Andrew Litton

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Born: May 16, 1959; USA  
Identified early as a gifted musician, Andrew Litton trained in America and then established himself as an outstanding conductor in England before returning to the United States to assume the directorship of a major orchestra, the Dallas Symphony. As one of only a small handful of American-born, American-trained artists to hold an important podium position in the United States, Litton has endured a greater-than-customary-degree of scrutiny. While Read more few of his interpretations have been found definitive, his preparedness and high competence have proven rewarding. He has enjoyed the additional benefit of conducting in a remarkable concert hall and recording for a company that has afforded him and his orchestra extraordinarily vivid sound. At New York's Juilliard School of Music, Litton studied conducting under Swedish maestro Sixten Ehrling and piano under Nadia Reisenberg. Demonstrating exceptional ability, he won the Bruno Walter Scholarship for further study with Edoardo Müller and Neeme Järvi and with Walter Weller in Austria. Winning the 1982 Rupert Foundation International Competition in England provided Litton a debut conducting the BBC Symphony Orchestra later that same year and generous exposure to British audiences. Litton served first as associate conductor, than as assistant conductor under Mstislav Rostropovich with Washington's National Symphony Orchestra from 1982 to 1986. There, he learned much, especially from the man he describes as his "first and only boss." While Litton missed the opportunity to work with Kiril Kondrashin in Amsterdam when the famous Russian conductor died in 1981, he gained numerous insights about Shostakovich from Rostropovich. Litton has expressed his belief that Shostakovich was the twentieth century's great symphonist, capturing the struggles of living in modern times. After his years with the N.S.O., Litton conducted widely throughout the United States and Europe before being appointed principal conductor and artistic advisor of England's Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra in 1988. He remained there, earning high marks from English critics and the approval of English audiences while attracting worldwide attention through a series of recordings. In 1994, Litton was appointed music director of the Dallas Symphony Orchestra while becoming conductor laureate in Bournemouth. Meanwhile, Litton undertook several opera assignments, making his Metropolitan Opera debut in 1989 leading a production of Yevgeny Onegin. When the Glyndebourne Festival production of Porgy and Bess, originally conducted by Simon Rattle, was revived at Covent Garden in 1992, Litton was chosen to lead it. He also conducted performances of Salome and Falstaff for the English National Opera. In Dallas, Litton has stepped into the comprehensive role played by an American music director with clear understanding of his responsibility for not only conducting stimulating performances, but also playing a key role in fundraising. His outgoing personality has been an asset in meeting the people of the Dallas and convincing them that their orchestra is an enhancement central to a vital community. Litton points with some pride to an endowment increase over seven years from 19 million to 70 million dollars. Under Litton, the Dallas Symphony became the first major orchestra to broadcast a live concert via the Internet. Litton has expressed the belief that this medium can break down prejudices about concert works and afford listeners an opportunity to respond and comment immediately. He is enthused over critics no longer having the final word. Among Litton's recordings are discs devoted to Shostakovich, Mahler, Elgar, and Tchaikovsky. Read less
Scriabin, Medtner: Piano Concertos / Sudbin, Litton
Release Date: 02/10/2015   Label: Bis  
Catalog: 2088   Number of Discs: 1
