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LPO-0064 Tchaikovsky coverOur September 2012 release on the LPO Label, Tchaikovsky’s Symphonies Nos. 4 & 5 conducted by Vladimir Jurowski (LPO-0064), has been receiving lots of great attention in the press recently.

The Sunday Times chose the CD as one of its Albums of the Year in a roundup published on 9 December, in which they wrote: ‘Jurowski is in his element, taking the London Philharmonic players on an emotional rollercoaster ride.’ It had previously been chosen as CD of the Week on 23 September, with Hugh Canning writing: ‘Tchaikovsky’s genius – and his inner turbulence – are revealed with devastating impact.’

Gramophone magazine also chose the CD as its December Disc of the Month, as well as one of their all-time recommended recordings of Tchaikovsky symphonies. They wrote:

‘Both these performances exemplify what makes Jurowski’s approach to Tchaikovsky so special … The playing throughout this movement (and indeed throughout both these performances) is marked by a oneness with Jurowski’s vision and, it goes without saying, a now well-established empathy between the players of the London Philharmonic and their principal conductor.’
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Vladimir Jurowski conducts Tchaikovsky’s Symphonies Nos. 4 & 5
£10.99 (2 CDs)
Recorded live at Southbank Centre’s Royal Festival Hall on 19 March and 4 May 2011
Listen to soundclips and buy the CD online here.
It’s also available to download from iTunes.

All LPO Label recordings available from, the London Philharmonic Orchestra Box Office (020 7840 4242, Monday–Friday 10am–5pm), all good CD outlets, and the Royal Festival Hall shop.

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The LPO and Simon (our Principal Timpanist below!) would like to say a huge thank to those of you have already given us a present for our 80th. We really appreciate it! We have had lots of contributions towards the double bass stools and tom-toms, so if you haven’t had the chance to donate yet how about helping us fund a recording for live stream or the animation art work for our children’s concerts? Click here to have a look at our present wish list.

IMG_4676 cropWe love to read all your birthday messages and memories of the Orchestra over the years so please keep them coming! Here are a few more we wanted to share:

Congratulations to all the players on your excellent orchestra, especially the soloists, 1st violin, flute, oboe etc, in recent concert in Eastbourne. Keep on visiting us – & enjoy your birthday!

I recall hearing Andreas Schiff playing three Mozart piano concertos (the whole concert!) with Bernard Haitink conducting; I thought it might become tedious; but the musical experience was sublime and unforgettable. 

Very best wishes to all the players and staff at the LPO. The pleasure they give to their audiences is immense.

Thank you for giving us so much pleasure and thrilling experiences – life without music will be a mistake. Again, a thousand thanks. 

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On Wednesday 28 November, Vladimir Jurowski conducted the London Philharmonic Orchestra at Southbank Centre’s Royal Festival Hall in Beethoven’s Fidelio Overture; Schoenberg’s Ode to Napoleon Bonaparte and A Survivor from Warsaw; Nono’s Julius Fucík; and Beethoven’s Symphony No. 5. Annabel Arden was the director, and the solo speakers were Omar Ebrahim, Malcolm Sinclair and Robert Hayward. The concert also featured the Gentlemen of the London Philharmonic Choir.

Here’s what the reviewers had to say…

‘This account of Ode was very persuasive, the strings precise, Catherine Edwards notable at the piano, and Robert Hayward simply superb in his Sprechgesang, enunciating much character and sentiment, living every syllable.’
Colin Anderson, Classical Source

 ‘It was, moreover, a rare pleasure to experience such bold and coherent programming … Obar Ebrahim and Malcolm Sinclair offered excellent performances [in the Nono]. This excellent account, antiphonal drumming and all, exuded brutality, psychoticism, and yet inviting, spellbinding beauty.’
Mark Berry, Boulezian blog

‘Narrated again by Hayward but this time with palpable passion, and bolstered by the male voices of the LPO choir, Schoenberg’s achingly spare symbiosis of voice and orchestra emerged with the most intense expressiveness.’
Michael Church, The Independent

‘This was undeniably remarkable programming, and it’s a thrill to have all these issues presented within a single evening. If only more concerts could be as lucid and provocative as this.’
Paul Kilbey, Bachtrack

Jurowski and the LPO return to Royal Festival Hall on Saturday 1 December to perform Bernd Alois Zimmermann’s Ecclesiastical Action and Brahms’s German Requiem.  Tickets are still available and can be booked via the LPO Box Office on 020 7840 4242, from the LPO website, or bought on the door.

