The London Symphony Orchestra (LSO), founded in 1904, is the oldest of London's symphony orchestras. It was set up by a group of players who left Henry Wood's Queen's Hall Orchestra because of a new rule requiring players to give the orchestra their exclusive services. The LSO itself later introduced a similar rule for its members. From the outset, the LSO was organised on co-operative lines, with all players sharing the profits at the end of each season. This practice continued for the orchestra's first four decades.

The LSO underwent periods of eclipse in the 1930s and 1950s when it was regarded as inferior in quality to new London orchestras, to which it lost players and bookings: the BBC Symphony Orchestra and the London Philharmonic in the 1930s and the Philharmonia and Royal Philharmonic after the Second World War. The profit-sharing principle was abandoned in the post-war era as a condition of receiving public subsidy for the first time. In the 1950s the orchestra debated whether to concentrate on film work at the expense of symphony concerts; many senior players left when the majority of players rejected the idea. By the 1960s the LSO had recovered its leading position, which it has retained subsequently. In 1966, to perform alongside it in choral works, the orchestra established the LSO Chorus, originally a mix of professional and amateur singers, later a wholly amateur ensemble.

As a self-governing body, the orchestra selects the conductors with whom it works. At some stages in its history, it has dispensed with a principal conductor and worked only with guests. Among conductors with whom it is most associated are, in its early days, Hans Richter, Sir Edward Elgar, and Sir Thomas Beecham, and in more recent decades Pierre Monteux, André Previn, Claudio Abbado, Sir Colin Davis, and Valery Gergiev.

Since 1982, the LSO has been based in the Barbican Centre in the City of London. Among its programmes there have been large-scale festivals celebrating composers as diverse as Berlioz, Mahler and Bernstein. The LSO claims to be the world's most recorded orchestra; it has made gramophone recordings since 1912 and has played on more than 200 soundtrack recordings for the cinema, of which the best known include the Star Wars series.

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Album + Live

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
2016 Roméo et Juliette Berlioz; London Symphony Orchestra, Valery Gergiev 1
2016 Symphony no. 1 / Symphony no. 4 'Italian' Mendelssohn; Sir John Eliot Gardiner, London Symphony Orchestra 1

Album + Soundtrack

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1978 Superman: The Movie John Williams, London Symphony Orchestra 5 7
1981 Le Choix des armes Philippe Sarde, Ron Carter, Buster Williams, London Symphony Orchestra 1
1991 The Name Is Bond... James Bond London Symphony Orchestra 1
1992 On the Town (1992 London concert cast) Leonard Bernstein; Frederica von Stade, Thomas Hampson, Samuel Ramey, Cleo Laine, David Garrison, Kurt Ollmann, Evelyn Lear, Marie McLaughlin, London Symphony Orchestra, Michael Tilson Thomas 2
1994 Shadowlands: Original Film Soundtrack George Fenton; The London Symphony Orchestra, The Choir of Magdalen College, Oxford 1
1995 Braveheart: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack James Horner; London Symphony Orchestra 3.35 7
2009 Tommy (As Performed By The London Symphony Orchestra featuring Guest Soloists) London Symphony Orchestra 1
Digital Hollywood: Memorable Film Scores London Symphony Orchestra, Stanley Black 1
Lords of The Musicals London Symphony Orchestra & The Royal Choral Society 1


Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1977 Star Wars London Symphony Orchestra 1
1992 Adagietto From Symphony No. 5 Gustav Mahler; London Symphony Orchestra, Gilbert Kaplan 1
1997 Just Show Me How to Love You Sarah Brightman & London Symphony Orchestra feat. José Cura 1
1998 There for Me Sarah Brightman & London Symphony Orchestra feat. José Cura 1
2015 Final Symphony - Music From Final Fantasy Ⅵ, Ⅶ and Ⅹ (single promo) London Symphony Orchestra & Eckehard Stier 1
2016 A Time For Mercy Carly Paoli, London Symphony Orchestra & Romano Musumarra 1
2016 Save Your Love For Me Carly Paoli, London Symphony Orchestra & Romano Musumarra 1

EP + Soundtrack

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
2013 Suite from Things to Come Sir Arthur Bliss, London Symphony Orchestra 1

