It is more than a hundred years since the LSO made its first recording and its discography recently passed the 2500 mark.
For its centenary in 2004 the LSO published its complete discography, compiled by freelance discographer Philip Stuart. The discography contains details of every recording session the LSO has undertaken – where, when, who and what; from core classical works to pop crossovers, films sessions to video games – along with the details of subsequent releases and reissues, and is a document that charts the history of recorded classical music from the infancy of the technology to the present day. Since 2004 Philip Stuart has continued to update the discography with new sessions, and to revise and add details as new information comes to light.
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The official opening of Abbey Road Studios, 11 & 12 November 1931
Sir Edward Elgar conducted Land of Hope and Glory, Nursery Suite and Falstaff for visitors and a Pathé newsreel documenting the occasion.
The 15-year-old Yehudi Menuhin’s first concerto recording, 25 & 26 November 1931
Bruch's Violin Concerto conducted by Landon Ronald.
Sergei Prokofiev recording his own Third Piano Concerto, 27 & 28 June 1932
Conducted by Piero Coppola. The discography notes that Prince George made a visit to the studio during these sessions, and that the visit was filmed.
Elgar’s last recording before he died, 22 January 1934
The discography notes that Elgar was too ill to leave home in Worcester, and so the sessions were relayed to him there so he could supervise. The Orchestra was conducted by the producer Lawrance Collingwood.
Polish propaganda recorded during World War II, 5 March 1945
Polish works recorded by Polish musicians, paid for by the Polish government's Ministry of Information while in exile in London.
Pinchas Zukerman's first recording, 16 & 17 December 1968
Tchaikovsky Violin Concerto conducted by Antal Dorati. Zuckerman was a last minute replacement for Raymond Lewenthal who had been taken ill.
Ravi Shankar’s Sitar Concerto, 29 & 30 May 1971
An LSO commission.
André Previn's Music Night album, 15 & 16 May 1974
An album of music to accompany the hit BBC TV series that ran 1971–78.
Classic Rock, 1976 onwards
The first sessions of the perennially popular Classic Rock albums took place in 1976 and continued into the 1990s.
Simon Rattle's first recording with the LSO and the legend that followed, 7–9 July 1977
The 22-year-old Rattle was a late replacement for Louis Frémaux. Rumour has it that he and the Orchestra did not get on and he refused to conduct the Orchestra for many years afterwards.
The first digital recordings made in the UK, October 1978
It was still more than four years before analogue recording was superseded.