Harold Lawrence

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American recording producer, part of the Mercury Living Presence team. Born 22 October 1923, died 22 August 2011.

Harold Lawrence was Music Director of Mercury Records from 1956 until 1967, during which time he participated in and produced over 350 Living Presence recordings, known as Mercury’s “golden age.” He is legendary among music afficionados and collectors for the unsurpassed technical and artistic excellence of this series.

In 1963 he married famous news photographer Mary Morris.

In 1967, Harold became the first American appointed as General Manager of the London Symphony Orchestra, the most recorded orchestra in the world (Sir Neville Marriner had suggested him for the job). He recruited Andre Previn for the Principal Conductor’s podium. He inspired prestigious performances in the Soviet Union accompanied by composer Sir William Walton, appearances at the Edinburgh Festival, an historic Royal Albert Hall performance by Mia Farrow as Joan of Arc in Honegger’s dramatic oratorio and several landmark concerts by Leonard Bernstein.
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Writing & Arrangement

B-10144 Harold Lawrence - Penny Serenade / Little Lad album art Dick Todd With The Three Reasons (3) Little Lad (as Lawrence) Dick Todd With The Three Reasons (3) - Penny Serenade / Little Lad Bluebird (3) B-10144 Canada 1939 Sell This Version
MG50173 Harold Lawrence - Winds In Hi-Fi album art Frederick Fennell, Eastman Wind Ensemble, Grainger*, Rogers*, Milhaud*, Strauss* Frederick Fennell, Eastman Wind Ensemble, Grainger*, Rogers*, Milhaud*, Strauss* - Winds In Hi-Fi (Comp) Mercury Living Presence MG50173 US 1958 Sell This Version
SR90192 Harold Lawrence - Symphony No. 2, Op. 30 "Romantic" / The Lament For Beowulf album art Howard Hanson, Eastman-Rochester Orchestra, Eastman School Of Music Chorus Howard Hanson, Eastman-Rochester Orchestra, Eastman School Of Music Chorus - Symphony No. 2, Op. 30 "Romantic" / The Lament For Beowulf(LP, Album) Mercury, Mercury Living Presence SR90192 US 1961 Sell This Version
TW 91386, TW.91386 Harold Lawrence - Monsieur David'son Guitar's album art Monsieur David'son* Symphonie (as Lawrence) Monsieur David'son* - Monsieur David'son Guitar's(LP) London International, London Records TW 91386, TW.91386 US 1966 Sell This Version
NL 89481 (2) Harold Lawrence - The Indispensable Chu Berry album art Chu Berry* Down Stream (as Lawrence) Chu Berry* - The Indispensable Chu Berry(2xLP, Comp, Mono) RCA NL 89481 (2) France 1985 Sell This Version
434 303-2 Harold Lawrence - España - Suite Pastorale - Fête Polonaise - Overture "Gwendoline" - Danse Slave - Joyeuse Marche - Bourrée Fantasque - Suite In F album art Chabrier*, Roussel* - Detroit Symphony*, Paul Paray Chabrier*, Roussel* - Detroit Symphony*, Paul Paray - España - Suite Pastorale - Fête Polonaise - Overture "Gwendoline" - Danse Slave - Joyeuse Marche - Bourrée Fantasque - Suite In F(CD, Comp) Mercury Living Presence 434 303-2 US 1991 Sell This Version
NBS CD2000 Harold Lawrence - Impresijas album art Nacionālo Bruņoto spēku Štāba orķestris Jamaikas Svīta (as Harolds Laurens) Nacionālo Bruņoto spēku Štāba orķestris - Impresijas(CD, Album) Not On Label NBS CD2000 Latvia 2000 Sell This Version
SR90278, SR90282, SR90316 Harold Lawrence - The Living Presence Of 20th-Century Music album art Various Various - The Living Presence Of 20th-Century Music(3xLP, Comp, RE, RM, 180 + Box) Speakers Corner Records, Speakers Corner Records, Speakers Corner Records, Mercury, Mercury, Mercury SR90278, SR90282, SR90316 Germany 2003 Sell This Version
475 8508 Harold Lawrence - 1812 Festival Overture, Op. 49 / Capriccio Italien / Wellington's Victory album art Tchaikovsky* · Beethoven* - Minneapolis Symphony Orchestra, University Of Minnesota Brass Band, London Symphony Orchestra*, Antal Dorati Tchaikovsky* · Beethoven* - Minneapolis Symphony Orchestra, University Of Minnesota Brass Band, London Symphony Orchestra*, Antal Dorati - 1812 Festival Overture, Op. 49 / Capriccio Italien / Wellington's Victory (Comp) Decca 475 8508 Europe 1995 Sell This Version
8802080 Harold Lawrence - Coppélia, Sylvia album art Delibes* - Minneapolis Symphony Orchestra, Antal Doráti* / London Symphony Orchestra*, Anatole Fistoulari Delibes* - Minneapolis Symphony Orchestra, Antal Doráti* / London Symphony Orchestra*, Anatole Fistoulari - Coppélia, Sylvia(3xCD, Comp, RE) Newton Classics 8802080 Netherlands 2011 Sell This Version
SR90197 Harold Lawrence - British Band Classics Vol.2 album art Frederick Fennell, Eastman Wind Ensemble Frederick Fennell, Eastman Wind Ensemble - British Band Classics Vol.2(LP, Album, Promo, "Fo) Mercury SR90197 US Unknown Sell This Version
SLP-6508 Harold Lawrence - Balalaika Favorites album art Osipov State Russian Folk Orchestra* Osipov State Russian Folk Orchestra* - Balalaika Favorites(LP, Mono) Mercury SLP-6508 Brazil Unknown Sell This Version
E3147 Harold Lawrence - Piano Music For Children By Modern American Composers album art Marga Richter Butterfly and 2 more… Marga Richter - Piano Music For Children By Modern American Composers(LP, Album, Mono) MGM Records E3147 US Unknown Sell This Version
111 Harold Lawrence - Symphony / Donkey Serenade album art Jack Nye And His Orchestra Jack Nye And His Orchestra - Symphony / Donkey Serenade(Shellac, 10") Courtney Records 111 US Unknown Sell This Version