Tagged: arden, beethoven, ebrahim, hayward, Jurowski, lpc, nono, RFH, schoenberg, sinclair
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As many of our concertgoers know a week ago we sent out our Birthday Appeal cards. The LPO offices are starting to get inundated with cards and lovely birthday messages! Here are a few we wanted to share:

Happy Birthday! I can say, in all honesty, every LPO concert is a great experience! And hang on to Vladimir as long as you can. A great conductor and programme planner.

I had enormous fun on my 80th birthday in April so certainly send heaps of good wishes to LPO to celebrate that great occasion.

Many thanks for the concerts over the years. My father was a double bass player but in those days never had a stool!

Many great memories, spread over more than 50 years – Hindemith, Kodaly and Orff with Jaroslav Krombholc on 26 Jan 1960… Magnificent Mahler Symphonies – 3rd (with Bernard Haitink) 19 Nov 1970; incredible 2nd and stunning 6th (with Klaus Tennstedt) 20 February 1989 and 6 April 1991; and an overwhelming 2nd (with extraordinary Simone Young) 17 October 2007… Thank you all! More to come, already booked for 2013. (Don Kelly, listening since 1958).

If you haven’t already you can get involved by giving us a present online. Don’t forget to tweet us when you have donated – #LPObirthday

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The London Philharmonic Orchestra celebrates its 80th Birthday this season, and we’re inviting everyone to give us a present!

We’ve identified some items that we really need, like new double bass stools, some percussion instruments, and a new computer server for the office….

To find out more, and to send us a present visit:

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On Wednesday 31 October Osmo Vänskä conducted the London Philharmonic Orchestra at Royal Festival Hall in Sibelius’s Symphony No. 3, Mozart’s Violin Concerto No. 3 with soloist Christian Tetzlaff, and Nielsen’s Symphony No. 6 (Sinfonia semplice).

Here are the first press reviews:

‘Vänskä and the LPO revelled in [the Sibelius’s] dark rhythmic pulsing, conjuring a performance full of meticulously detailed accents but also with great spaciousness.’
Martin Kettle, The Guardian

‘Vänskä and the LPO, in superb form throughout the concert, did not spare the horses in revealing the many and various facets in this [Nielsen] work. Adopting swift tempos throughout, the music hit home in a most unnerving manner; a remarkable work received a remarkable performance.’
Edward Clark, Classical Source

‘Christian Tetzlaff struck just the right balance of elegance and robustness – and no hint of preciousness. The perfect example was the slow movement where the courtly decorum of a well-turned minuet was pitted against the romantic aspiration of the voicing. The cadenza was an ethereal departure, the fleeting return of the theme quite ravishing.’
Edward Seckerson, The Arts Desk

‘The precision and subtlety of Wednesday’s Sibelius earned an extra mark of excellence.’
Geoff Brown, The Times (available to subscribers only)

Osmo Vänskä and Christian Tetzlaff return to Royal Festival Hall with the LPO tonight (Friday 2 November) to perform more Nielsen (Pan and Syrinx), as well as Dvorák’s Violin Concerto and Rachmaninoff’s Symphony No. 3. Tickets are still available and can be booked through Southbank Centre or bought on the door, subject to availability. The concert is repeated at Brighton Dome on Saturday 3 November.

Tagged: mozart, nielsen, RFH, sibelius, tetzlaff, vanska
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Released today on the LPO’s own record label:

Klaus Tennstedt conducts Brahms’s Symphonies Nos. 1 & 3

Recorded live at Southbank Centre’s Royal Festival Hall on 14 October 1992 (Symphony No. 1) and 7 April 1983 (Symphony No. 3).

£10.99 (2 CDs)
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Reviews of the concert performances:

‘This was a splendid account of the symphony, majestic, tumultous, every phrase alive with feeling. Under Tennstedt the London Philharmonic is shown to be a first-rate Brahms orchestra.’
Richard Fairman, Financial Times, 14 Oct 1992

‘When the symphony finally arrived home in joyous excitement, the sense of occasion was overwhelming.’
Anthony Payne, The Independent, 14 Oct 1992


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On Wednesday 24 October, Stanislaw Skrowaczewski made the first of two appearances this week with the LPO at Royal Festival Hall. He conducted the Orchestra in Mozart’s Violin Concerto No. 5 with soloist Hilary Hahn, and Bruckner’s Symphony No. 7.

