Philharmonia Orchestra (London orchestra, known as 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, or the New Philharmonic Orchestra, a name used on budget recordings for an unknown orchestra.

However you may see it listed on older US releases as the Philharmonia Orchestra of London or the London Philharmonia Orchestra. Usually the associated conductor will be a good clue as to whether you have the correct orchestra.

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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. Among the conductors who worked with the orchestra in its early years were Richard Strauss, Wilhelm Furtwängler and Arturo Toscanini; of the Philharmonia's younger conductors, the most important to its development was Herbert von Karajan who, though never formally chief conductor, was closely associated with the orchestra in the late 1940s and early 1950s. The Philharmonia became widely regarded as the finest of London's five symphony orchestras in its first two decades.

From the late 1950s to the early 1970s the orchestra's chief conductor was Otto Klemperer, with whom the orchestra gave many concerts and made numerous recordings of the core orchestral repertoire. During Klemperer's tenure Legge, citing the difficulty of maintaining the orchestra's high standards, attempted to disband it in 1964, but the players, backed by Klemperer, formed themselves into a self-governing ensemble as the New Philharmonia Orchestra. After thirteen years under this title, they negotiated the rights to revert to the original name.

In Klemperer's last years the orchestra suffered a decline, both financial and artistic, but recovered under his successor, Riccardo Muti, who revitalised the orchestra in his ten-year term from 1972 to 1982. The orchestra's standards remained high throughout the controversial chief conductorship of Giuseppe Sinopoli from 1984 to 1994, and the more orthodox tenure of Christoph von Dohnányi between 1997 and 2008. Esa-Pekka Salonen, principal conductor from 2008 to 2021 was succeeded by Santtu-Matias Rouvali.

The Philharmonia has had many celebrated players in its ranks and has commissioned more than 100 compositions. It gives more than 160 concerts a year, tours widely, and from its inception has been known for its many recordings.

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1991Mendelssohn: Symphony No. 2Philharmonia Orchestra1
1997Elgar: Symphonies Nos. 1 & 2Philharmonia Orchestra & Giuseppe Sinopoli1
2015Joaquín Rodrigo - Concierto de Aranjuez, Fantasía para un gentilhombre & Concierto madrigalEnglish Chamber Orchestra, Philharmonia Orchestra, Luis Antonio García Navarro, Narciso Yepes & Godelieve Monden1
2023Mozart: Die ZauberflöteOtto Klemperer, Lucia Popp, Gundula Janowitz, Nicolai Gedda & Philharmonia Orchestra1
2023Brahms: A German Requiem, Op. 45Elisabeth Schwarzkopf, Dietrich Fischer‐Dieskau, Philharmonia Orchestra & Otto Klemperer1
2023Mozart: Così fan tutte, K. 588Margaret Price, Yvonne Minton, Lucia Popp, Luigi Alva, Geraint Evans, Hans Sotin, Philharmonia Orchestra & Otto Klemperer1
2023Beethoven: Fidelio, Op. 72Christa Ludwig, Jon Vickers, Philharmonia Orchestra & Otto Klemperer1
2024Bruckner: Symphonies Nos. 4 "Romantic" & 7Philharmonia Orchestra & Otto Klemperer1
Ein Heldenleben, op. 40Richard Strauss; The Philharmonia Orchestra, Árpád Joó1
Handbell Christmas Favorites, Volume 1Philharmonia Orchestra1
Suites from Platée and DardanusJean‐Philippe Rameau; Nicholas McGegan, Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra1


1997Peter Tchaikovsky. Overture "1812" / Romeo and Juliet / Capriccio italienPhilharmonia Orchestra, Plácido Domingo1
2016Symphony no. 8 / Symphony no. 9Schubert; Otto Klemperer, Philharmonia Orchestra1


