Philharmonia Orchestra Audio Podcast: Insights
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. (
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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.
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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 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 :​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 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 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.
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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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