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The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra (RPO), based in London, was formed by Sir Thomas Beecham in 1946. In its early days the orchestra secured profitable recording contracts and important engagements including the Glyndebourne Festival Opera and the concerts of the Royal Philharmonic Society. After Beecham's death in 1961 the orchestra's fortunes declined steeply; it battled for survival until the mid-1960s, when its future was secured after an Arts Council report recommended that it should receive public subsidy; a further crisis arose in the same era when it seemed that the orchestra's right to call itself "Royal" could be withdrawn.

Since Beecham's death the RPO has had seven chief conductors, including Rudolf Kempe, Antal Doráti, André Previn and Vladimir Ashkenazy; from 2009 to the present (at 2016) the incumbent has been Charles Dutoit. Others closely associated with the orchestra have included Sir Charles Groves, Sir Charles Mackerras, Peter Maxwell Davies, Yehudi Menuhin and Leopold Stokowski.

In 2004 the orchestra acquired its first permanent London base, at the new Cadogan Hall in Chelsea. The RPO also gives concerts at the Royal Festival Hall, the Royal Albert Hall and venues around the UK and other countries. From its earliest days the orchestra has been active in the recording studios, making film soundtracks and numerous gramophone recordings; many of the LP recordings conducted by Beecham and others have been reissued on compact disc.

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Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1999 Symphony no. 5 in C-sharp minor Mahler; Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Frank Shipway 1
2000 Concerto for Orchestra / Two Portraits / The Miraculous Mandarin Béla Bartók; Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, The Philadelphia Orchestra, Rafael Kubelík, Eugene Ormandy 1
2000 Symphonic Beatles Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Louis Clark 1
2000 fukuyama presents MAGNUM CLASSICS 〜Kissin’ in the holy night〜 福山雅治 with Royal Philharmonic Orchestra 1
2000 Enigma Variations / Cockaigne / Serenade in E minor Elgar; Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Sir Thomas Beecham 1
2000 Schubert: Symphony no. 3 / Mendelssohn: Symphony no. 4 / Tchaikovsky: Nutcracker Suite Schubert, Mendelssohn, Tchaikovsky; Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Sir Thomas Beecham 1
2000 Symphony no. 2 In D major, op. 73 / Academic Festival Overture, op. 80 Brahms; The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, James Judd 1
2000 The Best of Classics Royal Philharmonic Orchestra 2
2001 Balakirev: Symphony no. 1 / Rimsky-Korsakov: Suite from Le Coq d’or / Borodin: Polovtsian Dances from Prince Igor Balakirev, Rimsky-Korsakov, Borodin; BBC Symphony Orchestra, Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Sir Thomas Beecham 1
2001 THE ALFEE CLASSICS III THE ALFEE with Royal Philharmonic Orchestra 2
2001 Violin Concertos Nos. 1, 2 Paganini; Yehudi Menuhin, Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Alberto Erede 2
2001 Les grands compositeurs russes National Philharmonic Orchestra, Philharmonia Orchestra, London Philharmonic Orchestra, Royal Philharmonic Orchestra & London Promenade Orchestra 1
2001 Piano Concerto no. 2 Rachmaninov; Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Sir Alexander Gibson, Alexander Ardakov 1
2001 Royal Strings Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Charles Rosekrans 1
2001 Symphonies 102 & 104 Haydn; Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Jane Glover 1
2002 Rachmaninoff: Symphony No. 2 Sergei Rachmaninov, André Previn & Royal Philharmonic Orchestra 1
2002 Addicted to Movies Royal Philharmonic Orchestra 1
2002 Glagolitic Mass Janáček; Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Rudolf Kempe 2
2002 Hollywood Blockbusters Royal Philharmonic Orchestra 1
2002 Il barbiere di Siviglia Rossini; Vittorio Gui, Glyndebourne Festival Chorus, Royal Philharmonic Orchestra 1
2002 Requiem / Idyll / Songs of Farewell / A Song Before Sunrise Delius; Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Royal Choral Society, Sir Malcolm Sargent, Meredith Davies, Heather Harper, John Shirley‐Quirk 1
2002 The Magic of the Proms With the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra Royal Philharmonic Orchestra 1
2002 The Queen Symphony Tolga Kashif; Royal Philharmonic Orchestra 1
2003 Piano concerto in a minor, Opus 16 / Lyric Pieces (Selection) Edvard Grieg; Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, James Judd, Ronan O'Hora 2
