Philharmonia Orchestra Audio Podcast

Katy Hamilton opens the Philharmonia Orchestra's 2018/19 Royal Festival Hall season with an Insights Talk on Esa-Pekka Salonen's concert programme of Wagner, Schoenberg and Bruckner.


Broadcaster Gavin Plumley tells the story behind the creation of Arnold Schoenberg's extraordinary Gurrelieder, performed by the Philharmonia and Esa-Pekka Salonen to close the Philharmonia Orchestra's 17/18 London concert season.

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The Philharmonia Orchestra’s Principal Conductor and Artistic Advisor, Esa-Pekka Salonen, chats with journalist John Florance ahead of a concert of Mahler’s 1st Symphony and Beethoven’s 2nd Piano Concerto at De Montfort Hall in Leicester on 10 April 2018. Topics cover Gustav Mahler and Jean Sibelius’s famous encounter in Finland and their differing opinions of what a symphony should contain, the power of provocation in music, and Esa-Pekka Salonen’s own struggle to balance composing, conducting and life.

This concert repeats in London at Southbank Centre’s Royal Festival Hall on Thursday 12 April 2018 at 7:30pm. Book here: https://www.philharmonia.co.uk/concerts/1752

Please note: Audience questions have been edited out due to being inaudible on the recording - we cut straight to the panellist answers.

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Voices of Revolution: Russia 1917 Series Advisor Martin Sixsmith speaks to musicologist Marina Frolova-Walker about the different ways Soviet era composers navigated an increasingly volatile system, one that could be unpredictable, especially when it came to evaluating music. 

Profiling composers featured in the Philharmonia Orchestra's Royal Festival Hall concert on 22 March 2018, Sixsmith and Frolova-Walker explore how Sergei Prokofiev was lured back to Russia with flattery; how Alexander Mosolov ended up in the Gulag; and how Reinhold Glière managed to work the system to his advantage by producing beautiful, accessible music. 

Works discussed: 

Mosolov: Iron Foundry

Prokofiev: Piano Concerto No. 3

Glière: Concerto for Coloratura Soprano and Orchestra, The Red Poppy

Recorded live at the Royal Festival Hall, Southbank Centre, London.

Philharmonia Orchestra's 'Voices of Revolution' series continues in March 2018. https://www.philharmonia.co.uk/concerts/series/68/voices_of_revolution_russia_1917 


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Series Advisor Martin Sixsmith leads a discussion about Battleship Potemkin with Russian and Soviet Film Studies professor, Philip Cavendish.

Cavendish discusses Battleship Potemkin's iconic role in world cinema, it's powerful cinematography and director Sergei Eisenstein's aim to capture the tragedy, the pathos and brutality of events that took part in Odessa.

Recorded live at the Royal Festival Hall, Southbank Centre, London.

Philharmonia Orchestra's 'Voices of Revolution' series continues in March 2018. 

 

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Philharmonia Orchestra Principal Guest Conductor Jakub Hrůša speaks with Hannah Nepil of the Financial Times to discuss his relationship with the Philharmonia and his upcoming performance of Smetana's Má Vlast. 

Recorded live at the Royal Festival Hall, Southbank Centre, London. 

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Santtu-Matias Rouvali, Principal Guest Conductor and Alistair Mackie, Principal Trumpet in conversation ahead of the Philharmonia's concert on Sunday 24th April, which included Elgar's Cello Concerto performed by Alban Gerhardt and Holst's 'The Planets'.

This Pre-Concert Talk was also broadcast live on Facebook, which can be found at the following link: www.facebook.com/philharmoniaorch…154213671097202/

Rouvali's next concert with the Philharmonia is on Thursday 5th October 2017, the programme for which will include Mussorgsky's 'Pictures at an Exhibition'. Book tickets here: www.philharmonia.co.uk/concerts/1716…an_exhibition

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Conductor Rafael Payare and classical music writer Jessica Duchen in conversation ahead of the Philharmonia's concert on Thursday 9th March, which included Prokofiev's Violin Concerto No.1 in D, Op. 19 featuring violinist Frank Peter Zimmermann and Rachmaninov's Symphonic Dances, Op.45. 

 

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Pianist Pierre-Laurent Aimard, Principal Conductor and Artistic Director Esa-Pekka Salonen and Tom Service discuss Stravinsky, Ligeti and Ravel ahead of the Philharmonia's recent concert on Sunday 19th February.

