The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra Are Hooked On Classics


Oof, this one was a bit of a doozy to enter. Each side is a medley of different classical artists so there’s a ton to take in despite it being a single.

The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra (RPO), based in London, was formed by Sir Thomas Beecham in 1946. In its early days the orchestra secured profitable recording contracts and important engagements including the Glyndebourne Festival Opera and the concerts of the Royal Philharmonic Society. After Beecham’s death in 1961 the orchestra’s fortunes declined steeply; it battled for survival until the mid-1960s, when its future was secured after an Arts Council report recommended that it should receive public subsidy.

In 2004 the orchestra acquired its first permanent London base, at the new Cadogan Hall in Chelsea. The RPO also gives concerts at the Royal Festival Hall, the Royal Albert Hall and venues around the UK and other countries. From its earliest days the orchestra has been active in the recording studios, making film soundtracks and numerous gramophone recordings; many of the LP recordings conducted by Beecham and others have been reissued on compact disc.

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Hooked on Classics

Side One

Tchaikovsky – Piano Concerto No. 1

Rimsky-Korsakov – Flight of the Bumble Bees

Mozart – Symphony No. 40 in G Minor

Gershwin – Rhapsody in Blue

Sibelius – Karella Suite

Mozart – Aria from The Marriage of Figaro

Tchaikovsky – Romeo and Juliet

Clarke – Trumpet Voluntary

Handel – Hallelujah Chorus

Grieg – Piano Concerto in A Minor

Bizet – March of the Toreadors

Side Two

Sibelius – Karella Suite

Beethoven – Symphony No. 5

Bach – Toccata in D Minor

Mozart – Eine Kleine Nachtmusik

Beethoven – Symphony No. 9

Rossini – William Tell Overture

Mozart – Aria from The Marriage of Figaro

Bizet – March of the Toreadors

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