The concert received some great reviews: here’s what the reviewers had to say…

‘This was one of those performances that leave you feeling nourished, rather than exhausted … Throughout the performance the LPO played magnificently, wonderfully enhanced by Skrowaczewski’s concern to get the balance right, to let all the inner voices speak … It is his rigorous devotion to music and courtesy to his fellow musicians that has characterised his career, and it continues to deliver music-making of rare quality, an honesty and integrity of which these days we are in desperate need, with the power to shake and rejuvenate the weary heart.’ (5 stars)
Ken Ward (Editor, The Bruckner Journal),

‘The balance of the orchestral colours was extremely attractive. We trekked up the work’s many peaks slowly but with an original rhythmic kick and, once at the top, we were never disappointed. The glory was the final sunrise to the first movement, made all the more impressive by Skrowaczewski’s finessing of both the near-silent roll into the crescendo and the brass fanfare that took us to the end.’
Igor Toronyi-Lalic, The Arts Desk

‘This concert was superb, a wonderful marriage of common purpose. The Mozart was played delightfully. Hilary Hahn’s sweet tone and lyrical playing for her initial entry contrasted nicely with the pointed and insistent playing from the LPO … At spot-on 70 minutes, this reading [of the Bruckner] benefited from such expanse: there was space to breathe with Skrowaczewski, the music never dragging, and was a performance as one dreams of – of majesty, grace and full expression … The ascent to glory was captivating from the off, moments of serene bliss gave way to uplifting climaxes in the opening movement. Skrowaczewski tempted the LPO to great heights of playing.’
Kevin Rogers, Classical Source

‘The LPO were in tremendous form, right across the stage … I never believed I would hear an account of a Bruckner symphony that rivalled Günter Wand at his best, but last night I did … Truly an evening to remember!’
Michael McManus, Gramophone

‘If a dangerously drawn-out Adagio threatened the concentration, there was also little doubt that the conductor knew where this music was headed, and knew that it needed no extraneous interference. The LPO, though not always entirely together, offered him rapt adoration.’
Neil Fisher, The Times (only available online to subscribers)

Skrowaczewski returns to Royal Festival Hall with the LPO tonight (Friday 26 October), conducting Brahms’s Piano Concerto No. 1 with Garrick Ohlsson; his own arrangement of the Adagio from Bruckner’s String Quintet in F; and Shostakovich’s Symphony No. 1. Tickets are still available and can be booked through Southbank Centre or bought on the door.

Tagged: bruckner, Hahn, mozart, RFH, Skrowaczewski
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In 2007 Alex Ross, classical music critic of The New Yorker, wrote the seminal book The Rest Is Noise: Listening to the Twentieth Century. Throughout 2013, Southbank Centre will bring the book alive with nearly 100 concerts, performances, films, talks and debates charting the course of classical music through the 20th century. The London Philharmonic Orchestra is the major partner in the festival and throughout 2013 will perform over 30 concerts – from Elgar to Stravinsky; Debussy to Weill; Copland to Varèse – exploring the rich, exhilarating and sometimes controversial compositions that have changed the way we listen forever.

Watch a video of Vladimir Jurowski introducing The Rest Is Noise
The Rest Is Noise – Southbank Centre

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Vladimir Jurowski conducts the London Philharmonic Orchestra in Wagner’s Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg during the 2011 Glyndebourne Festival.

Available now on DVD and Blu-ray

 David McVicar
Conductor Vladimir Jurowski

Gerald Finley
Marco Jentzsch
Johannes Martin Kranzle
Alistair Miles
Anna Gabler
Topi Lehtipuu
Michaela Selinger

‘McVicar has put on a great show with style, intelligence and insight’  The Telegraph

‘Musically, it was judged faultlessly for the scale of the theatre by Vladimir Jurowski, who conjured playing of mercurial clarity – not the
first words one would normally choose for this gargantuan score – from the London Philharmonic Orchestra, sustained with unfailing
vigilance and concentration.’  The Guardian

£23.00 (DVD)
£27.00 (Blu-ray)

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Tagged: Blu-ray, die meistersinger, dvd, glyndebourne, Jurowski, mcvicar, opus arte, wagner
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