Philharmonia Chorus

Biography

EMI record producer Walter Legge founded the Philharmonia Orchestra after World War II to serve as his own recording orchestra. In, when planning a recording of Beethoven's Ninth Symphony under the direction of Otto Klemperer, Legge in 1957 founded the Philharmonia Chorus to sing in those sessions and in the public concert associated with it.

The 250-voice amateur chorus, chosen and rehearsed meticulously, immediately set a new high
Read more standard for large British choral groups, and continued in existence to provide choral singing for Legge projects.

In 1964 Legge "suspended" the Philharmonia. He intended this to be the end of both the orchestra and the chorus, but both organizations, separately, met to reconstitute themselves as self-governing organizations. Initially, Legge refused to let these new organizations carry on under the name they had made famous. Like the orchestra, the chorus went by the name The New Philharmonia. It reverted to use of the name The Philharmonia Chorus in 1977.

The members of the chorus elect a council, all of whose members must be active singers in the chorus. The council members are generally chosen for their professional expertise in such fields as law and administration, travel, public relations, and marketing. This keeps administrative costs low. The chorus holds itself available for concert organizations and promoters who wish to engage it.

Despite its close ties with the Philharmonia, the chorus and the orchestra are in fact separate bodies, allowing the chorus to perform with other organizations. It has sung with the London Philharmonic, the Royal Philharmonic, the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, the BBC Symphony Orchestra, the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment, and the Austro-Hungarian Haydn Orchestra. It has frequently taken tours, and has sung on numerous recordings. During this time, it has retained its position as one of the finest large amateur choirs in the world. Read less
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  • 1.
    Mozart: Le nozze di Figaro / Giulini, Philharmonia Orchestra & Chorus
    Label: Ica Classics   Catalog: ICAC5157 Release Date: 05/17/2019   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  Elisabeth Söderström,  Fernando Corena,  Elisabeth Schwarzkopf,  Ernest Blanc  ... 
    Conductor:  Carlo Maria Giulini
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philharmonia Orchestra,  Philharmonia Chorus
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    Carlo Maria Giulini: Complete Recordings on Deutsche Grammophon & Decca
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 4836224 Release Date: 04/05/2019   Number of Discs: 42
    Composer:  Ludwig van Beethoven,  Johannes Brahms,  Anton Bruckner,  Franz Liszt  ... 
    Performer:  Arturo Benedetti Michelangeli,  Andreas Schmidt,  Barbara Bonney,  Lazar Berman  ... 
    Conductor:  Carlo Maria Giulini
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Symphony Orchestra,  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra,  Vienna State Opera Chorus  ... 
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    Mahler: Complete Symphonies Nos. 1-9 / Maazel, Philharmonia Orchestra
    Label: Signum Classics   Catalog: 363 Release Date: 04/21/2017   Number of Discs: 15
    Composer:  Gustav Mahler
    Performer:  Sally Matthews,  Michelle DeYoung,  Sarah Connolly,  Sarah Fox  ... 
    Conductor:  Lorin Maazel
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philharmonia Orchestra,  BBC Symphony Chorus,  Tiffin School Boys Chorus  ... 
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    Mozart: Die Zauberflote / Klemperer, Gedda, Schwarzkopf, Philharmonia Orchestra
    Label: Warner Classics   Catalog: 557671 Release Date: 10/14/2016   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  Gottlob Frick,  Franz Crass,  Gerhard Unger,  Walter Berry  ... 
    Conductor:  Otto Klemperer
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philharmonia Orchestra,  Philharmonia Chorus
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    Mozart: Don Giovanni / Giulini, Schwarzkopf, Waechter, Philharmonia Orchestra
    Label: Warner Classics   Catalog: 557672 Release Date: 10/14/2016   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  Graziella Sciutti,  Elisabeth Schwarzkopf,  Eberhard Wächter,  Dame Joan Sutherland  ... 
    Conductor:  Carlo Maria Giulini
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philharmonia Orchestra,  Philharmonia Chorus
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  • 6.
    Verdi: Falstaff / Gobbi, Karajan, Philharmonia Orchestra
    Label: Warner Classics   Catalog: 557379 Release Date: 09/09/2016   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Giuseppe Verdi
    Performer:  Rolando Panerai,  Tito Gobbi,  Elisabeth Schwarzkopf,  Anna Moffo  ... 