Unspecified type

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1976 The Nutcracker: Complete Ballet / The Sleeping Beauty: Highlights Tchaikovsky; London Symphony Orchestra, Antal Doráti, Anatole Fistoulari 3
1981 Prélude à l'après-midi d'un faune / Rapsodie espagnole Debussy / Ravel - Orchestre Symphonique de Londres, Pierre Monteux 1
1982 Concierto en modo galante / Concierto de estío Joaquín Rodrigo; London Symphony Orchestra, Enrique Bátiz, Robert Cohen, Agustín León Ara 1
1985 The Power of Classic Rock London Symphony Orchestra 1
1987 Classic Rock Countdown London Symphony Orchestra 3
1989 Classic Rock: The Living Years London Symphony Orchestra 1
1990 Symphonies nos. 1-6 (disc 1) Hans Werner Henze; Berliner Philharmoniker, London Symphony Orchestra, Hans Werner Henze 1
1993 Symphonic Lloyd Webber Anthony Inglis & London Symphony Orchestra 1
1994 Clarinet Concerto / Flute & Harp Concerto Mozart; Stoltzman, Galway, Robles, London Symphony 1
1994 Favorite Classics London Symphony Orchestra, Philip Gibson 1
1994 Great Classics London Symphony Orchestra 1
1997 Symphonic Rock: The British Invasion London Symphony Orchestra 2
1997 Stravinsky in America Igor Stravinsky; London Symphony Orchestra, Michael Tilson Thomas 1
1998 Johann Strauss' Greatest Johann Strauss; London Symphony Orchestra 1
1999 Children's Classics Kenneth McKellar, Beatrice Lillie, Julius Katchen, Gary Graffman, London Symphony Orchestra, Skitch Henderson 1
2000 Symphonie fantastique / Le Carnaval romain Hector Berlioz; London Symphony Orchestra, Sir Colin Davis 2
2000 Vilvaldi's Greatest Vivaldi; London Symphony Orchestra 1
2005 Victoria's Secret "A Classic Christmas" London Symphony Orchestra 1
2006 Viennese Dances The Strauss Family; London Symphony Orchestra, John Georgiadis 1
2013 Symphony no. 5 in C minor, op. 67 / Edgemont Overture Beethoven; Josef Krips, London Symphony Orchestra 2
2015 Symphony no. 2 “Ascendant” / Quiet Reflections Jack Gallagher; London Symphony Orchestra, JoAnn Falletta 1
2015 Rachmaninov Symphony No 3 Balakirev Russia Валерий Абисалович Гергиев & London Symphony Orchestra 1
A Child of Our Time Michael Tippett; London Symphony Orchestra, Richard Hickox 1
Classic Rock, Volume 1 London Symphony Orchestra 1
Classic Rock, Volume 3 London Symphony Orchestra 1
Classical Lightning London Symphony Orchestra 1
Home for the Holidays London Symphony Orchestra 1
Home for the Holidays, Volume 3 London Symphony Orchestra 1
Klavierkonzerte Nos. 20 & 21 Mozart; London Symphony Orchestra, Claudio Abbado, Rudolf Serkin 1
La Traviata (1e en 3e akte) Giuseppe Verdi; The London Symphony Orchestra, Pierino Gamba 1
Mussorgsky Modest Mussorgsky; Claudio Abbado, London Symphony Orchestra, London Symphony Chorus 1
Os Mais Belos Classicos London Symphony Orchestra 1
Peter and the Wolf / Carnival of the Animals Prokofiev, Saint‐Saëns; London Symphony Orchestra 1
Reflections of an Indian Boy London Symphony Orchestra 1
Rock Classic 4 London Symphony Orchestra 1
Rock Symphonies III London Symphony Orchestra 1
Sacred Service Ernest Bloch; London Symphony Orchestra, Zemel Choir, Geoffrey Simon, Louis Berkman 1
Symphonic Dances / Isle of the Dead / Vocalise / Aleko Rachmaninov; London Symphony Orchestra, André Previn 2
Symphony no. 1 Mahler; London Symphony Orchestra, Jascha Horenstein 1
Symphony no. 2 / The Rock Rachmaninoff; London Symphony Orchestra, André Previn 1


Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1986 Tchaikovsky Spectacular Tchaikovsky; London Symphony Orchestra, Yuri Ahronovitch 1
1987 Symphony no. 5 in E minor, op. 64 / Capriccio Italien, op. 45 Tchaikovsky; London Symphony Orchestra, Gennady Rozhdestvensky 1
1989 Rock Symphonies II London Symphony Orchestra 1
1994 Performs The Works Of Tim Rice And Andrew Lloyd Webber London Symphony Orchestra 1

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