Philharmonia – Birth of a Legend

Warner Classics | January 2020 release

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Philharmonia Orchestra - Birth of a Legend Box Set

To celebrate three-quarters of a century of remarkable recordings, the orchestra is partnering with Warner Classics, which owns much of the Orchestra’s back catalogue, to release a box set of recordings from the years the Philharmonia was run by its founder, Walter Legge (1945-64).

Philharmonia – Birth of a Legend features recordings with conductors that made the early Philharmonia one of the greatest orchestras in the world: Herbert von KarajanWilhelm FurtwänglerGuido CantelliArturo ToscaniniOtto Klemperer and Carlo Maria Giulini.

Classic recordings sit alongside rarely-heard gems. A link to the modern-day Philharmonia is made with a bonus recording licenced from the BBC, of Esa-Pekka Salonen conducting Schoenberg’s Verklärte Nacht at Royal Festival Hall in September 2018.

Philharmonia – Birth of a Legend was coordinated by Jon Tolansky. The box set will be released internationally on 24 January 2020.


  • André Cluytens
  • Artur Rodzinski
  • Arturo Toscanini
  • Carlo Maria Giulini
  • Efrem Kurtz
  • Esa-Pekka Salonen
  • George Weldon
  • Guido Cantelli
  • Henry Krips
  • Herbert Menges
  • Herbert von Karajan
  • Igor Markevitch
  • Nikolai Malko
  • Otto Ackermann
  • Otto Klemperer
  • Paul Kletzky
  • Robert Irving
  • Sir Charles Mackerras
  • Wilhelm Furtwangler
  • William Walton
  • Wolfgang Sawallisch

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