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"After silence that which comes nearest to expressing the inexpressible is music." - Aldous Huxley

The Philharmonia was founded in 1945 by EMI producer Walter Legge, and has worked with a who’s who of 20th- and 21st-century music. Finnish conductor Santtu-Matias Rouvali took up the baton as Principal Conductor in September 2021. The sixth person to hold the title, he is known for his expressive, balletic conducting style and irrepressible energy.
Herbert von Karajan, Otto Klemperer, Wilhelm Furtwängler, Arturo Toscanini, Riccardo Muti and Esa-Pekka Salonen are just a few of the great artists to be associated with the Philharmonia, and the Orchestra has premiered works by Richard Strauss, Sir Peter Maxwell Davies, Errollyn Wallen, Kaija Saariaho and many others.
Southbank Centre’s Royal Festival Hall, in the heart of London, has been the Philharmonia’s home since 1995.
The Orchestra also has residencies at venues and festivals across England, each embracing a Learning & Engagement programme that empowers people to engage with, and participate in, orchestral music.
The Philharmonia’s international reputation is built in part on its extraordinary 76-year recording legacy, which in the last ten years has been built on by pioneering work with digital technology. The Orchestra’s installations and VR experiences have introduced hundreds of thousands of people to the symphony orchestra. The Philharmonia has won four Royal Philharmonic Society awards for its digital projects and audience engagement work.
The Philharmonia is the go-to orchestra for many film and videogame composers in the UK and Hollywood, and its music-making has been experienced by millions of cinema-goers and gamers. It has recorded around 150 soundtracks, with film credits stretching back to 1947.

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Santtu Conducts Stravinsky Petrushka (complete ballet, 1947 version), The Firebird Suite
Philharmonia Orchestra
Mahler Symphony No. 2 in C Minor
Philharmonia Orchestra
Santtu Conducts Strauss - Don Juan, Eine Alpensinfonie, Also Sprach Zarathustra & Till Eulenspiegels lustige Streiche
Philharmonia Orchestra
Ballad of the Gnomes
Philharmonia Orchestra | Geoffrey Simon
Violin Concerto, Romances
Charlie Siem
Tedd Joselson's Companionship of Concertos: Grieg: Piano Concerto – Rachmaninov: Piano Concerto No. 2
Tedd Joselson
Symphony No. 5
Philharmonia Orchestra
Pictures at an Exhibition (Piano Concerto Version) and Pictures from the Crimea
Geoffrey Simon
Borodin Requiem, Polovtsian Dances and Suite from Prince Igor
Geoffrey Simon
Debussy - Engulfed Cathedral
Geoffrey Simon
Evening in Granada
Geoffrey Simon
Phibbs and Mozart: Clarinet Concertos
Mark van de Wiel
Symphonic Dances, Symphony No. 3
Philharmonia Orchestra
Piano Concerto No. 4, Double Concerto
Min-Jung Kym
Symphony No. 2, Live in Concert
Philharmonia Orchestra
Symphony No. 1, Live in Concert
Philharmonia Orchestra
Complete Symphonies Nos. 1-9
Philharmonia Orchestra
Flute Concerto, Clarinet Concerto, Aladdin Suite
Philharmonia Orchestra
Symphony No. 9, Live at the Salzburg Festival
Philharmonia Orchestra
Schubert Symphony No. 9
Philharmonia Orchestra
Symphonies Nos.4-6
Philharmonia Orchestra / Sarah Fox / Lorin Maazel
Duke Bluebeard's castle
Esa-Pekka Salonen / Philharmonia Orchestra
Universe of Sound - The Planets (Blu-ray)
Philharmonia Orchestra
Holst: The Planets
The Philharmonia Orchestra / Salonen, Esa-Pekka
Cello Cto Op.129 / Cello Cto Op.104, Silent Woods
Jamie Walton / Philharmonia Orchestra / Ashkenazy
Symphony No.4 'Romantic'
Philharmonia Orchestra
Symphony No.6
Philharmonia Orchestra
Brahms: Sy No.1 & Sy No.3
Philharmonia Orch. / Von Dohnanyi
Symphony No.4
Sarah Fox
Symphonie Fantastique
Philharmonia Orchestra
Elgar: Symphony No.1 & 2
Philharmonia Orchestra / Sir Andrew
Various Artists
Symphony No. 3 'Eroica', Symphony No. 5
Philharmonia Orchestra
Elgar: Enigma Variations, In the South, Serenade
The Philharmonia Orchestra / SIr An
Till Eulenspiegels Lustige Streiche
Philharmonia Orchestra
Cello Concerto No. 2
Jamie Walton
Festive Overture, Symphony No.5
The Philharmonia Orchestra
Symphony No.2 & No.4
Philharmonia Orchestra
Cello Concertos
Jamie Walton