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Guide to the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra

« Petrenko celebrates a decade in charge of the RLPO this year: it's been a life-enhancing ten years... Probably the most exciting conductor/orchestra combination in the UK today... »
Richard Ely, May 2016
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LiverpoolBest of Petrenko

Best of Petrenko
Rachmaninov, Elgar, Beethoven
Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra; Vasily Petrenko; Kathryn Rudge

LiverpoolBach Mass in B minor

Bach Mass in B minor
Bach: Mass in B minor, BWV232
Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra; Nathalie Stutzmann; Siobhan Stagg; Kristina Hammarström; Bror Magnus Tødenes; Ante Jerkunica

LiverpoolEnchanting Tales

Enchanting Tales
Stravinsky, Kats-Chernin, Ravel
Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra; Elim Chan; Mahan Esfahani

LiverpoolMahan Esfahani: Harpsichord Concerto

Mahan Esfahani: Harpsichord Concerto
Stravinsky, Bach C.P.E., Poulenc, Ravel
Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra; Elim Chan; Mahan Esfahani
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Vasily Petrenko brings Sinbad’s ship to the Mersey

Vasily Petrenko © Mark McNulty
Liverpool’s Philharmonic Hall was plunged into luscious sunshine with music from across the Tropics. The first half was filled with the sounds of Latin America before a nautical Arabian tour.
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John Lill celebrates his 75th birthday in Liverpool

John Lill © Askonas Holt
Tchaikovsky’s warhorse piano concerto is given a performance stripped of all showmanship. Britten’s The Young Person’s Guide to the Orchestra completes this oddly programmed concert from the RLPO.
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Lots to say: Mozart and Mahler in Liverpool

Robert Trevino © Musacchio & Ianniello
Robert Trevino conducts the RLPO in a stormy Mahler 5th after a deeply personal account Mozart's Clarinet Concerto by Julian Bliss
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Profoundly serious Sibelius from the RLPO and Vasily Petrenko

Vasily Petrenko © Svetlana Tarlova
Vasily Petrenko and the RLPO gave a deeply moving performance of Sibelius's Fourth Symphony, following exquisite Peer Gynt and a stylish Beethoven Third Piano Concerto with Beatrice Rana.
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Biography

The award-winning Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra is the UK’s oldest continuing professional symphony orchestra. Founded in 1840 by a group of Liverpool music lovers, the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra gives over 80 concerts each season in our home, Liverpool Philharmonic Hall, as well as performances throughout the UK and venues throughout the world. We are proud to be at the heart of Liverpool’s cultural life and to represent the city on a world stage.

Collaborations with international artists from rock and pop include Liverpool’s own Sir Paul McCartney, Elvis Costello, Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark, Ian Broudie and the Lightning Seeds, Echo and The Bunnymen and Cast. The Orchestra tours regularly throughout the UK and world-wide and has an extensive discography featuring many critically acclaimed recordings.

Vasily Petrenko was appointed Principal Conductor of the Orchestra in September 2006 and in September 2009 became Chief Conductor. His dynamic music partnership with the Orchestra has attracted world-wide critical acclaim and drawn new audiences, including many young people, to live classical music.

Liverpool Philharmonic (exterior) © Mark McNulty
Liverpool Philharmonic (exterior)
© Mark McNulty
Liverpool Philharmonic (Hall) © Mark McNulty
Liverpool Philharmonic (Hall)
© Mark McNulty