Guide to the Philharmonia Orchestra

Philharmonia Orchestra © Benjamin Ealovega
Philharmonia Orchestra
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LondonJakub Hrůša conducts Dvořák

Brahms, Tchaikovsky, Dvořák
Philharmonia Orchestra; Jakub Hrůša; Sergey Khachatryan

BasingstokeDvorak Symphony no. 8

Brahms, Tchaikovsky, Dvořák
Philharmonia Orchestra; Jakub Hrůša; Renaud Capuçon

BedfordDvorak and Elgar

Smetana, Elgar, Dvořák
Philharmonia Orchestra; Santtu-Matias Rouvali; Alban Gerhardt

LeicesterHolst The Planets

Elgar, Holst
Philharmonia Orchestra; Santtu-Matias Rouvali; Alban Gerhardt
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Reflecting Brahms’ translucency through crystal prisms

The increasingly effulgent conductor filtered Brahms’ tone through a chandelier of variously-shaped orchestral figures.
****1
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Ashkenazy and the Philharmonia

Lively and joyful Schubert, elegant Mozart, and urgency, pace and exhilarating command in Elgar from Ashkenazy and the Philharmonia.
****1
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Picture-postcard Spain from Heras-Casado

From dawn to nightfall in picture-postcard Spain followed by a detour to Kastchei’s magic garden, the Philharmonia didn’t stint on local colour.
****1
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Emperors and prophets from Salonen

Clear playing from Pierre-Laurent Aimard in the Emperor Concerto and a sense of the dramatic in Also sprach Zarathustra brought life to old warhorses, while a new concerto from Tansy Davies made waves.
****1
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Esa-Pekka Salonen
Esa-Pekka Salonen has a restless innovation that marks him as one of the most important artists in classical music. Salonen is the Principal Conductor and Artistic Advisor of the Philharmonia Orchestra and Conductor Laureate for the Los Angeles Philharmonic, where he was Music Director from 1992 until 2009.
First Violinist Zsolt-Tihamér Visontay © Benjamin Ealovega
First Violinist Zsolt-Tihamér Visontay
© Benjamin Ealovega