The Salonen/Aimard Inspirations series continues this Thursday 23rd Feb at the Southbank Centre's Royal Festival Hall, with a programme including Beethoven's 5th Piano Concerto, 'Emperor', and the London première of Tansy Davies's 'Forest', a concerto for four horns.
www.philharmonia.co.uk/concerts/1390…and_beethoven

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Violist Lawrence Power, conductor John Wilson and Principal Bassoon Robin O'Neill in conversation ahead of the Philharmonia's latest concert on Thursday 12th February, which featured Walton's Viola Concerto.

If you're interested in seeing more of Power performing live, his next concert with the Philharmonia is on 1st June 2017 at the Southbank Centre's Royal Festival Hall - http://www.philharmonia.co.uk/concerts/1622/london/royal_festival_hall/1_june_2017/mahler_symphony_no_1

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Legendary pianist Vladimir Ashkenazy took some time with us to discuss his relationship with Rachmaninov's music, which he has been exploring with the Philharmonia Orchestra for over a year. As the series comes to a close, Maestro Ashkenazy takes us back in time to his youth in Russia where we hear about his first musical experiences and early encounters with Rachmaninov's music. He is joined by his wife, Thorunn "Dody" Ashkenazy, in this extended interview. 

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Three Choirs Festival - 300 Years of Music Making

This week's Backstage Pass podcast is all about the oldest music festival in the world, the Three Choirs Festival. This year marks the 300th anniversary of the event. As the resident orchestra at the festival we were keen to mark this special event by bringing the behind-the-scenes experience of the Three Choirs to your ears.

Tune in to hear more from this unique event with interviews from the festival's artistic director, Geraint Bowen, the Philharmonia roadies and our players.

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Henley Festival Special - Feat. Gregory Porter, Laura Mvula, Alison Balsom...

Our latest podcast is a special extended edition of Backstage Pass, recorded live at Henley Festival. On the 10 July 2015 the Philharmonia Orchestra performed with Gregory Porter, Alison Balsom, Laura Mvula, Shona McGarty, Ballet Black and Ji Liu in a celebration of George Gershwin's music, led by Troy Miller and Fabio D'Andrea. Follow the musicians backstage in this episode for a glimpse of this spectacular event.

The podcast features interviews with Alison Balsom, Gregory Porter, Laura Mvula and dancers from Ballet Black as well as a host of other special guests. 

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Bringing King Richard III to Life - Exclusive Access to our Latest Education Project

This week's Backstage Pass is a behind-the-scenes documentary about the orchestra's latest education project. We follow 300 young singers and instrumentalists as they rehearse a work inspired by the discovery of Richard III in a Leicester car park. Composed by John Webb with creative input from the students, the musicians go on to complete a fantastic world premiere performance side by side with members of the Philharmonia.

Share the experience of the group as they find their feet with this ambitious composition, The Last Plantagenet.

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Avengers: Age Of Ultron - composer Brian Tyler on recording the soundtrack from Abbey Road Studios

Earlier this year the Philharmonia Orchestra recorded tracks for Marvel's Avengers: Age of Ultron soundtrack from Abbey Road Studios, London. For this special edition of Backstage Pass we are happy to feature an extended interview with the film's composer Brian Tyler.

Welcome to the musical world of Tony Stark, The Hulk, Black Widow, Captain America, Thor, and many more epic Marvel superheros.


*NEW SERIES* Philharmonia Orchestra Backstage Pass: Dreaming With Ravel

Talking bats, humanlike cats and tall hats - welcome to the world of Ravel and his opera l'Enfant et les Sortilèges. This episode we talk to world renowned soprano Barbara Hannigan about her role as the Princess, Esa-Pekka Salonen on the magic of Ravel and director Irina Brown from backstage at the Southbank Centre's Royal Festival Hall.

If that isn't enough of a glimpse backstage, you'll hear from the costume designer, assistant conductor, Philharmonia Voices and Parisian soloists.

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*NEW SERIES* Philharmonia Orchestra Backstage Pass: The Blue Planet in Concert

Step beyond the stage to the edge of the ocean with a special edition of Backstage Pass. This episode takes you behind the scenes of The Blue Planet in Concert.  From David Attenborough to the Royal Festival Hall stage, discover the magic of George Fenton's music and listen to audience reactions on the night.

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*NEW SERIES* Philharmonia Orchestra Backstage Pass: Music of Today

Jump into the present day as we focus on contemporary music in the latest episode of Backstage Pass. Leave Mozart and Beethoven aside for fifteen minutes, it’s all about the composers bringing their work to life today. Listen out for dancing clarinetists, jazzy riffs and unexpected collaborations.

