Royal Philharmonic Orchestra at Royal Albert Hall – Vasily Petrenko conducts Mahler’s Resurrection Symphony, with Ailish Tynan, Alice Coote & Philharmonia Chorus


If you thought that the frequent appearances of Mahler’s ‘Resurrection’ Symphony might debase its currency, here was a performance that refreshed its mystique. The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra was large but by no means gargantuan, the Philharmonia Chorus a reasonable, non-apocalyptic size of about 120, there were two excellent singers, and a conductor who was prepared to takes risks in the Royal Albert Hall’s acoustic to the music’s great advantage, turning the space into a cosmic battleground for striving, hope, faith and renewal – a non-specific devotional work right up Easter’s street.

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Royal Philharmonic Orchestra appoints new Managing Director

The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra (RPO) is delighted to announce the appointment of James Williams as its new Managing Director. James Williams, currently Director, UK Programme and Creative Projects at Philharmonia Orchestra, will take up the post in the summer.

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A conversation with Vasily Petrenko

This month, Vasily Petrenko (‘a conductor of crisp technical assurance and interpretive depth’ – San Francisco Chronicle) makes his debut with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra at the Royal Albert Hall. Having worked with many of the world’s finest orchestras as guest conductor, Petrenko now looks forward to performing with the RPO: “It will be a great pleasure and a big honour for me. It’s the only big London Orchestra which I haven’t performed with yet.”

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Zukerman drives an unsteady Russian troika with the RPO

A troika of Russian warhorses trotted out from the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra stable, with Pinchas Zukerman guiding the reins. The trouble is, once into the paddock they veered off in wildly different directions. Glinka cantered with a merry swagger, Rachmaninov surged down a lush, romantic path, but Tchaikovsky limped along stubbornly. Three completely different performances that left me perplexed.

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    An interview with John Rutter
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    Royal Philharmonic Orchestra join Time Credit programme to reward local volunteers
  • Wednesday 7 November 2018
    Announcing new partnership with the University of Hull

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    Royal Philharmonic Orchestra Announced Vasily Petrenko as Music Director from 2021–22 Season
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    Rafael Payare: Conducting should always feel like your last breath