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Elgar: Violin Concerto
Bruch: Violin Concerto

Rachel Barton Pine, violin
BBC Symphony Orchestra
Harris: Violin Concerto
Adams: Violin Concerto

Tamsin Waley-Cohen, violin
BBC Symphony Orchestra
Prokofiev: Symphony No. 4
Symphony No. 7

Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra
Copland: An Outdoor Overture
Billy the Kid (complete ballet)
El Salón México

Colorado Symphony Orchestra
Brahms: Trio in E-Flat Major
Andrew Litton, piano
Albany Records
Rachmaninov: Symphony No. 2
Liadov: The Enchanted Lake

Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra
Vaughan Williams: Dona nobis pacem
Hough: Missa Mirabilis

Colorado Symphony
Hyperion CDA 68096
Prokofiev: Symphony No. 5
Scythian Suite

Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra
Scriabin: Piano Concerto
Medtner: Piano Concerto

Yevgeny Sudbin, piano
Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra
James Rutherford Sings Wagner
James Rutherford, baritone
Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra
A Tribute to Oscar Peterson
Andrew Litton, piano
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Prokofiev: Symphony No. 6 in E flat minor, Lieutenant Kijé, The Love for Three Oranges
Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra
Andrei Bondarenko, baritone
Barber: Cello Concerto | Sonata,
Adagio for Strings

Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra
Christian Poltéra, cello
Kathryn Stott, piano
R. Strauss: Der Rosenkavalier
Opera Australia
Edmond Choo, Warwick Fyfe, Manfred Hemm, Henry Choo, Jacqueline Dark, Andrew Brunsdon, Catherine Carby, Graeme Macfarlane, Cheryl Barker
Rachmaninov: The Isle of the Dead, The Rock, Symphonic Dances
Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra
Mendelssohn: The Complete Symphonies, Concertos, & String Symphonies
Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra
Symphony No. 4 – BBC Music Magazine recommended recording, February 2015
BIS-SACD-1940 Gershwin: Piano Concerto in F (1925 version), Rhapsody in Blue, original jazz band version, Second Rhapsody (1931 orchestration), Variations on I Got Rhythm
Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra
Freddy Kempf (piano)
Stravinsky: The Firebird and Greeting Prelude
Tchaikovsky: Pas-De-Deux from L’Oiseau bleu
Sibelius: Canzonetta
Chopin: Nocturne in A Flat Major and Grande Valse Brillant

Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra
R. Strauss: Die Liebe der Danae
Deutsche Oper Berlin
Mark Delavan, Thomas Blondelle, Burkhard Ulrich, Manuela Uhl, Hulkar Sabirova, Matthias Klink
Liszt: Piano Concertos No. 1 & 2
Grieg: Piano Concerto in A minor

Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra
Stephen Hough (piano)
Hyperion CDA-67824
Bruch: Violin Concerto No. 1
Romanze in F major, String Quintet in A minor

Winner, Diapason d’Or de l’Année 2011
Vadim Gluzman (violin)
Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra
BIS-SACD-1474 Stravinsky: Rite of Spring

Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra
Rózsa: Viola Concerto
Serly: Rhapsody for Viola and Orchestra
Bartók: Viola Concerto

Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra
Lawrence Power (viola)
BIS-SACD-1604 Mendelssohn: Symphony No. 3, Scottish
Symphony No. 5, Reformation

Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra
BIS-SACD-1584 Mendelssohn: Symphony No. 1
Symphony No. 4, Italian
Ruy Blas Overture

Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra
Prokofiev: Piano Concerto No.2,
Piano Concerto No. 3, & Sonata No. 2

Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra
May 2010 Gramophone Editor’s Choice & 2010 Gramophone Award Nominee
Freddy Kempf (piano)
“Classic Romance’
Dvořák: Humoresque
Massenet: Meditation from Thais
Tchaikovsky: None But The Lonely Heart
Schubert: Serenade
De Sarasate: Zigeunerweisen
Elgar: Salut D‘amour
Rachmaninoff: Vocalise
Mendelssohn: Violin Concerto

Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin
David Garrett (violin)
WM Germany
Hyperion CDA67705 Prokofiev: Cello Concerto
Prokofiev: Symphony-Concerto
Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra
Alban Gerhardt, cello
Hyperion CDA-67705
Hyperion CDA67564 Mendelssohn: Symphony No. 2, Lobgesang
Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra
Judith Howard, Jennifer Larmore, Christoph Pregardien, Bergen Philharmonic Choir, KorVest, Danish National Vocal Ensemble
Hyperion CDA67564 Rachmaninov: Piano Concerto No. 2
Glinka: Russlan and Ludmilla

Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra
André Watts (piano)
Hyperion CDA67564 Ambroise Thomas: La Cour de Célimène
Philharmonia Orchestra
Laura Claycomb (soprano), Alastair Miles (bass), Joan Rodgers (soprano), Sébastien Droy (tenor)
Opera Rara 037
World Premiere Recording
Hyperion CDA67564 Glazunov: Violin Concerto in A minor
Tchaikovsky: Souvenir d’un lieu cher Tchaikovsky: Violin Concerto in D major

Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra
Vadim Gluzman (violin), BIS-SACD-1432
Vaughan Williams: The Wasps Overture
Tavener: Lalishri Violin Concerto (world première), Dhyana, Song For Athene
Vaughan Williams: The Lark Ascending

