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London can take pride in its two main orchestras. The LSO and the Philharmonia have been in vintage form, with Riccardo Muti and Bernard Haitink

By Stephen Everson   March 2005

Riccardo Muti’s godfatherly charmsMusically, these are good times for what are currently the capital’s two main orchestras—the Philharmonia and the LSO—and it is suitable that each should be in celebratory mood. The LSO is in the middle of its 18-month long centenary celebrations, and now the Philharmonia has started the festivities for its own 60th anniversary—which falls in October—with a gala concert at the Royal Festival Hall at the end of January. Where the LSO made its first gala a diverse affair, bringing in a squad of its associates from Rostropovich and Brendel right down to Michael Tilson Thomas and…

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