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


New Video: Introducing Herrmann's Psycho Film Score

In this short video we explore Bernard Herrmann's game-changing approach to film composition and his relationship with director Alfred Hitchcock. We perform excerpts from this and other famous film scores written between 1960 and 1980 on Friday 8 November, conducted by the Grammy award-winning John Mauceri.





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New CD: orchestral works by Julian Anderson

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'Kaleidoscopic in terms of its colour, exhilarating in its energy and captivating in its lyricism.'
Colin Anderson, Classical Source, 27 October 2013

Our November 2013 release on the LPO Label is a disc of new orchestral works by the Orchestra's Composer in Residence Julian Anderson.

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Introducing: Sofia Gubaidulina's Offertorium

In her early days of composing, Sofia Gubaidulina was encouraged by Shostakovich to pursue her ‘mistaken path’ after being deemed ‘irresponsible’ by the Soviet state. Today she is one of the biggest names in contemporary classical composition. On Wednesday 6 November, we perform her violin concerto Offertorium, which is considered by many to be her greatest musical achievement. 




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New Video: Introducing Arvo Pärt's Cantus in memoriam Benjamin Britten

Arvo Pärt’s devastating purity, stillness and resonance seems to wipe the musical slate clean of all needless excess, noise and argument. In this short film we introduce Pärt’s Cantus in memoriam Benjamin Britten, which we perform on Wednesday 6 November as part of The Rest Is Noise, conducted by Tõnu Kaljuste.




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New Video: Introducing Messiaen's Des canyons aux étoiles

In this short film we introduce Messiaen's 1974 work Des canyons aux étoiles (From the Canyons to the Stars) - an orchestral depiction of the vastness of space. Messiaen’s hallmarks are all here: intoxicating colours, vivid images of nature, and beguiling rhythms imported from Asian traditions. We perform this piece on Saturday 2 November, as part of Southbank Centre's The Rest Is Noise.



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New Video: Introducing Lutosławski's Cello Concerto

A short film introducing Lutosławski's earthy and spirited Cello Concerto of 1967, composed for and dedicated to cellist Mstislav Rostropovich during a time of great political unrest in the composer's native Poland. We perform the Cello Concerto with Johannes Moser on Wednesday 30 October


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New Video: Introducing Shostakovich's Symphony No. 13 (Babi Yar)

Written at the height of the ‘thaw’ that followed Stalin’s demise, Shostakovich found himself able to speak his mind once more and lashed out against antisemitism and totalitarian rule in this bold and heartfelt work, which we introduce in this bite-sized video. We perform this piece on Saturday 26 October at Southbank Centre's Royal Festival Hall. 


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