Royal Philharmonic Orchestra

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Active: 1813 - ; England
The last orchestra nurtured by famed conductor Thomas Beecham, the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra is one of five world-class orchestras based in London, a city where concert life in its modern form has roots three centuries deep. In 1813, a group of professional musicians founded the Philharmonic Society to organize regular concerts of orchestral music, and a century later. this Society was granted a royal charter by King George V, making it the Read more Royal Philharmonic Society (RPS). Nevertheless, it took the independently wealthy Beecham to keep the group from collapsing during World War I.

In 1926, Beecham planned to form a permanent Royal Philharmonic Orchestra to serve the BBC and the RPS, but the BBC instead started its own BBC Symphony Orchestra. In 1932, Beecham founded the London Philharmonic Orchestra, financially backed by recording contracts and a contract to serve as the RPS's concert orchestra. Beecham left to take a position with the Seattle Symphony Orchestra when World War II broke out, and the LPO transformed itself into a self-governing organization.

Beecham returned to Britain in 1944 and formed a new orchestra, giving its first concert at the Davis Theatre in Croydon on September 15, 1946, just three weeks after Beecham started hiring musicians. Again, he placed the new orchestra under the RPS rubric, enabling it to take the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra name. In 1948, the RPO became the resident orchestra of the summer Glyndebourne Festival Opera, and in 1950 it became the first British orchestra to tour the United States since before World War I. Feeling his advancing age, Beecham engaged Rudolf Kempe as assistant conductor. When Beecham died in 1961, Kempe became principal conductor.

The orchestra's financial situation immediately worsened. Glyndebourne and the RPS itself declined to renew their contracts, and the RPO was excluded from the London Orchestral Concert Board's schedule of concerts in the new halls on the South Bank. The orchestra re-formed as a self-governing organization, but had to give its concerts in a movie house on the north side of London. Kempe received the titles of Artistic Director in 1964, and Conductor for Life in 1970.

Things took a turn for the better in 1966 when Queen Elizabeth II granted the orchestra its own Royal Charter, enabling it to continue calling itself the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra. After a difficult period following the death of Kempe, the orchestra appointed Antal Dorati, noted for building orchestral discipline and morale, as Conductor-in-Chief (1975-1978). He has been followed by Walter Weller (1980-1985), André Previn (Conductor-in Chief, 1985-1987, and Principal Conductor, 1987-1992), and Vladimir Ashkenazy (Music Director, 1987-1994). Yuri Temirkanov became Principal Conductor in 1992 and remains as Emeritus Principal Conductor. Daniele Gatti, a young and exciting Italian conductor, became Music Director in 1996.

The orchestra is now firmly back in the center of London concert life. It plays its main series at the Royal Albert Hall with a few concerts also given at the Barbican Centre in the City of London. In addition, in an innovative move, it also established itself as the resident orchestra of the Royal Concert Hall in Nottingham, where it gives a series of ten concert programs a year.

The RPO has a 125-release contract with Tring International, the largest contract in history between one orchestra and a record company. It has a close association with Classic FM, the largest commercial radio company in Britain. It has formed two sub-ensembles. The Royal Philharmonic Concert Orchestra is essentially the RPO's "Pops" (or as the British say, "light classical") orchestra. Sharp Edge, a flexible ensemble of 10 to 30 musicians, plays innovative concerts of the newest music. Read less

