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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a further crisis arose in the same era when it seemed that the orchestra's right to call itself "Royal" could be withdrawn.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, and most recently Charles Dutoit. Other conductors 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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Discography

Album

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
More Hooked on Classics Royal Philharmonic Orchestra 1
Peer Gynt / Symphonic Dance, op. 64 no. 2 / Concert Overture, op. 11 “In Autumn” Grieg; Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Sir Thomas Beecham 1
Peter and the Wolf, Op. 67 / Young Person's Guide to the Orchestra, Op. 34 / Gloriana: Courtly Dances Prokofiev, Britten; Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, André Previn 1
Piano Concerto no. 2 / Three Preludes Rachmaninov; Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Sir Malcolm Sargent, Moura Lympany 1
Play For You Royal Philharmonic Orchestra 1
Power Ballads Royal Philharmonic Orchestra 1
Rock Classics Royal Philharmonic Orchestra 1
Romantic Whispers Royal Philharmonic Orchestra 1
Romeo & Juliet Tchaikovsky; Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Vladimir Ashkenazy 1
Sheherazade Rimsky-Korsakov; Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Sir Thomas Beecham 1
Sonatas and Partitas for Solo Violin I Johann Sebastian Bach; Royal Philharmonic Orchestra 1
Symphonie fantastique / Overtures Hector Berlioz; Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Yuri Temirkanov 1
Symphonies No. 94 in G "Surprise" / No. 96 in D "Miracle" / No. 102 in B-flat Haydn; Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Sir Thomas Beecham 1
Symphony no. 2 in E minor, op. 27 Rachmaninov; Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Vernon Handley 1
Symphony no. 5 / Lieutenant Kijé - Suite Prokofiev; Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Vernon Handley 1
Symphony No. 7 in A Beethoven; Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Antal Doráti 1
Symphony no. 41 “Jupiter” / Clarinet Concerto / Bassoon Concerto Mozart; Sir Thomas Beecham, Jack Brymer, Gwydion Brooke, Royal Philharmonic Orchestra 1
Symphony no.1 “Titan” Gustav Mahler; Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Yuri Simonov 1
The Power Of The Orchestra : A Night On Bald Mountain / Pictures At An Exhibition Moussorgsky; The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Leibowitz 1
The Royal Philharmonic Collection Royal Philharmonic Orchestra 1
The Royal Philharmonic Collection - Highlights Album 2 Royal Philharmonic Orchestra 1
The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra Play Suites from Les Misérables & Miss Saigon Claude‐Michel Schönberg; Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Tony Britten 1
The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra Plays Madonna Royal Philharmonic Orchestra 1
The Spirit of Christmas The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra & Chorus 1
True Love Royal Philharmonic Orchestra 1
Violin Concerto / Viola Concerto Edmund Rubbra; Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Vernon Handley, Tasmin Little, Rivka Golani 1

