Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra

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Active: 1919 - ; United States of America
By the end of the twentieth century, the Los Angeles Philharmonic had established itself as one of the world's leading orchestras. Like other ensembles on the West Coast of the United States, it has served as an important forum for contemporary music.

The Los Angeles Philharmonic was founded in 1919 by Los Angeles multi-millionaire and avid amateur musician William Andrews Clark, Jr. The orchestra's first music director was Walter Henry
Read more Rothwell. Rehearsals began on October 13, and the first concert was October 24 at Trinity Auditorium in downtown Los Angeles. The next year the Philharmonic moved into The Temple, a church built in 1907 and renamed Philharmonic Auditorium. Despite the name change, the hall remained a place of worship, and the orchestra had to plan its activities around those of the church. The Philharmonic benefited from the attraction that California held for European expatriates; following Rothwell, its music directors were Georg Schnéevoigt (1927-1929), Artur Rodzinski (1929-1933), Otto Klemperer (1933-1939), Alfred Wallenstein (1943-1956), and Eduard van Beinum (1956-1959).

In 1945 Leopold Stokowski had founded the Hollywood Bowl Symphony for the summer concerts at the Hollywood Bowl, a striking art-deco outdoor concert shell in a lovely natural amphitheater. That orchestra disbanded two years later, and the Los Angeles Philharmonic replaced them as the regular orchestra for this series; though many American orchestras offer summer concerts, few have as high a profile in the cultural lives of their cities as this one did (and still does). In 1962 Zubin Mehta began his long and productive tenure as music director, which lasted until 1978. He burnished the sound of the orchestra, and initiated a successful series of recordings. He was succeeded by Carlo Maria Giulini (1978-1984), who brought his strong identification with the Classical repertory to the orchestra. He was succeeded by André Previn, who had a successful tenure from 1985 to 1989.

In 1964 the LAPO moved into a new home, the Dorothy Chandler Music Pavilion in downtown Los Angeles. The hall was shared with the Civic Light Opera Association and other concert and theater companies, a situation that grew uncomfortable and limiting for the Philharmonic.

In 1990, the orchestra followed the lead of the Boston Pops by making an organizational distinction between its winter concerts and his summer series by founding the Hollywood Bowl Symphony Orchestra as a separate entity from the Los Angeles Philharmonic. John Mauceri was appointed its music director. In concerts, and on recordings the HBSO stresses its identification with the film capital.