1947Henry V: Scenes from the filmLaurence Olivier, William Walton, Philharmonia Orchestra1
1952Don Juan / Till EulenspiegelRichard Strauss; Philharmonia Orchestra, Herbert von Karajan1
1952Overtures: “Le Corsaire” / “Benvenuto Cellini” / “Béatrice et Bénedict” / “Les Francs Juges”Hector Berlioz; Philharmonia Orchestra, Paul Kletzki1
1952Piano Concert no. 5 “Emperor”Ludwig van Beethoven; Walter Gieseking, Philharmonia Orchestra, Herbert von Karajan1
1952Symphony in C MajorBalakirev; Philharmonia Orchestra, Herbert von Karajan1
1953Symphony no. 7Ludwig van Beethoven; Philharmonia Orchestra, Herbert von Karajan1
1953Water Music / Casse-Noisette SuiteHandel, Tchaikovsky; Philharmonia Orchestra, Herbert von Karajan1
1953Violinkonzert D-DurBeethoven; Yehudi Menuhin, Das Philharmonia Orchestra London, Wilhelm Furtwängler1
1954Symphony no. 4 in D minorRobert Schumann; Philharmonia Orchestra, Guido Cantelli2
1954Horn ConcertosMozart; Dennis Brain, Philharmonia Orchestra, Herbert von Karajan5
1954Symphony no. 4 in A minor / TapiolaSibelius; Herbert von Karajan, Philharmonia Orchestra1
1955Così fan tutte (1954 studio cast)Mozart; Elisabeth Schwarzkopf, Nan Merriman, Léopold Simoneau, Rolando Panerai, Sesto Bruscantini, Lisa Otto, Philharmonia Chorus and Orchestra, Herbert von Karajan6
1955Die Fledermaus (1955 studio cast)Johann Strauss II; Herbert von Karajan, Schwarzkopf, Gedda, Streich, Krebs, Kunz, Christ, Philharmonia Orchestra & Chorus3
1955Lyric and Coloratura AriasMaria Callas, Philharmonia Orchestra, Tullio Serafin4
1957Concerto n° 5 pour piano et orchestre « L'Empereur »Beethoven - Artur Schnabel - Philharmonia Orchestra, Alceo Galliera1
1957Symphonie N° 4 en mi mineurBrahms; Philharmonia Orchestra - Herbert von Karajan1
1958Ravel: Piano Concerto in G / Rachmaninov: Piano Concerto no. 4Ravel, Rachmaninov; Arturo Benedetti Michelangeli, Ettore Gracis, Philharmonia Orchestra5
1959Elisabeth Schwarzkopf Sings OperettaElisabeth Schwarzkopf, Philharmonia Orchestra, Otto Ackermann56
1959Anna Moffo Sings Mozart AriasMozart; Anna Moffo, Philharmonia Orchestra, Alceo Galliera51
1959Lucia di Lammermoor (1959 London Recording)Donizetti; Maria Callas, Ferruccio Tagliavini, Piero Cappuccilli, Bernard Ładysz, Philharmonia Orchestra and Chorus, Tullio Serafin5
1959Mad ScenesMaria Callas, Philharmonia Orchestra and Chorus, Nicola Rescigno4
1959Piano ConcertosGrieg, Schumann;Claudio Arrau, Alceo Galliera & Philharmonia Orchestra1
1959Un portrait de la valseIgor Markevitch; Philharmonia Orchestra2
1960"New World" Symphony / "Carnaval" OvertureAntonín Dvořák; Philharmonia Orchestra, Sawallisch2
1960A Midsummer Night’s DreamMendelssohn; Heather Harper, Janet Baker, Philharmonia Orchestra, Otto Klemperer5
1960Konzert für Violine, Violoncello und Orchester a-moll, op. 102Johannes Brahms; David Oistrakh, Pierre Fournier, Das Philharmonia Orchestra London, Alceo Galliera1
1960Klemperer Conducts WagnerRichard Wagner; Philharmonia Orchestra, Otto Klemperer1
1960Paganini: Concerto no. 1 in D major / Wieniawski: Concerto no. 2 in D minorPaganini, Wieniawski; Michael Rabin, Sir Eugene Goossens, Philharmonia Orchestra1
1960Symphony No. 5Prokofiev; Thomas Schippers, Philharmonia Orchestra1
1960Symphonie Espagnole / Sérénade MélancoliqueÉdouard Lalo / Пётр Ильич Чайковский, Леонид Борисович Коган, Philharmonia Orchestra, Kyril Kondrashin1
1961Ballet Music From The OperasHerbert von Karajan, Philharmonia Orchestra1
1961Horn ConcertosMozart; Alan Civil, Otto Klemperer, Philharmonia Orchestra7