Album + Compilation

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1958 Prokofiev: Sinfonia concertante; Rachmaninov: Vocalise Мстислав Ростропович, Alexander Dedyukhin, Sir Malcolm Sargent, Royal Philharmonic Orchestra; Сергей Сергеевич Прокофьев, Сергей Рахманинов 1
1975 The Three Queens (Anna Bolena, Maria Stuarda, Roberto Devereux) Gaetano Donizetti; Beverly Sills, Stuart Burrows, Eileen Farrell, Robert Ilosfalvy, London Symphony Orchestra, Julius Rudel, London Philharmonic Orchestra, Aldo Ceccato, Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Charles Mackerras 5 4
1977 Grieg: Piano Concerto in A minor / Liszt: Piano Concerto No. 1 Grieg, Liszt; Earl Wild, Royal Philharmonic Orchestra 1
1977 Prokofiev: Peter & The Wolf / Saint-Saens: The Carnival of the Animals Prokofiev, Saint‐Saëns; Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Owain Arwel Hughes, Angela Rippon 1
1981 Beecham Favourites Sir Thomas Beecham, Royal Philharmonic Orchestra 1
1984 Addinsell: Warsaw Concerto / Rachmaninov: Piano Concerto No. 2 / Litolff: Scherzo Addinsell, Rachmaninov, Litolff; Cristina Ortiz, Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Moshe Atzmon 1
1984 The Best of Hooked on Classics Royal Philharmonic Orchestra 1
1985 James Galway Plays Khachaturian Khachaturian; James Galway, Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Myung-Whun Chung 2
1986 A Tribute to Television London Symphony Orchestra, Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, June Tabor 2
1986 Concierto-serenata / Concierto en modo galante / Música para un jardín Rodrigo; Nancy Allen, Robert Cohen, Royal Philharmonic, London Symphony Orchestra, Enrique Bátiz 1
1987 Beecham conducts Delius Delius; Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Sir Thomas Beecham 1
1987 Clarinet Concerto / Bassoon Concerto Mozart; Sir Thomas Beecham, Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Jack Brymer, Gwydion Brooke 2
1987 Piano Concerto No 1 & No 3 Beethoven; Emanuel Ax, André Previn, Royal Philharmonic Orchestra 1
1987 Rimsky‐Korsakov: Scheherazade / Borodin: Polovtsian Dances (“Prince Igor”) Rimsky‐Korsakov, Borodin; Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Sir Thomas Beecham 3
1987 Sleeping Beauty / Swan Lake Пётр Ильич Чайковский; Charles Mackerras, Royal Philharmonic Orchestra 1
1987 The Hooked on Classics Collection Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Louis Clark 1
1988 Johann Sebastian Bach: Violinkonzerte BWV 1041 1042 1043 / Antonio Vivaldi: Concerto grosso Op. 3 No. 8 Johann Sebastian Bach, Antonio Vivaldi; David & Igor Oistrakh, Vienna Symphony Orchestra, Royal Philharmonic Orchestra 5 2
1988 Slavonic Dances Dvořák; Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Antal Doráti 3
1989 Classics in Rhythm Louis Clark & The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra 1
1990 Rachmaninoff: Piano Concerto no. 2 / Isle of the Dead / Schubert-Tausig: Marche Militaire / Weber-Tausig: Invitation to the Dance Rachmaninoff, Schubert, Weber, Tausig; Earl Wild, Jascha Horenstein, Royal Philharmonic Orchestra 1
1990 Der Rosenkavalier Suite / Bolero / Romeo and Juliet Overture-Fantasy Richard Strauss; RCA Symphony Orchestra / Maurice Ravel; Royal Philharmonic Orchestra / Peter Ilich Tchaikovsky; National Philharmonic Orchestra / Charles Gerhardt, conductor 1
1990 Hooked On Classics - The Complete Collection Louis Clark & The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra 1
1990 Sibelius: Symphony no. 2 / Dvořák: Symphony no. 8 Sibelius, Dvořák; BBC Symphony Orchestra, Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Sir Thomas Beecham 2
1991 Orchestral Spectacular Royal Philharmonic Orchestra 1
1991 The Symphonic Lloyd Webber Andrew Lloyd Webber; Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Ettore Stratta 1
1991 12 Hits of Queen Royal Philharmonic Orchestra 3
1991 Hooked on Classics Collection, Vol. 2 Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Louis Clark 1
1991 Pomp and Circumstance Marches Elgar; Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Yehudi Menuhin 1
1992 Symphonies no. 4 / Symphony no. 6 / Lemminkäinen's Return / The Bard / Prelude to the Tempest Jean Sibelius; London Philharmonic Orchestra, Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Sir Thomas Beecham 1
1992 Fantastic Television Themes Royal Philharmonic Orchestra 2
1992 Planets: Suite for Orchestra op. 32 / Suite From "Henry V" Holst, Walton; Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, André Previn, London Symphony Orchestra, Richard Hickox 1
1992 Symphony No. 2 / Two Preludes Sergei Rachmaninoff; Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Yuri Khatuevich Temirkanov 1
1992 Tchaikovsky: The Nutcracker / Glazunov: The Seasons Tchaikovsky, Glazunov; Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Vladimir Ashkenazy 5 1
1993 Queen's Rhapsody: The Hits of Queen Royal Philharmonic Orchestra 1
1993 Tchaikovsky: Serenade for Strings / Grieg: Holberg Suite / Mozart: Eine kleine Nachtmusik Tchaikovsky, Grieg, Mozart; Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Yuri Simonov 1
1994 Brahms: Symphony No. 4 / Beethoven: Egmont Overture Brahms, Beethoven; Fritz Reiner, The Royal Philharmonic, René Leibowitz 1