The LAPO gives an annual 30-week winter season. The LAPO's music director since 1992 has been Esa-Pekka Salonen, an exciting young Finnish conductor whose programming is built around the great established classics of the twentieth century, some new music, and a solid representation of established repertoire. A new permanent home for the orchestra, Walt Disney Hall, featuring a striking design, and titanium and brushed stainless steel exterior, was inaugurated in October 2003. Read less
Dvorak, Mozart, Bartok / Zubin Mehta, Los Angeles Philharmonic [blu-ray]
Release Date: 02/26/2013   Label: Euroarts  
Catalog: 2072244   Number of Discs: 1
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Verdi: Messa da Requiem / Dudamel, Los Angeles [Blu-ray]
Release Date: 11/19/2013   Label: C Major  
Catalog: 714804   Number of Discs: 1
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  • 1.
    Holst: The Planets / Mehta, Los Angeles Philharmonic [Vinyl]
    Label: Decca   Catalog: B002494401 Release Date: 05/27/2016   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Gustav Holst
    Conductor:  Zubin Mehta
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra
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  • 2.
    Mehta Conducts Bernstein, Gershwin & Copland [Vinyl]
    Label: Decca   Catalog: B002494501 Release Date: 05/27/2016   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Leonard Bernstein,  George Gershwin,  Aaron Copland
    Conductor:  Zubin Mehta
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra
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  • 3.
    Symphonies & Symphonic Poems / Mehta
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 002488802 Release Date: 05/13/2016   Number of Discs: 23
    Composer:  Ludwig van Beethoven,  Richard Strauss,  Hector Berlioz,  Anton Bruckner  ... 
    Performer:  Sidney Harth,  Maureen Forrester,  Daniel Benyamini,  Christa Ludwig  ... 
    Conductor:  Zubin Mehta
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra,  New York Philharmonic,  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra  ... 
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    Chopin: Piano Concertos Nos. 1 & 2 / Zimerman, Giulini, Los Angeles Philharmonic
    Label: Dg Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 002476202 Release Date: 04/29/2016   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Frédéric Chopin
    Performer:  Krystian Zimerman
    Conductor:  Carlo Maria Giulini
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra
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    Copland, Barber, Bernstein & Schuman: Orchestral Works / Bernstein, L.A. Philharmonic
    Label: Dg Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 002475402 Release Date: 04/29/2016   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Aaron Copland,  William Schuman,  Samuel Barber,  Leonard Bernstein
    Conductor:  Leonard Bernstein
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra
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  • 6.
    Holst, Schoenberg, Bartok & Loeffler: Orchestral Works / Stokowski
    Label: Urania Records   Catalog: 158 Release Date: 04/29/2016   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Gustav Holst,  Arnold Schoenberg,  Charles Martin Loeffler,  Béla Bartók
    Conductor:  Leopold Stokowski
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Roger Wagner Chorale Women,  Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra,  Leopold Stokowski Orchestra
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    Bartok: Complete Works
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 002459502 Release Date: 03/25/2016   Number of Discs: 32
    Composer:  Béla Bartók
    Performer:  Erich Binder,  Zoltán Kocsis,  Viktoria Mullova,  Gil Shaham  ... 
    Conductor:  Gyorgy Lehel,  Iván Fischer,  Antal Doráti,  Pierre Boulez  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Budapest Symphony Orchestra,  Budapest Festival Orchestra,  Detroit Symphony Orchestra  ... 
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  • 8.
    Verdi: The Complete Works
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 002459302 Release Date: 03/25/2016   Number of Discs: 75
    Composer:  Giuseppe Verdi
    Performer:  Violeta Urmana,  Stuart Neill,  Maria Guleghina,  Samuel Ramey  ... 
    Conductor:  Sir Neville Marriner,  Lamberto Gardelli,  James Levine,  Richard Bonynge  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Academy of St. Martin in the Fields,  London Voices,  Royal Philharmonic Orchestra  ... 
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  • 9.
    The Decca Sound [Repackaged Edition]
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 002434502 Release Date: 01/29/2016   Number of Discs: 50
    Composer:  Manuel de Falla,  Claude Debussy,  Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov,  Enrique Granados  ... 
    Performer:  Teresa Berganza,  Alfredo Campoli,  Vladimir Ashkenazy,  Cecilia Bartoli  ... 
    Conductor:  Ernest Ansermet,  Ataulfo Argenta,  Anatole Fistoulari,  Vladimir Ashkenazy  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Suisse Romande Orchestra,  London Symphony Orchestra,  Philharmonia Orchestra  ... 
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  • 10.
    111: The Collector's Editions [111 CDs]
    Label: Dg Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 002422702 Release Date: 12/11/2015   Number of Discs: 111
    Composer:  Johannes Brahms,  Ludwig van Beethoven,  Maurice Ravel,  Felix Mendelssohn  ... 
    Performer:  David Oistrakh,  Igor Oistrakh,  Sviatoslav Richter,  Martha Argerich  ... 
    Conductor:  Claudio Abbado,  Daniel Barenboim,  Lorin Maazel,  Franz Konwitschny  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra,  Amadeus Quartet,  Orchestre de Paris  ... 
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  • 11.
    Domingo: The 50 Greatest Tracks
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 002412702 Release Date: 11/13/2015   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Giuseppe Verdi,  Gioachino Rossini,  Giacomo Puccini,  Friedrich von Flotow  ... 
    Performer:  Placido Domingo,  Ileana Cotrubas,  Hans Sotin,  Robin Leggate  ... 
    Conductor:  George Szell,  Claudio Abbado,  Giuseppe Sinopoli,  Carlos Kleiber  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra,  Chamber Orchestra of Europe,  Philharmonia Orchestra  ... 
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  • 12.