London Philharmonic Orchestra, Nicola Benedetti (violin), Deutsche Grammophon
Franck: Symphony in D Minor
Symphonic Suite from Rédemption
Symphonic Variations for Piano and Orchestra

Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra, Andrew Litton (conductor & piano)
Virgin Classics
Hyperion CDA67564 Tsontakis: Man of Sorrows
Dallas Symphony Orchestra
Stephen Hough (piano)
Hyperion CDA67564
DSO commission, world premiere performance & recording
bis-1301 Prokofiev: Romeo and Juliet
Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra
Aho: Concerto for Contrabassoon and Orchestra
Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra, Lewis Lipnick (Contrabassoon)
BIS, BIS-CD-1574
World premiere performance and recording
Mahler: Symphony No. 4
Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Ann Murray (mezzo)
Virgin Classics, 0094636327723
Alnæs: Piano Concerto in D major
Sinding: Piano Concerto in D flat major

Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra, Piers Lane (piano)
Hyperion, #42 in Hyperion’s Romantic Piano Concerto series
Ives: Symphony No. 2,
Symphony No. 3 "The Camp Meeting",
General William Booth Enters Into Heaven

Dallas Symphony Orchestra and Chorus
Donnie Ray Albert (baritone)
Hyperion CDA67525 / SACDA67525, Volume 1
Ives: Symphony No. 1, Symphony No. 4,
Central Park in the Dark

Dallas Symphony Orchestra and Chorus
Hyperion CDA67540 / SACDA67540, Volume 2
Delos Limited Edition Mahler: Symphony No. 6 "Tragic"
Mahler: Der Abschied from Das Lied von der Erde

Dallas Symphony Orchestra, Nadja Michael (mezzo-soprano)
Delos Limited Edition commemorating Andrew Litton’s twelve seasons as DSO Music Director
82876821182 Dvořák: Cello Concerto
D minor Serenade for Winds

Philharmonia Orchestra, Nina Kotova (cello)
Sony 82876821182
Brahms: Piano Concerto No. 2 in B-flat Major
Piano Pieces, Op. 119
Dallas Symphony Orchestra
Marc-André Hamelin (piano)
Hyperion CDA67550/SACDA67550
Hyperion CDA67493 Schwantner: A Sudden Rainbow
Beyond Autumn, Poem for Horn and Orchestra
September Canticle: In Memoriam
Angelfire, Fantasy for Violin and Orchestra

Dallas Symphony Orchestra, Gregory Hustis (horn), James Diaz (organ), Anne Akiko Meyers (violin)
Hyperion CDA67493
CDA67501/2 Rachmaninov:
Piano Concertos No. 1, 2, 3 and 4
Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini

Dallas Symphony Orchestra, Stephen Hough (piano)
Hyperion CDA67501/2
Read the reviews: Classics Today,, Times Online, WRR, Soundstage!
CDA 67425 Shostakovich: Piano Concertos No. 1 and 2
Shchedrin: Piano Concerto No. 2

BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra,
Marc-Andre Hamelin (piano)
Hyperion CDA 67425
Decca 470 200 2 "British Music Collection:
William Walton Centenary Edition"
Walton: Concerto for Cello, Symphony No. 1, Overture from Scapino, Concerto for Violin in B minor, Symphony No. 2, Façade, Concerto for Viola, Variations on a Theme by Hindemith, Crown Imperial Coronation March, Belshazzar’s Feast, Henry V Orchestral Suite
Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra, Bournemouth Chorus, L’Inviti, Waynflete Singers, Robert Cohen (Cello), Tasmin Little (Violin), Paul Neubauer (Viola), Bryn Terfel (Bass Baritone), Timothy Byram-Wigfield (Organ)
London/Decca 470 200 2
DE-3261 Mahler: Symphony No. 4
Dallas Symphony Orchestra,
Heidi Grant Murphy (soprano)
Delos DE-3261
DE-3295 Mahler: Symphony No. 10 (Carpenter completion)
Dallas Symphony Orchestra
Delos DE-3295
NYP 2001/2002 Sondheim: Sweeney Todd
New York Philharmonic, George Hearn (standing in for Bryn Terfel), Patti LuPone, John Aler, Davis Gaines, Heidi Grant Murphy, Neil Patrick Harris, Stanford Olsen, Paul Plishka, Audra McDonald (soloists)
Decca NYP 2001/2002
2002 Grammy nominee
Grammy nomination (1), Grammy nomination (2)
DE3283 Shostakovich:
Symphony No. 10
Symphony No. 6

Dallas Symphony Orchestra
Delos DE 3283
Decca 470200 Walton:
Façade Suites
Variations on a Theme by Hindemith
Concerto for Viola & Orchestra

Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra, Paul Neubauer (viola)
London/Decca 470 200-2
Hyperion 67210 Litolff:
Concerto Symphonique for Piano & Orchestra No. 3 in E flat major
Concerto Symphonique No. 5 in C minor

BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra,
Peter Donohoe (piano)
Hyperion CDA67210
#26 in Hyperion’s Romantic Piano Concerto series
amd1001 "The Bach Sessions"
Bach: The Goldberg Variations
Bach: Concerto No. 4 in A minor
Bach: Concerto No. 5 in F minor

Academy of St. Martin in the Fields
Anthony Molinaro (piano)
AMD 1001
DE3256 Lieberman:
Concerto for Flute and Orchestra
Symphony No. 2

