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BBC SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA

The BBC Symphony Orchestra has played a central rôle at the heart of British musical life since it was founded in 1930. It provides the backbone of the BBC Proms, performing around a dozen concerts in the festival each year. Highlights of the 2015 Proms season included celebrations of Sibelius and Nielsen in their 150th anniversary years and the First and Last Nights, conducted by Sakari Oramo and Marin Alsop respectively. The BBC SO has a strong commitment to twentiethcentury and contemporary music, with recent performances including commissions and premieres from Unsuk Chin, Brett Dean, Wolfgang Rihm, Christopher Rouse, Albert Schnelzer and Ryan Wigglesworth. It performs an annual season of concerts at the Barbican, where it is Associate Orchestra. The Chief Conductor is Sakami Oramo and the orchestra also works regularly with Semyon Bychkov, who holds the Günter Wand Conducting Chair, and Conductors Laureate Sir Andrew Davis and Jiří Bělohlávek. Brett Dean is the orchestra’s Artist in Association. Central to the orchestra’s life are studio recordings for BBC Radio 3 at its Maida Vale home, some of which are free for the public to attend and the BBC SO also performs throughout the world. The vast majority of concerts are broadcast on BBC Radio 3, streamed online and available for thirty days after broadcast via BBC iPlayer. The BBC SO is committed to innovative education work and ongoing projects include the BBC’s Ten Pieces, BBC SO Plus Family scheme, which introduces families to classical music with pre-concert workshops and discounted tickets, and the BBC SO Family Orchestra and Chorus.

For more information, please visit the orchestra’s website.

