BBC Philharmonic Orchestra

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Biography

Active: 1922 - ; Manchester, England
The BBC Philharmonic, based in Manchester, is one of the most important orchestras in the United Kingdom, distinguishing itself through sheer visibility and through a solid commitment to contemporary British music that has included the establishment of a composer/conductor position.

The orchestra's history is rather checkered, for it has had to endure numerous crises. In 1922, prior to the official establishment of the British
Read more Broadcasting Corporation, Manchester had a radio station known as 2YZ, housed on the premises of the Metropolitan Vickers Electrical Company. Early on, a small orchestra was established for broadcasts, concentrating mainly on light music, but expanding on occasion for performances of symphonic repertoire and opera. The station gained a reputation for broadcasting British music, including first radio performances of music by Edward Elgar, Gustav Holst, and William Walton. When the BBC was established, in 1927, the 2YZ orchestra was renamed the Northern Wireless Orchestra; later it became the BBC Northern Orchestra. Its existence was always precarious, but the group's size and repertoire increased. During World War II, the orchestra gave concerts in various communities around the region, bringing it a wider public. The Northern Orchestra continued to gain a strong reputation for performing and broadcasting British music, particularly works by living composers who were often invited to conduct the orchestra themselves.

In 1961, the BBC Northern Orchestra made its first appearance at the Henry Wood Promenade Concerts under the direction of George Hurst. The regional identity of the ensemble began from that point to evolve into a national and international one. After a difficult strike in 1980, the BBC made the commitment to support a full orchestra in Manchester, and, in 1982, the ensemble was given its current name. Its principal conductor at that time was Sir Edward Downs, who was succeeded in 1991 by Yan Pascal Tortelier. In 2002 Gianandrea Noseda was named principal conductor.

The ensemble's reputation for adventurous programming has expanded to international scope as well, as composers from various countries have come to Manchester to conduct the orchestra. In 1991, the post of composer/conductor was created, with Sir Peter Maxwell Davies being the first appointment. Davies composed a number of works for the orchestra, including several symphonies culminating with Symphony No. 7, premiered in 2000. Along the way, he has also recorded a number of his orchestral works for CD release. Scottish composer James MacMillan was named his successor in 2001.

