Andrew Litton, conductor
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London Philharmonic Orchestra

Elgar's Symphony No 2, received a comparably tradition-minded, blazingly vivid performance by the London Philharmonic Orchestra under Andrew Litton in its second Festival Hall concert this season.

— Paul Driver, The Sunday Times, London

The LPO apparently, hadn't played the [Elgar's Second Symphony] for 20 years, yet Litton, who received the Elgar Society's Medal at the end of the evening, drew deep, instinctive breathing and mercurial responses from the players, with the elegiac heart of the work most beautifully paced.

— Hilary Finch, The Times, London

[Litton] clearly has the measure of [the Third] symphony. As always in Mahler, the difficulty is making the vase span of the Third Symphony seem a cogent profression rather than a series of digressions occasionally whipped up into a climax. Litton achieved that, but not by the obvious and facile route of "keeping things moving". In fact, this was a generous and meditative performance...the final movement, which broadens out to its end like a great river meeting the sea, was paced by Litton with total control, and the final radiant chords were overwhelming.

— Ivan Hewett, The Daily Telegraph

Andrew Litton is a notable conductor of Russian music, over which he always takes great care, and his account of Scheherazade is genuinely symphonic, drawing out fine playing from the LPO in every department...Such a reading as Litton delivers raises this score to a high level of integration which it rarely receives, and nor is this performance short on excitement when called for. Wholeheartedly recommended.

— Robert Matthew-Walker, International Record Review

Litton gives pleasing renditions of the famous orchestral interludes; his scherzo is athletic and very quick, with every thematic strand clearly audible. Litton's version (of A Midsummer Night's Dream) has plenty to commend it.

— Michael Jameson, ClassicsToday.com

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