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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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AntwerpGardiner and London Symphony Orchestra

Weber, Beethoven, Schumann
London Symphony Orchestra; Sir John Eliot Gardiner; Isabelle Faust

Baden-BadenSir John Eliot Gardiner & LSO

Weber, Schumann
London Symphony Orchestra; Sir John Eliot Gardiner

CologneLondon Symphony Orchestra in Köln

Schumann, Mendelssohn
London Symphony Orchestra; Sir John Eliot Gardiner; Isabelle Faust; Kristian Bezuidenhout

LondonGardiner's Schumann

Weber, Mendelssohn, Schumann
London Symphony Orchestra; Sir John Eliot Gardiner; Isabelle Faust; Kristian Bezuidenhout

LondonGardiner's Schumann

Schumann
London Symphony Orchestra; Sir John Eliot Gardiner; Piotr Anderszewski

LondonArtist Portrait: Daniil Trifonov

Rameau, Ravel, Jolas, Poulenc
London Symphony Orchestra; Sir Simon Rattle; Daniil Trifonov

ViennaLondon Symphony Orchestra

Rameau, Ravel, Debussy
London Symphony Orchestra; Sir Simon Rattle; Daniil Trifonov
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Big boned Bartók and Bruckner from Rattle and the LSO

Sir Simon Rattle © Oliver Helbig

Rattle and the LSO clearly had great things in mind, as they played with characteristic polish and richness, with the Adagio of Bruckner’s Sixth a thing to admire.

***11
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Diamonds in the snow: Rattle, Hannigan and the LSO

Barbara Hannigan © Raphael Brand
Sir Simon Rattle and the LSO kick off the New Year by showcasing a contemporary vocal masterpiece (with Barbara Hannigan as soloist) together with two symphonies by Nordic composers.
****1
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Humanity, warmth, and excitement in a folk music-inspired programme

Leonidas Kavakos © Marco Borggreve
Playing works inspired by folk tunes from Romania, Hungary, France, Spain and England, Rattle pulled off a convincing performance, with Kavakos producing a strong Brahms concerto.
***11
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Rattle and the LSO on toe-tapping form

Sir Simon Rattle © Oliver Helbig
Dance, jazz and Latin rhythms were all present in this programme, which rolled back the years to Rattle's early years. 
*****
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Bernstein's Candide semi-staged by the LSO

Sir Thomas Allen with the Inquisition © Mark Allan
Jane Archibald gave possibly the most dazzling account of Cunegonde's music that I’ve heard. 
***11
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Divine Geometry measures up under Kristjan Järvi

Kristjan Järvi and the London Symphony Orchestra © Mark Allan | Barbican
The LSO served up a lively programme of genre-defying UK premières at the Barbican. 
***11
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Orchestral sorcery from François-Xavier Roth and the LSO

François-Xavier Roth © Holger Talinski
Roth's exploration of the roots of musical modernism takes the LSO from Debussy to Strauss via Dvořák's Cello Concerto.
****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.