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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 Beethoven; The London Classical Players, Roger Norrington 4
1987 Symphonies Nos. 2, 8 Beethoven; The London Classical Players, Roger Norrington 1
1988 Symphonies Nos. 1, 6 "Pastorale" Beethoven; The London Classical Players, Roger Norrington 1
1988 Symphonies Nos. 5, 6 "Pastoral" Beethoven; The London Classical Players, Roger Norrington 2
1989 Symphony No. 3 "Eroica" / Prometheus Overture Beethoven; The London Classical Players, Roger Norrington 1
1989 Symphonie fantastique, op. 14 Hector Berlioz; The London Classical Players, Roger Norrington 2
1989 Symphonies Nos. 4, 5 Beethoven; The London Classical Players, Roger Norrington 1
1990 Piano Concerto no. 5 / Choral Fantasia Beethoven; The London Classical Players, The Schütz Choir of London, Sir Roger Norrington, Melvyn Tan 1
1990 Symphonies nos. 5 & 8 Franz Schubert; The London Classical Players, Roger Norrington 1
1990 Symphony no. 3 "Scottish" / Symphony no. 4 "Italian" Mendelssohn; 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
1991 Overtures Rossini; The London Classical Players, Roger Norrington 1
1996 Symphonies nos. 3 & 4 Brahms; The London Classical Players, Roger Norrington 1
1997 Symphonies Nos. 1, 3 Beethoven; The London Classical Players, Sir Roger Norrington 1
1997 Symphonies Nos. 2, 8 / Overtures Beethoven; The London Classical Players, Roger Norrington 1
1997 Má Vlast Smetana; The London Classical Players, Sir Roger Norrington 1
1997 Symphony No. 9, "Choral" Beethoven; The London Classical Players, Roger Norrington 1
2000 Symphonies Nos. 4, 7 Beethoven; The London Classical Players, Roger Norrington 1
Symphony No. 1 in C major Op. 21 Beethoven; The London Classical Players, Roger Norrington 1

Album + Compilation

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1990 Early Romantic Overtures The London Classical Players, Roger Norrington 1
1990 Piano Concertos 1-5 / Choral Fantasia Beethoven; The London Classical Players, The Schütz Choir of London, Sir Roger Norrington, Melvyn Tan 1
2001 Symphonies 1-9 / Overtures Beethoven; The London Classical Players, Roger Norrington 1
2008 The 5 Piano Concertos Beethoven; London Classical Players, Roger Norrington, Melvyn Tan 1

Album + Live

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1989 Symphony No. 7 / Coriolan & Egmont Overtures Beethoven; The London Classical Players, Roger Norrington 1
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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