Guide to the Philharmonia Orchestra

Philharmonia Orchestra © Benjamin Ealovega
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CanterburyBlomstedt conducts Brahms and Beethoven

Brahms, Beethoven
Philharmonia Orchestra; Herbert Blomstedt; Martin Helmchen

LondonMahler: Symphony No. 1

Ligeti, Salonen, Mahler
Philharmonia Orchestra; Gustavo Gimeno; Lawrence Power

LondonRequiems: Duruflé & Fauré

Duruflé, Fauré
Philharmonia Orchestra; Jérémie Rhorer; Elizabeth Watts; Jean-Sébastien Bou; Rodolfus Choir; Philharmonia Voices
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Poignancy and optimism in cathartic Brahms and Beethoven

Martin Helmchen produced a powerful and sombre performance of Brahms' First Piano Concerto, while Blomstedt and the Philharmonia sparkled in Beethoven's Seventh Symphony.
****1
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Raw and thrilling Mahler 6

Esa-Pekka Salonen conducts an emotionally exhausting evening of Mahler and Bartók
*****
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Smudgy haze and glaring sunbursts

A typically adventurous programme "curated" by Esa-Pekka Salonen paired Boulez with Debussy. 
***11
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Q&A WITH JAKUB HRŮŠA

From Brno to London: Jakub Hrůša

Last week, Czech conductor Jakub Hrůša was appointed as one of two new Principal Guest Conductors of the Philharmonia Orchestra from the 2017/18 season. Before the announcement, Jakub talked to us about his experience working with the orchestra thus far and about Smetana’s Má vlast which he conducts next season.
BIOGRAPHY
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