1961Le nozze di Figaro (1959 studio cast)Mozart; Giuseppe Taddei, Elisabeth Schwarzkopf, Anna Moffo, Fiorenza Cossotto, Eberhard Wächter, Philharmonia Chorus, Philharmonia Orchestra, Carlo Maria Giulini6
1961Piano Concerto no. 1 in D minor, op. 15Brahms; Claudio Arrau, Carlo Maria Giulini, Philharmonia Orchestra1
1962Hiawatha's Wedding FeastSamuel Coleridge-Taylor; Sir Malcolm Sargent, Royal Choral Society, Philharmonia Orchestra, Richard Lewis1
1962St. Matthew PassionJohann Sebastian Bach; Otto Klemperer, Philharmonia Orchestra, Philharmonia Chorus5
1962Symphonie no. 4Mahler; Elisabeth Schwarzkopf, Philharmonia Orchestra, Otto Klemperer3
1962Violin ConcertoBeethoven; Milstein, Leinsdorf, The Philharmonia Orchestra1
1963Harold in ItalyBerlioz; Yehudi Menuhin, Philharmonia Orchestra, Colin Davis2
1963Piano Concerto no. 2Brahms; Claudio Arrau, Philharmonia Orchestra, Carlo Maria Giulini3
1963Symphony no. 2 ‘Resurrection’Gustav Mahler; Philharmonia Orchestra, Otto Klemperer9
1964Schubert: Symphonies Nos. 5 & 8 "Unfinished"Schubert; Otto Klemperer & Philharmonia Orchestra1
1964Requiem (1963-64 recording)Verdi; Elisabeth Schwarzkopf, Christa Ludwig, Nicolai Gedda, Nicolaï Ghiaurov, Philharmonia Orchestra, Philharmonia Chorus, Carlo Maria Giulini1
1965Symphonies no. 40 in G minor / No. 41 in C major, "Jupiter"Mozart; Otto Klemperer, Philharmonia Orchestra3
1965Tchaikovsky: Swan Lake and Sleeping Beauty SelectionsTchaikovsky, Leopold Stokowski & New Philharmonia Orchestra1
1966Carmina BuranaCarl Orff; Lucia Popp, Gerhard Unger, Raymond Wolansky, John Noble, New Philharmonia Chorus, New Philharmonia Orchestra, Rafael Frühbeck de Burgos12
1966Die lustige WitweFranz Lehár; Elisabeth Schwarzkopf, Hanny Steffek, Nicolai Gedda, Josef Knapp, Eberhard Wächter, Philharmonia Orchestra & Chorus, Lovro von Matačić53
1966Gaîté parisienneJacques Offenbach; New Philharmonia Orchestra, Charles Munch1
1966Missa solemnisLudwig van Beethoven; New Philharmonia Chorus & Orchestra, Otto Klemperer5
1966Modest Mussorgsky: Bilder einer Ausstellung / Claude Debussy: La Cathédrale engloutieMussorgsky, Debussy; New Philharmonia Orchestra London, Leopold Stokowski2
1967Carmen & L’Arlésienne SuitesBizet; Philharmonia Orchestra, Charles Munch1
1967Das Lied von der ErdeMahler; Otto Klemperer, Christa Ludwig, Fritz Wunderlich, New Philharmonia Orchestra, Philharmonia Orchestra11
1967Falla: El amor brujo / Granados: Intermezzo from "Goyescas" / Ravel: Pavane pour une infante défunte / Alborada del graciosoFalla, Granados, Ravel; Frühbeck de Burgos, New Philharmonia, Nati Mistral2
1967Symphony no. 9 "From the New World"Dvořák; Antal Doráti, Philharmonia Orchestra2
1967The Planets Op.32Gustav Holst, Sir Adrian Boult, Philharmonia Orchestra3
1968Klavierkonzert Nr. 25 / Serenade Nr. 12 "Nacht Musique"Mozart; Daniel Barenboim, New Philharmonia Orchestra, New Philharmonia Wind Ensemble, Otto Klemperer3
1968Mahler: Symphony no. 6 / Strauss: MetamorphosenMahler, Strauss; Sir John Barbirolli, New Philharmonia Orchestra3
1968Suite españolaAlbéniz; New Philharmonia, Rafael Frühbeck de Burgos4
1969Symphony no. 5Mahler; Sir John Barbirolli, New Philharmonia Orchestra5
1969Symphonie fantastiqueBerlioz; New Philharmonia Orchestra, Leopold Stokowski1
1969Weber: Clarinet Concerto No. 1 / Weber: Concertino / Rossini: Theme and VariationsWeber, Rossini; Gervase de Peyer, New Philharmonia Orchestra, Rafael Frühbeck de Burgos1
1970Bach: Magnificat D-Dur, BWV 243 / Bruckner: Te DeumBach, Bruckner; Lucia Popp, Anne Pashley, Birgit Finnilä, Janet Baker, Robert Tear, Don Garrard, Thomas Hemsley, New Philharmonia Chorus, New Philharmonia Orchestra, Daniel Barenboim2
