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Concert Reviews: 26 September 2015

On Saturday 26 September, the London Philharmonic Orchestra returned to Southbank Centre’s Royal Festival Hall, for their second performance of the 15/16 season. The concert featured Taneyev’s St John of Damascus, Tchaikovsky’s Francesca da Rimini, and Sibelius’s Second Symphony.

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Concert Reviews: 23 September 2015

The opening concert of the LPO's 2015/16 season began with what Vladimir Jurowski describes as the 'Mount Everest' of symphonies, Mahler's Seventh. Jurowski, the LPO's Principal Conductor and Artistic Adviser, was on the podium and ready for the challenge.

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LPO at BBC Proms 4 September 2015

This year’s LPO BBC Prom in a steamy Royal Albert Hall saw Vladimir Jurowski conduct Beethoven’s Fidelio Overture and Mitsuko Uchida as soloiost in Schoenberg’s rarely performed 20-minute Piano Concerto. But it was a powerfully bleak reading of Shostakovich Symphony No. 8, described by the composer as reflecting 'the terrible tragedy of the war',  which moved the critics.

 Available on the BBC iPlayer until Saturday 3 October in two parts:
Part 1
Part 2

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Glyndebourne 2015: Ravel reviews

This year’s Glyndebourne Festival has the look of being a vintage year with the final production of a Ravel double bill keeping the standard high. The two short operas, L'heure espagnole and L'enfant et les sortilèges is conducted by Robin Ticciati, with Glyndebourne favourite Danielle de Niese starring as both the sex-staved Concepción in L’heure and the naughty boy in L’enfant.

 

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Glyndebourne 2015: Britten reviews

Britten's rarely performed The Rape of Lucretia arrived at Glyndebourne in July, and has received some excellent reviews so far. Conducted by Leo Hussain, and directed by Fiona Shaw, the production involves a chamber orchestra of just 13 players from the London Philharmonic Orchestra.

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Glyndebourne 2015: Carmen reviews

Following hot on Poliuto's heels in the 2015 Glyndebourne season came the perennial favourite, Bizet's Carmen (ends 11 July), conducted by Jakub Hrusa.

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Glyndebourne 2015: Poliuto reviews

The London Philharmonic Orchestra has been one of the resident bands at Glyndebourne for over 50 years. This season started with a little-known political Donizetti opera, Poliuto (ends 15 July), conducted by Enrique Mazzola.

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