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Guide to the London Symphony Orchestra

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© Ranald Mackechnie
© Ranald Mackechnie
« ...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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LondonProm 48: Sir Simon Rattle conducts L’enfant et les Sortileges

Ravel
London Symphony Orchestra; Sir Simon Rattle; Elizabeth Watts; Jane Archibald

SalzburgLondon Symphony Orchestra 1Guest Orchestras

Bernstein, Dvořák, Janáček
London Symphony Orchestra; Sir Simon Rattle; Krystian Zimerman

SalzburgLondon Symphony Orchestra 2Guest Orchestras

Mahler: Symphony no. 9 in D major
London Symphony Orchestra; Sir Simon Rattle

ElyLeonard Bernstein at 100 with Mahler's Resurrection Symphony at Ely Cathedral

Mahler: Symphony no. 2 in C minor 'Resurrection'
London Symphony Orchestra; Leonard Bernstein; Edinburgh Festival Chorus

LondonProm 57: John Wilson conducts Bernstein On the Town

Bernstein: On the Town
John Wilson; Martin Duncan; Nathaniel Hackmann; Louise Dearman; London Symphony Orchestra

LucerneGruppen

Stockhausen: Gruppen
London Symphony Orchestra; Sir Simon Rattle; Lucerne Festival Academy; Matthias Pintscher; Duncan Ward

LucerneMessiaen, Nono

Messiaen, Nono
Lucerne Festival Academy; Matthias Pintscher; London Symphony Orchestra; Sir Simon Rattle
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Precision and abandon in the LSO's Shostakovich

Gianandrea Noseda © Steve J Sherman
An in-form Noseda and Benedetti meant that their Shostakovich was never to be lukewarm, as they portrayed the Soviet composer with fire and drama..
*****
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A polyphonic paradise: Mahler’s Ninth Symphony at the Tonhalle Maag

Sir Simon Rattle © Oliver Helbig
Sir Simon Rattle conducted the London Symphony Orchestra in Gustav Mahler’s last completed symphony, the enigmatic Ninth Symphony.  
***11
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Musical endgames with Rattle and the LSO

Sir Simon Rattle © Johann Sebastian Hanel
An unusual pairing of Tippett and Mahler’s final musical statements in a concert of extraordinary conviction presented by the LSO and their Music Director.
****1
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From Sibelius to Giguère, Mälkki returns to the LSO with versatility

Susanna Mälkki © Simon Fowler
Despite an impressive Elgar concerto with Müller-Schott, it was in the Sibelius symphony that Mälkki fell short. 
***11
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Alert and refined: LSO on top form under François-Xavier Roth

François-Xavier Roth © Holger Talinski
Celebrating Debussy on the 100th anniversary of his death, this programme played to the strengths of the LSO under the energetic direction of François-Xavier Roth.
*****
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Gardiner and LSO make a welcome return

Sir John Eliot Gardiner © Sim Canetty-Clarke
The replication of the weekend’s triumph was cut short by a somewhat dimly executed Fourth Symphony, as violinist Faust stole the show. 
****1
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Spellbinding Schumann from Gardiner and the LSO

Sir John Eliot Gardiner conducting the LSO in Essen © Sven Lorenz
With Gardiner’s eye for detail, the LSO triumph in a concert that marks the start of a new Schumann symphony cycle.
*****
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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.