1970Boulez Conducts Beethoven: Symphony No. 5 / Calm Sea And Prosperous VoyageBeethoven; The John Aldis Choir, The New Philharmonia Orchestra, Pierre Boulez1
1970Il trovatore (1969 studio cast)Giuseppe Verdi; Leontyne Price, Plácido Domingo, Sherrill Milnes, Fiorenza Cossotto, Ambrosian Opera Chorus, John McCarthy, New Philharmonia Orchestra, Zubin Mehta58
1971Il tabarro (Remastered)Puccini; Erich Leinsdorf, New Philharmonia Orchestra, The John Alldis Choir, Leontyne Price, Plácido Domingo & Sherrill Milnes1
1971ManonMassenet; Beverly Sills, Nicolai Gedda, Gerard Souzay, Gabriel Bacquier, New Philharmonia Orchestra, Julius Rudel57
1972La Gaîté parisienne / Les SylphidesOffenbach / Chopin; The Philharmonia Orchestra, Charles Mackerras, Robert Irving1
1973Songs My Mother Taught MeJoan Sutherland, Richard Bonynge, The New Philharmonia Orchestra1
1973Sinfonie Nr. 10Mahler; New Philharmonia Orchestra, Wyn Morris2
1974Aida (1974 studio cast)Giuseppe Verdi; Montserrat Caballé, Plácido Domingo, Chorus of the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, New Philharmonia Orchestra, Riccardo Muti14
1974La Juive (Highlights)Halévy; Antonio de Almeida, New Philharmonia Orchestra, Ambrosian Opera Chorus, Martina Arroyo, Anna Moffo, Richard Tucker & Bonaldo Giaiotti1
1974Norma (1973 studio cast)Vincenzo Bellini; Beverly Sills, Shirley Verrett, Enrico Di Giuseppe, Paul Plishka, John Alldis Choir, New Philharmonia Orchestra, James Levine53
1975A 75th Birthday Celebration: Aaron Copland ConductsAaron Copland; London Symphony Orchestra, New Philharmonia Orchestra1
1975Heroines From the Great French OperasAnna Moffo, Ambrosian Opera Chorus, Philharmonia Orchestra, Peter Maag52
1975Requiem in D minorCherubini; New Philharmonia Orchestra, Ambrosian Singers, John McCarthy, Riccardo Muti2
1976I Capuleti e i MontecchiVincenzo Bellini; Janet Baker, Beverly Sills, Robert Lloyd, Nicolai Gedda, Raimund Herincx, New Philharmonia Orchestra, John Alldis Choir, Giuseppe Patanè2
1976Louise - The Sony Opera HouseCharpentier; Ileana Cotrubaș, Plácido Domingo, Gabriel Bacquier, Jane Berbié, Ambrosian Opera Chorus, New Philharmonia Orchestra & Georges Prêtre1
1976ThaïsJules Massenet; Beverly Sills, Sherrill Milnes, Nicolai Gedda, John Alldis Choir, New Philharmonia Orchestra, Lorin Maazel53
1979Serenade for Tenor, Horn & Strings / Les IlluminationsBenjamin Britten; Robert Tear, Dale Clevenger, Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Philharmonia Orchestra, Carlo Maria Giulini2
1980Carmina BuranaOrff; Arleen Augér, Jonathan Summers, John van Kesteren, Philharmonia Chorus, Southend Boys’ Choir, Philharmonia Orchestra, Riccardo Muti57
1980Carmina BuranaOrff; Arleen Augér, Jonathan Summers, John van Kesteren, Philharmonia Chorus, Southend Boys’ Choir, Philharmonia Orchestra, Riccardo Muti1
1980Dukas: L’apprenti sorcier / Debussy: Prélude à l’après‐midi d’un faune / Ravel: Pavane pour une infante défunteDukas / Debussy / Ravel; Philharmonia Orchestra, Guido Cantelli1
1980Grieg: Piano Concerto in A minor / Franck: Symphonic Variations / Les DjinnsGrieg, Franck; Cristina Ortiz, Vladimir Ashkenazy, Philharmonia Orchestra1
1980I puritaniVincenzo Bellini; Montserrat Caballé, Alfredo Kraus, Julia Hamari, Matteo Manuguerra, Agostino Ferrin, Ambrosian Opera Chorus, Philharmonia Orchestra, Riccardo Muti4
1980Mussorgsky, BorodinMussorgsky, Borodin; Philharmonia Orchestra, Herbert von Karajan1
1980Symphony No.1 In CBalakirev, Herbert von Karajan, Philharmonia Orchestra1
1980Symphonie Nr. 5 e-Moll, op. 64Peter Tschaikowsky; Philharmonia Orchestra, Vladimir Ashkenazy1

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