Philharmonia Orchestra (London orchestra aka New Philharmonia Orchestra from 1964-1976)

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The Philharmonia Orchestra was founded in 1945 by Walter Legge and is based in London. It was known as New Philharmonia Orchestra between 1964-1976, and returned to the name Philharmonia Orchestra in 1976 (see

It is not the non-professional New Philharmonia Orchestra of Massachusetts, founded in 1995 and based in Massachusetts, USA, or the London Philharmonic Orchestra, founded in 1932 by Sir Thomas Beecham.

On 10 March 1964, (Walter) Legge announced that he was going to disband the Philharmonia Orchestra. At a recording session with (conductor Otto) Klemperer, a meeting was convened where those present unanimously agreed that they would not allow the orchestra to be disbanded. Klemperer gave his immediate support, and on 17 March 1964 the members of the orchestra elected their own governing body and adopted the name "New Philharmonia Orchestra". The inaugural concert of the New Philharmonia under its own auspices took place on 27 October 1964. It was a performance of Beethoven's Symphony No. 9, conducted by Klemperer, who was now honorary president of the orchestra. From 1966 until 1972 the chairman of the orchestra was the principal flautist, Gareth Morris. The orchestra gave many more live performances after it became self-governing than it had under Legge's management. It reacquired the rights to the name "Philharmonia Orchestra" in 1977, and has been known by that name since.

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The Philharmonia Orchestra is a British orchestra based in London. It was founded in 1945 by Walter Legge, a classical music record producer for EMI. Since 1995, the orchestra has been based in the Royal Festival Hall. The Philharmonia also has residencies at De Montfort Hall, Leicester, the Corn Exchange, Bedford, and The Anvil, Basingstoke. Esa-Pekka Salonen has been the orchestra's principal conductor and artistic advisor since 2008, and Vladimir Ashkenazy and Christoph von Dohnányi both conduct the Philharmonia Orchestra regularly.

The Philharmonia Orchestra tours widely, regularly welcomes top soloists and conductors, and performs more than 160 concerts a year, as well as recording music for films and computer games. Performing more than 35 concerts a year at Royal Festival Hall, the orchestra notably presents premieres of contemporary works, along with the classics. Since its inception in 1945, the Philharmonia has commissioned more than 100 compositions from composers that include Sir Harrison Birtwistle, Sir Peter Maxwell Davies, Mark-Anthony Turnage and James MacMillan.