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Prokofiev: Symphony No 5 / Litton, Bergen
Release Date: 05/12/2015   Label: Bis  
Catalog: 2124   Number of Discs: 1
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Bruch: Violin Concerto No 1, Romanze, String Quintet / Gluzman, Litton, Bergen PO
Release Date: 04/26/2011   Label: Bis  
Catalog: 1852   Number of Discs: 1
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Prokofiev: Symphony No 6 / Litton, Bergen PO
Release Date: 03/26/2013   Label: Bis  
Catalog: 1994   Number of Discs: 1
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Aho: Concerto For Contrabassoon, Concerto For Tuba / Lipnick, Baadsvik, Litton, Rondin
Release Date: 03/27/2007   Label: Bis  
Catalog: 1574   Number of Discs: 1
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Composers

Biography

Born: May 16, 1959; USA  
Identified early as a gifted musician, Andrew Litton trained in America and then established himself as an outstanding conductor in England before returning to the United States to assume the directorship of a major orchestra, the Dallas Symphony. As one of only a small handful of American-born, American-trained artists to hold an important podium position in the United States, Litton has endured a greater-than-customary-degree of scrutiny. While Read more
WORKS ALBUMS
TITLE/COMPOSER
LABEL
I. Molto sostenuto ? Allegro molto e energico
II. Presto marcato
III. Andante con moto
I. Allegro moderato
II. Largo
III. Vivace
I. The Birth of Kije
II. Romance
III. The Wedding of Kije
IV. Troika
V. The Interment of Kije
I. The Clowns
II. The Magician and the Witch play cards
III. March
IV. Scherzo
V. The Prince and Princess
VI. The Flight
I. Allegro moderato
II. Andante sostenuto
III. Molto allegro e appassionato
I. Non allegro
II. Andante con moto (Tempo di valse)
III. Lento assai - Allegro vivace - Lento assai - Come prima - Allegro vivace
I. Allegro di molto
II. Andante
III. Menuetto: Allegro molto
IV. Allegro con fuoco
I. Allegro vivace
II. Andante con moto
III. Con moto moderato
IV. Saltarello: Presto
I. Sinfonia: Maestoso con moto - Allegro -
I. Allegretto un poco agitato -
I. Adagio religioso
II. Alles was Odem hat (Chorus) -
III. Recitative: Saget es, die ihr erlost seid (Tenor) -
IV. Sagt es, die ihr erloset seid (Chorus)
V. Ich harrete des Herrn (2 Sopranos, Chorus)
VI. Stricke des Todes hatten uns umfangen (Tenor) -
VI. Die Nacht ist vergangen (Soprano) - VII. Die Nacht ist vergangen (Chorus)
VIII. Chorale: Nun danket alle Gott (Chorus)
IX. Drum sing' ich mit meinem Liede (Soprano, Tenor)
X. Ihr Volker, bringet her dem Herrn (Chorus)
I. Andante con moto - Allegro un poco agitato - Assai animato
II. Vivace non troppo
III. Adagio
IV. Allegro maestoso assai - Allegro maestoso assai
I. Andante - Allegro con fuoco
II. Allegro vivace
III. Andante
IV. Andante con moto - Allegro vivace
I. Allegro moderato - Cantabile - Poco meno scherzando
II. Andante con moto
III. Allegro con brio
Introduction
Scene 1: Night. Kastchei's Enchanted Garden
Scene 1: The Firebird enters, pursued by Ivan Tsarevich
Scene 1: The Firebird's Dance
Scene 1: Ivan Tsarevich captures the Firebird
Scene 1: The Firebird begs to be released
Scene 1: Entrance of the Thirteen Enchanted Princesses
Scene 1: The Princesses play with the golden apples (Scherzo)
Scene 1: Ivan Tsarevich appears
Scene 1: The Princesses' Khorovod (Round Dance)
Scene 1: Daybreak
Scene 1: Magic Carillon - Appearance of Kastchei's Guardian Monsters - Capture of Ivan Tsarevich
Scene 1: The entrance of Kastchei the Immortal
Scene 1: Dialogue between Kastchei and Ivan Tsarevich
Scene 1: The Princesses plead for mercy
Scene I: The Firebird enters
Scene 1: Dance of Kastchei's retinue under the Firebird's magic spell
Scene 1: Infernal Dance of Kastchei and his subjects under the Firebird's magic spell
Scene 1: The Firebird's Lullaby
Scene 1: Kastchei awakens
Scene 1: Kastchei's death
Scene 2: Kastchei's spell is broken, his palace disappears, and the Petrified Knights return to life. General Thanksgiving