This podcast features interviews with Unsuk Chin, Anders Hillborg and Kevin John Edusei.

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*NEW SERIES* Philharmonia Orchestra Backstage Pass: Berlioz Requiem

Backstage Pass is the Philharmonia Orchestra’s first uniquely audio podcast. We already bring you video podcasts but this time it’s all about the audio.

We'll take you behind the scenes of the Orchestra, giving you exclusive access to the players and a glimpse of the hard work that goes on before each and every concert.

This week the podcast is dedicated to our new season launch, kicking off with Berlioz’ brilliant work – La Grande Messe des Morts.

There’ll be laughter and unexpected discoveries along the way as well as an interview with Maestro Esa-Pekka Salonen.

Sit back and listen to a different side of the Philharmonia.

 

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In this audio podcast, Michael Fuller introduces his instrument - the double bass.
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Composing a work for organ and orchestra is not an easy task, but celebrated Finnish composer Kaija Saariaho was up to the challenge in her new piece, Maan varjot (Earth's Shadows). Discover the collaborative process behind this new commission with this film featuring Kaija Saariaho and Esa-Pekka Salonen in conversation. Noted French organist, Olivier Latry, contributes his perspective and put the newly restored Southbank Centre organ through its paces. Come hear the Philharmonia Orchestra, Esa-Pekka Salonen and Olivier Latry perform this new work in London on 26 June 2014, at Southbank Centre's Royal Festival Hall: www.philharmonia.co.uk/concerts/480/london/royal_festival_hall/26_june_2014/salonen_conducts_sibelius. Maan varjot was co-commissioned by the Philharmonia Orchestra, Southbank Centre, Orchestre Symphonique de Montréal and Orchestre National de Lyon.
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The composers Antonín Dvořák and his favourite pupil and son-in-law, Josef Suk, were both influenced by place and close relationships with loved ones. Travel to Prague with conductor Jakub Hrůša, a Prague resident, to uncover the stories behind Dvořák's Cello Concerto and Suk's rarely performed work, the Asrael Symphony. Part of the Bohemian Legends concert series in April & May 2014, at Royal Festival Hall and beyond, conducted by Jakub Hrůša: http://www.philharmonia.co.uk/bohemian
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re-rite is the Philharmonia Orchestra’s digital installation based on The Rite of Spring. Through this combination of immersive video and interactive design visitors can experience what it's like to play with a live orchestra. From conducting with Esa-Pekka Salonen to following the score note by note with each instrument - re-rite takes you inside the orchestra.
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In this Listening Guide, pianist Nikolai Lugansky guides us through Beethoven's 5th Piano Concerto. Dubbed 'Emperor' by its English publisher, this was Beethoven's last piano concerto. Find out more in this film about what makes this hugely popular work special and forward-looking, complete with illustrative extracts from the work performed by Lugansky. For more information on the Philharmonia's upcoming performance of the work with Nikolai Lugansky, please visit www.philharmonia.co.uk/concerts/464/london/royal_festival_hall/9_march_2014/lugansky_performs_emperor_piano_concerto
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Season's Greetings from the Philharmonia Orchestra. We celebrate this year with a brass quintet of Philharmonia players, playing an arrangement of Gustav Holst's carol 'In the Bleak Midwinter', arranged by Toby Street. Why not send the Philharmonia Christmas Card to your friends? Visit www.philharmonia.co.uk/christmas to find out more.
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In this feature-length biopic, Series Advisor Steven Stucky and Principal Conductor and Philharmonia Orchestra Artistic Advisor Esa-Pekka Salonen travel to Poland to the explore the life and works of Polish composer Witold Lutosławski, from his early life, his struggle for survival in Warsaw during the Second World War, the Stalinist period, and finally into his latter and most mature works. This film was released as part of the Philharmonia Orchestra's series Woven Words - "Music begins where words end". Explore the series’ digital resources at philharmonia.co.uk/lutoslawski.
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In this film, Philharmonia members past and present tell the story of how a last-minute decision by the Orchestra's management 30 years ago ignited what would go on to be a long-lasting relationship between Esa-Pekka Salonen and the Philharmonia, firstly as Principal Guest Conductor, and, since 2008, as Principal Conductor and Artistic Advisor.
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In this film, Jennifer McLaren introduces her instrument - the e flat clarinet. To learn more about the e flat clarinet visit www.philharmonia.co.uk/explore/instruments/e_flat_clarinet. Why not download our iPad app The Orchestra to learn even more? Visit www.philharmonia.co.uk/app for more information.