Dallas Symphony Orchestra, Eugenia Zukerman (flute)
Delos DE 3256
World premiere recording. Lieberman’s 2nd Symphony was commissioned for the Dallas Symphony Orchestra’s Centennial Season.
DE 3248 Mahler: Symphony No. 3
Dallas Symphony Orchestra and Chorus, Texas Boys Choir, Nathalie Stutzmann (soprano)
Delos DE 3248
DE 3267 "Dallas Christmas Gala"
Dallas Symphony Orchestra and Chorus
Dallas Handbell Ensemble
Delos DE 3267
DE 3240 "Opera Gala"
Dallas Symphony Orchestra and Chorus
Alessandra Marc (soprano)
Delos DE 3240
Verdi: La forza del destino (overture) and Luisa Miller (overture); Bellini: Norma (Casta Diva) & Guerra, guerra le Galliche selve; Donizetti: Anna Bolena (Al dolce guidami castel natio); Strauss: Helen’s Awakening; Barber: Antony and Cleopatra (Give me my robe); Puccini: Tosca ( Vissi d’arte, vissi d’amore) and Turandot (In questa reggia)
DE3237 Mahler: Symphony No. 2 in C minor "Resurrection"
Dallas Symphony Orchestra and Chorus
Heidi Grant Murphy (soprano), Petra Lang (mezzo)
Delos DE 3237
Received a 1999 Grammy nomination for Best Classical Producer of the Year
DE 3246 Shostakovich:
Symphony No. 5 in D minor
Concerto for Piano No. 2 in F major
Festive Overture

Dallas Symphony Orchestra
Andrew Litton (conductor and piano)
Delos DE 3246
"A Copland Profile"
Red Pony Suite
Music for the Theatre
Symphony for Organ and Orchestra

Dallas Symphony Orchestra, Wayne Marshall (organ)
Delos DE 3221
DE3240 "Dallas Space Spectacular"
Strauss: Also sprach Zarathustra
Holst: The Planets

Dallas Symphony Orchestra
Delos DE3240 (CD) and DV7003 (DVD)
7559-79464-2 “Humoresque”
Dvořák: Humoresque No. 7
Waxman: City Montage from the film Humoresque
Porter: You do something to me
Waxman: Carmen Fantasy
Gershwin: Embraceable You
Bach: Sonata for Violin solo No 1 in G minor
Rimsky-Korsakov: Flight of the Bumblebee
Lalo: Symphonie espagnole
Porter: What is this thing called love?
Waxman: Tristan und Isolde Fantasie

London Symphony Orchestra,
Nadja Salerno-Sonnenberg (violin)
Nonesuch 7559-79464-2
448-134-2 Walton:
Belshazzar’s Feast
Crown Imperial
Henry V Suite

Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra and Chorus, Waynflete Singers, L’Inviti, Bryn Terfel (bass-baritone)
London/Decca 448-134-2
1998 Grammy winner for Best Choral Performance
DE3204 Shostakovich: Symphony No. 8 in C minor
Dallas Symphony Orchestra
Delos DE 3204
Received Stereo Review’s 1997 Record of the Year / Honorable Mention
4808 Mozart:
Concerto for Oboe in C major
Concerto for Flute and Harp in C major

London Philharmonic Orchestra, Gordon Hunt (oboe), Jonathan Snowden (flute)
Allegro/EMI 4808, EMI/Eminence EMN 9510
CDRPO 8008
IMP 30367-01062
"Gershwin Gold"
Rhapsody In Blue & Who Cares? Songbook

Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
Andrew Litton (conductor and piano)
IMP Classics 30367 010062 and Carleton Classics/MCA MCAD 6216
DE3216 "Dayful of Song"
Gershwin: Dayful of Song (premier recording),
Cuban Overture, Shall We Dance excerpt, Rhapsody in Blue, Lullaby for String Quartet, An American in Paris
Dallas Symphony Orchestra
Andrew Litton (conductor and piano)
Delos DE 3216
VE15019 "Happy Birthday, George Gershwin!"
Dallas Symphony Orchestra, Jubilant Sykes,
Tommy Tune, Maureen McGovern (soloists)
Andrew Litton (conductor and piano)
Valley VE15019. Also released in VHS format.
66889 Litolff:
Concerto symphonique for Piano No. 2
Concerto symphonique No. 4 in D minor

Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra,
Peter Donohoe (piano)
Hyperion CDA66889. #14 in Hyperion’s Romantic Piano Concerto series
Astrion 1071-2 Elgar: Cello Concerto
Groba: Cello Concerto

London Symphony Orchestra, Mats Lidstrom (cello)
Astrion 1071-2
Rimsky-Korsakov: Scheherazade
Ravel: Bolero

London Philharmonic Orchestra
Virgin Classics VC7 90729 and VLCA61264
443-450-2 Walton:
Symphony No. 1 in B flat minor
Concerto for Cello

Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra, Robert Cohen (cello)
London/Decca 443-450-2
444-114-2 Walton:
"Scapino" - A Comedy Overture
Concerto for Violin in B minor
Symphony No. 2

Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra, Tasmin Little (violin)
London/Decca 444-114-2
DOR-90224 "An American Tapestry"
Hovhaness: Symphony No. 2 "Mysterious Mountain"
Ives: Three Places in New England
Piston: The Incredible Flutist
Griffes: White Peacock
Schuman: New England Triptych

Dallas Symphony Orchestra
Dorian DOR-90224
80429 MacDowell: Concerto for Piano No. 2 in D minor
Liszt: Concerto for Piano No. 1 in E flat major
Liszt: Concerto for Piano No. 2 in A major

