Philharmonia Orchestra

“the orchestra paced out its patiently descending circular tread (…) Rapture and sublime calmness were beautifully combined.” (The Telegraph)

Contacts

Jasper Parrott +44 (0)20 7229 9166
Rafi Gokay Wol +44 (0)20 3725 9172

Overview

HarrisonParrott is delighted to have a long and distinguished history of arranging tours and projects for the world famous Philharmonia Orchestra with its Honorary Conductor for Life, Christoph von Dohnányi, Conductor Laureate, Vladimir Ashkenazy and Lorin Maazel.

In September 2014 HarrisonParrott worked with the orchestra on their first tour of South America with Ashkenazy. This followed a hugely successful tour in 2012 to China (Hong Kong, Guangzhou, Beijing and Shanghai) and South Korea (Seoul) with the orchestra under Lorin Maazel in performances of Mahler’s Symphonies Nos.1 & 5.  The partnership was reunited for a performance at the Megaron, Athens in December 2012.

HarrisonParrott is delighted to have a long and distinguished history of arranging tours and projects for the world famous Philharmonia Orchestra with its Honorary Conductor for Life, Christoph von Dohnányi, Conductor Laureate, Vladimir Ashkenazy and Lorin Maazel.

In September 2014 HarrisonParrott worked with the orchestra on their first tour of South America with Ashkenazy. This followed a hugely successful tour in 2012 to China (Hong Kong, Guangzhou, Beijing and Shanghai) and South Korea (Seoul) with the orchestra under Lorin Maazel in performances of Mahler’s Symphonies Nos.1 & 5.  The partnership was reunited for a performance at the Megaron, Athens in December 2012. 

Tours with Maestro Dohnányi include numerous high-profile European projects, highlights of which include a Brahms symphony cycle at the Théâtre de Champs-Élysées, Paris in October 2009 to celebrate his 80th birthday; a two-concert project at Vienna’s Musikverein and at the Budapest Spring Festival in 2004, followed by a three-concert residency, again at the Musikverein, in 2007. Prior to this, HarrisonParrott arranged mini-residencies for this partnership at the Schleswig-Holstein Musik Festival, the Lucerne Festival and Zurich Festival. This European profile has been complemented by two major US tours; the first in 2003 which included New York’s Carnegie Hall, Philadelphia and Washington DC and the second in 2008, beginning in Miami before going on to key West Coast venues in cities including San Francisco and Los Angeles.

The Philharmonia and Vladimir Ashkenazy have enjoyed many high profile tours together including their much-admired three-concert Rachmaninoff Project which went to New York’s Lincoln Center in January 2002 and was revived for the Théâtre de Champs-Élysées, Paris in October 2010. In September 2009 they performed at the Bremen, Berlin and Enescu Festivals with pianist, Hélène Grimaud. The Philharmonia and Ashkenazy are especially popular in Asia; they kicked off the new millennium with an unprecedented one month tour of Taiwan, Malaysia, New Zealand, Australia and Japan, followed by major tours of Japan in July 2001, October 2002 (via Moscow) and December 2008. They returned to south-east Asia in April/May 2010 to give concerts in China (at the opening of Shanghai EXPO at Oriental Arts Centre on 1 May) and in South Korea, including a hugely memorable concert on the island of Sorok-do - the first ever of its kind - arranged for the island's residents, all of whom are sufferers of Hansen’s Disease, to raise national and international awareness of the disease.

In 2015, HarrisonParrot continued to work with the orchestra on tours to China and Europe, followed by 2016 tours in Spain and France.

Contacts

Jasper Parrott +44 (0)20 7229 9166
Rafi Gokay Wol +44 (0)20 3725 9172

Reviews

“The adagio was eloquent and tastefully shaped, the fizz of high violins and pizzicato violas in the final movement as sharp as sherbet.” (The Times, October 2017) 

“The trombonists blazed gloriously and the timpanists dealt out every blow as though it was their last. So the climaxes simply roared, but this wasn’t noise-making for its own sake. (…) There was a glow to the nostalgic second movement, thanks to the strings’ soft-grained playing.” (Financial Times, October 2017) 

“Sometimes it’s hard to realise how eerie this fairytale really is, but with the Philharmonia strings kept hushed to allow woodwind to cut through, Heras-Casado shaped a sinuously paced, pungently vivid and satisfyingly strange performance. The clangorous trumpets in the balcony acclaiming the triumph of Kaschei the Immortal — and, later, his utter downfall — were a highlight.” (The Sunday Times, March 2017) 

“The adagio was eloquent and tastefully shaped, the fizz of high violins and pizzicato violas in the final movement as sharp as sherbet.” (The Times, October 2017) 

“The trombonists blazed gloriously and the timpanists dealt out every blow as though it was their last. So the climaxes simply roared, but this wasn’t noise-making for its own sake. (…) There was a glow to the nostalgic second movement, thanks to the strings’ soft-grained playing.” (Financial Times, October 2017) 

“Sometimes it’s hard to realise how eerie this fairytale really is, but with the Philharmonia strings kept hushed to allow woodwind to cut through, Heras-Casado shaped a sinuously paced, pungently vivid and satisfyingly strange performance. The clangorous trumpets in the balcony acclaiming the triumph of Kaschei the Immortal — and, later, his utter downfall — were a highlight.” (The Sunday Times, March 2017) 

“Yet this time, Ashkenazy’s passion and the orchestra’s commitment made objections pointless. This was a top-notch, utterly gripping account, and I loved every hectic bar.” (The Times, November 2016)

“I cannot recall a finer recording of any music conducted by Dohnányi than this. His tempos are perfect for the music...which enable this great and original symphony [Bruckner 4] to unfold naturally, at its own unhurried pace, consistently relaxed yet powerful...such is Dohnányi’s impressive grasp of the vast structure of this work, a grasp to which the outstanding musicians of the Philharmonia instinctively responded.” (International Record Review, July 2012)

”…the Philharmonia gave a powerful and cathartic concert performance of Alban Berg’s expressionistic masterpiece.” (The Telegraph, October 2009)

“...there was a palpable sense of commitment from the Philharmonia players, which added enormously to the impact of the performance." (MusicOMH)