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The London Classical Players (LCP) was a British orchestra that specialized in music following historically informed performance (HIP) practices and orchestral performances on period musical instruments. Sir Roger Norrington founded the LCP in 1978. From 1978 to 1992, the concertmaster of the London Classical Players was baroque violinist John Holloway. The LCP made a variety of recordings for EMI Classics. Many of the players in the LCP overlapped with four other major HIP orchestral ensembles, the Academy of Ancient Music, the English Concert, the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment, and the English Baroque Soloists.

Among their famous concert series was "The Beethoven Experience" in 1987, and "The Berlioz Experience" in 1988. In 1996, the LCP was invited to open the Prague Spring Festival in the traditional opening festival concert of Bedrich Smetana's Ma Vlast, a controversial decision at the time.

In 1997, the LCP formally dissolved as an organization, and its work was absorbed into the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment.

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Discography

Album

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1987 Symphony no. 9 Ludwig van Beethoven; The Schütz Choir of London, The London Classical Players & Roger Norrington 4
1989 Symphonie fantastique, op. 14 Hector Berlioz; The London Classical Players, Roger Norrington 2
1990 Symphonies nos. 5 & 8 Franz Schubert; The London Classical Players, Roger Norrington 1
1990 Symphony no. 9 in C major, D. 944 "Great" Franz Schubert; The London Classical Players, Roger Norrington 1
1997 Má Vlast Smetana; The London Classical Players, Sir Roger Norrington 1
2008 Beethoven: The 5 Piano Concertos Ludwig van Beethoven; Melvyn Tan, London Classical Players, Roger Norrington 1

Album + Live

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1992 Maurerische Trauermusik / Requiem / Ave Verum Corpus Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart; Nancy Argenta, Catherine Robbin, John Mark Ainsley, Alastair Miles, Schütz Choir & Consort, The London Classical Players, Sir Roger Norrington 1

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