The Israel Philharmonic Orchestra

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The Helicon Classics label was established in 2006, 70 years after the founding of the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra, as a joint project between the Orchestra and Helicon Music, with the intention of perpetuating the Orchestra’s work in the past, present and future.

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This 5-CD set includes previously unreleased live recordings of Maestro Leonard Bernstein with the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra. Spanning the years 1957-1974, these performances embody the warmth and mutual respect which characterized the relationship between the Maestro and the IPO.


On the occasion of the 80th anniversary of the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra, Helicon Classics is proud to present a new, prestigious set of 12 CD’s + a Bonus CD of recordings from the orchestra’s archives. The repertoire in this set is very special: a veritable treasure trove of in-concert material, including rare recordings, never previously released.


Perhaps there is nothing better than this symphony to exemplify what Leonard Bernstein wrote about Gustav Mahler: “The first spontaneous image that springs to my mind at the mention of the word “Mahler” is of a colossus straddling the magic dateline “1900.” There he stands, his left foot (closer to the heart!) firmly planted in the rich, beloved nineteenth century, and his right, rather less firmly, seeking solid ground in the twentieth.”

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The Label

The majority of the recordings in the Helicon Classics catalogue were made under the baton of Maestro Zubin Mehta.

Many internationally established artists and conductors are featured in the label’s repertoire, including Herbert Blomstedt, Yefim Bronfman, Rudolf Buchbinder, Vladimir Jurowski, James Levine, Kurt Masur and Pinchas Zukerman.

The label’s “Heritage” series is dedicated to historic recordings from the 50’s, 60’s and 70’s, and archival treasures recorded under the baton of Antal Doráti, István Kertész, Rafael Kubelik, Zubin Mehta, Pierre Monteux, Paul Paray and Mstislav Rostropovich have already been released.

The label’s biggest selling title to-date is the outstanding and moving performance of Mahler’s Ninth Symphony under the direction of the late Leonard Bernstein, recorded in 1985.

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About The Israel Philharmonic Orchestra

The Israel Philharmonic Orchestra was founded in 1936 by Bronislaw Huberman, and its inaugural concert on 26th December 1936 was conducted by Arturo Toscanini.

The IPO annually tours the world’s cultural centers and appears at the most prestigious festivals. The IPO frequently premieres works by Israeli composers and contributes to the absorption of new immigrants by including many newly arrived musicians in its ranks.

The late Leonard Bernstein was named IPO Laureate Conductor in 1988; in 1992 Kurt Masur was appointed Honorary Guest Conductor; since the 2001-02 season Yoel Levi has been the orchestra’s Principal Guest Conductor; and since the 2011-12 season, Italian conductor Gianandrea Noseda has been Chief Guest Conductor of the IPO. Maestro Zubin Mehta was appointed the IPO’s Music Advisor in 1969, Music Director in 1977, and its Music Director for Life in 1981.

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