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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a further crisis arose in the same era when it seemed that the orchestra's right to call itself "Royal" could be withdrawn.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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Discography

Album + Compilation + Live

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
2001 Le Corsaire Overture / Ouverture du Roi Lear / Harold en Italie / Marche troyenne Berlioz; Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, BBC Symphony Orchestra, Sir Thomas Beecham 1

Album + Live

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1970 Concerto for Group and Orchestra Deep Purple, Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Sir Malcolm Arnold 6
1977 Live at the Royal Festival Hall Glen Campbell With Royal Philharmonic Orchestra 1
1982 Royal Jam The Crusaders with B.B. King and the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra 3
1990 Live in Moscow Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Vladimir Ashkenazy 1
1992 Live at the Royal Festival Hall Neil Sedaka with Royal Philharmonic Orchestra 1
2001 Schubert: Symphony no. 9 / Cherubini: Anacréon Overture / Cornelius: The Barber of Baghdad Overture Schubert, Cherubini, Cornelius; BBC Symphony Orchestra, Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Sir Adrian Boult 1
2002 Brahms: Symphony no. 2 / Beethoven: Symphony no. 2 Brahms, Beethoven; Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Sir Thomas Beecham 1
2002 Belshazzar's Feast / Symphony no. 1 Walton; Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, BBC Symphony Orchestra and Chorus, Donald McIntyre, Christ Church Harmonic Choir, Sir William Walton 1
2002 Cello Concerto / Coronation Te Deum / The Twelve / Variations on a Theme by Hindemith / Excerpts from Façade Suites Walton; Pierre Fournier, Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, London Philharmonic Orchestra, BBC Symphony Orchestra, Sir William Walton 1
2002 Tchaikovsky: Violin Concerto / Brahms: Violin Concerto Tchaikovsky, Brahms; David Oistrakh, Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, London Philharmonic Orchestra, Norman Del Mar, Sir Malcolm Sargent 1
2004 Strauss: Vier letzte Lieder / Capriccio (excerpt) / Ravel: Shéhérazade / Mozart: Le nozze di Figaro Strauss, Ravel, Mozart; Elisabeth Söderström, Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Antal Doráti, BBC Symphony Orchestra, Pierre Boulez, Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra, Sir John Pritchard 1
2016 Live at the Royal Albert Hall Heart & Royal Philharmonic Orchestra 1 1

Album + Remix

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1992 Classics Royal Philharmonic Orchestra Plays T‐SQUARE 2
1993 Harmony T‐SQUARE & Royal Philharmonic Orchestra 2
Classic Rock, Volume 1: Tribute to Queen Royal Philharmonic Orchestra 1

Album + Soundtrack

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1965 Princess Ida / Pineapple Poll (1965/1983) Gilbert & Sullivan; The D’Oyly Carte Opera Company, The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Sir Malcolm Sargent / The Philharmonia Orchestra, Sir Charles Mackerras 4
1985 Quo Vadis Miklós Rózsa; Royal Philharmonic Orchestra & Chorus, Miklós Rózsa 1
1989 Cousteau / Amazon - Part 1: The River (The Original Television Score) John Scott & Royal Philharmonic Orchestra 1
1989 Cousteau / Amazon - Part 2: The Indian (The Original Television Score) John Scott & Royal Philharmonic Orchestra 1
1989 Cousteau: Cape Horn / Channel Islands (The Original Television Score) John Scott & Royal Philharmonic Orchestra 1
1989 Parc Oceanique Cousteau John Scott & Royal Philharmonic Orchestra 1
Fantastic TV Themes Royal Philharmonic Orchestra 1

Other

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
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 1

Unspecified type

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1982 Hooked On Classics II Royal Philharmonic Orchestra 2
1986 Piano Concerto no. 2 Rachmaninoff; Earl Wild, The Royal Philharmonic, Jascha Horenstein 1
1987 "Romeo and Juliet" (Scenes des Ballet) Royal Philharmonic Orchestra 1
1989 Symphony no. 5 / Leonore no. 3 & Fidelio Overtures Beethoven; Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, André Previn 1
1990 Royal Philharmonic Orchestra Plays Hits of Phil Collins Royal Philharmonic Orchestra 3
1990 The Complete Slavonic Dances Antonín Dvořák; Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, John Farrer 1
1995 The Christmas Album Royal Philharmonic Orchestra 1
1999 Symphony no. 7 / plus encores and speeches by Sir Thomas Beecham Beethoven; Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Sir Thomas Beecham 1
2001 Symphony No. 6 "Pastoral" / Overture: Egmont Ludwig van Beethoven; Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Mark Ermler 2
2005 Mendelssohn Bartholdy Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy; Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Leland Chen & Jane Glover 1
2008 Cinema Classics Royal Philharmonic Orchestra 2
2015 Plays Prog Rock Classics Royal Philharmonic Orchestra 1
A Child of Our Time Michael Tippett; Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, André Previn 1
Abba Greatest Hits Royal Philharmonic Orchestra 1
Classic Love Songs Royal Philharmonic Orchestra 1
Hooked on Classics 2000 Royal Philharmonic Orchestra 1
Joy to the World Royal Philharmonic Orchestra 1
Memories Royal Philharmonic Orchestra 1
The Royal Philharmonic Collection Hector Berlioz; Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Sir Charles Mackerras 1

Compilation

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1991 Orchestral Spectacular Royal Philharmonic Orchestra 1
2016 Symphonic Queen - The Greatest Hits The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra 1
Classical British Composers: Delius Delius; Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Barry Wordsworth 1

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