2003 The Song of Songs / The Wilderness and the Solitary Place / Pierrot of the Minute / Overture to a Greek Tragedy Granville Bantock; Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Vernon Handley, Elizabeth Connell, Kim Begley 1
2003 Dinner Party Classics Royal Philharmonic Orchestra 1
2003 Romeo & Juliet Prokofiev; Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Vladimir Ashkenazy 2
2003 Symphony no. 5 / Romeo and Juliet Tchaikovsky; Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Daniele Gatti 2
2003 Symphony no. 6, op. 74 in B minor "Pathétique" / Marche Slave, op. 31 Пётр Ильич Чайковский; Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Yehudi Menuhin 1
2003 Symphony no. 10 in E minor, op. 93 / Excerpt From the Gadfly Suite, op. 97 Shostakovich; Frank Shipway, Royal Philharmonic Orchestra 1
2003 The Unpublished Recordings – Beethoven: Violin Concerto / Romance no. 1 / Tchaikovsky: Sérénade mélancolique Beethoven, Tchaikovsky; Yehudi Menuhin, Menuhin Festival Orchestra, Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Sir Adrian Boult 1
2004 Symphonic Rock Royal Philharmonic Orchestra 5 3
2004 The Ride of the Valkyries / Overtures Wagner; Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Vernon Handley 1
2004 Saint-Saëns: Piano Concertos 1-5; Wedding Cake Caprice-Valse Camille Saint‐Saëns; Jean‐Philippe Collard, Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, André Previn 2
2005 Symphony No. 3 "Scottish" / Symphony No. 4 "Italian" Mendelssohn; Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Stefan Sanderling 2
2005 Ilya Muromets (Symphony 3) / Cello Concerto Glière; Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Harold Farberman, Sergey Sudzilovsky 1
2005 Sacred Songs Renée Fleming, Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Andreas Delfs 2
2005 Filmharmonic Royal Philharmonic Orchestra 1
2005 Violin concerto / Cello Concerto / Sea Pictures Elgar; Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Yehudi Menuhin, London Symphony Orchestra, Richard Hickox 1
2005 Coleção Folha de música clássica, volume 2: Frédéric Chopin Frédéric Chopin; Royal Philharmonic Orchestra 1
2005 Coleção Folha de música clássica, volume 3: Ludwig van Beethoven Ludwig van Beethoven; Royal Philharmonic Orchestra 1
2005 Coleção Folha de música clássica, volume 4: Piotr Il'yich Tchaikovsky Piotr Il'yich Tchaikovsky; Royal Philharmonic Orchestra 1
2005 Coleção Folha de música clássica, volume 5: Felix Mendelssohn Felix Mendelssohn; Royal Philharmonic Orchestra 1
2005 Coleção Folha de música clássica, volume 6: Franz Schubert Franz Schubert; Royal Philharmonic Orchestra 1
2005 Coleção Folha de música clássica, volume 7: Gustav Mahler Gustav Mahler; Royal Philharmonic Orchestra 1
2005 Coleção Folha de música clássica, volume 8: Gioachino Rossini Gioachino Rossini; Royal Philharmonic Orchestra 1
2005 Coleção Folha de música clássica, volume 9: Richard Wagner Richard Wagner; Royal Philharmonic Orchestra 1
2005 Coleção Folha de música clássica, volume 10: Robert Schumann Robert Schumann; Royal Philharmonic Orchestra 1
2005 Coleção Folha de música clássica, volume 11: Antonín Dvořák Antonín Dvořák; Royal Philharmonic Orchestra 1
2005 Coleção Folha de música clássica, volume 12: Nikolay Rimsky-Korsakov Николай Андреевич Римский‐Корсаков; Royal Philharmonic Orchestra 1
2005 Coleção Folha de música clássica, volume 13: Hector Berlioz Hector Berlioz; Royal Philharmonic Orchestra 1
2005 Coleção Folha de música clássica, volume 15: Joseph Haydn Joseph Haydn; Royal Philharmonic Orchestra 1
2005 Tchaikovsky: Symphony no. 4 / Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Daniele Gatti Tchaikovsky; Royal Philharmonic Orchestra & Daniele Gatti 1
2005 Attila Verdi; Raimondi, Deutekom, Milnes, Bergonzi, Ambrosian Singers, Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Lamberto Gardelli 1
2005 Great Western Themes Royal Philharmonic Orchestra 2
2005 Holst: The Planets; Somerset Rhapsody / Matthews: Pluto Holst, Matthews; Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Owain Arwel Hughes 1
2005 Horn Concertos Nos. 1 & 2 / Andante for Horn & Piano / Introduction, Theme & Variations / Capriccio: final scene / Alphorn R. Strauss; Barry Tuckwell, Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Vladimir Ashkenazy 1
2005 Solomon / Love in Bath Handel; Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Beecham Choral Society, Sir Thomas Beecham 1
2005 Symphonies: No. 3 in C major "Sinfonie singulière" / No. 4 in E-flat major Franz Berwald; Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Ivor Bolton 2
2005 The Best of Classical Royal Philharmonic Orchestra 1
2005 The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra: Mussorgsky / Ravel Mussorgsky, Ravel; Royal Philharmonic Orchestra 1