BBC Symphony Orchestra
Photo: Sim Canetty-Clark


Albums featuring this artist are available for download from ClassicsOnline.com
Role: Orchestra 
Album Title
Catalogue No  Work Category 
A TO Z OF CONDUCTORS Naxos Educational
8.558087-90
Orchestral
ANDERSON, J.: Alhambra Fantasy / Khorovod / The Stations of the Sun / The Crazed Moon / Diptych (London Sinfonietta, BBC Symphony, Knussen) Ondine
ODE1012-2
Orchestral
BBC LEGENDS - Great Recordings from the Archive (20 CD Box Set) ICA Classics
ICAB5113
Orchestral, Choral - Sacred
BEETHOVEN / BLISS: Piano Concertos (Solomon) (1943-1944) Naxos Historical
8.110682
Concertos
BEETHOVEN: Symphonies 1 and 4 (Toscanini) Naxos Historical
8.110854
Orchestral
BEETHOVEN: Symphony No. 6 / BRAHMS: Tragic Overture (Toscanini) (1937-1938) Naxos Historical
8.110877
Orchestral
BEETHOVEN: Symphony No. 6 / Overtures (VPO, BBC SO, LSO, Walter) (1930-1938) Naxos Historical
8.111032
Orchestral
BOCCHERINI / HAYDN / ELGAR: Cello Concertos (Casals) (1938, 1945) Naxos Historical
8.110305
Concertos
BRAHMS, J.: Piano Concerto No. 1 / CHOPIN, F.: Ballade No. 3 / LISZT, F.: Mephisto Waltz No. 1 (Katchen, Kempe) (1958-1967) ICA Classics
ICAC5048
Concertos
BRAHMS, J.: Piano Concerto No. 2 / CHOPIN, F.: Scherzo No. 1 / Polonaise No. 6 / LISZT, F.: Funerailles (Ohlsson) (NTSC) ICA Classics
ICAD5013
Classical Concert
BRAHMS, J.: Symphony No. 1 / ELGAR, E.: Enigma Variations (BBC Symphony, Boult) (1971, 1976) ICA Classics
ICAC5019
Orchestral
BRAHMS, J.: Symphony No. 3 / ELGAR, E.: Symphony No. 1 (BBC Symphony, Boult) ICA Classics
ICAC5063
Orchestral
BRAHMS, J.: Symphony No. 4 / MENDELSSOHN, Felix: Symphony No. 4, "Italian" (BBC Symphony, Royal Philharmonic, Boult) (1972, 1975) ICA Classics
ICAC5093
Orchestral
BRAHMS: Piano Concerto No. 1 (Backhaus) (1932) Naxos Historical
8.110699
Concertos, Instrumental
BRAHMS: Piano Concerto No. 2 / SCHUMANN: Kinderszenen (Schnabel) (1935, 1947) Naxos Historical
8.110665
Concertos
CHAGRIN, F.: Symphonies Nos. 1 and 2 (BBC Symphony, Brabbins) Naxos
8.571371
Orchestral
CHOPIN, F.: Piano Concertos Nos. 1 and 2 (Cherkassky, Adey, Hickox) (1981, 1983) ICA Classics
ICAC5085
Concertos
CLASSIC BBC PROMS (5-DVD Box Set) (NTSC) ICA Classics
ICAB5134
Classical Concert, Ballet DVD, Classical Concert
DEAN, B.: Lost Art of Letter Writing (The) / Testament / Vexations and Devotions (F.P. Zimmermann, Nott, Brabbins, Robertson) BIS
BIS-2016
Choral - Secular
DISCOVER OPERA Naxos Educational
8.558196-97
Opera
ELGAR, E.: Enigma Variations (BBC Symphony, Bernstein) (NTSC) ICA Classics
ICAD5098
Classical Concert
ELGAR, E.: Enigma Variations (NTSC) Opus Arte
OA0917D
Classical Documentary
ELGAR, E.: Symphony No. 2 / WAGNER, R.: Tannhauser (excerpts) (BBC Chorus and Symphony, Boult) (1968-1977) ICA Classics
ICAC5106
Opera, Orchestral
ELGAR: Cockaigne Overture / Enigma Variations / Pomp and Circumstance Marches (Elgar) (1926-1933) Naxos Historical
8.111022
Orchestral
FURTWANGLER: Symphony No. 2 Marco Polo
8.223436
Orchestral
GLINKA, M.: Ruslan and Lyudmilla: Overture / TCHAIKOVSKY, P.I.: Nutcracker: Act II (Rozhdestvensky) (BBC Proms, 1981) (NTSC) ICA Classics
ICAD5027
Ballet DVD, Classical Concert
GOEHR, A.: Marching to Carcassonne / When Adam Fell / Pastorals (P. Serkin, BBC Symphony, London Sinfonietta, Knussen) Naxos
8.573052
Orchestral
GREAT CHORAL CLASSICS (5-CD Box Set) ICA Classics
ICAB5127
Choral - Secular, Orchestral
GREAT SYMPHONIES - BEETHOVEN, L. van / BRAHMS, J. / MENDELSSOHN, Felix (Argenta, Boult, Cantelli, Furtwängler) (5-CD Box Set) (1953-1981) ICA Classics
ICAB5132
Choral - Secular, Orchestral
HOLST, G.: Planets (The) / BRITTEN, B.: The Young Person's Guide to the Orchestra (BBC Symphony Orchestra, Rozhdestvensky) ICA Classics
ICAC5053
Orchestral
HOLST: Planets (The) (Holst) / VAUGHAN WILLIAMS: Symphony No. 4 (Vaughan Williams) (1926, 1937) Naxos Historical
8.111048
Orchestral
LISZT, F.: Piano Concertos Nos. 1 and 2 / Totentanz (Perl, BBC Symphony, Kreizberg) Oehms Classics
OC316
Orchestral, Concertos
MAHLER, G.: Klagende Lied (Das) / JANACEK, L.: The Fiddler's Child (BBC Symphony, Rozhdestvensky) ICA Classics
ICAC5080
Choral - Secular, Orchestral
MAHLER, G.: Symphony No. 4 / WAGNER, R.: Parsifal: Prelude / MENDELSSOHN, Felix: Ruy Blas Overture (BBC Symphony, London Symphony, Kempe) ICA Classics
ICAC5117
Orchestral
MARTINŮ, B.: Rhapsody-Concerto / Duos Nos. 1 and 2 / Viola Sonata (Rysanov, Sitkovetsky, Apekisheva, BBC Symphony, Bělohlávek) BIS
BIS-2030
Concertos
RACHMANINOV, S.: Bells (The) / PROKOFIEV, S.: Alexander Nevsky (Svetlanov) (1998, 2002) ICA Classics
ICAC5069
Choral - Secular
SIBELIUS, J.: Symphonies Nos. 4, 6 and 7 (Premiere Recordings) (Stokowski, Schneevoigt, Koussevitzky) (1932-1934) Naxos Historical
8.111399
Orchestral
SIBELIUS: Symphony No. 7 / Tapiola (Koussevitzky) (1933-1940) Naxos Historical
8.110168
Orchestral
SKALKOTTAS: 36 Greek Dances / The Return of Ulysses BIS
BIS-CD-1333-34
Orchestral
SKALKOTTAS: Piano Concerto No. 2 / Tema Con Variazioni / Little Suite for Strings / 4 Images BIS
BIS-SACD-1484
Concertos, Orchestral
SORENSEN, B.: Piano Concerto, "La Notte" / Sieben Sehnsuchte / The Masque of the Red Death (Alberman, Hind, BBC Symphony, Schonwandt) Dacapo
8.226045
Concertos
STRAUSS, R.: Heldenleben (Ein) / DVORAK, A.: Symphony No. 9 (Kempe) (NTSC) ICA Classics
ICAD5009
Classical Concert
TCHAIKOVSKY, P.I.: Symphony No. 1, "Winter Daydreams" / STRAVINSKY, I.: Firebird Suite (1945 verson) (BBC Symphony, Philharmonia Orchestra, Svetlanov) ICA Classics
ICAC5007
Orchestral
TCHAIKOVSKY, P.I.: Symphony No. 4 / PROKOFIEV, S.: The Love for Three Oranges Suite (Rozhdestvensky) (1979-1981) ICA Classics
ICAC5035
Choral - Secular, Orchestral
TCHAIKOVSKY, P.I.: Symphony No. 5 / JANÁČEK, L.: Taras Bulba (BBC Symphony, Rozhdestvensky) ICA Classics
ICAC5116
Orchestral
VIENNESE NIGHT AT THE PROMS (Furst, Loughran, Susskind) (NTSC) ICA Classics
ICAD5026
Classical Concert
WAGNER, R.: Der fliegende Hollander: Overture / STRAUSS, R.: Don Juan / BEETHOVEN, L. van: Symphony No. 5 (Solti) (NTSC) ICA Classics
ICAD5024
Classical Concert
WEILL, K.: Firebrand of Florence (The) [Opera] Capriccio
C60091
Opera
WEILL, K.: Royal Palace [Opera] Capriccio
C60106
Opera, Vocal





 
 
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