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Image This Is Rattle (Blu-ray & DVD)
Sir Simon Rattle's arrival in London heralded a new era for the LSO, and the ten day festival that opened his inaugural season as the Orchestra's Music Director wowed critics and audiences alike, going on to win the prestigious Royal Philharmonic Society award in the 'Concert Series & Festivals' category.
This film captures Rattle's very first performance as Music Director; a programme in which British composers took centre-stage. The world-premiere of Helen Grime's Fanfares, which became the first movement of the work Woven Space, opened the concert before violinist Christian Tetzlaff took to the stage to perform the concerto written for him in 2010 by Harrison Birtwistle. Two more works close to Rattle's heart followed: Thomas Adès' Asyla and the pocket-sized Symphony No 3 by the late Oliver Knussen. Finally, Rattle's stunning interpretation of the Enigma Variations brought the concert to a close and then the audience to its feet, filling the Barbican Hall with rapturous applause.

269 kr
Image Symphonies Nos 92 & 93 (2CD)
'Davis conducted Haydn throughout his career, but his performances with the London Symphony Orchestra in 2011, two years before his death aged 85, had a special warmth and wisdom. That much is evident on these live recordings of five symphonies. --Financial Times**** Under Sir Colin Davis s baton these five Haydn Symphonies get a lot of coziness. --Pizzicato


99 kr
Image Symphonies Nos. 1 & 4
Sir John Eliot Gardiner is one of the greatest musical leaders of our day. His Mendelssohn cycle on LSO Live has won multiple awards, and the series showcases his enlightened interpretation and his period performance expertise, even having the musicians stand to play. On the period performance practices of the concerts from which these recordings are taken, Gardiner notes: “it gives a different type of dynamism and energy… it means that the fiddles are freer in the way that they attack the extremely virtuosic lines and it gives a tremendous sense of occasion to the music making.” Mendelssohn’s First Symphony is presented here with both the original and revised versions of the third movement. It is paired with the Fourth Symphony, which was inspired by the atmosphere of Italy, and is among the most loved of Mendelssohn’s works. The composer himself called it “the jolliest piece I’ve written so far.” Reviews of this concert were extraordinary. “The performance of Mendelssohn’s ‘Italian’ Symphony No. 4 was like a joyous high-speed rail journey around the country, taking in sun-soaked landscapes, an upbeat pilgrim’s march, and a scalding saltarello that truly felt like a dance to the death.” (The Financial Times)

149 kr
Image Symphony No. 1
This new release in the LSO Live cycle of Rachmaninov’s complete symphonies features his Symphony No. 1. The piece was composed in 1895 at his Ivanovka estate in Tambov, Russia. The premiere was a disaster due to poor conductor performance and under-rehearsal, but the score was rediscovered after the composer’s death and has since been frequently performed. English composer and professor Robert Simpson calls the First Symphony “a powerful work in its own right… convinced, individual, finely constructed, and achieving a genuinely tragic and heroic expression.” Valery Gergiev is able to shine with this work, displaying his impeccable transparent interpretation. Also included on this release is Balakirev’s Tamara. A member of Russia’s “Mighty Handful,” this work is considered by most scholars to be Balakirev’s best work. The score drips with exotic and oriental influences, which were popular in nineteenth century Russia. This concert received extraordinary reviews: “Full blooded and engrossing… the performance revealed the genius of this strange, haunted piece.” (The Telegraph) “This is music Gergiev clearly believes in and that translated itself to his players… Here was Gergiev at his best.” (Bachtrack)

89 kr
Image Symphony No. 6
Sir Simon Rattle conducts Bruckner’s Sixth Symphony, the most original of all composer’s symphonic works. Its contrasting moods, and overarching theme moving from darkness to light, can be haunting one moment and ecstatic the next, culminating in one of the most enigmatic symphonic conclusions of the 19th century.

169 kr
Image Symphony No 4
Hear the LSO at full strength as Gianandrea Noseda continues his survey of Shostakovich with the monumental Fourth Symphony.

