nikolaj Znaider

LondonMozart, Tchaikovsky

Mozart, Tchaikovsky
London Symphony Orchestra; Nikolaj Znaider

LondonVaughan Williams, Brahms, Holst

Vaughan Williams, Brahms, Holst
London Symphony Orchestra; Sir Mark Elder; Roman Simović; Tim Hugh; Ladies of the London Symphony Chorus

LondonMahler

Mahler: Symphony no. 9 in D major
London Symphony Orchestra; Bernard Haitink

LondonBruckner

Bruckner
London Symphony Orchestra; Bernard Haitink; Sally Matthews; Karen Cargill; Eric Cutler; Franz-Josef Selig
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Tamestit presents first-class Bartók

A concert marked by stylish playing that brought fresh colour to Debussy, virtuosity to Bartók and energy to Bruckner.
****1
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Haunting Berg from Jansen and Noseda

An exhilarating ride through Mahler's Seventh at the Barbican. 
****1
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Roth and the LSO on peak form

A generous programme that brought out much felicitous detail from the LSO in Debussy’s Jeux and plenty of sparkle from Simon Trpčeski in Bartók, but it was Mahler that took game, set and match. 
****1
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Mediterranean heat: a scorching Daphnis et Chloé

Alain Altinoglu, conducting with a mixture of histrionic flourishes and balletic flair, leads a fiery account of Ravel's ballet. 
****1
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Disappointing Schubert and Brahms

Not much to set the heart racing in two works of German Romanticism performed by the London Symphony Orchestra and Chorus, conducted by Fabio Luisi.
**111
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A classy collaboration: Igor Levit and Fabio Luisi

A refined Emperor Concerto from Igor Levit complemented a welcome return to the LSO by Fabio Luisi, exuding calm control and infectious enthusiasm in Brahms' second symphony.
****1
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An unexpected debut: Mälkki steps in

Jumping in to cover for Valery Gergiev,  Susanna Mälkki made a promising debut with the LSO, offering a commendable, if flawed, Also sprach Zarathustra.
****1
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Biography

The London Symphony Orchestra is bringing the greatest music to the greatest number of people. This is at the heart of everything that it does. This commitment to serve music and the people who love music is borne of a unique ethos developed over more than 100 years. Established in 1904 by a number of London’s finest musicians, the LSO is a self-governing musical collective built on artistic ownership and partnership. The Orchestra is still owned by its Members and has a signature sound emanating from the combined zeal and virtuosity of these 95 brilliant musicians who come from around the world; its music-making remains firmly at the centre of the Orchestra’s activities. The LSO is Resident Orchestra at the Barbican in the City of London, where it gives 70 symphonic concerts every year, and performs a further 70 concerts worldwide on tour. The Orchestra works with a family of artists that includes the world’s greatest conductors – Sir Simon Rattle as Music Director Designate, Gianandrea Noseda and Daniel Harding as Principal Guest Conductors, Michael Tilson Thomas as Conductor Laureate and André Previn as Conductor Emeritus. LSO Discovery, the Orchestra’s community and education programme based at LSO St Luke’s, brings the work of the LSO with all parts of society and engages with 60,000 people every year. The LSO reaches out much further with its own recording label – LSO Live, the first of its kind which launched in 1999 – and now streams its music to millions around the world.

Visit the LSO website for more information.