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Active: 1813 - ; England
The last orchestra nurtured by famed conductor Thomas Beecham, the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra is one of five world-class orchestras based in London, a city where concert life in its modern form has roots three centuries deep. In 1813, a group of professional musicians founded the Philharmonic Society to organize regular concerts of orchestral music, and a century later. this Society was granted a royal charter by King George V, making it the Read more
WORKS ALBUMS
TITLE/COMPOSER
LABEL
I. Vivace
II. Andante
III. Allegro vivace
Act I Part I: ! ... Ola! (Dr. Caius, , Bardolfo, Pistola)
Act I Part I: So che se andiam, la notte
Act I Part I: Ma e tempo d' assottigliar l'ingegno (, Pistola, Bardolfo)
Act I Part I: L' onore! Ladri! ... Io stesso, si, io, io ()
Act I Part II: Alice! ... Meg! ... Nannetta! (Meg, Alice, Quickly, Nannetta)
Act I Part II: Fulgida Alice! amor t' offro
Act I Part II: Ripeti ... In due parole (Meg, Alice, Quickly, Nanetta, Caius, Bardolfo, Fenton, Pistola, Ford)
Act I Part II: Psst, psst, Nannetta ... Vien qua ... Labbra di foco! (Fenton, Nannetta)
Act I Part II: , m'ha canzonata (Alice, Meg, Nannetta, Quickly)
Act I Part II: Torno all' assalto ... Torna alla gara (Fenton, Nannetta)
Act I Part II: Udrai quanta egli sfoggia magniloquenza altera (Bardolfo, Ford, Pistola)
Act I Part II: Del tuo barbaro diagnostico (Caius, Pistola, Bardolfo, Alice, Meg, Nannetta, Quickly, Fenton, Ford)
Act II Part I: Siam pentiti e contriti (Bardolfo, Pistola, )
Act II Part I: Reverrenza! (Quickly, )
Act II Part I: Va, Vecchio John (, Bardolfo)
Act II Part I: Signore, v' assista il cielo! (Ford, , Bardolfo, Pistola)
Act II Part I: Ve lo diro. C'e a Windsor una dama
Act II Part I: Lo conoscete? ... Il diavolo se lo porti all'inferno (Ford, )
Act II Part I: E sogno? o realita? (Ford)
Act II Part I: Eccomi qua. Son pronto (, Ford)
Act II Part II: Presenteremo un "bill" per una tassa al parlemento (Alice, Quickly, Meg)
Act II Part II: Giunta all'albergo della Giarrettiera
Act II Part II: Gaie comari di Windsor! E l'ora! (Quickly, Alice, Meg, Nannetta)
Act II Part II: Alfin t' ho colto, raggiante fior
Act II Part II: T'immagino fregiata del mio stemma (, Alice)
Act II Part II: Quand' ero paggio del Duca di Norfolk (, Alice, Quickly, Meg, Ford, Bardolfo, Pistola)
Act II Part II: Vien qua ... Che chiasso! (Nannetta, Fenton)
Act II Part II: Al ladro! (Caius, Ford, Pistola, Bardolfo)
Act II Part II: Facciamo le viste d'attendere ai panni (Quickly, Caius, Ford, Meg, Bardolfo, Pistola, )
Act II Part II: Bella! Ridente! (Fenton, Nannetta, Ford, Bardolfo, Pistola, Servi, Caius, , Meg, Quickly, Gente del vicinato, Alice)
Act III Part I: Ehi! Taverniere! ... Io, dunque, avrň vissuto tant'anni
Act III Part I: Buono. Ber del vin dolce ()
Act III Part I: Reverenza! La bella Alice (Quickly, , Alice, Ford, Nannetta, Meg, Caius)
Act III Part I: T' aspettero nel parco real (, Quickly, Ford, Alice, Nannetta, Meg)
Act III Part I: Brava! Quelle corna saranno la mia gioia! (Ford, Alice, Meg, Fenton, Nannetta)
Act III Part I: Avro con me dei putti (Alice, Meg, Nannetta, Fenton, Ford, Caius, Quickly)
Act III Part II: Dal labbro il canto estasiato vola (Fenton, Nannetta)
Act III Part II: Nossignore! Tu indossa questa cappa (Alice, Fenton, Nannetta, Quickly, Meg)
Act III Part II: Una, due, tre, quattro, cinque, sei (, Alice, Meg)
Act III Part II: Ninfe! Elfi! Silfi! Doridi! Sirene! (Nannetta, Fate, , Alice)
Act III Part II: Sul fil d'un soffio etesio (Nanetta, Fate)
Act III Part II: Alto la! (Bardolfo, Pistola, , Quickly, Alice, Meg, Nanetta, Chorus, Ford)
Act III Part II: Ahime! Tu puzzi come una puzzola (, Chorus, Alice, Quickly, Meg, Caius, Ford, Bardolfo, Pistola)
Act III Part II: Un poco di pausa (, Quickly, Ford, Meg, Alice, Chorus)
Act III Part II: Ogni sorta di gente dozzinale (, All)
Act III Part II: Un coro e terminiam la scena ... Tutto nel mondo e burla (, Ford, All)
I. Allegro con brio
II. Largo
III. Rondo: Allegro
Act 1: Interlude
Act 3: Interlude
