London Sinfonietta

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The London Sinfonietta is an English contemporary chamber orchestra founded in 1968 and based in London.

The London Sinfonietta’s mission is to place the best contemporary classical music at the heart of today’s culture; engaging and challenging the public through inspiring performances of the highest standard, and taking risks to develop new work and talent.

The ensemble has headquarters at Kings Place and is Resident Orchestra at the Southbank Centre; it continues to take the best contemporary music to venues and festivals across the UK and worldwide with a busy touring schedule. Since its inaugural concert in 1968—giving the world premiere of Sir John Tavener’s The Whale—the London Sinfonietta’s commitment to making new music has seen it commission over 300 works, and premiere many hundreds more.

The core of the London Sinfonietta is its 18 Principal Players, representing some of the best solo and ensemble musicians in the world. In September 2013 the ensemble launched its Emerging Artists Programme, which gives brilliant professional musicians at the start of their careers the opportunity to work alongside those Principal Players on stage across the season.

The London Sinfonietta’s recordings comprise a catalogue of 20th-century classics, on numerous prestigious labels as well as the ensemble's own London Sinfonietta Label.

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Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1986 Carnaval des animaux Saint-Saëns; London Sinfonietta, Philharmonia Orchestra, Charles Dutoit, Cristina Ortiz, Pascal Rogé 1
1989 Des Canyons aux étoiles Olivier Messiaen; London Sinfonietta, Esa-Pekka Salonen, Paul Crossley 1
1990 Voci / Requies / Corale Luciano Berio; London Sinfonietta 1
1991 Apollon musagète / Concerto in D / Cantata Stravinsky, Stockholm Chamber Orchestra, London Sinfonietta Orchestra & Chorus, Yvonne Kenny, John Aler, Esa-Pekka Salonen 2
1991 Messiaen London Sinfonietta 1
1991 Rhapsody in Blue / Piano Concerto / Song-Book George Gershwin; London Sinfonietta, City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, Simon Rattle, Peter Donohoe 1
1992 Symphony no. 3 Henryk Górecki; Dawn Upshaw, London Sinfonietta, David Zinman 4
1992 The Soldier’s Tale – suite / Divertimento / Octet / Suites Nos. 1, 2 Stravinsky; London Sinfonietta, Riccardo Chailly 1
1993 Melencolia 1 / Ritual Fragment / Meridian Harrison Birtwistle; London Sinfonietta, Oliver Knussen 1
1994 Grohg / Hear ye! Hear ye! / Prelude Aaron Copland; Oliver Knussen, The Cleveland Orchestra, London Sinfonietta 1
1995 Kleines Requiem für eine Polka / Harpsichord Concerto / Good Night Henryk Mikołaj Górecki; London Sinfonietta 1
1997 East of Eden / Rebel Without a Cause Leonard Rosenman; London Sinfonietta, John Adams 1
1997 Undine Hans Werner Henze; London Sinfonietta, Oliver Knussen 1
1998 Quotation of Dream Takemitsu; Paul Crossley, Peter Serkin, London Sinfonietta, Oliver Knussen 1
1999 Weill: Kleine Dreigroschenmusik / Mahagonny Songspiel / Happy End / Berliner Requiem / Violin Concerto Kurt Weill; London Sinfonietta, David Atherton 1
1999 Clarinet Concerto / Symphonia: Sum Fluxai Pretium Spei Elliott Carter; Michael Collins, London Sinfonietta, BBC Symphony Orchestra, Oliver Knussen 2
1999 Der Silbersee: Ein Wintermärchen Kurt Weill; London Sinfonietta, Markus Stenz 1
2001 LA Variations / Five Images after Sappho / Mania / Gambit / Giro Esa-Pekka Salonen; Dawn Upshaw, Anssi Karttunen, Los Angeles Philharmonic, London Sinfonietta, Esa-Pekka Salonen 1
2002 Live from State of the Nation 2001 London Sinfonietta, Pierre-André Valade 1
2003 Concerto for Piano Four Hands / Concerto for Piano and Strings Schnittke; London Sinfonietta, Guennadi Rojdestvenski, Irina Schnittke, Viktoria Postnikova 1
2005 Dialogues / Boston Concerto / Cello Concerto / ASKO Concerto Elliott Carter; Nicolas Hodges, Fred Sherry, London Sinfonietta, BBC Symphony Orchestra, Asko Ensemble, Oliver Knussen 1
2006 Warp Works & Twentieth Century Masters London Sinfonietta 2
2008 Concerto for Orchestra / Violin Concerto / Three Occasions for Orchestra Elliott Carter; London Sinfonietta, Oliver Knussen, Ole Böhn 1
2011 Chopped & Screwed Micachu & The Shapes and The London Sinfonietta 1

Album + Compilation

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
2009 Stravinsky - Firebird, Le Sacre du printemps, Petrushka Игорь Фёдорович Стравинский; Simon Rattle, City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, London Sinfonietta, Berliner Philharmoniker, Northern Sinfonia 1

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