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Schubert: Ave Maria, D. 839 Renée Fleming, Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Andreas Delfs 04:19
(They Long To Be) Close To You Carpenters, Royal Philharmonic Orchestra 03:40
This Masquerade Carpenters, Royal Philharmonic Orchestra 04:50
Love Bites Def Leppard, Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Robert Ziegler, Ian Maclay 06:41
Hysteria Def Leppard, Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Robert Ziegler, Ian Maclay 05:55
Animal Def Leppard, Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Robert Ziegler, Ian Maclay 04:03
Oceano Roberto Cacciapaglia, Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Michele Fedrigotti 04:11
The Nutcracker: Overture Royal Philharmonic Orchestra 03:21
The Nutcracker: Scene III - Children's Galop & Arrival Of The Guests Royal Philharmonic Orchestra 02:28
The Nutcracker: Scene II - March Royal Philharmonic Orchestra 02:21

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Originally the brainchild of Sir Thomas Beecham as an amalgamation of some of the world's best classical musicians, the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra (RPO) has long been established as a high benchmark for great classical music players noted not just for the excellence of the playing but their willingness to expand the horizons of classical music to encompass other styles. The RPO emerged from the London Philharmonic Society, which Beecham had founded in 1932 but after falling out with some of the members, he gained the approval of King George V to launch the RPO and perform at all the Society's events. The new orchestra made their debut at Davis Hall in Croydon and under Beecham's tutelage they went on to cut many records and perform at prestigious events, like the Glyndebourne Festival Opera.

Beecham's death in 1961 plunged the orchestra into financial crisis, but it received a public subsidy to regain its reputation for setting new standards of orchestral playing under a series of outstanding conductors, including Rudolf Kempe, Andre Previn, Yehudi Menuhin, Sir Peter Maxwell Davies and, from 2009, Charles Dutoit. In 2004 it acquired a regular home at London's Cadogan Hall and also played regular concerts at the Royal Festival Hall and the Royal Albert Hall, performing music by a wide range of composers, notably including Beethoven, Holst, Schubert, Berlioz and Delius. In addition they expanded their material to encompass film music, recording scores for 'The Red Shoes', 'Bridge On the River Kwai', 'Richard III' and 'The Private Life of Sherlock Holmes', and even dabbled in rock music, appearing in mixed media concerts with The Nice. Offshoots from the RPO include the Royal Philharmonic Concert Orchestra and the Royal Philharmonic Pop Orchestra.