Dallas Symphony Orchestra, André Watts (piano)
Telarc 80429
"The best available recording of MacDowell’s most successful large-scale work..." – Terry Teachout
DE 3196 Tchaikovsky:
1812 Overture
The Voyevoda
The Sleeping Beauty
(Andrew Litton arrangement)
Dallas Symphony Orchestra and Chorus, Svetlana Furdui (mezzo), Vassily Gerello (baritone)
Delos DE 3196 and DV 7003
Grammy nominee for Best Engineered Classical Recording
DOR-90223 Gershwin: Porgy and Bess Concert Suite
Andrew Litton arrangement
Dallas Symphony Orchestra, Gordon Hawkins, Cynthia Haymon, Cynthia Clarey, Damon Evans, Jan K. Hacke, Kevin Beall (soloists), Andrew Litton (conductor and piano)
Dorian DOR-90223
DOR-90216 Korngold:
Sinfonietta in B major
Concerto for Violin in D major

Dallas Symphony Orchestra, Ulrike-Anima Mathe (violin)
Dorian DOR-90216
DOR-90193 Mahler: Symphony No. 5 in C sharp minor
Dallas Symphony Orchestra
Dorian DOR-90193
VC7 90784
Shostakovich: Symphony No. 10, Festival Overture
London Philharmonic Orchestra
Virgin Classics VC7 90784
440293 Paganini: Concerto No. 2 "La Campanella"
Castelnuovo-Tedesco: Concerto No. 1
Sarasate: Zigeunerweisen

London Mozart Players, Nicola Hall (guitar)
London/Decca 440-293-2
EMI 4593
EMX 9518
Mendelssohn: Midsummer Night’s Dream
London Philharmonic Orchestra and Chorus
Edith Wiens (soprano), Sarah Walker (mezzo)
Allegro/EMI/Eminence 4593, EMX 9518
EMI D101212 Rodrigo: Concierto de Aranjuez for Guitar
Rodrigo: Fantasia para un gentilhombre
Walton: Bagatelles for Guitar and Orchestra

Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
Christopher Parkening (guitar)
EMI Classics D101212 and CDC 54665
Symphony No. 1
Symphony No. 2
Capriccio italien
Symphony No. 3
Eugene Onegin Polonaise
Symphony No. 4
Serenade for Strings

Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra
Virgin Classics VMT-7-59699-2. 3-CD set. Also issued as part of a 6-CD set, VC-61893
vc61267 Tchaikovsky:
Symphony No. 6 "Pathetique"
Romeo and Juliet Overture

Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra
EMI/Virgin Classics 61267 and CDC59239
Symphony No. 6 "Pathetique"
Romeo and Juliet Overture
The Tempest
Symphony No. 5
Manfred Symphony

Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra
Virgin Classics ZDMC-7-59701. 3-CD set. Also issued as part of a 6-CD set, VC-61893
CDC59230 Tchaikovsky: Manfred Symphony
Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra
EMI/Virgin Classics CDC59230
ACI 0001-2 Jubilant Sykes Sings Copland: Old American Songs & Traditional Spirituals
London Symphony Orchestra, Jubilant Sykes (baritone)
Arioso Classics ACI 0001-2
9026-61700 Mendelssohn: Violin Concerto
Vaughan-Williams: A Lark Ascending
Massenet: Meditation from Thais
Dvořák: Romance for Violin

Philharmonia Orchestra, Anne Akiko Meyers (violin)
RCA Red Seal 9026-61700
33519 "Poème"
Chausson: Poème for violin and orchestra
Saint-Saëns: Introduction and Rondo capriccioso
Massenet: Meditation from Thaïs
Sarasate: Zigeunerweisen "Gypsy Airs"
Ysaye: Caprice d’Après Saint-Sëens
Ravel: Tzigane, rhapsodie de concert

Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Joshua Bell (violin)
London/Decca 33519
vj7-91566-2 Brahms: Symphony No. 1 in C minor
Brahms: Academic Festival Overture

Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
Virgin/Virgo VJ7 91566
Overture to Candide
Symphony No. 2
The Age of Anxiety
Fancy Free

Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra, Jeffrey Kahane (piano)
Virgin Ultraviolet 61119, Virgin Classics 61612 and CDC59038
Re-released in 2000 in as part of a 2-CD set
Symphony No. 1
Isle of the Dead

Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
Virgin Classics VC-7-90830-2, EMI/Virgin CDC 59547. Also issued in 2-CD set, EMI/Virgin Classics 562037.
Selected by Stereo Review as one of the Best Recordings of December 1990
Symphony No. 2

Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
Virgin Classics VC7908312, EMI/Virgin CDC 59548. Also issued in 2-CD set, EMI/Virgin Classics 562037.
Selected by Stereo Review as one of the Best Recordings of December 1990
Symphony No. 3
Symphonic Dances

Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
Virgin Classics VC7908322, EMI/Virgin CDC 59548. Also issued in 2-CD set, EMI/Virgin Classics 562037.
Selected by Stereo Review as one of the Best Recordings of December 1990
VC91119 Tchaikovsky:
Symphony No. 1 "Winter Daydreams"
Symphony No. 2 "Little Russian"

Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra
EMI/Virgin Classics VC91119 and CDC59588
 CDA66300 "The Clarinet in Concert, Vol. 2"
Solere: Sinfonie Concertante for 2 Clarinets in F major
Rietz: Concerto for Clarinet in G minor