The people of Manchester and the north of England are rightly proud of their radio orchestra. With so much British culture and finance administered in London, there is an independent spirit driving the culture of the north. The BBC Philharmonic has not only survived, but has thrived. It has developed a character distinct from that of the larger BBC Symphony Orchestra, based in London, more populist, perhaps, but also more adventurous and, with the orchestra's large recording catalogue, generous outreach programs, and international tours, more entrepreneurial. Read less
Rozsa: Film Music / Gamba, BBC PO
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Catalog: 10806   Number of Discs: 1
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Gregson: Dream Song, Horn Concerto, Concerto for Orchestra / Tovey
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Catalog: 10822   Number of Discs: 1
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Sibelius: Complete Symphonies / John Storgards, BBC Philharmonic
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Catalog: 10809   Number of Discs: 3
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The Gliere Orchestral Collection / Downes, Sinaisky, BBC Philharmonic
Release Date: 07/26/2011   Label: Chandos  
Catalog: 10679   Number of Discs: 5
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Bartok: Violin Concertos Nos. 1 & 2, Viola Concerto / Ehnes, Noseda, Bbc Philharmonic
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Catalog: 10690   Number of Discs: 1
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  • 201.
    Britten: The World Of The Spirit, Etc / Richard Hickox
    Label: Chandos   Catalog: 9487 Release Date: 01/21/1997   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Benjamin Britten
    Performer:  Cormac Rigby,  Stephen Varcoe,  Martyn Hill,  Susan Chilcott  ... 
    Conductor:  Richard Hickox
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  BBC Philharmonic Orchestra,  Britten Singers
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  • 202.
    Korngold: Cello Concerto, Etc / Dixon, Shelley, Bamert
    Label: Chandos   Catalog: 9508 Release Date: 01/21/1997   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Erich Wolfgang Korngold
    Performer:  Howard Shelley,  Peter Dixon
    Conductor:  Matthias Bamert
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  BBC Philharmonic Orchestra
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  • 203.
    Enescu: Symphony No 1, Etc / Rozhdestvensky, Bbc Phil
    Label: Chandos   Catalog: 9507 Release Date: 11/19/1996   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  George Enescu
    Conductor:  Gennadi Rozhdestvensky
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  BBC Philharmonic Orchestra
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  • 204.
    Szymanowski: Violin Concertos 1 & 2, Etc / Mordkovitch
    Label: Chandos   Catalog: 9496 Release Date: 11/19/1996   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Karol Szymanowski
    Performer:  Lydia Mordkovitch
    Conductor:  Vassili Sinaisky
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  BBC Philharmonic Orchestra
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  • 205.
    Grainger Edition Vol 1 - Orchestral Works / Hickox, Bbc Phil
    Label: Chandos   Catalog: 9493 Release Date: 11/15/1996   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Percy Aldridge Grainger
    Conductor:  Richard Hickox
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  BBC Philharmonic Orchestra
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  • 206.
    Dutilleux: L'arbre De Songes, Etc / Tortelier, Charlier
    Label: Chandos   Catalog: 9504 Release Date: 09/24/1996   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Jehan-Ariste Alain,  Henri Dutilleux
    Performer:  Martyn Hill,  Neal Davies,  Olivier Charlier
    Conductor:  Yan Pascal Tortelier
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  BBC Philharmonic Orchestra
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  • 207.
    The Best Of Elgar
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 8551192 Release Date: 09/10/1996   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Sir Edward Elgar
    Performer:  Dong-Suk Kang,  Maria Kliegel
    Conductor:  Adrian Leaper,  George Hurst,  Michael Halász
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Polish Radio Symphony Orchestra,  Czecho-Slovak Radio Symphony Orchestra Bratislava,  Capella Istropolitana  ... 
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  • 208.
    Roussel: Bacchus Et Ariane, Etc / Tortelier, Bbc Phil
    Label: Chandos   Catalog: 9494 Release Date: 07/23/1996   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Albert Roussel
    Conductor:  Yan Pascal Tortelier
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  BBC Philharmonic Orchestra
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  • 209.
    Dohnányi: Symphony No 2, Etc / Bamert, Bbc Philharmonic
    Label: Chandos   Catalog: 9455 Release Date: 06/18/1996   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Ernö von Dohnányi
    Conductor:  Matthias Bamert
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  BBC Philharmonic Orchestra
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  • 210.
    Stokowski's Mussorgsky / Matthias Bamert, Bbc Philharmonic
    Label: Chandos   Catalog: 9445 Release Date: 06/18/1996   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Modest Mussorgsky
    Conductor:  Matthias Bamert
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  BBC Philharmonic Orchestra
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  • 211.
    Respighi: La Sensitiva, Etc / Finnie, Attrot, Hickox, Bbc Po
    Label: Chandos   Catalog: 9453 Release Date: 05/21/1996   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Ottorino Respighi
    Performer:  Linda Finnie,  Ingrid Attrot
    Conductor:  Richard Hickox
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  BBC Philharmonic Orchestra
