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. 
March 2017
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© Ranald Mackechnie
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LondonDebussy, Bartók, Mahler

Debussy, Bartók, Mahler
London Symphony Orchestra; François-Xavier Roth; Simon Trpčeski

LondonBerg, Mahler

Berg, Mahler
London Symphony Orchestra; Gianandrea Noseda; Janine Jansen

LondonFree Friday Lunchtime Concerts - Romantic Europe

London Symphony Orchestra

LondonDebussy, Bartók, Bruckner

Debussy, Bartók, Bruckner
London Symphony Orchestra; François-Xavier Roth; Antoine Tamestit

InnsbruckDebussy, Bruckner

Debussy, Bruckner
London Symphony Orchestra; François-Xavier Roth

BregenzDebussy, Bruckner

Debussy, Bruckner
London Symphony Orchestra; François-Xavier Roth

LondonFree Friday Lunchtime Concerts - Northern Light

London Symphony Orchestra
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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.
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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.
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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.
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Sensational Mattila, restrained Kaufmann

A stunning Sieglinde from Mattila eclipses Kaufmann's restrained Siegmund; Pappano conjures exceptional detail and drive from the LSO.
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Italian Passion ignites a blazing Inextinguishable Symphony at the Barbican

In a cleverly-designed programme, Sir Antonio Pappano and the London Symphony Orchestra brought meticulous attention to detail and plenty of drama in three superb performances.
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Shades of grey for a winter's day

Two works by Brahms and an early tone poem by Strauss only partially succeed in performances by the LSO under Alpesh Chauhan and with Benjamin Grosvenor as soloist.
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Rattle transcends in Mahler 6 and Turnage première

Sir Simon Rattle and the LSO delve deep in Mahler's sixth symphony and provide new perspectives in a thoughtful and impressive world première by Mark-Anthony Turnage.
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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.