English Chamber Orchestra, Thea King (clarinet)
Hyperion CDA66300
Gershwin: Piano Concerto in F
Ravel: Piano Concerto in G

Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra, Andrew Litton (conductor and piano)
London/Virgin Classics VC7-90780
VC7-90761 Tchaikovsky:
Capriccio Italien
Symphony No. 3 in D major
Polonaise from Eugene Onegin

Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra
EMI/Virgin Classics VC7-90761
VC7-90798-2 Tchaikovsky:
Symphony No. 4 in F minor
Serenade in C major for Strings

Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra
Virgin Classics VC7-90798 and CDC59175
Symphony No. 5
The Tempest

Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra
Virgin Classics VC7-91140 and CDC59598.
Kabalevsky: Cello Concerto No. 2 in C minor
Prokofiev: Sonata for Solo Cello
Prokofiev: Concertino in G minor

London Philharmonic Orchestra, Steven Isserlis (cello)
Virgin Classics VC7-90811 / VC-61490
"Danse de la Chèvre - Music for Flute and Piano"
Widor: Suite for Flute and Piano
Fauré: Fantasie, Morceau de Concours
Debussy: Syrinx
Honegger: Danse de la Chevre
Roussel: Joueurs de flute Messiaen: Le Merle Noir
Poulenc: Sonata for Flute and Piano

Jonathan Snowden (flute), Andrew Litton (piano)
Virgin Classics V7-90846-2
Gran Duo Concertante for Violin
Double Bass and Orchestra
Andante sostenuto
Duetto for Clarinet
Double Bass and Orchestra

English Chamber Orchestra, Emma Johnson (clarinet), Thomas Martin (double base), José Luis Garcia (violin)
VC7-90703 CDVB-61475
Lieder eines fahrenden Gesellen
Symphony No. 1 in D major "Titan"

Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Ann Murray (mezzo)
Virgin Classics VC7-90703 and CDVB-61475
VC7 90727
VU-61255 re-release
Variations on an Original Theme (Enigma)
In the South (Alassio)
Serenade for Strings

Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
Virgin Ultraviolet 61255, Virgin Classics VC7 90727
MK42122 "Romances for Saxophone"
Debussy: L’Isle Joyeuse
Fauré: Pavane
Debussy: Arabesque No.1
Rachmaninov: Vocalise
Stravinski: Pastorale
Colombier: Emanuel
Villa-Lobos: Bachianas Brasileiras No.5
Satie: Gymnopedie No.3
Ravel: Prelude from Le Tombeau de Couperin
Debussy: Piece en Forme de Habanera

English Chamber Orchestra
Branford Marsalis (saxophone)
CBS Masterworks MK 42122
CDA66215 "The Clarinet in Concert, Vol. 1"
Lutoslawski: Preludia Taneczne
Seiber: Concertino for Clarinet and String Orchestra
English Chamber Orchestra, Thea King (clarinet)
Hyperion CDA66022 and CDA66215
EMX-9511 Berlioz: Le Carnaval Romain Overture
Saint-Saëns: Symphony No. 3 "Organ"

Royal Liverpool Philharmonic, Ian Tracey (organ)
EMI/Eminence EMX-9511
32DC 600 Bach: Violin Concerto No. 1 in A minor
Bach: Violin Concerto No. 2 in E major
Back: Partita No. 3 in E major

English Chamber Orchestra, Yuzuko Horigome (violin)
CBS/Sony 32DC 600
Unreleased Recordings
Mahler: Symphony No. 8 "Symphony of a Thousand"
Dallas Symphony Orchestra and Chorus
Children’s Chorus of Greater Dallas, Christine Brewer, Linda Mabbs, Heidi Grant Murphy, Marietta Simpson, Leah Summers, Gary Lakes, Jochen Schmeckenbecher, Arthur Woodley (soloists)
Mahler: Das Lied von der Erde
Dallas Symphony Orchestra
Nadja Michael, Endrik Wottrich (solists)
"Amazing Music"
1995 A & E series
  • Emotions in Music
  • Jazz!
  • Pictures in Music
  • Families of the Orchestra

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This is joyful music. Waley-Cohen savors the beautiful and mysterious melodies of the solo and Andrew Litton embraces the richness of Harris’s orchestral textures. Pairing the Harris piece with John Adams’s Violin Concerto is enlightening for both pieces.

— Jeff Zumfelde, CPR

This is a perfect disc. This performance has passion, color, and drive aplenty.

— David Hurwitz,

Wait till you hear the combination of Litton’s clear thinking and perfect pacing and the orchestra’s razor-sharp response . . . it reminds you why this Litton-Prokofiev cycle has been such a consistent pleasure.

— BBC Radio 3

With this golden performance of the revised Fourth Symphony, Andrew Litton’s already fine championship of [Prokovief] scales new heights.

— BBC Music Magazine

Both of these symphonies fare very well in Andrew Litton’s hands and his conception of the scores is backed up by terrific playing by the Bergen Philharmonic.

— John Quinn, Musicweb International

Critics’ Choice 2016

— Roger Hecht
American Record Guide

This new Copland collection grows in stature the more one listens to it; I doubt you’ll hear more illuminating or idiomatic accounts of these American classics any time soon. Litton leaves his rivals choking in the dust; the same goes for BIS’s exceptional recording.