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The Philharmonia Orchestra were delighted to be invited to the Classical Stage at London Mela 2013, to perform Ustad Amjad Ali Khan's composition 'Samaagam', played on the sarod by his two sons Amaan and Ayaan. In this film we speak with the two brothers before their performance, as well as with conductor David Murphy, who spent a considerable amount of time in Delhi with the composer. We also hear from the Mela's Artistic Director Ajay Chhabra, on the history of the Mela and the continuing relationship with the Philharmonia.
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The Philharmonia Orchestra's Principal Conductor and Artistic Advisor, Esa-Pekka Salonen, introduces Berlioz's Symphonie Fantastique, narrative programme music for the modern orchestra. To hear more about this piece, why not download our iPad app, 'The Orchestra'? Visit philharmonia.co.uk/app for more information.
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Acknowledged as the UK's foremost musical pioneer, the Philharmonia Orchestra lives at the heart of British musical life. In this film, Simon Oliver (Double Bass and Chairman) introduces the Orchestra and its work today. For more information, please visit the new website www.philharmonia.co.uk.
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Go on a journey with the Philharmonia Orchestra as they travel to Paris with Esa-Pekka Salonen, and prepare for a particularly special performance of the Rite of Spring at the Théâtre des Champs-Elysées - the venue of the original première - in the piece's centenary year, 2013.
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With 2013 being the Centenary year for Stravinsky's Rite of Spring, Principal Conductor and Artistic Advisor of the Philharmonia Esa-Pekka Salonen discusses his relationship with this seminal work, and its continuing relevance in a 21st century context. To mark the Centenary, Esa-Pekka Salonen is touring the work across Europe with the Philharmonia Orchestra, a tour culminating in a concert at Paris's Theatre des Champs-Elysées, the venue of the work's infamously riotous première. The London Centenary concert will take place on Thursday 30th May at 7.30pm, at the Royal Festival Hall. For more information, please visit philharmonia.co.uk/concerts/30may13
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In this interview, Esa-Pekka Salonen discusses Shostakovich's Symphony No. 4. Written at a politically turbulent time, during which was published the infamous Pravda article denouncing the composer and his work, its original première was eventually cancelled, and the work did not resurface until the early 1960s. Symphony No. 4 is being performed together with the Opera 'Orango', which has its European première in London on 16 May 2013. For more information on the concert, please visit www.philharmonia.co.uk/orango
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An extended documentary about the recently-discovered opera by Shostakovich, 'Orango'. It features interviews with Esa-Pekka Salonen, who premiered the work, Gerard McBurney, who orchestrated the work, and Irina Brown, who is directing the semi-staged European Premiere taking place at the Royal Festival Hall in May 2013. As well as learning about how the work surfaced, and its orchestration, we also delve into some of the musical influences surrounding Shostakovich when he wrote the piece. Set against the historical context of the early 1930s, this film lifts the lid on a fascinating period in not only musical history, but the history of the Soviet Union. For more information on the European Premiere of Orango, taking place on May 16th 2013, please visit www.philharmonia.co.uk/orango
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This extended documentary goes behind the scenes at the Philharmonia Orchestra's Universe of Sound project, from conception to completion. For more information on the project, please visit universeofsound.co.uk. Next dates: 27 April - 12 May 2013 Augustine House, Canterbury Christ Church University
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Violinist Jennifer Koh talks about her relationship with Witold Lutosławski's Chain 2: Dialogue for Violin and Orchestra (1984–85), which she will perform with the Philharmonia Orchestra on 21 March 2013 at the Royal Festival Hall in London."The thing that satisfies me now - in every respect – is Chain 2." - Witold Lutosławski. Part of the Philharmonia Orchestra's series Woven Words: "Music begins where words end". Explore the series’ digital resources at www.philharmonia.co.uk/lutoslawski
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Philharmonia Orchestra violinist Adrián Varela and Tar Shehnai player Kirpal Singh Panesar come together to learn about each other's instrument, techniques, and ensemble playing. The project is a collaboration with Shruti Arts and Orchestras Live. Discover the Philharmonia Orchestra: De Montfort Hall, Leicester, Sunday 24 March 2013, 7:30pm. http://www.philharmonia.co.uk/concerts/24mar13/
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Commissioned by the Royal Philharmonic Society, Witold Lutosławski's Cello Concerto was written for and premièred by the great cellist Mstislav Rostropovich at the Royal Festival Hall in London in 1970. Tom Hutchinson of the Royal Philharmonic Society tells us more. Part of the Philharmonia Orchestra's series Woven Words: "Music begins where words end". Explore the series’ digital resources at http://www.philharmonia.co.uk/lutoslawski