Shostakovich at one point thought his Fourth Symphony was the best thing he’d ever written. Extravagant and challenging in equal measure, it’s a work of epic proportions, requiring over 100 musicians including large percussion and brass sections. Owing to Soviet censure, the work went unperformed for almost 30 years after it was completed, until in 1961 it was revealed as one of the significant milestones of the composer’s output, the work that solidified him as a master symphonist.


149 kr
Image Symphonies Nos 2 & 4
Every opportunity to perform the Schumann symphonies is an opportunity to marvel at their extraordinary profusion of ideas and poetic expression and to explore their kaleidoscopic originality. Each time it gives one a chance to vindicate Schumann as a master of symphonic form and instrumental colour, contrary to the dreary cliché that he couldn’t orchestrate.'
- Sir John Eliot Gardiner

Following the success of his Mendelssohn cycle on LSO Live, Sir John Eliot Gardiner turns to the music of Robert Schumann, launching an exploration of his symphonic works that begins with his Second and Fourth symphonies and a rare glimpse of his only opera.

149 kr
Image The Young Debussy (DVD + Blu-ray)
The evocative music of Claude Debussy has been described as the foundation of modern music. But how did the composer come to develop his unique style? One of today's most charismatic conductors, with a reputation for enterprising programming, LSO Principal Guest Conductor François-Xavier Roth presents the UK premiere of a previously lost work by the young Debussy, alongside some of his earliest inspirations.

Debussy’s newly-discovered Première Suite gives a rare insight into just that – the mind of a young composer on the cusp of innovation. It’s a work filled with Romantic and Eastern influences, with glimpses of the unexpected harmonies that came to define Debussy’s work. Paired alongside the composer’s role models, from Wagner’s powerful intertwining motifs, the abundant Spanish influences in Lalo’s rarely-heard Cello Concerto, performed by Edgar Moreau, and Massenet’s majestic Le Cid, François-Xavier Roth gives a fresh perspective on the much-loved composer.

269 kr
Image Piano Concerto No. 2 & Triple Concerto
LSO Live celebrates the 90th birthday of one of the conducting world’s greats. This all-Beethoven album brings together Bernard Haitink's 2013 recording of the triumphant Piano Concerto No 2 (with Maria João Pires) and a virtuosic performance of the Triple Concerto (featuring Lars Vogt, Gordan Nikolitch and Tim Hugh) which was originally made alongside Haitink's now iconic cycle of the composer's complete symphonies.

149 kr
Image Symphony No. 4 & Pictures at an Exhibition
Gianandrea Noseda is highly regarded for his mastery of the Russian repertoire, and for this new recording he pairs Tchaikovksy's Symphony No 4—urgent, supercharged, sometimes violent, always richly melodic—with the orchestration of Musorgsky's Pictures from an exhibition by Ravel which so wonderfully enhances the original for solo piano.

149 kr
Image La damnation de Faust
Berlioz's tempestuous masterwork recorded live in all its dramatic glory, with soloists Bryan Hymel (Faust), Christopher Purves (Mephistopheles) and Karen Cargill (Marguerite), plus Gábor Bretz as the rabble-rousing student Brander.

239 kr
Image Violin Concertos Nos. 1, 2 & 3
149 kr
Image Berlioz Odyssey: Complete Colin Davis Recordings (
429 kr
Image Symphony No. 8
Composed against a cataclysmic backdrop of Stalinist oppression and the Second World War, Shostakovich’s Eighth Symphony is a deeply affecting poem of suffering. The composer described it as “an attempt to reflect the terrible tragedy of war” and it contains some of the most terrifying music he ever wrote.

Here, Gianandrea Noseda conducts the London Symphony Orchestra with intensity and understanding, allowing the music to tell its own story as it travels from darkness into light, yearning more for peace than for victory.