— Dan Morgan

This is a brilliant collection, made an essential purchase by Andrew Litton’s decision to give us the uncut versions of the ballets Billy the Kid and Rodeo. You’ll be playing it to friends and family for weeks. Both ballets are dispatched with supernatural precision and polish.

— Graham Rickson, The Arts Desk

This is “meat and potatoes” repertoire for a conductor like Andrew Litton, and he doesn’t disappoint. He has the Colorado Symphony playing at the top of its form.

— David Hurwitz,

Five Tuning Forks

— Rémy Louis, Diapason

...a vibrant take on a composer whose works are representative of the American West.

— Brad Turner, Colorado Public Radio

...Litton has certainly teased out many of his music’s finer qualities.


Litton has the orchestra stylistically just right, moving seamlessly and organically between moments of cowboy-style local colour – piping tin whistle and sleazy trombones – to the “proper”-style playing.

— Erica Jeal, The Guardian

Litton’s delightfully infectious and margelously balletic reading sings and dances like no recording since Bernstein’s of the suite.

— Roger Hecht, American Record Guide

Critics’ Choice 2015

— Geoffrey Norris, Gramophone, Dec 2015

Critics’ Choice 2015

— James Harrington, American Record Guide, Jan/Feb 2016

Litton’s alive to all the work’s complex colours, which he calibrates with great care — a wholly recommendable release.

— Dan Morgan

Litton’s alive to all the work’s complex colours, which he calibrates with great care — a wholly recommendable release.

— Dan Morgan

An absence of glutinous thickness in this performance amounts to genius. I find myself noting details along the way I’ve never heard so beautifully put. Every moment means something. There’s an instinctive sense for the music’s fine points one doesn't often encounter. Every phrase has thought behind it.

— Steven Kruger
New York Arts

Not only does Andrew Litton draw a terrifically agile response from his combined Colorado Symphony forces, he masterminds a reading which in its expressive urgency, arresting conviction and dramatic bite grabs the listener at the word go.

— Andrew Achenbach, Gramophone

Highly recommended and a want list no-brainer!

— Merlin Patterson,
Fanfare, Sep/Oct 2015

One of the finest performances of the Fifth that I can recall hearing.

— John Quinn,

Litton’s account is even better, to these ears, than Gergiev’s [and] the playing of the Bergen Philharmonic is exemplary. This should be in the collection of everyone who likes Prokofiev, fine orchestral playing or simply great recorded sound.


Litton’s careful attention to detail highlights the interesting textural aspects of Prokofiev’s orchestration often overlooked in other performances.

— Erik Levi, BBC Music Magazine,
August 2015

BBC Radio 3 CD Review’s Disc of the Week. Though this work has received a number of fine recordings on CD, Subdin’s incendiary account recorded in superb BIS sound will prove irresistable for many.

— Andrew McGregor
BBC Radio 3 CD Review

Litton, called one of the best orchestral accompanists on the planet, continues an impressive and extensive track record with piano concertos – bursting with energy, broad melodic lines, and perfect ensemble.

— James Harrington, American Record Guide, July/August 2015

Rutherford is at his best in Amfortas’s final lament, Jai Wehe, so moving that it’s a real jolt when the scene is abruptly cut off at the end. Litton and the orchestra are most supportive, and they get two tracks to themselves: the Dutchman overture and the Meistersinger Act 3 Prelude. I was even more impressed by the gorgeous orchestral passage that precedes Der Augen leuchtendes Paar in Wotan’s Farewell, where the Bergen strings sound fairly sumptuous.

— Ralph V. Lucano
American Record Guide

Some of the passages are cool and thoughtful, others abruptly breathtaking, but never are Oscar’s shimmering cascades of notes left wanting nor his Romantic leanings. The entire disc is just Litton and a piano...non-stop top-shelf pianistics in commemoration of a giant whose acumen is studied and admired to this day.

— Mark S. Tucker, Folk & Acoustic Music Exchange

That said, if you can’t have Peterson playing Peterson, Litton, a classical conductor and soloist, is a worthy substitute. And if he isn’t primarily a jazz pianist, he is a pianist with talent who understands how to interpret a piece of music. He understands color and harmony, but must importantly he understands Oscar Peterson.

— Jack Goodstein, Blogcritics

These performances are spot on. If imitation is the greatest form of flattery, then Peterson should be smiling in heaven.

— C. Michael Bailey,

Solo piano is the most daunting format in music. Solo piano as a tribute to Oscar Peterson kicks it up a notch. Andrew Litton pulls it off with style, flair and a harmonic reach not as an imitation but as his own riff on the master. That is why this release works so well, it is from the heart.

— Brent Black,

Andrew Litton’s Bergen forces project the score’s steely punch and spare scoring with aplomb. Litton generously provides bonuses in the form of spry, witty performances of the suites from Lieutenant Kijé and The Love for Three Oranges.

— Graham Rickson,

BIS has a winner here. No Prokofiev disc has better sound quality than this and with performances of the highest quality, purchase is not a difficult decision.

— Dave Billinge

Prokofiev’s Sixth Symphony seems to be a tough work to pull off, and it’s a credit to Andrew Litton and his team that they do it so well; it’s expertly paced and well-contrasted, the bittersweet lyricism very effectively projected. The finale remains at a high voltage straight through the elegiac coda; the final pages are properly explosive.

— David Hurwitz,

Listening to this disc is an immensely satisfying experience. As good as his earlier Rachmaninov recordings were, I found Litton far more compelling here.