Act III: Bluebird Pas de deux: Adagio
Act III: Bluebird Pas de deux: Variation 1: Tempo di valse
Act III: Bluebird Pas de deux: Variation 2: Andantino
Act III: Bluebird Pas de deux: Coda - Con moto
I. Prelude: Allegro moderato
II. Adagio
III. Finale: Allegro energico
Tableau I
Tableau II
Tableau III
Tableau IV
Part I: Adoration of the Earth
Part II: The Sacrifice
I. Andantino - Allegretto
II. Scherzo: Vivace
III. Intermezzo: Allegro moderato
IV. Finale: Allegro tempestoso
I. Andante - Allegro
II. Tema con variazioni
III. Allegro ma non troppo
I. Andante con moto - Allegro un poco agitato - Assai animato
II. Vivace non troppo
III. Adagio
IV. Allegro maestoso assai - Allegro maestoso assai
I. Andante - Allegro con fuoco
II. Allegro vivace
III. Andante
IV. Andante con moto - Allegro vivace
Symphony No. 5 in E minor Op. 64: I. Andante - Allegro con anima
Symphony No. 5 in E minor Op. 64: II. Andante cantabile, con alcuna licenza
Symphony No. 5 in E minor Op. 64: III. Valse: Allegro moderato
Symphony No. 5 in E minor Op. 64: IV. Andante maestoso - Allegro vivace
I. Sinfonia: Maestoso con moto - Allegro -
I. Allegretto un poco agitato -
I. Adagio religioso
II. Alles was Odem hat (Chorus) -
III. Recitative: Saget es, die ihr erlost seid (Tenor) -
IV. Sagt es, die ihr erloset seid (Chorus)
V. Ich harrete des Herrn (2 Sopranos, Chorus)
VI. Stricke des Todes hatten uns umfangen (Tenor) -
VI. Die Nacht ist vergangen (Soprano) - VII. Die Nacht ist vergangen (Chorus)
VIII. Chorale: Nun danket alle Gott (Chorus)
IX. Drum sing' ich mit meinem Liede (Soprano, Tenor)
X. Ihr Volker, bringet her dem Herrn (Chorus)
I. Meditation
II. Scherzo
III. Melodie
I. Allegro moderato
II. Canzonetta: Andante
III. Finale: Allegro vivacissimo
Symphony in D minor: I. Lento - Allegro non troppo
Symphony in D minor: II. Allegretto - Poco piů lento - Tempo I
Symphony in D minor: III. Allegro non troppo
I. Mesto
II. Presto
III. Misterioso
Dance (Suite No. 2, Op. 64ter: IV)
Friar Laurence (Suite No. 2, Op. 64ter: III)
Dawn: Romeo and Juliet Part (Suite No. 2, Op. 64ter: V)
Dance of the Girls with Lilies (Suite No. 2, Op. 64ter: VI)
Romeo at Juliet's Tomb (Suite No. 2, Op. 64ter, VII)
Symphony No. 4 in G: I. Heiter, bedächtig. Nicht eilen
Symphony No. 4 in G: II. In gemächlicher Bewegung. Ohne Hast
Symphony No. 4 in G: III. Ruhevoll
Symphony No. 4 in G: IV. Sehr behaglich [with soprano solo]
Walton: Concerto for Violoncello and Orchestra - Moderato
Walton: Concerto for Violoncello and Orchestra - Allegro appassionato
Walton: Concerto for Violoncello and Orchestra - Lento
Walton: Symphony No.1 - 1. Allegro assai
Walton: Symphony No.1 - 2. Presto, con malizia
Walton: Symphony No.1 - 3. Andante
Walton: Symphony No.1 - 4. Maestoso - Brioso ed ardentemente
Walton: Concerto for Violin & Orchestra - 1. Andante tranquilo
Walton: Concerto for Violin & Orchestra - 2. Presto capriccioso alla napolitana
Walton: Concerto for Violin & Orchestra - 3. Vivace
Walton: Symphony No.2 - 1. Allegro molto
Walton: Symphony No.2 - 2. Lento assai
Walton: Symphony No.2 - 3. Passacaglia: Theme, Variations, Fugato & Coda
Walton: Concerto for Viola and Orchestra - 1. Andante comodo
Walton: Concerto for Viola and Orchestra - 2. Vivo con molto preciso
Walton: Concerto for Viola and Orchestra - 3. Allegro moderato
Walton: Variations on a theme by Hindemith - Tema
Walton: Variations on a theme by Hindemith - Variation I
Walton: Variations on a theme by Hindemith - Variation II
Walton: Variations on a theme by Hindemith - Variation III
Walton: Variations on a theme by Hindemith - Variation IV
Walton: Variations on a theme by Hindemith - Variation V
Walton: Variations on a theme by Hindemith - Variation VI
Walton: Variations on a theme by Hindemith - Variation VII
Walton: Variations on a theme by Hindemith - Variation VIII
Walton: Variations on a theme by Hindemith - Variation IX
Walton: Variations on a theme by Hindemith - Finale


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