    Conductor:  Herbert von Karajan
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philharmonia Orchestra,  Philharmonia Chorus
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  • 7.
    For Queen And Country: Music For A Royal Celebration
    Label: Sony   Catalog: 88985301152 Release Date: 06/03/2016   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Gustav Holst,  Charles H. Parry,  Sir Edward Elgar,  Roy Williamson  ... 
    Performer:  Jonathan Antonie,  Jonathan [Jonathan & Charlotte] Antoine,  Philip Rushforth,  Sol Gabetta  ... 
    Conductor:  Nick Grace,  N. J. Grace,  Richard Marlow,  Mario Venzago  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  The Band of Her Majesty's Royal Marines,  Grimethorpe Colliery Band,  The Band of the Life Guards  ... 
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    Mendelssohn: A Midsummer Night's Dream / Klemperer, Baker, Harper, Philharmonia Orchestra
    Label: Warner Classics   Catalog: 554931 Release Date: 04/15/2016   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Felix Mendelssohn
    Performer:  Dame Janet Baker,  Heather Harper
    Conductor:  Otto Klemperer
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philharmonia Orchestra,  Philharmonia Chorus
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    Scarlatti: La gloria di primavera / McGegan, Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra
    Label: Philharmonia Baroque (Label)   Catalog: 9 Release Date: 04/08/2016   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Alessandro Scarlatti
    Performer:  Suzana Ograjenšek,  Nicholas Phan,  Clint Van Der Linde,  Douglas Williams  ... 
    Conductor:  Nicholas McGegan
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra,  Philharmonia Chorus
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  • 10.
    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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    Beethoven: Fidelio / Ludwig, Vickers, Frick, Berry, Klemperer, Philharmonia Orchestra
    Label: Warner Classics   Catalog: 554002 Release Date: 01/29/2016   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Ludwig van Beethoven
    Performer:  Franz Crass,  Gottlob Frick,  Ingeborg Hallstein,  Jon Vickers  ... 
    Conductor:  Otto Klemperer
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philharmonia Chorus,  Philharmonia Orchestra
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  • 12.
    Mozart: Cosi fan Tutte / Bohm, Schwarzkopf, Ludwig, Kraus, Philharmonia Orchestra
    Label: Warner Classics   Catalog: 554003 Release Date: 01/29/2016   Number of Discs: 3
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  Hannelore Steffek,  Walter Berry,  Giuseppe Taddei,  Elisabeth Schwarzkopf  ... 
    Conductor:  Karl Böhm
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philharmonia Chorus,  Philharmonia Orchestra
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  • 13.
    Elisabeth Schwarzkopf: The Complete Recitals 1952-74
    Label: Warner Classics   Catalog: 553028 Release Date: 11/13/2015   Number of Discs: 31
    Composer:  Franz Schubert,  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart,  Richard Strauss,  Traditional  ... 
    Performer:  Edwin Fischer,  Elisabeth Schwarzkopf,  Anny Felbermayer,  Josef Metternich  ... 
    Conductor:  John Pritchard,  Otto Ackermann,  Lovro von Matacic,  Josef Krips  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philharmonia Orchestra,  Ambrosian Singers,  Philharmonia Chorus  ... 
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    Mozart: Requiem, Etc / Giulini, Philharmonia Chorus & Orchestra
    Label: Sony   Catalog: 88697721022 Release Date: 09/25/2015   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  Simon Estes,  Keith Lewis,  Jard Van Nes,  Lynne Dawson  ... 
    Conductor:  Carlo Maria Giulini,  Robert Sadin,  André Previn
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philharmonia Orchestra,  Philharmonia Chorus,  Orchestra of St. Luke's
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    Mahler: Symphonies Nos 7, 8 & 9 / Maazel, Philharmonia Orchestra
    Label: Signum Classics   Catalog: 362 Release Date: 07/10/2015   Number of Discs: 6
    Composer:  Gustav Mahler
    Performer:  Ailish Tynan,  Sally Matthews,  Sarah Tynan,  Sarah Connolly  ... 
    Conductor:  Lorin Maazel
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philharmonia Orchestra,  Philharmonia Chorus,  Eton College Boys' Choir  ... 
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  • 16.
    Pavarotti Plus: Live from the Royal Albert Hall
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 002055209 Release Date: 06/30/2015   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Giuseppe Verdi,  Giacomo Puccini,  Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky,  Ruggero Leoncavallo  ... 
