The latest news about our concerts, recordings, concert streams and Education & Community programme.



Notes from afar: Kate Birchall's LPO tour diary

Kate Birchall

Find out more about life in a busy touring orchestra as violinist Kate Birchall sends us postcards from the London Philharmonic Orchestra's latest tour.

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LPO Week on Classic FM

For the whole of this week (1–5 December), Classic FM's 'Full Works' programme is celebrating the London Philharmonic Orchestra.

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Rachmaninoff and the piano

Rachmaninoff’s name is synonymous with the piano – he was an acclaimed concert pianist and his five works for piano and orchestra were written for himself to perform. From the youthful and vibrant First Piano Concerto of Rachmaninoff’s teenage years, to the virtuosic Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini, written over 40 years later, Patrick Bailey introduces Rachmaninoff’s famous piano repertoire in this short film.

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Rachmaninoff's orchestral music

Rachmaninoff was, and still is, widely celebrated for his abilities as a concert pianist and as a composer of staggeringly virtuosic piano concertos. However, his symphonic and choral output was equally rich and enduring. 

Watch this short video to find out more about Rachmaninoff’s orchestral music, which brims with uniquely Russian qualities, inherited from Rachmaninoff’s heroes such as Tchaikovsky and Rimsky-Korsakov.

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Rachmaninoff and his contemporaries

Despite his slightly morose reputation, Rachmaninoff had many friends and acquaintances across the globe. From his young student days when he studied with Alexander Scriabin and charmed Tchaikovsky, to finding himself in the émigré community of artists in America, Rachmaninoff seemed to be hugely popular wherever he went. Indeed, those who knew him said ‘Who did not know Rachmaninoff intimately, did not know him at all.’

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Two new releases on the LPO Label: Organ Works CD and Brahms LPO Box Set

Today sees two brand new releases on the LPO Label: a CD of organ works by Poulenc and Saint-Saëns conducted by Yannick Nézet-Séguin, and a 4-LP box set of the complete Brahms symphonies conducted by Vladimir Jurowski.

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Rachmaninoff's Fourth Piano Concerto

Find out more about the compelling work that broke Rachmaninoff's ten-year musical silence.

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