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Writer Recommendations: Haydn: An Imaginary Orchestral Journey

While we are unable to perform live at the Barbican and our favourite venues around the world, you can still enjoy the iconic sound of the LSO through our huge catalogue of recordings. We asked some of the writers we work with to tell us their favourite LSO recordings, and what it is that makes them listen time and time again. Stay tuned for regular recommendations from some of the names behind our programme notes, artist biographies and content. 


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The idea of North: a musician investigates social distance

Glenn Gould is perhaps best known for recording keyboard works by Bach, and in particular the Goldberg Variations – first in 1955 and again in 1981. In the recordings, the Canadian pianist can be heard humming along to melodies.


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40 years on: an interview with Jennifer Brown

Long-standing LSO cellist Jennifer Brown tells us about her career in music and how orchestral life has changed since the 1980s.

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Sir John Eliot Gardiner on Robert Schumann

In 2018, Sir John Eliot Gardiner launched his Schumann cycle, recorded for LSO Live, with concerts at the Barbican and on tour in Germany. In an excerpt from a conversation with David Nice, he introduced us to Robert Schumann's orchestral music, which we are bringing to your living rooms this Thursday (26 March 2020).


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Vilde Frang on Britten's Violin Concerto

'I only encountered the Britten Violin Concerto for the first time in 2003, when I heard Maxim Vengerov and the London Symphony Orchestra conducted by Mstislav Rostropovich on the radio. I was mesmerised. Britten’s music was rather a late discovery for me, but it immediately spoke to me in an irresistible language that I had never heard before. I remember the feeling of despair and drama that came across – a romantic violin concerto in 20th-century language.'

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