2005 Violin Concerto / A Midsummer Night's Dream Mendelssohn Bartholdy; Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Jane Glover, Leland Chen 2
2006 Coleção Folha de música clássica, volume 18: Richard Strauss Richard Strauss; Royal Philharmonic Orchestra 1
2006 Coleção Folha de música clássica, volume 20: Carlos Gomes, Moncayo, Villa-Lobos, Ginastera Antônio Carlos Gomes, José Pablo Moncayo, Heitor Villa‐Lobos, Alberto Ginastera; Royal Philharmonic Orchestra 1
2006 Coleção Folha de música clássica, volume 21: Johannes Brahms Johannes Brahms; Royal Philharmonic Orchestra 1
2006 Coleção Folha de música clássica, volume 22: Bizet, Grieg Georges Bizet, Edvard Grieg; Royal Philharmonic Orchestra 1
2006 Coleção Folha de música clássica, volume 24: Gershwin, Ravel, Debussy George Gershwin, Maurice Ravel, Claude Debussy; Royal Philharmonic Orchestra 1
2006 The Alternative Classical Collection Royal Philharmonic Orchestra 1
2006 Coleção Folha de música clássica, volume 25: Ludwig van Beethoven Ludwig van Beethoven; Royal Philharmonic Orchestra 1
2006 Coleção Folha de música clássica, volume 26: Johann Strauss II e família Johann Strauss II, Família Strauss; Royal Philharmonic Orchestra 2
2006 Coleção Folha de música clássica, volume 30: Joseph Haydn Joseph Haydn; Royal Philharmonic Orchestra 1
2006 Coleção Folha de música clássica, volume 31: Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart; Royal Philharmonic Orchestra 1
2006 Coleção Folha de música clássica, volume 32: Claude Debussy Claude Debussy; Royal Philharmonic Orchestra 1
2006 Coleção Folha de música clássica, volume 34: Fréderic Chopin Fryderyk Chopin; Royal Philharmonic Orchestra 1
2006 Coleção Folha de música clássica, volume 35: Franz Schubert Franz Schubert; Royal Philharmonic Orchestra 1
2006 Coleção Folha de música clássica, volume 36: Gustav Mahler Gustav Mahler; Royal Philharmonic Orchestra 1
2006 Ein Deutsches Requiem Brahms, Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, André Previn, Margaret Price, Samuel Ramey & The Ambrosian Singers 2
2006 Filmharmonic II Royal Philharmonic Orchestra 1
2006 Adams: Violin Concerto / Corigliano: Red Violin "Chaconne" John Adams, John Corigliano; Chloë Hanslip, Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Leonard Slatkin 1
2006 Symphony no.6 "Pathétique" / Serenade for Strings op. 48 Tchaikovsky; Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Daniele Gatti 1
2007 Symphony No. 9 Beethoven; Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Sir Thomas Beecham 1
2007 Filmharmonic III Royal Philharmonic Orchestra 1
2007 British Light Miniatures: Vintage TV & Radio Classics Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Gavin Sutherland, Paul Murphy 1
2007 Cello Concerto / Piano Concerto William Busch; Raphael Wallfisch, Piers Lane, Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Vernon Handley 1
2007 Messiah: The Complete Work Handel; Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, The Cambridge Singers, John Rutter 1
2007 The Music of John Williams Royal Philharmonic Orchestra 1
2007 The World's Most Spectacular Movie Themes Royal Philharmonic Orchestra 1
2008 Poetree: Thoreau Royal Philharmonic Orchestra & Trammell Starks 1
2008 Hymn to Dionysus / Choral Hymns / Two Eastern Pictures Gustav Holst; Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Royal College of Music Chamber Choir, Sir David Willcocks 1
2008 Beethoven & Clement Violin Concertos Beethoven, Clement; Rachel Barton Pine, Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, José Serebrier 1
2008 The Emperor Waltz / The Blue Danube Waltz / Radetzky March / Tales from the Vienna Woods Strauss;Royal Philharmonic Orchestra,Peter Guth 1
2008 Eine Alpensinfonie / Horn Concerto No. 1 Strauss; Rudolf Kempe, Alan Civil, Royal Philharmonic Orchestra 1
2008 Mamma Mia! Royal Philharmonic Orchestra 1
2008 Symphony no. 7 / Pelléas et Mélisande / Tapiola / The Oceanides Sibelius; Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Sir Thomas Beecham 2
2009 Piano Trio (Dumky) / 4 Romantic Pieces / Terzetto Antonín Dvořák; Jonathan Carney, Clive Greensmith, Royal Philharmonic Orchestra 1
2009 Piano Concerto no. 1 / Piano Concerto no. 2 Chopin; Sequeira Costa, Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Gilbert Varga 1
2009 A Celebration of the Spanish Guitar Rolando Saad, Fuat Mansurov, Royal Philharmonic Orchestra 1
2009 Dreams Ophélie Gaillard, Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Timothy Redmond 1
2009 The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra / BIZET Georges Bizet; Royal Philharmonic Orchestra & Jacques Delacôte 1
2009 Symphonic Sgt. Pepper Royal Philharmonic Orchestra 1

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