    Haydn: Violin Concerto No. 1 In C Major; Sinfonia Concertante In B Flat Major  / Zukerman, Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra
    Label: Pentatone   Catalog: 5186224 Release Date: 09/11/2015   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Franz Joseph Haydn
    Performer:  Pinchas Zukerman,  Ronald Leonhard,  David Breidenthal,  Barbara Winters
    Conductor:  Pinchas Zukerman
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra
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  • 13.
    A John Williams Celebration / Perlman, Dudamel, LA
    Label: C Major   Catalog: 730308 Release Date: 06/30/2015   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  John Williams,  John T. Williams
    Performer:  Itzhak Perlman
    Conductor:  Gustavo Dudamel,  John Williams
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra
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    A John Williams Celebration / Perlman, Dudamel, LA [Blu-ray]
    Label: C Major   Catalog: 730404 Release Date: 06/30/2015   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  John Williams,  John T. Williams
    Performer:  Itzhak Perlman
    Conductor:  Gustavo Dudamel,  John Williams
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra
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  • 15.
    Michael Gordon: Dystopia
    Label: Cantaloupe   Catalog: 21105 Release Date: 02/24/2015   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Michael Gordon
    Conductor:  David Robertson,  Jonathan Nott
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra,  Bamberg Symphony Orchestra
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  • 16.
    Dvorak: Symphonies Nos. 8 & 9
    Label: Eloquence   Catalog: 002127102 Release Date: 10/14/2014   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Antonín Dvorák
    Conductor:  Zubin Mehta
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra
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  • 17.
    Nielsen: Symphony No 4; Scriabin: Poem Of Ecstasy / Mehta, Et Al
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 002069802 Release Date: 06/03/2014   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Carl Nielsen,  Alexander Scriabin
    Conductor:  Zubin Mehta
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra
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  • 18.
    Viktoria Mullova: 3 Classic Albums
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 002044702 Release Date: 05/06/2014   Number of Discs: 3
    Composer:  Jean Sibelius,  Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky,  Johannes Brahms,  Igor Stravinsky  ... 
    Performer:  Viktoria Mullova
    Conductor:  Seiji Ozawa,  Claudio Abbado,  Esa-Pekka Salonen
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Boston Symphony Orchestra,  Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra,  Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra
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  • 19.
    Leonard Bernstein Collection Vol 1 [59 CDs & 1 DVD]
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 2027800 Release Date: 04/22/2014   Number of Discs: 60
    Composer:  Ludwig van Beethoven,  Johannes Brahms,  Leonard Bernstein,  Benjamin Britten  ... 
    Performer:  René Kollo,  Dame Gwyneth Jones,  Kurt Moll,  Hanna Schwarz  ... 
    Conductor:  Leonard Bernstein,  Michael Tilson Thomas,  Kent Nagano
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra,  Vienna State Opera Concert Choir,  Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra  ... 
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  • 20.
    Beethoven: Symphony No 7, Leonore Overture No 3 / Mehta
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 002005302 Release Date: 04/08/2014   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Ludwig van Beethoven
    Conductor:  Zubin Mehta
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Israel Philharmonic Orchestra,  Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra
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  • 21.
    Adams: Gospel According to the Other Mary / Dudamel
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 002003402 Release Date: 03/11/2014   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  John Adams
    Performer:  Russell Thomas,  Tamara Mumford,  Kelley O'Connor,  Daniel Bubeck  ... 
    Conductor:  Gustavo Dudamel
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Los Angeles Master Chorale,  Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra
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  • 22.
    Decca Sound - The Analogue Years
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 001934702 Release Date: 11/19/2013   Number of Discs: 54
    Composer:  Camille Saint-Saëns,  Anton Bruckner,  Arnold Schoenberg,  Giuseppe Verdi  ... 
    Performer:  Pascal Rogé,  Dame Joan Sutherland,  Marilyn Horne,  Luciano Pavarotti  ... 
    Conductor:  Charles Dutoit,  Sir Georg Solti,  Bernard Haitink,  Horst Stein  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philharmonia Orchestra,  Royal Philharmonic Orchestra,  Chicago Symphony Orchestra  ... 
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  • 23.
    Verdi: Messa da Requiem / Dudamel
    Label: C Major   Catalog: 714708 Release Date: 11/19/2013   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Giuseppe Verdi
    Performer:  Julianna Digiacomo,  Michelle DeYoung,  Vittorio Grigolo,  Ildebrando D’arcangelo
    Conductor:  Gustavo Dudamel
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Los Angeles Master Chorale,  Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra
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  • 24.
    Verdi: Messa da Requiem / Dudamel, Los Angeles [Blu-ray]
    Label: C Major   Catalog: 714804 Release Date: 11/19/2013   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Giuseppe Verdi
    Performer:  Michelle DeYoung,  Julianna Digiacomo,  Vittorio Grigolo,  Ildebrando D’arcangelo
    Conductor:  Gustavo Dudamel
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Los Angeles Master Chorale,  Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra
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  • 25.
    Lutoslawski: The Symphonies /  Salonen, Los Angeles Philharmonic
    Label: Sony   Catalog: 544083 Release Date: 03/12/2013   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Witold Lutoslawski
    Conductor:  Esa-Pekka Salonen
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra
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