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Guide to the Philharmonia Orchestra

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HerefordOpening Night

Opening Night
Ireland, Smyth
Philharmonia Orchestra; Geraint Bowen; Eleanor Dennis; Madeleine Shaw; Paul Nilon; Neal Davies

HerefordThe Planets

© c Willeke Machiels
Kendall, Finzi, Vaughan Williams, Holst
Philharmonia Orchestra; Elim Chan

HerefordElgar's King Olaf

Elgar's King Olaf
Elgar: Scenes From The Saga Of King Olaf - cantata for soloists chorus and orchestra, Op.30
Philharmonia Orchestra; Sir Andrew Davis; Judith Howarth; Andrew Staples; David Shipley; Three Choirs Festival Chorus

HerefordHymn of Praise

Bruckner, Mendelssohn
Philharmonia Orchestra; Peter Nardone; Sarah Fox; Anna Harvey; James Oxley; Quentin Hayes
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A thrilling Gurrelieder from the Philharmonia

Esa-Pekka Salonen and Camilla Tilling © Camilla Greenwell | Philharmonia Orchestra
This was a superbly assured performance in which Esa-Pekka Salonen marshalled his forces with a clear-sighted vision to carve out an account brimming with intensity, energy and commitment.
****1
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Songs of innocence and experience: Falstaff at Garsington

Henry Waddington (Falstaff) © Clive Barda
Bruno Ravella's fast-paced Falstaff for Garsington still has crucial space for pathos amid the comedy, with a notably subtle central performance from Henry Waddington.  
****1
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Lovely programme... but the Philharmonia can deliver more

Shiyeon Sung © Yongbin Park
The William Tell Overture promises much, Grieg and Tchaikovsky are well played but struggle to escape the routine.
***11
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Dohnányi returns to the Philharmonia

Christoph von Dohnányi © Berthold Fabricius
The bond between Dohnányi and his old orchestra remains strong. 
****1
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Q & A

“Koreans love music and know how to express it”: Sunwook Kim

Sunwook Kim © Nick Cary | Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra
Ahead of his performance with the Philharmonia Orchestra, we caught up with the pianist to talk Korea and the Grieg Piano Concerto. 
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From Brno to London: Jakub Hrůša

Jakub Hrůša © Marina Vidor
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.
Heidi Krutzen © Camilla Greenwell
Heidi Krutzen
© Camilla Greenwell