One of the leading conductors of his generation, Gianandrea Noseda holds several high-profile international positions in addition to his role as Principal Guest Conductor of the London Symphony Orchestra, including Music Director of the National Symphony Orchestra in WashingtonDC. His previous releases on LSO Live include acclaimed interpretations of the Verdi Requiem and Britten War Requiem.

Reviews of the 2018 Barbican concert: “It was all there in Gianandrea Noseda’s outstanding performance with the London Symphony Orchestra. With fluid, unshowy gestures, the Italian conductor let the music tell its own story.”

149 kr
Image Symphonies Nos. 1-5; Overtures; A Midsummer Night'
LSO Live presents Sir John Eliot Gardiner’s award-winning Mendelssohn series together in its entirety for the first time. Captured over three seasons during critically acclaimed concerts in the Barbican Hall, this set offers listeners the definitive account of Gardiner’s unique take on Mendelssohn with the London Symphony Orchestra: a blend between the conductor’s wide-ranging expertise and the orchestra’s signature sound.

359 kr
Image Wonderful Town
Sir Simon Rattle and the London Symphony Orchestra pay homage to Leonard Bernstein with a recording of Wonderful Town that captures the energy and excitement of sold-out performances from December 2017. Featuring an all-star cast led by Danielle de Niese and Alysha Umphress, this release coincides with worldwide #BernsteinAt100 celebrations marking the centenary of the Orchestra’s former President.

Bernstein’s five-time Tony award-winning musical follows sisters Ruth and Eileen on their quest to make it big, pursuing careers in writing and acting from their cramped basement apartment in New York’s bohemian Greenwich Village. Fresh from rural Ohio, the sisters end up getting more than they bargained for, realising that life in the Big Apple is not as glamorous as it may seem.

A bright and cheery love letter to the city that never sleeps and the colourful characters inhabiting it, Wonderful Town draws on Fields and Chodorov’s 1940 play My Sister Eileen, which itself is based on a series of autobiographical short stories by the ‘real-life’ Ruth McKenney.

Bernstein’s infectious score includes classic numbers such as ‘Ohio’, ‘One Hundred Easy Ways’, and ‘A Little Bit in Love’, as well as a riotous conga that had delighted audiences dancing in the aisles of the Barbican hall. The digital version of the album will include an additional version of Conga!’, featuring audience participation, as a bonus track.

149 kr
Image Symphonies Nos. 1-3 & Symphonic Dances (3 SACD)
Recorded live at the Barbican Hall, London September 2008 - February 2015

This highly anticipated box set brings together Valery Gergiev’s acclaimed cycle of the complete Rachmaninov symphonies, which were recorded alongside the London Symphony Orchestra across 2008 to 2015. These masterful accounts of the Russian’s complete symphonies are accompanied by his 1940 composition Symphonic Dances, while two symphonic poems by Mily Balakirev echo the luxurious textures present throughout Rachmaninov’s music.

329 kr
Image The Soldier's Tale
129 kr
Image Symphony No. 8 & Couleurs de la Cité Céleste (Blu-
Blu-ray & DVD

Sir Simon Rattle and the LSO are joined by revered French pianist Pierre-Laurent Aimard in a concert film that brings together music by Anton Bruckner and Olivier Messiaen: two composers as united in their devotion to the Catholic faith as they are divergent in their approaches to writing music.

The programme begins with Bruckner’s monumental Eighth Symphony, with Rattle leading the London Symphony Orchestra through its 1939 edition, prepared by the Austrian musicologist Robert Haas. The composer’s last complete symphony, it has since become characterised by its explosive, dramatic nature and immense scale. Taking Bruckner over five years to compose and revise, it would only be performed three times whilst he was alive.

In stark contrast to the magnitude of Bruckner’s Eighth, Messiaen’s Couleurs de la Cité Céleste lasts just over quarter of an hour.

The 20th-century work comprises sequences of short episodes and serves as a microcosm of the composer’s various preoccupations, from birdsong to the book of Revelations. Centred on the piano and performed by a reduced orchestra, Aimard takes to the stage, offering an expert rendition of Messiaen’s often overlooked work.