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Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1952 Don Juan / Till Eulenspiegel Richard Strauss; Philharmonia Orchestra, Herbert von Karajan 1
1952 Overtures: "Le Corsair" / "Benvenuto Cellini" / "Beatrice et Benedict" / "Les Francs Juges" Hector Berlioz; Philharmonia Orchestra, Paul Kletzki 1
1952 Symphony in C Major Милий Алексеевич Балакирев; Philharmonia Orchestra, Herbert von Karajan 1
1959 Elisabeth Schwarzkopf Sings Operetta Elisabeth Schwarzkopf, Philharmonia Orchestra, Otto Ackermann 5 6
1960 "New World" Symphony / "Carnaval" Overture Antonín Dvořák; Philharmonia Orchestra, Sawallisch 2
1960 A Midsummer Night's Dream Mendelssohn; Heather Harper, Dame Janet Baker, Philharmonia Orchestra, Otto Klemperer 2
1960 Konzert für Violine, Violoncello und Orchester a-moll, op. 102 Johannes Brahms; David Oistrakh, Pierre Fournier, Das Philharmonia Orchestra London, Alceo Galliera 1
1964 Requiem / Quattro Pezzi Sacri Verdi; Philharmonia Orchestra, Philharmonia Chorus, Carlo Maria Giulini 4
1966 Carmina Burana Carl Orff; New Philharmonia Orchestra, New Philharmonia Chorus, Rafael Frühbeck de Burgos 5
1966 Gaite Parisienne Jacques Offenbach; New Philharmonia Orchestra, Charles Munch 1
1967 Das Lied von der Erde Gustav Mahler; Christa Ludwig, Fritz Wunderlich, Philharmonia Orchestra, Otto Klemperer 6
1967 Symphony no. 9 "From The New World" Dvořák / Antal Doráti, Philharmonia Orchestra 1
1969 Weber: Clarinet Concerto No. 1 / Weber: Concertino / Rossini: Theme and Variations Weber, Rossini; Gervase de Peyer, New Philharmonia Orchestra, Rafael Frühbeck de Burgos 1
1970 Il trovatore (1969 studio cast) Giuseppe Verdi; Leontyne Price, Plácido Domingo, Sherrill Milnes, Fiorenza Cossotto, Ambrosian Opera Chorus, John McCarthy, New Philharmonia Orchestra, Zubin Mehta 5 6
1971 Manon Massenet; Beverly Sills, Nicolai Gedda, Gerard Souzay, Gabriel Bacquier, New Philharmonia Orchestra, Julius Rudel 5 7
1973 Songs My Mother Taught Me Philharmonia Orchestra, Richard Bonynge, Dame Joan Sutherland 1
1974 Norma Vincenzo Bellini; Beverly Sills, Shirley Verrett, Enrico Di Giuseppe, Paul Plishka, The John Alldis Choir, Philharmonia Orchestra, James Levine 5 3
1975 Heroines From the Great French Operas Anna Moffo, Ambrosian Opera Chorus, Philharmonia Orchestra, Peter Maag 5 2
1980 Grieg: Piano Concerto in A minor / Franck: Symphonic Variations / Les Djinns Edvard Grieg, César Franck; Cristina Ortiz, Vladimir Ashkenazy, Philharmonia Orchestra 1
1982 Concertos pour violin Tchaïkovsky, Sibelius; Pierre Amoyal, Philharmonia Orchestra, Charles Dutoit 1
1982 Overtures Offenbach; Philharmonia Orchestra, Neville Marriner 1
1982 Stabat Mater Gioachino Rossini; Katia Ricciarelli, Lucia Valentini Terrani, Dalmacio Gonzalez, Ruggero Raimondi, Philharmonia Orchestra, Philharmonia Chorus & Carlo Maria Giulini 2
1982 Symphony no. 5 in E-flat / Night-ride and Sunrise Sibelius; Philharmonia Orchestra, Simon Rattle 1
1982 Symphony No. 6 "Pastoral" Beethoven; Philharmonia Orchestra, Vladimir Ashkenazy 1
1983 Pictures at an Exhibition: original piano version / Ashkenazy orchestral version Modest Mussorgsky; Philharmonia Orchestra, Vladimir Ashkenazy 4 2
1983 Symphony in D minor / Pelléas et Mélisande Franck, Fauré; New Philharmonia Orchestra, Andrew Davis 1
1983 Symphony no. 2 Sibelius; Philharmonia Orchestra, Vladimir Ashkenazy 1
1983 Symphony no. 5 / En Saga Sibelius; Philharmonia Orchestra, Vladimir Ashkenazy 1
1983 Violin Concertos Sibelius, Schumann; Gidon Kremer, Philharmonia Orchestra, Riccardo Muti 1
1984 A Midsummer Night's Dream Mendelssohn; Philharmonia Orchestra, Neville Marriner 1
1984 Manon Lescaut (1983 studio cast) Giacomo Puccini; Mirella Freni, Plácido Domingo, Renato Bruson, Kurt Rydl, Robert Gambill, Chorus of the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, Philharmonia Orchestra, Giuseppe Sinopoli 5 3
1984 Church Windows / Brazilian Impressions Ottorino Respighi; Philharmonia Orchestra, Geoffrey Simon 1
1984 Klassik für Millionen: Die vier Jahreszeiten Vivaldi; Christopher Warren-Green, Philharmonia Orchestra, Thomas Wilbrandt 1
1984 Puccini: Messa di Gloria Giacomo Puccini; The Ambrosian Singers, Philharmonia Orchestra, José Carreras, Hermann Prey 1
1984 Schubert: Symphonie No.8 „Unvollendete“ / Mendelssohn: Symphonie No.4 „Italienische“ Schubert, Mendelssohn; Philharmonia Orchestra, Giuseppe Sinopoli 2
1984 Symphony No. 7 / Coriolan Overture / Egmont Overture Beethoven; Philharmonia Orchestra, Vladimir Ashkenazy 1
1984 Symphony no. 7 / Tapiola Jean Sibelius; Philharmonia Orchestra, Vladimir Ashkenazy 3
1985 Concierto de Aranjuez / Fantasía para un gentilhombre Joaquín Rodrigo; Narciso Yepes, Philharmonia Orchestra, English Chamber Orchestra, García Navarro 1
1985 Bach: Brandenburg Concerto No. 2 / Haydn, Telemann & Torelli: Trumpet Concertos Maurice André, Philharmonia Orchestra, Riccardo Muti 1
1985 Belkis, Queen of Sheba Suite / Metamorphoseon Ottorino Respighi; Philharmonia Orchestra, Geoffrey Simon 1
1985 Casse-noisette Tchaikovsky; Philharmonia Orchestra, Michael Tilson Thomas 1
1985 Die lustige Witwe Franz Lehár; Philharmonia Orchestra and Chorus, Lovro von Matačić, Elisabeth Schwarzkopf 1
1985 French Ballet Music of the 1920th: L'Éventail de Jeanne / Les Mariés de la Tour Eiffel Philharmonia Orchestra, Geoffrey Simon 3
1985 La Mer / Prélude à l'après-midi d'une faune / Jeux Debussy; New Philharmonia Orchestra, Pierre Boulez 3
1985 Symphonies 3 & 6 Sibelius; Philharmonia Orchestra, Vladimir Ashkenazy 1
1985 Symphony No. 9 "Choral" (feat. conductor: Otto Klemperer) Ludwig van Beethoven,Philharmonia Orchestra,Otto Klemperer 1
1986 Carnaval des animaux Saint-Saëns; London Sinfonietta, Philharmonia Orchestra, Charles Dutoit, Cristina Ortiz, Pascal Rogé 1
1986 Faure: Requiem / Ravel: Pavane pour une infante défunte Fauré, Ravel; Philharmonia Orchestra, Philharmonia Chorus, Carlo Maria Giulini, Kathleen Battle, Andreas Schmidt 1
1986 Il Barbiere Di Siviglia: Highlights Rossini; Maria Callas, Tito Gobbi, Alva, Carturan, Ollendorff, Zaccaria, Philharmonia Orchestra & Chorus, Alceo Galliera 4
1986 Nabucco Giuseppe Verdi; Philharmonia Orchestra, Ambrosian Opera Chorus, Riccardo Muti, Manuguerra, Luchetti, Ghiaurov, Scotto, Obratzsova 2

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