Conducting & Leading

SR90054 Harold Lawrence - 1812 Festival Overture, Op.49 (Original Scoring) / Capriccio Italien album art Tchaikovsky*, Antal Dorati, Minneapolis Symphony Orchestra, University Of Minnesota Brass Band Tchaikovsky*, Antal Dorati, Minneapolis Symphony Orchestra, University Of Minnesota Brass Band - 1812 Festival Overture, Op.49 (Original Scoring) / Capriccio Italien (Album) Mercury, Mercury Living Presence SR90054 US 1958 Sell This Version
MG50222 Harold Lawrence - Popovers album art Frederick Fennell, Eastman-Rochester Pops Orchestra Frederick Fennell, Eastman-Rochester Pops Orchestra - Popovers(LP, Mono, Ind) Mercury, Mercury Living Presence MG50222 US 1959 Sell This Version
OL3-112 Harold Lawrence - Rigoletto album art Verdi* Verdi* - Rigoletto (Album) Mercury OL3-112 US 1960 Sell This Version
MG50240 Harold Lawrence - La Serva Padrona album art Renata Scotto, Sesto Bruscantini, Virtuosi Di Roma "Collegium Musicum Italicum", Renato Fasano Renata Scotto, Sesto Bruscantini, Virtuosi Di Roma "Collegium Musicum Italicum", Renato Fasano - La Serva Padrona(LP, Mono) Mercury MG50240 US 1960 Sell This Version
SR90214 Harold Lawrence - Les Préludes · The Moldau · Night On Bald Mountain · Valse Triste album art Liszt*, Smetana*, Moussorgsky*, Sibelius*, London Symphony*, Antal Dorati Liszt*, Smetana*, Moussorgsky*, Sibelius*, London Symphony*, Antal Dorati - Les Préludes · The Moldau · Night On Bald Mountain · Valse Triste (Album) Mercury, Mercury Living Presence SR90214 US 1960 Sell This Version
ST-90043 , STB-90043 Harold Lawrence - Music Of Leroy Anderson, Vol. 2 album art Frederick Fennell, Eastman-Rochester Pops Orchestra Frederick Fennell, Eastman-Rochester Pops Orchestra - Music Of Leroy Anderson, Vol. 2(Reel, 4tr Stereo, 7" Reel, Album) Mercury, Mercury ST-90043 , STB-90043 US 1961 Sell This Version
MMA 11144 , MG 50271 Harold Lawrence - Marches For Orchestra album art Frederick Fennell Conducting The Eastman-Rochester "POPS"* Frederick Fennell Conducting The Eastman-Rochester "POPS"* - Marches For Orchestra(LP, Album, Mono) Mercury, Mercury MMA 11144 , MG 50271 UK 1961 Sell This Version
MG 50209, MG50209 Harold Lawrence - Gayne Ballet Music • Romeo And Juliet album art Khatchaturian*, Tchaikovsky*, Dorati* Khatchaturian*, Tchaikovsky*, Dorati* - Gayne Ballet Music • Romeo And Juliet (Album) Mercury Living Presence, Mercury MG 50209, MG50209 US 1961 Sell This Version
MG50281 Harold Lawrence - Paray Conducts Ravel & Debussy album art Ravel* / Debussy* - Paul Paray, Detroit Symphony Orchestra Ravel* / Debussy* - Paul Paray, Detroit Symphony Orchestra - Paray Conducts Ravel & Debussy(LP, Mono, Promo) Mercury MG50281 US 1962 Sell This Version
SR90288, SR 90288 Harold Lawrence - Sinfonia Breve / Free Variations For Orchestra album art Ernest Bloch / Wayne Peterson, Antal Dorati, Minneapolis Symphony* Ernest Bloch / Wayne Peterson, Antal Dorati, Minneapolis Symphony* - Sinfonia Breve / Free Variations For Orchestra Mercury Living Presence, Mercury Living Presence, Mercury SR90288, SR 90288 US 1962 Sell This Version
SR90383 Harold Lawrence - Piano Concerto In A Minor / Arabesque / Variations album art Schumann* / Byron Janis, Stanislaw Skrowaczewski, Minneapolis Symphony Orchestra Schumann* / Byron Janis, Stanislaw Skrowaczewski, Minneapolis Symphony Orchestra - Piano Concerto In A Minor / Arabesque / Variations(LP, Album) Mercury, Mercury Living Presence SR90383 US 1964 Sell This Version