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Series Advisor Steven Stucky talks with Philharmonia Orchestra members Samuel Coles (Joint Principal Flute) and Mark van de Wiel (Joint Principal Clarinet) about Witold Lutosławski's use of chance in his compositions, an approach called "controlled aleatorism." They work through a short passage of Lutosławski's Jeux venitiens (Venetian Games), illustrating how each performance is unique. Part of the Philharmonia Orchestra's series Woven Words: "Music begins where words end". Explore the series’ digital resources at http://www.philharmonia.co.uk/lutoslawski, or visit www.woven-words.co.uk/game to explore Lutosławski's compositional techniques in a game!
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Fourth in a series of four biographical films on the Polish composer, Witold Lutosławski. Series Advisor, Steven Stucky and Philharmonia Orchestra Principal Conductor and Artistic Advisor, Esa-Pekka Salonen visit the Filharmonia Narodowa (National Concert Hall) in Warsaw and talk about the composer's later life. In his later years, Lutosławski flourished and finally found his distinctive musical voice. Part of the Philharmonia Orchestra's series Woven Words: "Music begins where words end".
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Third in a series of four biographical films on the Polish composer, Witold Lutosławski. Series Advisor, Steven Stucky and Philharmonia Orchestra Principal Conductor and Artistic Advisor, Esa-Pekka Salonen visited Polska Radio in Warsaw to talk about Lutosławski's work during Soviet rule. They view manuscripts of his compositions for radio and also pop music, which he composed under the pseudonym, Derwid. Part of the Philharmonia Orchestra's series Woven Words: "Music begins where words end".
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Series Advisor, Steven Stucky and Philharmonia Orchestra Principal Conductor and Artistic Advisor, Esa-Pekka Salonen both knew the Polish composer, Witold Lutosławski well. In this film, the two composers reminisce about their friend and mentor and discuss his work. Part of the Philharmonia Orchestra's series Woven Words: "Music begins where words end".
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Second in a series of four biographical films on the Polish composer, Witold Lutosławski. This film focuses on the composer's struggle for survival in Warsaw during World War II. Series Advisor, Steven Stucky and Philharmonia Orchestra Principal Conductor and Artistic Advisor, Esa-Pekka Salonen traveled to Poland to find out more. Lutosławski expert Charles Bodman Rae also helps bring this terrifying moment in history to life. Part of the Philharmonia Orchestra's series Woven Words: "Music begins where words end".
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First in a series of four biographical films on the Polish composer, Witold Lutosławski. This film focuses on the composer's early life and beginnings in music. Series Advisor, Steven Stucky and Philharmonia Orchestra Principal Conductor and Artistic Advisor, Esa-Pekka Salonen traveled to Poland to discover how tragic and traumatic events in Lutosławski's early life shaped his compositions and personality. Part of the Philharmonia Orchestra's series Woven Words: "Music begins where words end".
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Pianist Peter Jablonski talks us through Witold Lutosławski's Piano Concerto (1987-88), which will be performed by Krystian Zimerman on 30 January at the Royal Festival Hall in London. This concert marks the opening of the Philharmonia Orchestra's series Woven Words: "Music begins where words end".
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In this extended feature, Principal Timpanist Andy "Thumper" Smith, described here by a fellow player as a "defining feature of the Philharmonia sound", looks back fondly on his 40 year journey with the Philharmonia Orchestra.
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Es ist ein ros entsprungen, arr. Roger Harvey. Performed by: Paul Sharp (trumpet), Mark Calder (trumpet), Katy Woolley (horn), Rebecca Smith (trombone), Pete Smith (tuba). Filmed at Le Méridien Piccadilly, Official Hotel Partner of the Philharmonia Orchestra. Send this as a digital Christmas card to your friends and family: http://www.philharmonia.co.uk/christmas/
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Orchestra Unwrapped is a major education initiative led by the Philharmonia Orchestra for Leicester and Basingstoke schoolchildren. Thousands of children aged 7-11 are given the opportunity to see a symphony orchestra and learn more about classical music in an engaging, funny and age-appropriate show. Find out more here: http://www.philharmonia.co.uk/orchestra_unwrapped/
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The Three Choirs Festival is the world's oldest and greatest Choral festival, and this year it will be held in Hereford Cathedral from 21-27 July. The Philharmonia continues their three year residency at the festival and to celebrate we talk to those involved in making it happen. Highlights at this year's festival include Julian Lloyd Webber playing Delius's Cello Concerto, Joseph Phibbs's new composition Rivers to the Sea and a rare performance of Dyson's Pilgrim's Progress.
