Russia, China and USA: Travels of the London Philharmonic Orchestra 1956-1973

Moscow 1956
Moscow, 1956: London Philharmonic Orchestra becomes the first orchestra from the West to cross the Iron Curtain to perform in Russia.

Celebrated violinist, Alfredo Campoli joined the London Philharmonic Orchestra for the tour of Russia

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The repertoire of the Russian tour included Holst's The Planets

Sir Adrian Boult was Principal Conductor of London Philharmonic Orchestra from 1950-1957

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Holst, The Planets Op.32 1 Mars, the Bringer of War (LPO-0047)

The repertoire performed during the Russian tour included a Shostakovich symphony

Shostakovich Symphony No.9, 1 Largo. London Philharmonic Orchestra CD LPO-0080. Conducted by Vladimir Jurowski
New York, USA 1970
The London Philharmonic Orchestra make their first visit to the USA

Robert Giardinelli was a noted musical instrument craftsman who operated a musical instrument repair shop in New York City

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Conductor, Bernard Haitink was Principal Conductor with London Philharmonic Orchestra 1966-1979.

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Stravinsky, The Firebird Suite (LPO-0098/2)
China, 1973
Long inaccessible to Western musicians, the London Philharmonic Orchestra met an enthusiastic welcome in China.

Repertoire performed during the tour of China included Brahms' Academic Festival Overture.

After being Principal Conductor 1962-66, John Pritchard returned to conduct this first tour of China with the London Philharmonic Orchestra.

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Brahms, Academic Festival Overture (LPO 0021)
Colin Busby
Many of these images were taken by Colin Busby, trombonist with the London Philharmonic Orchestra.
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London Philharmonic Orchestra 2017

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