I. Tranquillo - Allegro deciso - Tranquillo - Allegro deciso - Tranquillo
II. Allegro
III. Andante
IV. Allegro deciso
No. 1. Danse
No. 2. Rite
No. 3. Cortege funebre
I. Waltz
II. Adagio
III. The Dance of The Clowns
IV. The Seven Portraits: Introduction
IV. The Seven Portraits: The Indian Beauty
IV. The Seven Portraits: The Byzantine Beauty
IV. The Seven Portraits: The Khorezmian Beauty
IV. The Seven Portraits: The Slavonic Beauty
IV. The Seven Portraits: The Maghrebian Beauty
IV. The Seven Portraits: The Chinese Beauty
IV. The Seven Portraits: The Most Beautiful of The Beauties
V. The Procession
I. General Dance
II. The Dance of The Girls with Guitars
III. The Dance of The Black Community
IV. Night in Stilleveld
V. Scene and Duet
VI. Lullaby
VII. The Path Of Thunder
I. Allegro
II. Adagio ma non troppo
III. Finale: Allegro moderato - Andante - Allegro vivo
Overture
"Urli, rapine"
"Eroi, levatevi"
"Di vergini straniere"
"Santo di patria indefinito amor!"
"Allor che i forti corrono"
"Da te questo or m'č concesso"
"Uldino, a me dinanzi l'inviato"
"Attila! - Oh, il nobil messo!"
"Tardo per gli anni, e tremulo"
"Vanitosi!"
"Qual notte!"
"L'alito del mattin - Preghiam!"
"Quai voci!"
Ella in poter del barbaro!
"Cara patria"
"Liberamente or piangi"
"Oh! nel fuggente nuvolo"
"Qual suon di passi!"
"Sě, quell'io son"
"Va! Racconta al sacrilego"
"Oh, t'inebria nell'amplesso"
"Uldino! Uldin!"
"Mentre gonfiarsi l'anima"
"Oltre a quel limite t'attendo"
"Parla, imponi - Vieni. Le menti visita"
"No!...non č sogno"
"Tregua č cogl'Unni"
"Dagli immortali vertici"
"Chi vien? - Salute ad Ezio"
"E gettata la mia sorte"
"Del ciel l'immensa volta"
"Ezio, ben vieni!"
"Chi dona luce al cor?..."
"Ah! - Lo spirto de' monti
"L'orrenda procella"
"Si riaccendan le quercie"
"Oh, miei prodi!"
"Qui del convegno č il loco"
"Che non avrebbe il misero"
"Che piů s'indugia"
"Cessa, deh, cessa"
"Te sol, te sol quest'anima"
"Non involarti, seguimi"
"Tu, rea donna"
"Nella tenda"
1. Maestoso
2. Larghetto
3. Allegro vivace
I. Andante - Allegro moderato molto - Poco meno mosso - Andante
II. Adagio
III. Lo stesso tempo - Allegro - Lento
No. 1. A Crusader
No. 2. Oriental Garden
No. 3. The Twittering Machine
No. 4. Stained-Glass Saint
No. 5. Ad Parnassum
I. Moderato - Piu mosso - Andante - Piu mosso - Andante - Piu mosso - Andante
II. Adagio -
III. Allegro
Lento recitando - Lentissimo -
L'istesso tempo -
Allegro -
Poco piu mosso -
Allegro -
Lento
I. Adagio - Allegro
II. Adagio non troppo
III. Adagio - Piu animato
Shostakovich: Piano Concerto No.1 for piano, trumpet & strings, Op.35 - 1. Allegretto
Shostakovich: Piano Concerto No.1 for piano, trumpet & strings, Op.35 - 2. Lento
Shostakovich: Piano Concerto No.1 for piano, trumpet & strings, Op.35 - 3. & 4. - Moderato - Allegro con brio
Shostakovich: Piano Concerto No.2 in F, Op.102 - 1. Allegro
Shostakovich: Piano Concerto No.2 In F, Op.102 - 2. Andante
Shostakovich: Piano Concerto No.2 in F, Op.102 - 3. Allegro
I. Moderato
II. Allegretto
III. Largo
IV. Allegro non troppo
I. Adagio - Allegro moderato - Poco adagio
II. Allegro moderato - Presto
III. Maestoso - Allegro - Piu allegro
Shostakovich: Symphony No.5 in D minor, Op.47 - 1. Moderato
Shostakovich: Symphony No.5 in D minor, Op.47 - 2. Allegretto
Shostakovich: Symphony No.5 in D minor, Op.47 - 3. Largo
Shostakovich: Symphony No.5 in D minor, Op.47 - 4. Allegro non troppo
Shostakovich: Chamber Symphony, Op.110a - 1. Largo
Shostakovich: Chamber Symphony, Op.110a - 2. Allegro molto
Shostakovich: Chamber Symphony, Op.110a - 3. Allegretto
Shostakovich: Chamber Symphony, Op.110a - 4. Largo
Shostakovich: Chamber Symphony, Op.110a - 5. Largo
1. Allegro ma non troppo
2. Larghetto -
3. Rondo (Allegro)
Europa steht! (Chorus)
Recitative: O seht sie nah' und naher treten! (Fuhrer des Volkes, Genius, Chorus)
Aria with Chorus: O Himmel, welch' Entzucken! (Vienna, Chorus)
Recitative: Das Auge schaut (Seherin, Chorus)
Recitative and Quartet: Der den Bund im Sturme fest gehalten (Seherin, Vienna, Fuhrer des Volkes, Genius)
Es treten hervor (Chorus)


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