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British composer Joseph Phibbs was commissioned by Anvil Arts and the Philharmonia Orchestra to write a new symphonic work for The Anvil, Basingstoke's 18th Birthday celebrations and to mark the continuing relationship with the Philharmonia Orchestra as The Anvil's Orchestra in Partnership. We met with Joseph Phibbs while he was writing his new work, Rivers to the Sea, to get special insight into the composition process. Rivers to the Sea premières at the Anvil, Basingstoke on Fri 22 June 2012: philharmonia.co.uk/concerts/22jun12/. London premiere at Southbank Centre's Royal Festival Hall, 28 June 2012: philharmonia.co.uk/concerts/28jun12/. Three Choirs Festival, 21 July 2012: philharmonia.co.uk/concerts/21jul12/. Auditorio Lingotto, Turin, 20 Sept 2012: philharmonia.co.uk/concerts/20sep12/. Beethovenfest, Bonn, 5 Oct 2012: philharmonia.co.uk/concerts/05oct12/
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In 2012 Esa-Pekka Salonen will begin a Beethoven symphonic series with the Philharmonia Orchestra, an exploration of cornerstones of the orchestral repertoire, culminating in a complete symphony cycle at the Beethovenfest in October 2012. In our latest podcast, Esa-Pekka Salonen explains why Beethoven matters. Click here for series information: http://www.philharmonia.co.uk/concerts/series/salonen_beethoven/
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Guitarist Craig Ogden in conversation with Leicester-based sitar player Roopa Panesar. The two virtuosi compare instrumental techniques and find links between the Indian and western classical music traditions. This podcast also gives audiences an introduction to Rodrigo's Concierto de Aranjuez, which Ogden will perform in Leicester on 1 February 2012. The project was a collaboration with Shruti Arts and Orchestras Live. For concert information and booking visit: http://www.philharmonia.co.uk/concerts/1feb12/
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The Philharmonia Orchestra's Digital team travelled to Florence, Italy to discover the personal story behind Luigi Dallapiccola's opera, Il Prigioniero. Written between 1944 and 1948, Il Prigioniero expresses Dallapiccola's disillusionment with Mussolini's politics. Principal Conductor and Artistic Advisor Esa-Pekka Salonen, writer and recording producer Misha Donat, and professor Mila De Santis give insight into this moving political statement. Find out more about the 26 January 2012 concert of Il Prigioniero here: http://www.philharmonia.co.uk/concerts/26jan12/ Part of "The still point of the turning world": Music that defines an era series supported by the Meyer Foundation. (http://www.philharmonia.co.uk/concerts/series/still_point/)
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Step into the world of Duke Bluebeard's Castle and discover the work done behind the scenes to bring the Philharmonia Orchestra's production of Bartók's only opera to life. Directed by Nick Hillel of Yeast Culture and conducted by Esa-Pekka Salonen, this unique, new production features specially created films projected onto the set surrounding the orchestra. The production tours the UK and Europe in October and November 2011. A Philharmonia Orchestra, Rite Digital and Yeast Culture production. Co-commissioned by the Fundação Calouste Gulbenkian (Lisbon) and Konzerthaus Dortmund. Part of the Infernal Dance: Inside the World of Béla Bartók season, generously supported by the Meyer Foundation. For series and concert information, please visit our Bartók mini-site. (www.philharmonia.co.uk/bartok)
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Watch our behind-the-scenes film as Esa-Pekka Salonen prepares for a performance of Sibelius’s ‘choral’ symphony, Kullervo, based on a dark tale from the Finnish epic, the Kalevala. Salonen travelled to Uppsala, Sweden to rehearse with the male choir, Orphei Drängar, who feature prominently in the piece. This concert opens the Philharmonia Orchestra's 2011/12 London Season at Southbank Centre's Royal Festival Hall. Click here to learn more and book tickets. philharmonia.co.uk/concerts/25sept11/
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The Philharmonia Orchestra begins a new residency at The Marlowe Theatre in Canterbury from November 2011. The residency, the first by a major symphony orchestra in Kent, will feature an annual series of concerts at The Marlowe Theatre, as well as forging links with local education organisations. Visit philharmonia.co.uk/canterbury for more information.
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Esa-Pekka Salonen and pianist Yefim Bronfman meet Dániel Hamar and László Porteleki from Hungary's leading folk music ensemble, Muzsikás. Muzsikás perform traditional Hungarian pieces and discuss their origins, including the influence that this music had upon the work of Béla Bartók. Muzsikás will be performing in London and Basingstoke in 2011 as part of the Philharmonia's Infernal Dance series. For more information on these concerts or others in the series please visit : philharmonia.co.uk/​bartok