269 kr
Image Violin Concertos Nos. 4 & 5
Nikolaj Znaider performs at the highest level as both conductor and virtuoso violin soloist, and for this album, the first of two releases exploring all five Mozart violin concertos, he directed the London Symphony Orchestra from his instrument, the ‘Kreisler’ Guarnerius ‘del Gesu’ 1741.

Whilst Mozart’s five violin concertos were all written when he was a teenager, there is no denying that the young composer’s growth in confidence and maturity is audible. A step up from his Third, Mozart’s Fourth violin concerto allows the instrument to take the lead, his orchestra providing a supporting role. Widely considered the most ‘grown up’ of his violin concertos, Mozart’s Fifth finishes with a spirited rondo, its solo’s leaping notes and exotic ornamentation leading to its nickname, ‘Turkish.’

Speaking of his admiration for these works, Znaider said: ‘For me Mozart is the greatest composer, because he was able to express everything that Mahler was able to express in one hour and twenty minutes, that Wagner could do in five hours, Bruckner in seventy-two minutes, in twenty-three, twenty-four minutes. He could express the yearning and the desire and the pain of human existence and yet it felt so easy.’

149 kr
Image The Rite of Spring (Blu-ray + DVD)
Sir Simon Rattle is joined by virtuosic soprano Barbara Hannigan for a modernist programme that showcases the immense capabilities of the London Symphony Orchestra. At the heart of this concert is The Rite of Spring. Once decried, it is now a cornerstone of orchestral repertoire and considered by many to be the greatest work of the 20th century. Its elemental nature is best summed up by Stravinsky, who, in an unaccustomed moment of humility, said that he didn’t feel he was the composer of the piece, but simply the vessel through which it passed. Sir Simon Rattle says: ‘I’ve been conducting it since I was 19...it’s one of those pieces that reminds you what the shock of the new is about and it’s still one of the great challenges and one of the great thrills to perform.’ To accompany Stravinsky’s magnum opus Rattle chose music from the Second Viennese School. Webern’s Six Pieces for Orchestra was given a ‘richly expressive and pictoral’ performance, while Barbara Hannigan, appropriately dressed in a blood red gown, embodied the role of Marie in three fragments from Berg’s potent opera Wozzeck. As well as the Berg, Hannigan also debuted a now famous version of one of her party pieces, Ligeti’s kaleidoscopic Mysteries of the Macabre. Channelling Gepopo, the crazed chief of police from Le Grand Macabre, in three arias, this display of coloratura pyrotechnics drew gasps as well as laughter from the enthralled audience.

269 kr
Image Pelleas et Melisande (3 SACD + Blu-ray audio)
"Watch out for the live recording on LSO Live’ Richard Morrison, The Times ‘Irresistible...the performance was being recorded for LSO Live. I shall be first in the queue to buy it.’ Rupert Christiansen, The Telegraph ‘Roll on the recording...’ BachTrack ‘Rattle’s relationship with this score is a long one, and it unfolds here in spontaneous, giddy arcs...picked out in gilded detail by the musicians of the LSO.’ Alexandra Coghlan, The Arts Desk ‘Rattle’s moving statement of intent. Simon Rattle and Peter Sellars go headstrong into a bright future with the London Symphony Orchestra...’ The Guardian ‘Rattle draws shimmering beauty from the forest...’ The Standard ‘Rattle’s conducting was immaculate... the performance has made me think about the work again, wondering how far I should prod that glorious surface to see what lies beneath.’ The Spectator ‘A magnificent achievement.’ Seen and Heard International Sir Simon Rattle leads an all-star cast in this highly anticipated new recording of Debussy’s evocative opera Pelleas et Melisande. It was captured in January 2016 during performances of an innovative collaboration between Rattle and Peter Sellars, two of the boldest creative minds in music and theatre today. Supported by the London Symphony Chorus, prepared by renowned choral director Simon Halsey, it is a moving statement of intent for Rattle’s tenure as LSO Music Director. The plot, a love triangle between Prince Golaud, his wife Melisande and his brother Pelleas, is shrouded in mystery and full of gripping twists and emotion-filled turns, ultimately ending in Pelleas’s untimely death. The sensuous score contains some of Debussy’s most exquisite music and perfectly crystalises the atmosphere of Maeterlinck’s original play. Debussy himself explained the appeal of the work: ‘The drama of Pelleas which, despite its dream like atmosphere, contains far more humanity than those so-called “real life documents”, seemed to suit my intentions admirably. In it there is an evocative language whose sensitivity could be extended into music and into the orchestral backcloth.’

