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Guide to the London Symphony Orchestra

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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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Smouldering Beethoven and barnstorming Ives from Elder and the LSO

Kirill Gerstein © Marco Borggreve
Plenty of mustard with Ives' beguiling Americana and intelligent Beethoven from Kirill Gerstein.
***11
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LSO leader leaps in for unscheduled Tchaikovsky concerto

Roman Simović, Gianandrea Noseda and the LSO © Mark Allan | Barbican
A last-minute cancellation resulted in a blazing performance of Tchaikovsky from LSO leader Roman Simović, paired with Strauss' orchestral masterworks.
****1
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Poetic Rachmaninov in Seong-Jin Cho’s LSO debut

Seong-Jin Cho, Gianandrea Noseda and the LSO © Mark Allan | Barbican
Gianandrea Noseda's Shostakovich symphony cycle with the London Symphony Orchestra took us right back to the composer's student days, with the punchy First. 
****1
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LSO Futures: A mixed night of mostly new music at the Barbican

Simon Halsey conducting the public domain © Doug Peters
The LSO Futures season presented a programme of alternately effective, un-engaging and overpowering music at the Barbican.
****1
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Sex and subversion: Barbara Hannigan and the LSO

Barbara Hannigan © Musacchio & Ianniello | Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia
Pure jouissance from that musical multitasker extraordinaire Barbara Hannigan in an evening of contrasting delights with the London Symphony Orchestra.
****1
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Bohemian Rhapsody: Haitink rocks 90 with the LSO

Bernard Haitink © Mark Allan | Barbican
A wonderful evening of unforced, smiling music-making from Bernard Haitink, Isabelle Faust and the London Symphony Orchestra. 
*****
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Haitink at 90: Extraordinary Bruckner with the LSO

Bernard Haitink conducts the LSO © Mark Allan | Barbican
Bernard Haitink conducts an extraordinary account of Bruckner's Fourth Symphony. 
*****
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Pappano and the LSO bring the Italians out of the opera pit

Sir Antonio Pappano © Musacchio & Ianniello
An evening of three Italian opera composers on the concert platform, crowned with a glowing performance of Puccini's rarely heard Messa di Gloria.
****1
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Biography

From delivering artistic excellence on stage, in recordings and on film, to its world-leading music education and community programme, the London Symphony Orchestra strives to bring great music to as many people as possible. Established in 1904, the LSO was one of the first self-governing orchestras, built on the values of partnership and artistic ownership. That entrepreneurial spirit continues today.

The LSO has been the Resident Orchestra at the Barbican in the City of London since the Centre opened in 1982. Every year, it gives 70 concerts there and performs over 50 worldwide. The LSO also programmes concerts and workshops at LSO St Luke’s through its pioneering community and education programme, LSO Discovery, which was one of the first in the UK. Much of LSO Discovery’s work is captured and disseminated digitally, enabling enthusiasts, pupils and teachers from around the world to benefit from its activities. The Orchestra also champions new music, regularly commissioning some of the foremost British composers to write significant new works for full orchestra and mixed-ability ensembles.

The LSO has developed a close family of artists who continually demonstrate their commitment to this Orchestra, with Sir Simon Rattle as Music Director, Gianandrea Noseda and François-Xavier Roth as Principal Guest Conductors, Michael Tilson Thomas as Conductor Laureate and André Previn as Conductor Emeritus. It also enjoys long-standing relationships with some of the world’s greatest conductors and soloists who relish the boundless professional ambitions that the LSO offers.

The LSO has a history of innovation that helps to keep it relevant and contemporary. With the formation of its own recording label LSO Live in 1999, the Orchestra brought about a revolution in how live orchestral music was recorded. Since then, LSO Live has produced over 120 releases and continually embraces new digital technologies, having made pioneering moves into digital film, Blu-Ray Audio, downloads and streaming. The Orchestra has more recordings to its name than any other orchestra, and many millions have enjoyed the LSO through its work as a leading orchestra for film, which includes hundreds of classic scores from Star Wars to The King’s Speech and Indiana Jones.

The LSO is determined to ensure the future of great music throughout the world and in its London home. The Orchestra is a leading partner in Culture Mile in the City of London alongside the Corporation, the Barbican Centre, the Museum of London and the Guildhall School. Its Barbican Residency is funded by The Corporation of London and the LSO is a National Portfolio Organisation of the Arts Council England. The Orchestra relies on all of its strategic partnerships at home and abroad, plus its generous funders, to enable it to continue delivering a dynamic range of work.

Visit the LSO website for more information.