Guide to the London Symphony Orchestra

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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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« ...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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LondonNew Music Britain

Grime, Birtwistle, Adès, Knussen, Elgar
London Symphony Orchestra; Sir Simon Rattle; Christian Tetzlaff

LondonDiscovery Day: Faust in Music

Berlioz: The Damnation of Faust (La Damnation de Faust)
London Symphony Orchestra; Sir Simon Rattle

LondonThe Damnation of Faust

Berlioz: The Damnation of Faust (La Damnation de Faust)
Sir Simon Rattle; Karen Cargill; Bryan Hymel; Florian Boesch; Gerald Finley

LondonThe Damnation of Faust

Berlioz: The Damnation of Faust (La Damnation de Faust)
Sir Simon Rattle; Karen Cargill; Bryan Hymel; Florian Boesch; Gerald Finley

LondonStravinsky

Stravinsky
London Symphony Orchestra; Sir Simon Rattle

LondonLSO on Track

Elgar, Stravinsky
LSO On Track Orchestra; Sir Simon Rattle; Guildhall School Musicians; London Symphony Orchestra

LondonStravinsky

Stravinsky
London Symphony Orchestra; Sir Simon Rattle
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A pioneering spirit: Rattle’s imaginary journey through Haydn

Sir Simon Rattle steers the LSO through a sequence of Haydn’s most forward-looking pieces while Denis Kozhukhin, as a late stand-in, is immense in Bartók’s Second Piano Concerto.
****1
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A Trip to the Moon misses its lift-off

Under Sir Simon Rattle’s baton, Andrew Norman’s children’s opera struggles to find either terrene or otherworldly land.
**111
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Robert Treviño triumphs in LSO debut

Nietzsche's Midnight Song is the stillest piece of music in all Mahler, and Treviño’s poise and Larsson’s rich voice cast a powerful and profound spell.
****1
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Playing the Game: Symphonic Odysseys

The latent complexities of Nobuo Uematsu's video game music come to the fore with this orchestral makeover by the LSO. 
***11
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The Agony and the Ecstasy: Bruckner, Bernard Haitink and the LSO

Bernard Haitink and LSO forces explore contrasting aspects of two late works by Bruckner.
****1
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Palliative and consoling Mahler 9

Bernard Haitink conducts the London Symphony Orchestra in a deeply moving account of Mahler's Ninth Symphony at the Barbican the day after the tragedy in Manchester.
*****
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Inspired Holst and Vaughan Williams from Mark Elder and the LSO

A concert programme that includes both Holst and Vaughan Williams is as right as strawberries and cream at Wimbledon. 
****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.