Welcome to Hyperion Records, an independent British classical label devoted to presenting high-quality recordings of music of all styles and from all periods from the twelfth century to the twenty-first.
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The remarkable acoustic and intimate ambience of St. John’s, Smith Square, its London home, enable LCO—the only chamber orchestra resident in London—to give vibrant performances and establish a close rapport with its audiences. The recordings on the LCO Live label, in partnership with Signum Classics, are the result of this happy marriage of orchestra and venue.
By restricting the number of its UK performances, LCO retains a sense of enthusiasm and energy as it communicates its passion for superlative music-making to the audience. It continues to perform internationally, building relationships worldwide in prestigious venues such as La Scala, Milan, Vienna’s Musikverein, Hong Kong City Hall, Teatro Real, Madrid, and on critically acclaimed tours of the USA, Far East and Europe.
As well as producing some of the finest performances of well-loved works, LCO holds innovation close to its heart and has given more than 100 UK premières of works by composers ranging from Mozart to Graham Fitkin. In 2006 LCO premièred Sir Peter Maxwell Davies’s The Golden Rule, written to mark The Queen’s 80th birthday, and in 2008 gave the London première of Hess’s Concerto for Piano and Orchestra commissioned by The Prince of Wales. LCO’s 09/10 season will include its commission and world première performance of a Piano Concerto by Graham Fitkin.
It is LCO’s philosophy, as an elite ensemble with an enviable reputation, to share its excellence in a socially aware environment— this it achieves through its education work and many important charitable associations. LCO continues to develop its pioneering initiatives: LCO Kids reaches out to the young in partnership with Barnardo’s; LCO New approaches contemporary music from a fresh perspective and LCO Live captures the ambience, interaction and exhilaration of LCO performances through recordings of live concerts at St. John’s, Smith Square.
LCO continues to enjoy significant support from private donors, enthusiastic audiences and corporate sponsors. Priding itself on independence from public subsidy, LCO relies on impeccable performance credentials to attract its advocates.
Christopher Warren-Green, LCO’s musicians and management aim to uphold LCO’s world class stature and its mission to educate, enlighten and entertain.