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  • 212.
    Smyth: Serenade, Concerto / Martinez, Bbc Philharmonic
    Label: Chandos   Catalog: 9449 Release Date: 04/23/1996   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Smyth, Ethel, Dame
    Performer:  Richard Watkins,  Sophie Langdon
    Conductor:  Odaline de la Martinez
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  BBC Philharmonic Orchestra
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  • 213.
    Lutoslawski: Concerto For Orchestra, Etc / Tortelier, Bbc Po
    Label: Chandos   Catalog: 9421 Release Date: 03/19/1996   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Witold Lutoslawski
    Conductor:  Yan Pascal Tortelier
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  BBC Philharmonic Orchestra
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  • 214.
    Yoshimatsu: Symphony No 2, Etc / Ogden, Fujioka, Bbc Phil
    Label: Chandos   Catalog: 9438 Release Date: 03/19/1996   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Takashi Yoshimatsu
    Performer:  Craig Ogden
    Conductor:  Sachio Fujioka
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  BBC Philharmonic Orchestra
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  • 215.
    Fauré: Orchestral Works / Tortelier, BBC Philharmonic
    Label: Chandos   Catalog: 9416 Release Date: 11/14/1995   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Gabriel Fauré
    Performer:  Peter Dixon,  Richard Davis,  Kathryn Stott
    Conductor:  Yan Pascal Tortelier
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  BBC Philharmonic Orchestra
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  • 216.
    Gliere: Bronze Horseman, Horn Concerto / Downes, Watkins
    Label: Chandos   Catalog: 9379 Release Date: 07/18/1995   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Reinhold Gliere
    Performer:  Richard Watkins
    Conductor:  Edward Downes
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  BBC Philharmonic Orchestra
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  • 217.
    Elgar: Symphony No 2 / Edward Downes, Bbc Philharmonic
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 8550635 Release Date: 06/01/1995   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Sir Edward Elgar
    Conductor:  Edward Downes
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  BBC Philharmonic Orchestra
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  • 218.
    Poulenc: Gloria, Stabat Mater / Tortelier, Watson, Et Al
    Label: Chandos   Catalog: 9341 Release Date: 05/23/1995   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Francis Poulenc
    Performer:  Janice Watson
    Conductor:  Yan Pascal Tortelier
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  BBC Philharmonic Orchestra,  BBC Singers
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  • 219.
    Stokowski Encores / Matthias Bamert, Bbc Philharmonic
    Label: Chandos   Catalog: 9349 Release Date: 04/18/1995   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Mikhail Ippolitov-Ivanov,  Johann Mattheson,  John Philip Sousa,  Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky  ... 
    Performer:  Patrick Addinall
    Conductor:  Matthias Bamert
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  BBC Philharmonic Orchestra
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  • 220.
    Cinema Classics 10
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 556630 Release Date: 03/21/1995   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Franz Schubert,  Modest Mussorgsky,  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart,  Sergei Prokofiev  ... 
    Performer:  Monika Leonhard,  Rainer Kussmaul,  Claus Kanngiesser,  John Dickie  ... 
    Conductor:  Daniel Nazareth,  Johannes Wildner,  Andrew Mogrelia,  Christian Brembeck  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Stuttgart Piano Trio,  Slovak State Philharmonic Orchestra,  Capella Istropolitana  ... 
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  • 221.
    Korngold: Sursum Corda, Sinfonietta / Bamert, Bbc Phil
    Label: Chandos   Catalog: 9317 Release Date: 02/21/1995   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Erich Wolfgang Korngold
    Conductor:  Matthias Bamert
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  BBC Philharmonic Orchestra
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  • 222.
    Khachaturian: Symphony No 3, Etc / Glushchenko, Bbc Phil
    Label: Chandos   Catalog: 9321 Release Date: 01/24/1995   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Mikhail Ippolitov-Ivanov,  Aram Khachaturian
    Conductor:  Fedor Glushchenko
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  BBC Philharmonic Orchestra
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  • 223.
    Respighi: Belfagor Overture, Toccata, Etc / Downes, Tozer
    Label: Chandos   Catalog: 9311 Release Date: 10/25/1994   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Ottorino Respighi
    Performer:  Geoffrey Tozer
    Conductor:  Edward Downes
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  BBC Philharmonic Orchestra
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  • 224.
    Korngold: Symphony In F#, Etc / Downes, Bbc Philharmonic
    Label: Chandos   Catalog: 9171 Release Date: 07/26/1994   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Erich Wolfgang Korngold
    Performer:  Linda Finnie
    Conductor:  Edward Downes
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  BBC Philharmonic Orchestra
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  • 225.
    Poulenc: Organ Concerto; Widor, Guilmant / Tracey, Tortelier
    Label: Chandos   Catalog: 9271 Release Date: 07/26/1994   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Charles-Marie Widor,  Felix Alexandre Guilmant,  Francis Poulenc
    Performer:  Ian Tracey
    Conductor:  Yan Pascal Tortelier
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  BBC Philharmonic Orchestra
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