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As part of his epic cycle of Mahler's major works this season with the Philharmonia Orchestra, Lorin Maazel talks to Classic FM's Anne-Marie Minhall about Gustav Mahler, the man. The series runs from April - October 2011. Visit www.philharmonia.co.uk/mahler for more details.
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In preparation for the Philharmonia Orchestra's Maazel: Mahler Cycle 2011, celebrated conductor Lorin Maazel discusses the music of the great composer with Classic FM’s Anne-Marie Minhall. The series runs from April - October 2011. Visit www.philharmonia.co.uk/mahler for more details.
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Composer and conductor Carl Davis gives insight into his score for Rupert Julian's 1925 silent film, The Phantom of the Opera. The Philharmonia Orchestra presents a screening of the film with live orchestral accompaniment on Sun 27 March at Southbank Centre's Royal Festival Hall.
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Malcolm Gillies travels to Béla Bartók's birthplace in Romania to explore the historical, ethnic, and political tensions that shaped Bartók's Hungary, and informed him musically. This film accompanies the Philharmonia Orchestra's 'Infernal Dance' series.
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Throughout 2011 Esa-Pekka Salonen's major exploration of Bartók's life, influences and music travels throughout the UK and Europe. To kick off the project this January, Esa-Pekka Salonen discusses why he finds Bartók's works fascinating, challenging and inspiring.
Direct download: 110127_podcast.mp3
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Members of the Philharmonia Orchestra's brass section braved the cold this December to produce the orchestra's annual Christmas card. Filmed of the roof of London's Southbank Centre, the podcast features an arrangement of O Little Town of Bethlehem by Tim Jackson and great views of London. Happy Christmas from everyone at the Philharmonia Orchestra!
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We went behind the scenes at Air Studios as the Philharmonia Orchestra recorded the music for the new Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows (Part 1) Video Game to find out more about how music for games is composed, recorded and designed to enhance the in-game experience.
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Zsolt-Tihamér Visontay was appointed Joint Concert Master of the Philharmonia Orchestra in 2007. At only 24, he had already been Germany’s youngest Concert Master and leader of the European Union Youth Orchestra. In this film Zsolt talks about learning the violin, his decision to become a professional player and his feelings about living in London.
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Esa-Pekka Salonen and Peter Sellars’s Tristan und Isolde, with video art by Bill Viola, was premièred in Los Angeles in 2004 and has subsequently been revived in Paris and New York to great acclaim. Esa-Pekka Salonenand the Philharmonia Orchestra bring the production to the UK and other European venues, and this exclusive behind-the-scenes footage shows just how complex a production this is.
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Set to complete his Rachmaninov Cycle with the Philharmonia this month, pianist Nikolai Lugansky plays excerpts from Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini and takes a closer look at this work.
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Conductor Tugan Sokhiev discusses performing Stravinsky's Rite of Spring with the Philharmonia Orchestra, explaining why it still feels fresh nearly a century since its riotous première.
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Pianist Nikolai Lugansky guides us through Rachmaninov's Fourth Concerto; the latest in our podcast series accompanying the Philharmonia's Rachmaninov Cycle.
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Animateur Paul Rissmann guides us through Bartok's most famous orchestral work with help from Philharmonia Orchestra musicians.
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Philharmonia brass players perform Silent Night on London's South Bank. You can send this video as a personalised e-card to your friends and family by visiting http://www.philharmonia.co.uk/christmas (from 14 Dec)
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Soprano Christine Brewer spoke to us about her approach to Wagner, in preparation for her forthcoming concert with the Philharmonia Orchestra, conducted by Sir Charles Mackerras.
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Christoph von Dohnányi talks to the Philharmonia's Principal Percussionist David Corkhill about his career as a conductor ahead of his 80th Birthday concert with the orchestra.
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Julian Johnson goes behind the scenes on the Philharmonia Orchestra's new production of Berg's opera Wozzeck, conducted by Esa-Pekka Salonen.
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Esa-Pekka Salonen and Magnus Lindberg discuss their friendship, collaborations and Lindberg's new work GRAFFITI which will receive its UK première at Southbank Centre's Royal Festival Hall on 1 October.
