Welcome to the London Philharmonic Orchestra's podcast, presented by Alison Atkinson, Digital Projects Manager.
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Each year September heralds new beginnings for the Orchestra – with the start of our season of London concerts at the end of the month. Held at Southbank Centre’s Royal Festival Hall, where we’re one of the Resident Symphony Orchestras, this series of concerts between September and May each year showcases the orchestra, and the wide repertoire that it plays. The first concerts in the year are conducted by our Principal Conductor and Artistic Advisor Vladimir Jurowski, who is highly praised not only for his powerful interpretations of core symphonic repertoire but also for his innovative and unusual programming.
The first concerts of the year offer the chance to listen to early 20th century opera in the concert hall (Strauss and Zemlinsky on 26 September), and to track the influence of bells on Russian composers writing across the 20th century (Rachmaninov, Miaskovsky, Denisov and Shchedrin on 29 September). Vladimir Jurowski introduces both programmes, setting out the significance of bells to Russians through the ages, as well as the influence the newly translated poetry of Edgar Allan Poe had on Russian composers in the early part of the century.
The new release on the LPO Label is Vladimir Jurowski's 2011 performances of Tchaikovsky Symphonies 4 & 5. You can listen to excerpts and buy the CD from lpo.org.uk/recordings
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