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CONCERT REVIEWS: 27 March 2015

On Friday 27 March there was heightened excitement in the horn community in anticipation of the world premiere of screen composer James Horner's Collage for four horns. It was performed by eminent soloists, Richard Watkins, James Thatcher, David Pyatt and John Ryan - LPO audiences will certainly recognise the latter two as members of the Orchestra. Pulsating horns also featured in Tchaikovsky's Fantasy Overture Romeo and Juliet, and after the interval Scheherazade wove the tales which saved her life in Rimsky-Korsakov's vivid score of the same name. The concert was conducted by for LPO principal flute, Jaime Martín.

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CONCERT REVIEWS: Wednesday 25 March 2015

Wednesday 25 March saw two 22-year-olds take charge: Venezuelan Ilyich Rivas conducted and Dmitry Mayboroda dazzled in the final version of Rachmaninoff's Piano Concerto No. 1. The Rachmaninoff was flanked by Mozart's Symphony No. 36 (Linz) and Dvořák's Symphony No. 8.

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CD reviews – Messiaen Des canyons aux étoiles

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In March 2015 the LPO released a rare recording of Messiaen's extraordinary Des canyons aux étoiles. Recorded live in concert in 2013, and conducted by Messiaen expert Christoph Eschenbach, this performance has received brilliant reviews in the press.

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Concert reviews: Saturday 21 March 2015

On Saturday 21 March 2015 at Royal Festival Hall, the London Philharmonic Orchestra performed the UK premeire of Composer in Residence Magnus Lindberg's Piano Concerto No. 2. This new work was flanked by Russian ballet music, as Vladimir Jurowski led the Orchestra in excerpts of Prokofiev's Chout and Stravinsky's Petrushka. Read the reviews from the concert ...

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Concert reviews: Saturday 14 March 2015

On Saturday 14 March 2015 at Royal Festival Hall, the London Philharmonic Orchestra gave the world premeire performance of Julian Anderson's In lieblicher Bläue for violin and orchestra before performing the complete score of Ravel's ballet Daphnis et Chloé.

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Concert reviews: Wednesday 11 March 2015

On Wednesday 11 March 2015 at Royal Festival Hall, Andrew Manze conducted the London Philharmonic Orchestra in a concert of English music. The programme included Elgar's Introduction and Allegro, Walton's Symphony No. 1 and Ireland's Piano Concerto, performed with soloist Piers Lane. 

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Concert review: 25 February 2015

Wednesday 25 February saw a packed house thrill at a concert of seminal classical works including Mendelssohn's Violin Concerto and Beethoven's great Symphony No. 5. Conducted by a sprightly 75-year-old Christoph Eschenbach, Ray Chen was the soloist. Two overtures began the concert: Beethoven's Egmont and Schumann's Overture, Scherzo and Finale.

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