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In our first podcast of the 2009/10 season we speak to Vladimir Ashkenazy about his career, forthcoming season opening concerts with the Philharmonia Orchestra and future concert plans.
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Julian Johnson travels to the Belvedere Gallery in Vienna to find out more about the explosion in the arts at this time and also speaks to Michael Molnar from the Freud Museum to discover why Freud was redefining what is is to be human.
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In May's podcast Julian Johnson explores the life and work of Gustav Mahler and we take a look at the interaction between the arts in Vienna 1900.
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In April's podcast we speak to Lorin Maazel about his 50 years conducting the Philharmonia Orchestra, take a guided tour though Rachmaninov's Second Piano Concerto with Nikolai Lugansky and speak to violinist Nicola Benedetti about life as a soloist and the Sibelius Violin Concerto.
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Esa-Pekka Salonen, Arnold Schoenberg, and the effect of popular Viennese culture.
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Gustavo Dudamel, Esa-Pekka Salonen and the family of Arnold Schoenberg.
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Interviews with James Ehnes and Boris Giltburg, and a look at Stravinsky's Firebird Suite
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We delve into the paganistic and brutal world of Stravinsky's The Rite of Spring, and take a look at things to come in the Philharmonia's first major project with Esa-Pekka Salonen, City of Dreams: Vienna 1900-1935.
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Interviews with George Benjamin and Sir Charles Mackerras
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We join Esa-Pekka Salonen as he prepares for his first concerts with the Philharmonia Orchestra as Principal Conductor and Artistic Advisor
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As the 2007-08 orchestral season draws to a close we go behind the scenes with Gustavo Dudamel, find out more about our Music of Today series, chat with 4 orchestral players about Brahms' 4 symphonies and speak to Richard Hickox about 'The Pilgrim's Progress'. This is part one of a two part podcast. A video feed for this podcast is available from our website or in the iTunes Music Store.
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We launch the new orchestral season with a look at Stravinsky's Oedipus Rex and a listening guide to Berlioz' Symphony Fantastique as well as details of all Philharmonia Concerts and our new CD label.
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This month we find out more about Ralph Vaughan Williams, as the Philharmonia Orchestra prepeares to commemorate the 50th anniversary of his death with a series of concerts.
Direct download: 080506_podcast.mp3
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We speak to Lars Vogt about performing Beethoven with Sir Charles Mackerras, visit the Stepping Stones project in a Bedford Primary School, and speak to MMSF award winner Sulki Yu.
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Esa-Pekka Salonen speaks to us about his appointment as Principal Conductor and Artistic Advisor to the Philharmonia Orchestra from September 2008. We also speak to the players of the Philharmonia about what this appointment means for them, and have an interview with tenor Alfie Boe.
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Second Violinist Julian Milone welcomes in the New Year with a look forward to the Philharmonia Orchestra's plans for 2008, including a preview of the Olivier Messiaen season. Elsewhere cellist David Cohen interviews Maestro Vladimir Ashkenazy and we take a look at the Creative Orchestra workshops.
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Join double bassist, Dominic Worsley for the December video podcast. Hear from pianist and conductor András Schiff, as he speaks about his feelings for Schubert; Take a look inside the new Philharmonia Orchestra Online Shop; Follow percussionist Pete Fry for the day and receive an update on forthcoming Philharmonia Orchestra concerts.
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Oboist Jill Crowther introduces November's podcast, which includes features on the Orchestra's Dennis Brain Anniversary concerts (and interviews with members of the Philharmonia's horn section), an extract from the Orchestra's recent performance of The Planets with Charles Dutoit and an update on forthcoming Philharmonia concerts.
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Join flautist Paul Edmund-Davies as he takes us behind the scenes with the orchestra on tour, speaks to conductor Charles Dutoit and gets the player's higlights for the forthcoming season.
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Join violinst Emily Davis as she visits the newly re-opened Royal Festival Hall, speaks to principal conductor Christoph von Dohnányi and enjoys a guided tour of Beethoven's Ninth Symphony. A video podcast is also available from http://www.philharmonia.co.uk/podcasts or via iTunes.
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