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Klemperer – Beethoven Cycle

Fifty years ago, in May and June 1970, Otto Klemperer, the first Principal Conductor of the Philharmonia Orchestra (then New Philharmonia Orchestra) conducted a Cycle of Beethoven’s symphonies at the Royal Festival Hall.

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Philharmonia - Birth of the Legend

Philharmonia – Birth of a Legend features recordings with conductors that made the early Philharmonia one of the greatest orchestras in the world.

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Phibbs and Mozart Clarinet Concertos

Mark van de Wiel joins the Philharmonia Orchestra under Christopher Warren-Green in the premiere recording of Joseph Phibbs Clarinet Concerto.

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Composers' Academy Vol 2, 2018

The Philharmonia Composers’ Academy annually offers the opportunity for three talented emerging composers to write an original chamber work for a Philharmonia Ensemble.

Rachmaninov: Symphony No. 3 & Symphonic Dances

Rachmaninov: Symphony No. 3 & Symphonic Dances

Vladimir Ashkenazy, conductor laureate of the Philharmonia, leads a live performance of two late works by Rachmaninov.

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Rachmaninov: Symphony No. 2

Vladimir Ashkenazy and the Philharmonia Orchestra release a new live recording of Rachmaninov’s much-loved Symphony No.2.

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Composers' Academy Vol 1, 2017

The Philharmonia Composers’ Academy annually offers the opportunity for three talented emerging composers to write an original chamber work for a Philharmonia Ensemble.

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Nielsen: Serenata In Vano

The Philharmonia Chamber Players perform Serenata in vano, a quintet written in 1914 by Danish composer Carl Nielsen.

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Rachmaninov: Symphony No. 1

Vladimir Ashkenazy and the Philharmonia Orchestra have a very special relationship, one going back decades.

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Nielsen: Flute Concerto; Clarinet Concerto; Aladdin Suite

Under Paavo Järvi, the Philharmonia performs three characteristically fiery works by the Danish composer Carl Nielsen.

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Bartók: The Miraculous Mandarin

This second recording from the Phillharmonia and Esa-Pekka Salonen’s 2011 Bela Bartók series, Infernal Dance, features three works.

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Universe of Sound Bluray

Esa-Pekka Salonen leads the Philharmonia Orchestra in a unique performance of Holst’s The Planets Suite, captured in High Definition by 37 cameras for touring installation, Universe of Sound

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Universe of Sound DVD

Esa-Pekka Salonen leads the Philharmonia Orchestra in a unique performance of Holst’s The Planets Suite, captured in High Definition by 37 cameras for touring installation, Universe of Sound

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Schubert: Symphony No. 9

Dohnányi captures the grandeur and intensity of Schubert’s final and greatest symphony.

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Mahler: Symphonies Nos. 7, 8 & 9

Lorin Maazel and the Philharmonia Orchestra perform Mahler’s Seventh, Eighth and Ninth Symphonies.

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Bruckner Symphony No. 9

Christoph von Dohnányi leads the Philharmonia Orchestra in a rousing live performance of Bruckner’s monumental Ninth Symphony.

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Mahler: Symphonies Nos. 4, 5 & 6

Lorin Maazel leads the Philharmonia Orchestra in Mahler’s fourth, fifth and sixth Symphonies.

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Bartók: Duke Bluebeard's Castle

The extraordinary Duke Bluebeard’s Castle, Bartók’s only opera, is widely regarded as his masterpiece.

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Mahler Symphonies No. 1, 2 & 3

Lorin Maazel leads the Philharmonia Orchestra and a star-studded ensemble of performers in Mahler’s first three Symphonies.

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Bruckner Symphony No. 4

Christoph von Dohnányi leads a performance of Bruckner’s Symphony No 4, ‘Romantic’.

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Brahms: The Four Symphonies Box Set

Recorded live at the Royal Festival Hall’s Southbank Centre, the Philharmonia orchestra are led by Christoph von Dohnányi in these captivating live recordings.

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Mahler: Symphony No. 6

Sometimes known as ‘The Tragic’ – a title suggested but then withdrawn by the composer – Mahler’s Sixth Symphony embodies much of the inner turmoil and superstition of its composer.

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Tchaikovsky: Symphony No. 6

Tchaikovsky’s Sixth Symphony, the ‘Pathétique’, was the last work the composer completed.

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Brahms Symphony No. 1 & Symphony No. 3

It took Brahms many years to compose his First Symphony; he shared much of his compositional journey with Clara Schumann, sending her a birthday card in 1868 with the notation of an Alpine horn tune that became the famous theme of the symphony’s finale.

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Mahler: Symphony No. 4

Mahler’s Fourth Symphony is Mahler’s sunniest symphony, with a detuned violin depicting a folk fiddle and a setting in the final movement depicting a child’s view of Paradise.
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Mahler: Symphony No. 9

Mahler’s late musical works are often associated with the idea of ‘farewell’; after the première of his Ninth Symphony this was cemented, with one critic writing ‘if you want to learn to weep you should listen to the first movement of the Ninth’.

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Berlioz: Symphonie fantastique

Berlioz’s Symphonie fantastique tells the story of a poet’s opium-induced dream, in which he sees visions of the object of his unrequited love, who in the music is described by an idée fixe or recurring musical theme.

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Elgar Symphonies No. 1 & 2

In 1907 Elgar’s wife Alice wrote in her diary that her husband was playing a ‘great beautiful tune’. This became the opening theme of his First Symphony; the march is marked ‘nobilmente e semplice’ (nobly and simply). This tune reappears throughout the work, finally heard for the last time in the coda to the finale.

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Dvořák Symphony No. 7 & Symphony No. 8

Dvořák’s 7th Symphony sits within the Viennese symphonic tradition, keeping to the traditional structure and forms.

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Schoenberg: Gurrelieder

This astonishing performance of Schoenberg’s masterpiece is conducted by Principal Conductor and Artistic Advisor Esa-Pekka Salonen.

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Beethoven Symphony No. 3, Eroica & Symphony No. 5 in C minor

Beethoven’s Eroica Symphony transformed the classical symphony, bringing it firmly into the Romantic era. Despite its title there is no specific programme to the work; Deryck Cooke wrote ‘we should regard it as the musical equivalent of an essay on heroism’.

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Elgar: Enigma Variations

Each of the variations in Elgar’s Enigma Variations describes one of the composer’s acquaintances; the very famous movement ‘Nimrod’ for example depicts August Johann Jaeger, one of Elgar’s closest friends. The theme on which these variations are based has never been identified for certain; Jaeger called the enigma ‘a bit of Elgar’s humour’.

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Strauss: Till Eulenspiegel Lustige Streiche & Ein Heldenleben

Two of Strauss’s great orchestral tone poems are on this CD, conducted by the Philharmonia’s Honorary Conductor for Life, Christoph von Dohnányi.

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Brahms Symphony No. 2 & Symphony No. 4

Brahms’s Second Symphony has been nicknamed his ‘Pastoral’; it is lyrical and mainly in major keys.

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Schubert: Symphony No. 9

 This recording is conducted by the Philharmonia’s former Principal Guest Conductor Sir Charles Mackerras.

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