329 kr
Image Symphony No 2 (SACD+Bluray Audio)
Bringing his acclaimed Mendelssohn cycle to a rousing conclusion, Sir John Eliot Gardiner presents the composer’s symphony-cantata, 'Lobgesang', in his first ever performance of the work. Three world-class soloists join the LSO and his own Monteverdi Choir for this recording for LSO Live. Mendelssohn wrote that the piece "lies very near my heart", and with its stately grandeur and religiosity, plus its sheer magnitude, twice the length of any of his other symphonies, it stands amongst his most impressive works. Posthumously categorised by editors as his second symphony, it is also known as ‘Hymn of Praise’.

In an interview for The Arts Desk, John Eliot said: "It’s a piece I’ve been looking at for years, and I’ve never conducted it. I was a bit sceptical at first, thinking that it was the torso of a symphony with a cantata bolted on. But it isn’t. It’s a delight. It has a lot of the inventiveness and sheer melodic flow of the young Mendelssohn and it’s perfectly calibrated and constructed."

Presented as a Pure Audio Blu-ray and SACD Hybrid package - which includes master quality audio and downloadable content - this is the perfect end to Gardiner's exploration of Mendelssohn. Summing up his feelings at the end of the project, he said: "My admiration for Mendelssohn has gone up enormously, as a result of really digging deep into these symphonies...it’s so rewarding with this group of players, they’re willing to go to the nth degree, in terms of detail of phrasing and articulation, and that’s a joy."

149 kr
Image Sextet, Clapping Music, Music for Pieces of Wood (
The percussionists of the London Symphony Orchestra explore the music of America’s most influential living composer. A giant of modern music, Reich’s pioneering work has influenced countless performers, breaking boundaries across genres. Previously released digitally and on SACD, this acclaimed album will be available on vinyl for the first time in August 2017. A seminal piece in Reich’s output, Sextet employs his universally recognisable soundworld and its sequence of harmonies gradually overlap and interweave. Introducing more aggressive rhythms and dissonance and than previous compositions, the relationship of the five movements is that of an arch form, A-B-C-B-A. Reich says of the piece: ‘The ambiguity here is between which is melody and which is accompaniment. In music that uses a great deal of repetition, I believe it is precisely these kinds of ambiguity that give vitality and life’. Perhaps Reich’s most famous piece, Clapping Music strips things back to the bare essentials and takes traditional African rhythms as its starting point. Conceived from a desire to compose music that would need no instrument beyond the human body, it’s a key example of the composer’s technique of phasing. The whole work consists of a single rhythmic cell which becomes staggered as the work progresses, creating an entrancing and hypnotic effect. Music for Pieces of Wood takes this concept a step further by adding pitches in the form of claves tuned to A, B, C#, D#. The claves are chosen for their resonant timbre and the piece is one of the loudest the composer has written, despite using no amplification whatsoever. LSO Principal Percussionist Neil Percy, who has performed with Reich, says of his relationship with these pieces and their composer: ‘The thing I enjoy most about playing the music of Steve Reich is its diversity, its complexity, its challenging nature… We’ve played so many pieces of Steve’s over the years with him, so it’s got a very personal set of challenges that I find completely irresistible. That’s why, on this particular project for LSO Live, we tried to put together a programme that reflected all of the pieces that the group themselves really like to play.’

229 kr
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