Andrew Litton

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 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
Strauss: Der Rosenkavalier  / Litton, Carby, Barker, Hemm, Pearson
Release Date: 08/28/2012   Label: Opera Australia (Dvd)  
Catalog: 56026   Number of Discs: 1
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Dvd Space Spectacular - Holst, Strauss / Litton, Dallas Symphony
Release Date: 09/04/1998   Label: Delos  
Catalog: 7003   Number of Discs: 1
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Strauss: Der Rosenkavalier / Litton, Carby, Barker, Hemm [blu-ray]
Release Date: 03/26/2013   Label: Opera Australia  
Catalog: 56027   Number of Discs: 1
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Composer: Gustav Mahler

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  • 1.
    Zen Voices
    Label: Erato   Catalog: 28443 Release Date: 05/18/2010   Number of Discs: 3
    Composer:  Gabriel Fauré,  Franz Schubert,  Johannes Brahms,  Alfredo Catalani  ... 
    Performer:  Lambert Orkis,  Arleen [Soprano Vocal] Augér,  Barbara Hendricks,  Julia Varády  ... 
    Conductor:  Daniel Barenboim,  Laurence Equilbey,  Paavo Järvi,  Michel Plasson  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cellos ensemble of the Orchestre de Paris,  Ensemble Matheus,  Ensemble Orchestral de Paris  ... 
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    Mahler: Symphony No 4 / Litton, Murray, Royal Philharmonic
    Label: Erato   Catalog: 63277 Release Date: 09/12/2006   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Gustav Mahler
    Performer:  Ann Murray
    Conductor:  Andrew Litton
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
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    Nocturne Voices
    Label: Erato   Catalog: 62146 Release Date: 02/10/2004   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Claudio Monteverdi,  John Tavener,  Jean-Philippe Rameau,  Jorge Arriagada  ... 
    Performer:  Arleen Augér,  Della Jones,  Patricia Petibon,  Natalie Dessay  ... 
    Conductor:  Richard Hickox,  David Hill,  Patrick Cohën-Akenine,  Jean-Louis Negro  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  City of London Baroque Sinfonia,  Winchester Cathedral Choir,  Les Folies Françoises  ... 
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    Mahler: Symphony No 4 / Grant Murphy, Litton, Dallas So
    Label: Delos   Catalog: 3261 Release Date: 04/29/2003   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Gustav Mahler
    Performer:  Heidi Grant Murphy
    Conductor:  Andrew Litton
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Dallas Symphony Orchestra
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    Mahler: Symphony No 10 (Carpenter Edition) / Litton, Dallas
    Label: Delos   Catalog: 3295 Release Date: 09/17/2002   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Gustav Mahler
    Conductor:  Andrew Litton
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Dallas Symphony Orchestra
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    Mahler: Symphonies No 1 And 9 / Litton, Pesek, Et Al
    Label: Virgin Classics Veritas   Catalog: 61475 Release Date: 09/10/2002   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Gustav Mahler
    Conductor:  Libor Pesek,  Andrew Litton
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra,  Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
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    Mahler: Symphony No 5, Etc / Saraste, Mackerras, Litton
    Label: Erato   Catalog: 61507 Release Date: 09/10/2002   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Gustav Mahler
    Performer:  Ann Murray,  Thomas Allen
    Conductor:  Sir Charles Mackerras,  Andrew Litton,  Jukka-Pekka Saraste
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Philharmonic Orchestra,  Royal Philharmonic Orchestra,  Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra
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    Mahler: Symphony No 3 / Litton, Stutzmannn, Dallas Symphony
    Label: Delos   Catalog: 3248 Release Date: 02/29/2000   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Gustav Mahler
    Performer:  Nathalie Stutzmann
    Conductor:  Andrew Litton
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Texas Boy's Choir Fort Worth,  Dallas Symphony Orchestra,  Dallas Symphony Chorus
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    Mahler: Symphony No 2 / Murphy, Lang, Litton, Dallas Symphony
    Label: Delos   Catalog: 3237 Release Date: 01/26/1999   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Gustav Mahler
    Performer:  Heidi Grant Murphy,  Petra Lang
    Conductor:  Andrew Litton
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Dallas Symphony Orchestra,  Dallas Symphony Chorus
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    Mahler: Symphony No 5 / Litton, Dallas Symphony Orchestra
    Label: Sono Luminus   Catalog: 90193 Release Date: 12/07/1993   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Gustav Mahler
    Conductor:  Andrew Litton
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Dallas Symphony Orchestra
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  • 11.
    Best Adagio Voices 100
    Label: Emi Classics   Catalog: 64292 Release Date: 09/22/0009   Number of Discs: 6
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart,  Johann Sebastian Bach,  George Frideric Handel,  Giovanni Battista Pergolesi  ... 
    Performer:  Natalie Dessay,  Philippe Jaroussky,  Toby Spence,  Barbara Hendricks  ... 
    Conductor:  Louis Langrée,  Emmanuelle Haďm,  Sir Neville Marriner,  Andrew Parrott  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Le Concert d'Astrée,  Academy of St. Martin in the Fields,  Taverner Players  ... 
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