Guide to the London Symphony Orchestra

Bernstein 100: the LSO’s tribute to a big-hearted man

The LSO celebrates Bernstein's genius with a series of concerts this led by newly installed Music Director, Sir Simon Rattle, and by Bernstein protégé, Marin Alsop.

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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LondonThe Young Debussy

Wagner, Lalo, Debussy, Massenet
London Symphony Orchestra; François-Xavier Roth; Edgar Moreau

LondonEssential Debussy

Debussy
London Symphony Orchestra; François-Xavier Roth; Cédric Tiberghien; Ladies of the London Symphony Chorus; Simon Halsey

LondonMahler's Second Symphony

Mahler: Symphony no. 2 in C minor 'Resurrection'
London Symphony Orchestra; Semyon Bychkov; Christiane Karg; Anna Larsson; London Symphony Chorus; Simon Halsey

LondonJanáček, Bartók, Elgar

Janáček, Bartók, Elgar
London Symphony Orchestra; Sir Mark Elder; Francesco Piemontesi

LondonDiscovery Day: Elgar

London Symphony Orchestra; Sir Mark Elder; Nikolaj Znaider

LondonSir Mark Elder

Dvořák, Bruch, Elgar
London Symphony Orchestra; Sir Mark Elder; Nikolaj Znaider
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Elegiac introspection from Isabelle Faust

A great programme of varied but accessible 20th-century music excites in spite of its imperfections; Faust gives a beautiful, introspective reading of the second Berg concerto.
***11
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A resurrection of a Hollywood oddity by Rattle and the LSO

Sir Simon Rattle’s resurrection of a Hollywood extravaganza, the Genesis Suite, entertains at the Barbican. 
****1
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From Rameau to Mahler: Rattle and Kožená entertain in wide-ranging LSO programme

Rattle’s versatility was on display in the wide range of the menu, yet he found greater affinity in Schubert and Mahler than in French Baroque. 
***11
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Bernstein 100: Big city alienation and love

Cast and choir snaked and kicked their legs through the aisles of the hall – picking up audience members along the way – leading to a riotous on-stage dance.
****1
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Rattle brings out the LSO's brilliance in Das Lied von der Erde

Rattle and the LSO give hundreds of moments of individual brilliance in this most symphonic of song cycles, but with both soloists giving grounds for reservation.
***11
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Znaider concludes his Mozart cycle in style

In Nikolaj Znaider’s return to the LSO, there was a palpable sense of ending. The Mozart violin concertos were played with informal amicability, and Tchaikovsky’s Sixth Symphony was beautifully contained.
***11
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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.