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Concert reviews: Stanisław Skrowaczewski conducts Mendelssohn and Bruckner, 14 March 2014

Stanisław Skrowaczewski © Toshiyuki Urano

On Friday 14 March at Southbank Centre's Royal Festival Hall, 90-year-old Stanisław Skrowaczewski conducted the London Philharmonic Orchestra in Bruckner's Symphony No. 3. This was preceded by Mendelssohn's Violin Concerto, performed by 24-year-old Benjamin Beilman.

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Concert reviews: Ilyich Rivas conducts Dvořák, Mahler, Tchaikovsky and Shostakovich

Ilyich Rivas

On Friday 7 March 2014, 20-year-old Venezuelan conductor Ilyich Rivas made his debut with the London Philharmonic Orchestra at Southbank Centre's Royal Festival Hall. He conducted a programme of Dvořák, Mahler, Tchaikovsky and Shostakovich with piano soloist Simon Trpčeski.

The concert was repeated at Southend on Saturday 8 March and Eastbourne on Sunday 9 March.

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Concert reviews: Vladimir Jurowski conducts Brahms & Bruckner, 26 February 2014

Vladimir Jurowski © Karen Robinson

On Wednesday 26 February 2014 at Southbank Centre's Royal Festival Hall, the London Philharmonic Orchestra under Principal Conductor Vladimir Jurowski gave a concert comprised of Brahms's Double Concerto for Violin and Cello with soloists Julia Fischer and Daniel Müller-Schott, followed by Bruckner's Symphony No. 2. The concert was broadcast live on BBC Radio 3 and is available to listen again free of charge for 7 days via BBC iPlayer.

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Concert reviews: Vasily Petrenko conducts Berlioz, Rachmaninoff & Elgar/Brahms, 21 & 22 February 2014

Vasily Petrenko © Mark McNulty

The London Philharmonic Orchestra gave three concerts this weekend, at London's Royal Festival Hall, Brighton Dome and Eastbourne's Congress Theatre. The Orchestra, under conductor Vasily Petrenko, performed Berlioz's Le Corsaire Overture, Rachmaninoff's Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini with pianist Kirill Gerstein, and Elgar's Symphony No. 2 (in London) and Brahms's Symphony No. 2 (in Brighton and Eastbourne).

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Concert reviews: Osmo Vänskä conducts Balakirev, Khachaturian & Kalinnikov, 19 February 2014

Marc-André Hamelin © Fran Kaufman

On Wednesday 19 February at Southbank Centre's Royal Festival Hall, the London Philharmonic Orchestra under conductor Osmo Vänskä gave a concert of works by Balakirev, Khachaturian & Kalinnikov. The concert also featured piano soloist Marc-André Hamelin.

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Reviews: Billy Budd in New York

Billy Budd © Richard Hubert Smith

This week the Orchestra is in New York for four performances of Britten's Billy Budd at the Brooklyn Academy of Music, with Glyndebourne Festival Opera soloists and chorus under Sir Mark Elder. The production, which was critically acclaimed at Glyndebourne last summer, has received rave reviews from the New York press so far – read the reviews here.

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CD reviews – Vladimir Jurowski conducts Brahms Symphonies Nos. 3 & 4

'The London Philharmonic Orchestra's strings combine passion and poise, the woodwinds are exquisite, and Jurowski accepts the music as a lyrical outpouring. In short, unlike John Eliot Gardiner's wham-bam approach, the LPO's principal conductor marries the best of tradition with the best of modern practice.' (4 stars)
Andrew Clark, Financial Times, 24 January 2014

February 2014's release on the LPO Label is Brahms's Symphonies Nos. 3 & 4 with the Orchestra's Principal Conductor & Artistic Advisor, Vladimir Jurowski. Here are the press reviews so far...

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