Below you’ll find a full list of all of the recordings we’ve been involved with over the years, including links to purchase for each. You can also listen to most of these albums through Spotify – click through to our Watch & listen page for embedded playlists.
Music of the Spheres [buy on Amazon / Apple Music / Presto Music]
Deutsche Grammophon, 2020
Themed around Pythagoras’s theory of the ‘Music of the Spheres’, featuring Mozart’s Jupiter Symphony (from memory) alongside music by Max Richter, Thomas Adès and John Dowland via Nico Muhly.
“This is a pointed, deep-driven performance that becomes joyous.” Gramophone Magazine
“The main attractions, though, are an electric Jupiter Symphony (played from memory, and it shows in the best possible way) and Nico Muhly’s haunting arrangement of Dowland’s Time Stands Still, sung with ethereal beauty by Iestyn Davies” Presto Classical
Insomnia [buy on Amazon / Apple Music / Presto Classical]
Warner Classics, 2015
An album which takes the listener on a journey through the darkness of a troubled night, in the company of tenor Allan Clayton. Featuring music by Ivor Gurney, Thomas Adès, Benjamin Britten, The Beatles and R.E.M.
“Barely ten years old, the Aurora Orchestra – and more particularly its bold, eclectic programming – has put a tiger in the tank of London music-making. This riveting album shows how.” The Times
“It is worth staying awake for this eclectic programme on the theme of night, if only to hear which musical frontier it will cross next.” The Financial Times
Road Trip [buy on Amazon / Apple Music / Presto Classical]
Warner Classics, 2014
Aurora’s debut for Warner Classics features an all-American programme of music by Copland, Ives and John Adams, as well as new folk/pop arrangements by Nico Muhly in performances with singers Sam Amidon and Dawn Landes. The disc won a German ECHO Klassik Award in 2015 in the ‘Classics without Frontiers’ category.
“It says much for the orchestra’s imagination and that of its conductor, Nicholas Collon, that the disc has the true feel and immediacy of a live concert with an arresting variety of styles cohesively drawn into a glowingly organic whole… With such astute planning and with playing of the first order, this CD amounts to much more than the sum of its parts.” The Telegraph
“Like Jack Kerouac and the Beat Generation, the youthful Aurora Orchestra is on the road… The performances, directed by Nicholas Collon, are crisp and bright, rising to virtuoso level in John Adams’s scintillating Chamber Symphony.” Financial Times
Seeing is Believing [buy on Amazon / Apple Music]
Decca Classics, 2011
In October 2010, Aurora visited Snape in Suffolk to record Nico Muhly’s music for chamber orchestra, including original compositions and instrumental arrangements of Renaissance choral motets. The project marked the culmination of a relationship with Muhly which started three years earlier, with the orchestra’s commissioning Muhly to write the concerto for electric violin Seeing is Believing.
“Like so much of Muhly’s music, it is immediately engaging and fresh, with some delicious sounds and striking moments, especially the keening glissandi for the solo violin that open the work…” The Guardian