— Mark Pullinger
International Record Review

Litton’s shaping of [The Isle of the Dead] in huge organic paragraphs of mounting and then relaxing tension is utterly convincing and inherently dramatic.

— Calum MacDonald
BBC Music Magazine

Litton achieves a highly expressive response from his Bergen musicians throughout [adding] to the value of both The Isle of the Dead and The Rock. I’d put their achievement up against any other versions of their respective works in the catalog, old or new.

— Barry Brenesal
Fanfare September/October 2013

Gramophone Choice/February 2013

Andrew Litton and the Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra bring a freshness and clarity to the music.


The success of the performance is helped by the BIS recording, which offers vivid, realistic sound and which balances the soloist very satisfactorily against the orchestra. Poltéra is a highly persuasive soloist and the accompaniment from Litton and his orchestra is first rate.

— John Quinn

Litton’s Adagio creeps in at the start from nothing. Then it’s all beautifully paced, spacious and warm. Recorded quality throughout is top-drawer in a truly winning CD.

— Peter Dickinson
Gramophone Online, Jan 2013

Kempf dispatches the trademark repeated-note passages with brilliance while showing more heart than he is used to, and Andrew Litton is evidently keenly attuned to the era. Unmissable.

— HiFi News, October 2012

Kempf deploys an impressive pallet, while Litton makes the most of the flavor of the original orchestrations of both Rhapsody in Blue and Second Rhapsody. A great success, despite the numerous brilliant predecessors.

— Diapason, October 2012

First things first, this is the finest Firebird I’ve ever heard. From the eerie introduction to the final tableau, Litton and the orchestra’s performance is a model of precision, color and drama.

— Craig Zeichner,

Andrew Litton and his venerable Norwegian orchestra have provided a perfect companion to his much-acclaimed Stravinsky Rite of Spring in this luminous, lyrical and uplifting Firebird.

— Ronald E. Grames, Fanfare

Litton works his orchestra with phenomenal dexterity, graduating dynamics with precision, balancing to create atmosphere and tease the imagination.

— Dominy Clements

Any Litton recording is going to be well-executed, well-thought out, and immaculately performed–this one is no different. Litton has a formidable voice in this work, and his shaping of the various sections is effective and consistent. All in all a laudatory release, coming from a known conductor who rarely disappoints.

— Steven Ritter, Audiophile Audition

Wave after wave of gorgeous music, vividly conducted by Andrew Litton.

— Lawrence Devoe

Andrew Litton has the Bergen Philharmonic playing at a world-class standard, turning in high-voltage readings of both works, full of excitement and textural nuance. He reminds us that despite the extremes of volume and dissonance this is still a folk-music-based work. The tunes really sing, with such vibrancy and freshness that you might think you are hearing them for the first time.

— David Hurwitz, Classics

...the original 1911 version of Petrushka [whose] rhythmic intricacy Litton palpably finds so intriguing – few conductors nail the narrative jump-cuts in the opening so clearly. His Rite of Spring...has a menace that keeps dancing through your imagination long after the last chord sounds. An essential modern alternative to the classic accounts.

— Philip Clark, Classic FM

Recording of the Month. With Pétrouchka you get all of the character from the 1960 Columbia Symphony Orchestra recording, but far better ensemble and discipline from the Bergen Philharmonic. Both through the accuracy of the playing and detail in the recording there is much new to be discovered under Andrew Litton’s baton.

— Dominy Clements,

This third and final disc to this series is every way up to the high standards of its predecessors...It’s easy to see why any orchestra would play its heart out for a conductor of such musical intelligence.

— Roger Nichols, BBC Music Magazine

May 2010 Gramophone Editor’s Choice & 2010 Gramophone Award Nominee

This new [Prokofiev’s Third Piano Concerto] from Freddy Kempf with the Bergen Philharmonic and Andrew Litton has a lot going for it. Kempf, Litton and the Bergen players are bursting with life; this is one of the most persuasive versions I’ve heard of this piece in recent years.

— Nigel Simeone,
International Record Review

This is one of the most enjoyable discs I’ve listened to in a long time. Litton, for my money, gets it right every time.
BBC Music Magazine February 2010 Disc of the Month.

— Roger Nichols, BBC Music Magazine

While it’s absurd to talk of an outright winner in such a congested field, this is an exhilarating, thoroughly enjoyable Italian, superbly played and recorded.

— Richard Wigmore, Gramophone

Winner, BBC Music Magazine’s Technical Excellence Award

Litton’s live recording is outstanding: observant of Mendelssohn’s tempi, with beautifully detailed orchestral textures and lithe but robust choral work.

— Fiona Maddocks, The Guardian

Litton’s performance, recorded live with the Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra and its specially augmented chorus, is suitably glowing . . . the emphasis is on mercurial invention and spontaneity.

— Andrew Clark, Financial Times

...Richer and own preference is for Litton’s version, reflecting my own Romantic tendencies.

— Roger Nichols, BBC Music Magazine

With remarkably instinctive deftness, the Philharmonia Orchestra under the baton of Andrew Litton provides a welcome gift for all opera lovers who have an interest in unexplored, completely forgotten finds. The recording has fire, drive and brilliance.

— Egon Bezold,

Opera Rara’s cast is uniformly strong. The Geoffrey Mitchell Choir’s stylish singing and the virtuosity of the Philharmonia under the highly-motivated Andrew Litton make this an unreserved recommendation.

