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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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