BBC Philharmonic Orchestra

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Prom 34: BBCPhil/Ollikainen review – Thorvaldsdottir’s study in sonority is impressive and engaging
The Icelandic composer’s distinctive voice was paired with Sibelius full of bold gestures and striking colours, but cellist Kian Soltani’s Elgar felt a little too genteel

Andrew Clements

12, Aug, 2022 @1:38 PM

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Prom 25: BBCPhil/Storgårds/Eyck review – Aho’s theremin casts a spell
Carolina Eyck was mesmerising in Kalevi Aho’s theremin concerto, while Kaija Saariaho’s Vista and Shostakovich’s 15th symphony were superbly played by the BBC Philharmonic

Tim Ashley

05, Aug, 2022 @11:25 AM

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The week in classical: Proms 2 & 5; Attila; Thomas Kelly – review
Star violist Lawrence Power and John Wilson’s orchestra dazzle at the Proms. Elsewhere, fireworks on the stage and podium in early Verdi, and a young pianist astonishes

Fiona Maddocks

23, Jul, 2022 @11:30 AM

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BBCPhil/Davis review RVW150 – power and brilliance
Continuing celebrations of the composer’s 150th anniversary saw Andrew Davis conduct the Fourth Symphony and pastel shades of the Job masque

Andrew Clements

21, Mar, 2022 @10:15 AM

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The week in classical: BBC Philharmonic/Wigglesworth; Sergei Babayan and Martha Argerich
Hope and humanity echo in Vaughan Williams’s anti-war symphonies, while Argerich and Babayan’s Prokofiev moves from breakneck to dreamlike

Stephen Pritchard

05, Mar, 2022 @12:30 PM

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BBCPhil/Wigglesworth review – Vaughan Williams celebrations open with style but not enough substance
A symphony cycle to mark the 150th anniversary of the English composer began with Mark Wigglesworth and the BBC Philharmonic bringing more questions than answers to the Third and the Fifth

Hugh Morris

27, Feb, 2022 @2:24 PM

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BBC 100: Celebrating the BBC Orchestras review – party weekend has some fizz but ultimately feels flat
Seven concerts around the UK – one from each of the BBC’s performing groups – included some glorious moments, but the motley collection of works failed to create a celebratory or memorable whole

Andrew Clements

14, Feb, 2022 @2:41 PM

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BBC Phil/Schwarz review – Coult’s bewitching Pleasure Garden goes back to nature
The BBC Philharmonic and Daniel Pioro premiered Tom Coult’s enigmatic and original violin concerto, elegantly paired with Kurt Weill and Ravel

Hugh Morris

08, Nov, 2021 @11:14 AM

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BBC Young Musician 2020 final review – a golden year
Fang Zhang triumphed with an exhilarating marimba rhapsody in an evening of dazzling performances by three teen virtuosos

Fiona Maddocks

08, May, 2021 @11:30 AM

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Percussionist Fang Zhang wins BBC Young Musician 2020
The 17-year-old Chinese-born musician triumphed at final delayed a year by pandemic

Imogen Tilden and agencies

03, May, 2021 @10:50 AM

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House music: Flora Willson's watching and listening highlights
This week, our critic takes a musical journey to the US east coast, breathes the Swiss mountain air with Schubert’s Trout Quintet from the Gstaad digital festival and catches a glimpse of pianist Stephen Hough as Napoleon

Flora Willson

03, Aug, 2020 @4:00 PM

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Classical music: let the Berlin Phil come to you
With concert halls and opera houses closed, we sample the stay-at-home alternatives from Budapest to Dar es Salaam

Nicholas Kenyon

21, Mar, 2020 @12:00 PM

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