Interested in Brahms? Have a look at his connections to the artists of his time!

We continue our German Romatics series with Brahms' Third Symphony on 16 Feb: [ Link ]

The Visual Artists Who Inspired Brahms
Today we remember the conducting legend Arturo Toscanini who died on this day in 1957.
His appearances with us resulted in these fantastic recordings of Brahms symphonies:

Johannes Brahms: The Four Symphonies [1935], Volume 1
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The world of classical music has always relished a touch of scandal and gossip - today marks the first performances of two of the most infamous works in history!

1907 saw Strauss’ Salome stun New York audiences while in 1934 Shostakovich premiered Lady Macbeth of Mtsensk, drawing the anger of Joseph Stalin himself.
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Fiendishly difficult or downright impossible? All considered unplayable at first, many of these masterworks compiled by BBC Music Magazine have since become beloved repertoire pieces – three of them even feature in our current season!

Hear star soloist Lawrence Power perform one, Walton’s Viola Concerto, on 12 February – details here: [ Link ]

10 impossible classical masterpieces |
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Tomorrow Andris Nelsons concludes his series of Bruckner concerts with us with the cataclysmic Ninth Symphony.

Have a listen to our recording from 2014 with Christoph von Dohnányi on Soundcloud, available to buy on Amazon:

Bruckner Symphony No.9 | Live at the Salzburg Festival | Christoph von Dohnányi
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In September '16, our project with Southbank Centre, The Virtual Orchestra, brought virtual reality to the Festival Hall. We've just released an infographic with some facts and figures from the series. See it here: [ Link ]
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Music of joy and excitement – join us as we see in the Chinese Year of the Rooster on 9 Feb with an all-star line-up of musicians including Long Yu - 余隆, Maxim Vengerov and Shenyang.
Tickets from £15: [ Link ]
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The Rite of Spring? Also sprach Zarathustra? Iconic musical openings stay with us forever.

Take a look at this animation from BBC Radio 3 to learn how composers make their pieces memorable!

How do you start a piece of music?, Beginnings, The Listening Service - BBC Radio 3
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Our friends at Barbican Centre launched their new season today, including a major focus on the music of Esa-Pekka Salonen: [ Link ]
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“In terms of the use of the orchestra, Beethoven, of course, is a great innovator…” – watch Esa-Pekka explain what makes Beethoven’s iconic Fifth Symphony so special.
We play it live tonight in Leicester in our last of three concerts with rising conducting star Domingo Hindoyan.
Details here: [ Link ]

Listening Guide: Beethoven's Symphony No. 5

The Philharmonia Orchestra's Principal Conductor and Artistic Advisor, Esa-Pekka Salonen, talks about Beethoven's monumental Fifth Symphony. To hear more abo...

We’re hiring!
We are looking for a new Joint Principal Oboist to join the Orchestra – applications close on 31 January. For more details on the requirements and how to apply please look on our website: [ Link ]
We're looking forward to working with Andris Nelsons again this January, as he conducts Bruckner's 5th and 9th Symphonies in London, Germany and Paris: [ Link ]

From our archive: Nelsons in conversation with trumpeter Håkan Hardenberger.

Håkan Hardenberger & Andris Nelsons in Conversation and Rehearsal

Trumpeter Håkan Hardenberger, performs a major series, titled The Trumpet Shall Sound, with the Philharmonia Orchestra in December 2015/January 2016. We caug...

Giacomo Puccini's Tosca premiered #onthisday in Rome in 1900.

Puccini's Tosca: a beginner's guide
"There is an immediacy and incisive, almost forensic clarity to this live performance that makes for tremendous drama at points of crisis"

Our recording of Tchaikovsky's Symphony No. 6, conducted by Sir Charles Mackerras, has been featured in Gramophone's Top 10 Symphonies: [ Link ]

Top 10 symphonies |
Tristan und Isolde? Beethoven's Eroica? Mahler's Tenth?

In The Telegraph, Ivan Hewett explores the greatest chords in music history.

What are the greatest chords in music history?
‘As always in human relationships, the best ones are the ones where you don’t have to explain a lot of stuff all the time; both parties understand each other through gestures, almost like telepathy’, Esa-Pekka Salonen

Watch Esa-Pekka and Pierre-Laurent Aimard explain what makes their artistic relationship so special, ahead of the first ‘Inspirations’ concert on 19 February.
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Salonen/Aimard: Inspirations

Delve into the minds of two musical greats in this short film featuring Esa-Pekka Salonen and Pierre-Laurent Aimard. Join the conductor and pianist as they p...

"There is something peculiarly lovable about the cello, with its tenor radiance, narrow waist, gleaming shoulders and back of flaming maple"

You can find out more about the cello in our instrument video guide, introduced by No. 2 Cello Karen Stephenson: [ Link ]

Vast, deep and awash with feeling: the story of the cello
Happy birthday Francis Poulenc, born on this day in 1899!

Here's an extract from Dialogues des Carmélites, conducted by Jérémie Rhorer, which we performed at Théâtre des Champs-Elysées in 2013.

Dialogues des Carmélites Poulenc

Extrait de la nouvelle production des Dialogues des Carmélites de Poulenc mise en scène par Olivier Py et dirigée par Jérémie Rhorer à la tête du Philharmoni...

"I fantasise about walking back on stage at the end of a recital and delivering an encore nobody was expecting"

We're looking forward to joining pianist Paul Lewis on 22 January for Mozart's last piano concerto at Southbank Centre: [ Link ]

Facing the music: Paul Lewis