— Dominic McHugh,

Classic FM’s May 2008 Disc of the Month. Litton’s Bergen Philharmonic is exquisitely detailed from the opening bars; While Litton keeps things opaque and tight when required, at the right moments he pulls irresistibly at the concerto’s tempi and unleashes considerable tutti power, never foregoing detail.

— Andrew Mellor, Classic FM

Violinist Vadim Gluzman plays magnificently throughout; Andrew Litton and the Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra provide superb support. This is a reference-quality recording, with near-definitive performances. Very highly recommended!

— Tom Gibbs, Audiophile Audition

Ives | Litton | DSO
Ives | Litton | DSO

These are excellent performances in every respect: magnificently played, beautifully recorded, and conducted with unfailing intelligence. For all intents and purposes, Litton stands in a class of his own.

— David Hurwitz, Classics

The performance of the Fourth is rightly the pinnacle of Andrew Litton’s superb Ives cycle... Litton has the work’s measure perfectly, balancing the visionary with the prosaic, and teasing out the most complex textures of a huge orchestra and a chorus with an exemplary clarity that is flawlessly captured by the recording.

— Andrew Clements, The Guardian

Litton wrings the full range of Ives’ no-holds-barred approach in these works.

— John Sunier, Audiophile Audition

Andrew Litton’s set of the four Ives symphonies is notable for its physicality. The First gains from Litton’s swift baton. Cherish the endearing Third for its alert phrasing; cherish the Fourth for the transcendental finale.

— Geoff Brown, The Times, London

As good, as individual, as deep, and in far better sound... I forgot what it felt like to be proud to be an American until I heard Andrew Litton’s hair-tearingly wonderful new live recordings of the Charles Ives Symphonies...

— Tim Pfaff

A top European orchestra, the Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra, comes together with Andrew Litton, an American conductor well versed in the Russian repertoire, and the result is brilliant, colorful, spirited, striking, dynamically layered and of impressive, detailed precision...

— Hartmut Lueck,

There’s a considerable amount to admire in Andrew Litton’s version. I think that interpretatively he yields to his two rivals on a few occasions but overall he conducts the music with great insight and with a fine sense of drama. If you want just one recording of the suites from Prokofiev’s masterpiece then Litton’s comprehensive collection, very well played and in excellent sound, will give much pleasure.

— John Quinn

Brahms | Litton | Hamelin

Both Hamelin and Litton bring the music to life in a remarkably complete and refreshing way. Hamelin attacks...with plenty of passion. Litton responds in kind with some of the most sharply rhythmic (but always unaffected) phrasing that the music has received on disc. The result has exactly the right kind of tension, a fierce energy that never turns hysterical or loses focus.

— David Hurwitz, Classics

Rachmaninov | Hough | Litton

Winner of the 2005 BBC Critics Award

2005 Editor’s Choice

— Gramophone

2004 Record of the Year

— London Sunday Times

Five Star Choice

— The Independent

2004 Recordings of the Year Selection

— MusicWeb International

2005 Classical Internet Award

— Classics

The best set of Rachmaninov Piano Concertos ever recorded.

— David Hurwitz, Classics Today

A brisk and rigorous performance, where Andrew Litton’s forthright conducting stresses the music’s symphonic orientation, and admirably anchors Hough’s frisky fingerwork. These live concert recordings stand out in a field jam-packed with first-rate Rachmaninov cycles.

— Jed Distler, BBC Music

"Exhilarating performances, freshly conceived and textually pristine."

— Hugh Canning, Times Online

"Stephen Hough and Andrew Litton cut a swathe through the decades-long undergrowth of bad tradition, revealing leaner, more potent works in the process...A terrific achievement."

— Barry Millington, Evening Standard

"A must have. A revelation. Get it."

— Kevin Sutton,

Hough and Litton have cleaned half a century of Hollywood patina off these works to show them how Rachmaninov surely intended: fresh, ardent and passionate, full of a youthful, heart-on-sleeve innocence.

— Emma Baker, Classic FM Magazine

Hough and Litton have not slavishly recreated Rachmaninov’s recordings; they make the works live and breathe with their own impetus. That they work extremely well on their own terms can immediately be evinced by the ecstatic reaction of the Dallas audiences’ cheering at the end of the four concertos.

— Nick Breckenfield, Classical

One of the Top 10 Classical Records of 2004

— Stephen Pettitt, Times Online

I am now of the firm belief that Hough and Litton have recorded the definitive set of the Rachmaninov Concertos. This is the 2004 classical recording of the year.

— Wes Marshall, Soundstage!

[Hough and Litton] make living, flaming music from the ebbing and flowing speeds, the soloist’s improvisatory airs, or the strings’ willingness to revive the old portamento slide. The waves of energy at the finale’s end are very exciting; no wonder the Dallas audience breaks out in cheers.

— Geoff Brown, The Times

I can’t think of any other cycles of these works, even the composer’s own, that draws quite so much musical interest from the scores. It’s not that the performances are excessively busy, much less ornate; for all the stunning range of their articulation, for all their attention to secondary voices, Hough and Litton never let the details interefere with the flow of the music....simply breathtaking.

— Peter J. Rabinowitz, Fanfare

These are live recordings, and they crackle with life...Legions of great pianists and orchestras have recorded these concertos, but Hough and the Dallas musicians may have outdone them all.

— Alex Ross, The New Yorker

Conductor Andrew Litton draws rainbows of colour from the Dallas Symphony Orchestra, and the communication between soloist and conductor is seamless.

— Claire Jackson, BBC Music Magazine