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SIGCD372 | March 2014 release. The extraordinary Duke Bluebeard's Castle, Bartók's only opera, is widely regarded as his masterpiece.More
SIGCD466 | September 2016 release. WINNER: 'Choc Classica de l'année' at the 2016 Classica Magazine awards.More
SIGCD169 | August 2009 release. Beethoven's Eroica Symphony transformed the classical symphony, bringing it firmly into the Romantic era. Despite its title there is no specific programme to the work; Deryck Cooke wrote 'we should...More
SIGCD193 | March 2010 release. Berlioz's Symphonie fantastique tells the story of a poet's opium-induced dream, in which he sees visions of the object of his unrequited love, who in the music is described by an idée fixe or recurring musical theme. From...More
SIGCD250 | March 2011 release. It took Brahms many years to compose his First Symphony; he shared much of his compositional journey with Clara Schumann, sending her a birthday card in 1868 with the notation of an Alpine horn tune that became the famous theme...More
SIGCD132 | August 2008 release. Brahms's Second Symphony has been nicknamed his 'Pastoral'; it is lyrical and mainly in major keys. The three notes heard at the opening of the work generate most of the melodic material throughout the symphony, and...More
SIGCD255 | February 2012 release. Recorded live at the Royal Festival Hall's Southbank Centre, the Philharmonia orchestra are led by Christoph von Dohnányi in these captivating live recordings of Brahms Four Symphonies. "These live performances are...More
SIGCD256 | May 2012 release. Continuing Signum's series of live orchestral releases with the Philharmonia Orchestra, on this disc Christoph von Dohnányi leads a performance of Bruckner's Symphony No 4, 'Romantic'.More
SIGCD431 | July 2015 release. Recorded at the Salzburg Festival in 2014 at the beginning of a series marking his 85th birthday season, Christoph von Dohnányi leads the Philharmonia Orchestra in a rousing live performance of Bruckner's monumental Ninth Symphony...More
November 2017 digital release. The Philharmonia Composers' Academy, presented in partnership with the Royal Philharmonic Society and part of the Orchestra's Music of Today series, annually offers the opportunity for three talented emerging composers to write an...More
SIGCD183 | January 2010 release. Dvořák's 7th Symphony sits within the Viennese symphonic tradition, keeping to the traditional structure and forms. However it still contains the composer's trademark Bohemian musical twists, with the scherzo...More
SIGCD168 | May 2009 release. Each of the variations in Elgar's Enigma Variations describes one of the composer's acquaintances; the very famous movement 'Nimrod' for example depicts August Johann Jaeger, one of Elgar's closest friends. The theme on which...More
SIGCD179 | March 2010 release. In 1907 Elgar's wife Alice wrote in her diary that her husband was playing a 'great beautiful tune'. This became the opening theme of his First Symphony; the march is marked 'nobilmente e semplice' (nobly and simply). This...More
SIGCD360 | November 2013 release. Lorin Maazel leads the Philharmonia Orchestra and a star-studded ensemble of performers in Mahler's first three Symphonies.More
SIGCD361 | May 2014 release. Lorin Maazel leads the Philharmonia Orchestra in Mahler's fourth, fifth and sixth Symphonies - a series of live orchestral recordings from London's Royal Festival Hall of Maazel and the Philharmonia's much-lauded Mahler Cycle.
SIGCD362 | August 2015 release. Lorin Maazel and the Philharmonia Orchestra perform Mahler’s Seventh, Eighth and Ninth Symphonies.More
SIGCD219 | November 2010 release. Mahler's Fourth Symphony is Mahler's sunniest symphony, with a detuned violin depicting a folk fiddle and a setting in the final movement of the Wunderhorn song 'Das himmlische Leben' (The Heavenly Life) depicting a child's...More
SIGCD275 | October 2011 release. Sometimes known as 'The Tragic' - a title suggested but then withdrawn by the composer - Mahler's Sixth Symphony embodies much of the inner turmoil and superstition of its composer.More
SIGCD188 | May 2010 release. Mahler's late musical works are often associated with the idea of 'farewell'; after the première of his Ninth Symphony this was cemented, with one critic writing 'if you want to learn to weep you should listen to the first...More
SIGCD477 | March 2017 release. Under Paavo Järvi, the Philharmonia performs three characteristically fiery works by the Danish composer Carl Nielsen: the Flute and Clarinet Concertos, and the Aladdin Suite.More
SIGCD484 | September 2017 release. Vladimir Ashkenazy and the Philharmonia Orchestra have a very special relationship, one going back decades. Today, as the Philharmonia’s Conductor Laureate, Ashkenazy is a unique presence on the podium with the Orchestra each...More
Featuring in Apple's brand new iPad Air campaign, Salonen's 2009 Violin Concerto is available for you to download for free for a limited time only.More
SIGCD173 | September 2009 release. The 'tales of Gurre' tells the story of two lovers, King Waldemar and Tove. Waldemar's wife, Queen Helwig, finds out about their love and has Tove killed; Waldemar rails against God and as punishment is forced to spend every night...More
SIGCD133 | August 2008 release. Schubert's 9th Symphony is known as 'The Great', partly to distinguish it from his other symphony in the same key, and partly because in it he set out to compose a 'grand' symphony on the scale of Beethoven's recent works.
SIGCD461 | July 2016 release. “The music is allowed to unfold seemingly without effort, but always with dramatic focus” Classic FMMore
SIGCD135 | September 2008 release. Shostakovich composed his Fifth Symphony in a style chosen to fit into the artistic ideals of the Soviet regime of the 1930s.More
SIGCD148 | February 2009 release. Two of Strauss's great orchestral tone poems are on this CD, conducted by the Philharmonia's Honorary Conductor for Life, Christoph von Dohnányi.More
SIGCD253 | May 2011 release. Tchaikovsky's Sixth Symphony, the 'Pathétique', was the last work the composer completed, and its tragic tone has often been interpreted as a personal premonition of his fate.More
The Orchestra is an extraordinary app from Touch Press that will delight anyone with even a passing interest in classical music. Esa-Pekka Salonen conducts the world-renowned Philharmonia performing extended extracts from eight works representing three centuries of symphonic music.
Esa-Pekka Salonen leads the Philharmonia Orchestra in a unique performance of Holst's The Planets Suite, captured in High Definition by 37 cameras for touring installation Universe of Sound.More