Philharmonia Orchestra Audio Podcast

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.

Direct download: Pre-Concert_Talk__Gavin_Plumley_on_Schoenbergs_Gurrelieder.mp3
Category:podcast -- posted at: 3:14pm UTC

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:

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

Direct download: Pre-Concert_Talk__Esa-Pekka_Salonen_and_John_Florance.mp3
Category:podcast -- posted at: 11:16am UTC

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. 

Direct download: Pre-Concert_Talk__Dr_Jeremy_Barham_on_Mahler.mp3
Category:podcast -- posted at: 12:41pm UTC

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. 


Direct download: 171012_potemkin_sixsmith2.mp3
Category:podcast -- posted at: 12:50pm UTC

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. 

Direct download: 171008_hrusa_pct_mixdown.mp3
Category:podcast -- posted at: 1:55pm UTC

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:…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:…an_exhibition

Direct download: 170423_rouvali_mackie.m4a
Category:general -- posted at: 11:02am UTC

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. 


Direct download: 170309_PCT_payare_duchen.m4a
Category:general -- posted at: 10:40am UTC

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.…and_beethoven

Direct download: 170219_salonen_aimard_service_PCT.m4a
Category:general -- posted at: 10:31am UTC

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 -

Direct download: 170214_power_oneill_wilson.m4a
Category:general -- posted at: 1:27pm UTC