New LPO Label CD release: Bernard Haitink conducts Vaughan Williams

August 26, 2013

Haitink Vaughan Williams CD coverVaughan Williams: Symphony No. 5 & Symphony No. 7 (Sinfonia antartica)

Bernard Haitink – conductor
Sheila Armstrong – soprano
London Philharmonic Orchestra
Ladies of the London Philharmonic Choir

Recorded by BBC Radio 3 at Southbank Centre’s Royal Festival Hall, London:
Symphony No. 5 recorded 15 December 1994; Symphony No. 7 recorded 27 November 1984

£10.99 (2 Audio CDs)
LPO–0072

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Although Vaughan Williams’s Fifth Symphony was largely composed during the Second World War, it includes some of his most tranquil music, its pastoral serenity set vividly against the backdrop of war-torn Europe. The Seventh Symphony, Sinfonia antartica, began life as Vaughan Williams’s score for the film Scott of the Antarctic, whose themes of human endeavour, stoicism and courage hugely moved and inspired the composer. Scott and his men might have perished, but their spirit lives on in Vaughan Williams’s original and atmospheric music.

Reviews of the concert performances:

‘Haitink was on scintillating form throughout. The LPO matched his commitment every bar of the way.’
Martin Kettle, The Guardian, 17 December 1994

‘This performance captured the music’s atmosphere in the poignant shaping of lyrical lines and in the acute observance of orchestral balance and detail. Thoughtful, reflective and marked by a feeling of deep understanding.’
Geoffrey Norris, Daily Telegraph, 21 December 1994

                                                                                                         

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New LPO Label CD release: Bruckner Symphony No. 7

July 26, 2013

Bruckner 7 CD cover

Stanisław Skrowaczewski conducts
Bruckner Symphony No. 7

Recorded live in concert at Southbank Centre’s Royal Festival Hall, London, on 24 October 2012.

LPO-0071
£9.99
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‘A very special issue. Don’t hesitate to buy or download it.’
David Mellor, Classic FM, July 2013

‘To me, Bruckner is one of the greatest composers,’ says conductor Stanisław Skrowaczewski. ‘He is another Mozart: his music is magical … its message speaks about the infinite, transcendental cosmos, God, timelessness, love and tragedy.’ The opening melody of Bruckner’s Seventh Symphony apparently came to the composer in a dream: a friend from Bruckner’s younger days played the theme on a viola, with the words: ‘This will bring you success.’ If this is true it was prophetic: the work was one of the greatest successes of the composer’s career.

                                                                                                         

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New LPO Label CD release: Vladimir Jurowski conducts Mahler’s Symphony No. 1

April 23, 2013

Our latest recording on the LPO Label is released next Monday, 29 April. Pre-order now for despatch this Friday, 26 April.

Mahler 1 CD coverVladimir Jurowski conducts
Mahler’s Symphony No. 1
(including original ‘Blumine’ movement)

Recorded live in concert at Southbank Centre’s Royal Festival Hall, London on 4 December 2010.

LPO-0070
£9.99
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Mahler’s First Symphony: the opening chapter of his spiritual autobiography. And the music itself seems to awaken – emerging from hushed strings and woodwind cuckoos into its stride, marching forth, stamping towards an eerie realisation of a nursery rhyme and arriving at a final, blazing affirmation of confidence. Vladimir Jurowski conducts the London Philharmonic Orchestra in this live 2010 concert performance including the Symphony’s original second movement, ‘Blumine’.

Reviews from the performance:

‘Jurowski made the first movement magnificent, generating a tremendous dramatic radiance.’
Paul Driver, The Times, 12 Dec 2010

‘This poised and delicate account showed Blumine’s freshness and charm as part of an overall reading with an absolute identification with the material, demonstrating Jurowski’s flair for Mahler.’
George Hall, The Guardian, 6 Dec 2010

                                                                                                         

All LPO Label recordings available from www.lpo.org.uk/shop, the London Philharmonic Orchestra Box Office (020 7840 4242, Monday–Friday 10am–5pm), all good CD outlets, and the Royal Festival Hall shop.

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New LPO Label CD release: Rozhdestvensky conducts Shostakovich Symphony No. 8

February 25, 2013

Released today on the LPO’s own record label:

LPO-0069 Shostakovich 8 cover webGennady Rozhdestvensky conducts Shostakovich Symphony No. 8

Recorded by BBC Radio 3 live at Southbank Centre’s Royal Festival Hall, London on 30 October 1983.

LPO-0069
£9.99
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Composed during the Second World War, Shostakovich’s Eighth Symphony is a powerful work that juxtaposes music of unremitting bleakness and moments of shattering brutality, ending in a tentative expression of optimism. Today it stands not only as a chilling reminder of some of the darkest days of the 20th century, but also as a reminder of Shostakovich’s acute musical imagination and craftsmanship. Gennady Rozhdestvensky conducts the London Philharmonic Orchestra in this live 1983 concert recording from Royal Festival Hall.

                                                                                                         

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New LPO Label CD release: Brahms Symphonies Nos. 1 & 3 with Klaus Tennstedt

October 30, 2012

Released today on the LPO’s own record label:

Klaus Tennstedt conducts Brahms’s Symphonies Nos. 1 & 3

Recorded live at Southbank Centre’s Royal Festival Hall on 14 October 1992 (Symphony No. 1) and 7 April 1983 (Symphony No. 3).

LPO-0068
£10.99 (2 CDs)
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Reviews of the concert performances:

‘This was a splendid account of the symphony, majestic, tumultous, every phrase alive with feeling. Under Tennstedt the London Philharmonic is shown to be a first-rate Brahms orchestra.’
Richard Fairman, Financial Times, 14 Oct 1992

‘When the symphony finally arrived home in joyous excitement, the sense of occasion was overwhelming.’
Anthony Payne, The Independent, 14 Oct 1992

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LPO Label October CD releases: Mark-Anthony Turnage Orchestral Works, and Michael Morpurgo ‘The Mozart Question’

September 24, 2012

Two brand new releases on the LPO Label this month – both available now.

Turnage CD coverMark-Anthony Turnage: Orchestral Works Vol. 3
Mambo, Blues and Tarantella; Riffs and Refrains; Texan Tenebrae; On Opened Ground; Lullaby for Hans

Vladimir Jurowski, Marin Alsop, Markus Stenz (conductors), Christian Tetzlaff (violin), Lawrence Power (viola), Michael Collins (clarinet)

£9.99 | LPO-0066
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3 for 2 offer – buy all three LPO Turnage CDs for just £20

                                                                                                              

The Mozart Question CD cover

Michael Morpurgo: The Mozart Question
Audiobook based on Michael Morpurgo’s award-winning children’s book, narrated by the author with music by Beethoven, Vivaldi, Bach, Mozart, Messiaen and J Strauss, performed by the London Philharmonic Orchestra.

Michael Morpurgo, Alison Reid (narrators), Nicholas Collon (conductor), Jack Liebeck (violin)

£9.99 | LPO-0067
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Vote for us in the Classic BRIT awards!

September 10, 2012

Our recording of Barber’s Adagio for Strings has been nominated for a Classic BRIT award for Single of the Year, but we need your vote to help us win! Vote here and be in with a chance to win tickets to the awards.

This track is taken from our album The 50 Greatest Classical Pieces of Classical Music conducted by David Parry, released last year on the X5 label.

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