1994 Gayane / Spartacus / Masquerade (excerpts) Khachaturian; Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Yuri Simonov 2
1994 Rock Dreams 2 Royal Philharmonic Orchestra 2
1994 Symphony No. 100 in G 'Military' / Symphony No. 94 in G 'Surprise' / Overture: La Fedelta Premiata Haydn; Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Stefan Sanderling 1
1995 Autumn Collection, Volume 3, The English Greats: Holst: The Planets / Elgar: Introduction and Allegro Holst, Elgar; The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra 1
1995 Classical Tranquility Royal Philharmonic Orchestra 1
1995 Grandes Compositores de la Música Clásica: Chopin Frédérik Chopin; Royal Philharmonic Orchestra 3
1996 Complete Symphonies / Cockaigne Overture / Pomp And Circumstance Marches Nos. 1-5 Elgar; Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, London Symphony Orchestra, André Previn 1
1996 Nursery Rhymes Royal Philharmonic Orchestra 1
1996 Popular Sibelius Sibelius; Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Anthony Collins 1
1996 The Royal Philharmonic Collection: Vivaldi, Pachelbel, Bach Vivaldi, Pachelbel, Bach; Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Jonathan Carney 3
1996 Unchained Melody Royal Philharmonic Orchestra 1
1997 Movie Love Themes Royal Philharmonic Orchestra 1
1997 Play the Hits of Cliff Richard, Paul McCartney, Queen and more London Symphony & Royal Philharmonic Orchestras 1
1997 Play the Hits of Leo Sayer, John Lennon, Michael Jackson and more London Symphony & Royal Philharmonic Orchestras 1
1997 Sibelius: Violin Concerto / Stenhammar: Two Sentimental Romances / Valen: Violin Concerto Jean Sibelius, Wilhelm Stenhammar, Fartein Valen; Arve Tellefsen, Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Paavo Berglund, Trondheim Symphony Orchestra, Ole Kristian Ruud 2
1997 The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra Plays Rock Classics The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra 1
1998 Hooked on Classics Royal Philharmonic Orchestra 1
1998 Pomp and Circumstance Marches / Symphonies 1 & 2 Elgar; Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Yehudi Menuhin 1
1998 Symphonies 1 & 9 Mahler; Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Andrew Litton, Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra, Libor Pešek 1
1999 Violin Concerto no. 1 / Piano Concerto no. 2 Shostakovich; Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Vladimir Ashkenazy, Boris Belkin, Cristina Ortiz 1
1999 Bach: Concertos for violin in A minor and E major, Concerto for two violins / Vivaldi: Concerto for two violins No. 8 Bach, Vivaldi; David Oistrakh, Wiener Symphoniker, Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Sir Eugene Goossens 1
2000 Symphony in C / L’Arlésienne Suites nos. 1 & 2 Georges Bizet; Sir Thomas Beecham, Orchestre National de la Radiodiffusion Française, Royal Philharmonic Orchestra 2
2000 Orchestral Works, Volume 1 Delius; London Philharmonic Orchestra, Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Sir Thomas Beecham 1
2000 Orchestral Works, Volume 2 Delius; London Philharmonic Orchestra, Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Sir Thomas Beecham 1
2000 Pomp & Circumstance: An English Festival Academy of St Martin in the Fields, BBC Concert Orchestra, Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Marriner, Wordsworth, Previn 1
2000 Classic Police Royal Philharmonic Orchestra 1
2000 Schubert: Symphony no. 8 / Ravel: Daphnis et Chloé Suite no. 2 / Sibelius: Symphony no. 7 Franz Schubert, Maurice Ravel, Jean Sibelius; Philharmonia Orchestra, Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Sir Adrian Boult 1
2000 Symphony no. 4 / Pelléas & Mélisande / Tapiola / Swanwhite / Symphony no. 7 Jean Sibelius; Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Sir Thomas Beecham 1
2000 The Best Of Queen Royal Philharmonic Orchestra 1
2000 Wagner Richard Wagner; Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Vernon Handley 1
2001 Mozart: Violin Concertos nos. 4 & 5 / Mendelssohn: Violin Concerto in E minor, op. 64 Mozart, Mendelssohn; Jascha Heifetz, Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Thomas Beecham, London Philharmonic Orchestra, John Barbirolli 1
2001 On Hearing the First Cuckoo in Spring / Brigg Fair / Summer Night on the River Delius; Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Sir Thomas Beecham 1
2002 Here Come The Classics Volume 2 Royal Philharmonic Orchestra 1
2002 Music to Remember: Chabrier, Mozart, Delius, Debussy, Saint-Saëns, Berlioz, Massanet Chabrier, Mozart, Delius, Debussy, Saint‐Saëns, Berlioz, Massenet; Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Sir Thomas Beecham 1
2002 Anytime Classics Royal Philharmonic Orchestra 1
2002 Here Come The Classics Volume 1 Royal Philharmonic Orchestra 1
2002 Symphonies 1-3 Rachmaninov; Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Andrew Litton 1
2003 Symphony no. 5 / Symphony no. 6 "Pastoral" / Eleven Viennese Dances Beethoven; British Symphony Orchestra, Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, London Philharmonic Orchestra, Felix Weingartner 1

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