    Performer:  Luciano Pavarotti,  Dolora Zajic,  Nuccia Focile,  Leo Nucci  ... 
    Conductor:  James Levine,  Leone Magiera
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philharmonia Orchestra,  Philharmonia Chorus,  Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
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  • 17.
    Donizetti: Lucia Di Lammermoor / Serafin, Callas, Tagliavini, Cappouccilli
    Label: Warner Classics   Catalog: 634081 Release Date: 11/11/2014   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Gaetano Donizetti
    Performer:  Maria Callas,  Ferruccio Tagliavini,  Margreta Elkins,  Piero Cappuccilli  ... 
    Conductor:  Tullio Serafin
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philharmonia Orchestra,  Philharmonia Chorus
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  • 18.
    Poulenc: Dialogues Des Carmelites / Rhorer, Koch, Petibon, Gens, Piau
    Label: Erato (Dvd)   Catalog: 4622069 Release Date: 11/11/2014   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Francis Poulenc
    Performer:  Sophie Koch,  Véronique Gens,  Patricia Petibon,  Sandrine Piau  ... 
    Conductor:  Jérémie Rhorer
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philharmonia Orchestra,  Philharmonia Chorus
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  • 19.
    Poulenc: Dialogues Des Carmelites / Rhorer, Koch, Petibon, Gens, Piau [blu-ray]
    Label: Erato   Catalog: 4621953 Release Date: 11/11/2014   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Francis Poulenc
    Performer:  Sandrine Piau,  Patricia Petibon,  Véronique Gens,  Sophie Koch  ... 
    Conductor:  Jérémie Rhorer
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philharmonia Orchestra,  Philharmonia Chorus
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  • 20.
    Rossini: Il Barbiere Di Siviglia / Galliera, Callas, Gobbi, Alva
    Label: Warner Classics   Catalog: 634089 Release Date: 10/21/2014   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Gioachino Rossini
    Performer:  Gabriella Carturan,  Luigi Alva,  Tito Gobbi,  Maria Callas
    Conductor:  Alceo Galliera
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philharmonia Orchestra,  Philharmonia Chorus
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  • 21.
    Mad Scenes From Anna Bolena, Hamlet, Il Pirata / Maria Callas
    Label: Warner Classics   Catalog: 634014 Release Date: 09/23/2014   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Gaetano Donizetti,  Ambroise Thomas,  Vincenzo Bellini
    Performer:  Maria Callas,  Monica Sinclair,  John Lanigan,  Joseph Rouleau  ... 
    Conductor:  Nicola Rescigno
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philharmonia Orchestra,  Philharmonia Chorus
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  • 22.
    Maria Callas Remastered - Complete Studio Recordings
    Label: Warner Classics   Catalog: 633991 Release Date: 09/23/2014   Number of Discs: 70
    Composer:  Vincenzo Bellini,  Richard Wagner,  Amilcare Ponchielli,  Giuseppe Verdi  ... 
    Performer:  Maria Callas,  Gianni Poggi,  Fedora Barbieri,  Paolo Silveri  ... 
    Conductor:  Arturo Basile,  Antonino Votto,  Gabriele Santini,  Tullio Serafin  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Italian Radio Symphony Orchestra Turin,  Italian Radio Chorus Turin,  Milan Teatro alla Scala Orchestra  ... 
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  • 23.
    Leonard Slatkin conducts Vaughan Williams
    Label: Rca   Catalog: 7902492 Release Date: 03/25/2014   Number of Discs: 6
    Composer:  Ralph Vaughan Williams
    Performer:  Hugh Bean,  David Jones,  David Mason,  Thomas Allen  ... 
    Conductor:  Leonard Slatkin
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philharmonia Orchestra,  Philharmonia Chorus
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  • 24.
    Strauss: The Great Operas
    Label: Warner Classics   Catalog: 3179923 Release Date: 01/14/2014   Number of Discs: 22
    Composer:  Richard Strauss
    Performer:  Gerd Nienstedt,  José van Dam,  Agnes Baltsa,  Horst Nitsche  ... 
    Conductor:  Herbert von Karajan,  Wolfgang Sawallisch,  Rudolf Kempe,  Marek Janowski  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra,  Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra,  Bavarian Radio Chorus  ... 
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  • 25.
    Verdi: Messa Da Requiem / Konya, Bumbry, Ligabue, Arie, Giulini
    Label: Euroarts   Catalog: 3079968 Release Date: 11/19/2013   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Giuseppe Verdi
    Performer:  Sándor Kónya,  Grace Bumbry,  Raffaele Arié,  Ilva Ligabue
    Conductor:  Carlo Maria Giulini
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philharmonia Orchestra,  Philharmonia Chorus
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