The LSO has announced the sudden and unexpected death of record producer James Mallinson.

Mallinson learnt his trade with Decca, where he recorded the first ever complete Haydn symphonies with Antal Dorati and a major series of works by 20th-century composers including Messiaen, Ligeti, Cage and Birtwhistle.

After he left to go freelance in the early 1980s he worked with all the major record labels and with most major classical artists. By his own reckoning the only international name he never recorded was Pierre Boulez.

His recordings earned him 16 Grammy awards.

In addition, he was instrumental in setting up successful orchestra-owned labels, including LSO Live, the Chicago Symphony Orchestra’s Resound label and the Mariinski Live label. His most recent project was an ongoing Beethoven Symphony cycle with the Britten Sinfonia and Thomas Adès.