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BBC SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA AND BBC PHILHARMONIC APPOINT NEW DIRECTORS

Following a very competitive recruitment process, Bill Chandler has been appointed Director of the BBC Symphony Orchestra & Chorus and Adam Szabo has been appointed Director of the BBC Philharmonic. Bill Chandler brings a wealth of experience to the role of Director of the BBC Symphony Orchestra & Chorus. Originally from the USA, Bill was a […]

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London Philharmonic Orchestra, Principal Conductor Edward Gardner, Mezzo-Soprano Beth Taylor, Soprano Sally Matthews

London Philharmonic – Edward Gardner conducts Mahler’s Resurrection Symphony

The Southbank poster blurb for the London Philharmonic’s 2023-24 season-opener sold Mahler’s ‘Resurrection’ Symphony as “a journey to the end of the world”, a description which, however enticingly apocalyptic, it isn’t. The clue of enduring faith and hope is in the title, a point not remotely lost on Edward Gardner. It was, though, a near

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Vaughan Williams Symphonies 7 & 9 – BBCSO/Martyn Brabbins – Hyperion

As with previous issues in Martyn Brabbins’s Vaughan Williams cycle, not as it turns out a permanent casualty of the pandemic, these are deeply considered performances likelier to satisfy initiates than wow the uncommitted. The pairing of the two symphonies least likely to find their way onto concert programmes until recently is fascinating in itself,

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Martyn Brabbins & BBC Symphony Orchestra record VaughanWilliams 6 & 8 for Hyperion

Two years ago I was much taken with Martyn Brabbins’s Fifth, perhaps the finest release yet in an ongoing Vaughan Williams cycle whose completion was put on hold during the pandemic. Music, interpretation, sound recording – everything came together even if, as I remarked at the time, Brabbins’s Vaughan Williams does tend to speak with

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