New Symphony Orchestra of London (often referred to as just The New Symphony Orchestra)

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The London Symphony Orchestra (LSO) is a British symphony orchestra based in London. Founded in 1904, the LSO is the oldest of London's symphony orchestras. The LSO 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 Orchestra 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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1959Finlandia: Music of Grieg and SibeliusGrieg; Sibelius; The London Proms Symphony Orchestra, Charles Mackerras1
1961Concerto No. 1Chopin; Arthur Rubinstein, New Symphony Orchestra of London, Stanislaw Skrowaczewski2
1971The World of Albert KetèlbeyKetèlbey; New Symphony Orchestra of London, Robert Sharples2
1987Bruch: Concerto no. 1 / Scottish Fantasy / Vieuxtemps: Concerto no. 5Bruch, Vieuxtemps; Jascha Heifetz, New Symphony Orchestra of London, Sir Malcolm Sargent4
1989PatienceThe D’Oyly Carte Opera Company, New Symphony Orchestra of London & Isidore Godfrey1
1991Concert FavoritesSir Adrian Boult, New Symphony Orchestra of London1
1994Witches' BrewThe New Symphony Orchestra of London, Alexander Gibson2
1996The Age of Bel CantoJoan Sutherland, Marilyn Horne, Richard Conrad, London Symphony Orchestra, New Symphony Orchestra of London & Richard Bonynge1
Grieg: Peer Gynt Suite No. 1 / Rossini: OverturesGrieg, Rossini; London Philharmonic Orchestra, New Symphony Orchestra of London, Kenneth Alwyn1
The Immortal Works of KetelbeyAlbert Ketèlbey; New Symphony Orchestra of London, Stanford Robinson1

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2010Barber Conducts BarberSamuel Barber; Zara Nelsova, New Symphony Orchestra of London, Samuel Barber1
2010Bruch: Concerto No. 1 in G Minor / Mozart: Concerto No. 4 in D Major / Mozart: Concerto No. 5 in A MajorBruch, Mozart; Heifetz, New Symphony Orchestra of London, Sir Malcolm Sargent1
2012Witches’ BrewNew Symphony Orchestra of London, Alexander Gibson1
Rachmaninov: Piano Concerto no. 2 in C minor, op. 18 / Grieg: Piano Concerto no. 1 in A minorRachmaninov, Grieg; Julius Katchen, New Symphony Orchestra, Anatole Fistoulari / Clifford Curzon, London Symphony Orchestra Anatole Fistoulari1

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