Dennis Russell Davies

Biography

Born: April 16, 1944; Toledo, OH  
Though respected for his interpretations of works that range across the entire repertoire, American conductor Dennis Russell Davies is particularly well known for his skillful presentations of new music. Davies' formal training includes studies at the Juilliard School of Music, where his conducting teachers were Jean Morel and Jorge Mester. He made his conducting debut in 1968, leading the Juilliard Ensemble in performances at the Spoleto Read more Festival. In 1969, Davies led the same group (under the name "The Ensemble") in the famed concert series "New and Newer Music" at Lincoln Center. In 1970, he led the premiere performance of Luciano Berio's opera Opera at the Santa Fe Festival.

The conductor's first appointment was as music director of the Norwalk Symphony (1968-1973). From 1972 to 1980 he was music director of the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra and, from 1974, director of the Cabrillo Music Festival. Davies made his European operatic debut with a production of Debussy's Pelléas et Mélisande at the Netherlands Opera in 1973. In 1977, he became a founding member and music director of the American Composers Orchestra, a New York ensemble specializing in new music. His tenure with that ensemble, which continued to 2001, represents one of the longest such associations on the American orchestral scene. In 1978 Davies became the second American (after Thomas Schippers) to be asked to conduct at the Wagner Festival in Bayreuth, where he led performances of The Flying Dutchman through 1980. Davies held the post of music director of the Württemburg State Theater in Stuttgart from 1980 to 1987. There, in addition to premiering works like Henze's The English Cat, Glass' Akhnaten, and Bolcom's Songs of Innocence and Experience, he attracted attention for controversial productions of more familiar repertoire.

Davies has lived in Germany since 1980, although he spends much of his professional life in the United States. In 1991 he became director of the Brooklyn Academy of Music and principal conductor of the Brooklyn Philharmonic. He debuted at the Metropolitan Opera in 1996, conducting the premiere of Glass' The Voyage. In the 1990s he also premiered Berio's Un re in Ascolto at the Chicago Lyric Opera and Schwertsik's operetta Der ewige Frieden in Bonn and Vienna. Davies assumed the post of chief conductor of the Stuttgart Chamber Orchestra in 1996. In 2002, he took on chief conductor position of both the Linz Opera and the Bruckner Orchestra Linz.

Davies is amply represented on recordings, especially of new music. His label associations include projects with Nonesuch, ECM, Point, Argo, Tzadik, MusicMasters, and CRI. Read less

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Biography

Born: April 16, 1944; Toledo, OH  
Though respected for his interpretations of works that range across the entire repertoire, American conductor Dennis Russell Davies is particularly well known for his skillful presentations of new music. Davies' formal training includes studies at the Juilliard School of Music, where his conducting teachers were Jean Morel and Jorge Mester. He made his conducting debut in 1968, leading the Juilliard Ensemble in performances at the Spoleto Read more
WORKS ALBUMS
TITLE/COMPOSER
LABEL
I. Largo - Allegro vivace
II. Andante
III. Menuetto: Allegro vivace
IV. Presto vivace
I. Adagio - Allegro
II. Andante
III. Scherzo: Presto
IV. Allegro moderato
I. Molto moderato - Allegro
II. Adagio mesto
III. Vivace non troppo
I. Adagio maestoso - Allegro con brio
II. Allegretto
III. Menuetto: Vivace
IV. Presto vivace
I. Allegro
II. Andante con moto
III. Menuetto: Allegro molto
IV. Allegro vivace
The Ruins of Athens (Incidental Music) Op.113: Turkish March
Die Ruinen von Athen, Op.113: Turkish March
Andante
Moderato
Presto
The Boatman's Dance (Mistrel Song)
The Dodger (Campaign Song)
Long Time Ago (Ballad)
Simple Gifts (Shaker Song)
I Bought Me A Cat (Children's Song)
The Little Horses (Lullaby)
Zion's Walls (Revitalist Song)
The Golden Willow Tree (Anglo-American Ballad)
At the River (Hymn Tune)
Ching-a-Ring-Chaw (Minstrel Song)
Sessions: Symphony No.6 - 1. Allegro
Sessions: Symphony No.6 - 2. Adagio e tranquillo
Sessions: Symphony No.6 - 3. Allegro moderato
Sessions: Symphony No.7 - 1. Allegro con fuoco
Sessions: Symphony No.7 - 2. Lento e dolce
Sessions: Symphony No.7 - 3. Allegro vivace
Sessions: Symphony No.9 - 1. Allegro
Sessions: Symphony No.9 - 2. Con movimento adagio
Sessions: Symphony No.9 - 3. Allegro vivace
Incidental Music for Goethe's "Egmont," Op. 84 (2005 Digital Remaster): Overture
Incidental Music for Goethe's "Egmont," Op. 84 (2005 Digital Remaster): No. 1, Die Trommel geruhret
Incidental Music for Goethe's "Egmont," Op. 84 (2005 Digital Remaster): No. 2, Entr'acte I (Andante)
Incidental Music for Goethe's "Egmont," Op. 84 (2005 Digital Remaster): No. 3, Entr'acte II (Larghetto)
Incidental Music for Goethe's "Egmont," Op. 84 (2005 Digital Remaster): No. 4, Freudvoll und leidvoll
Incidental Music for Goethe's "Egmont," Op. 84 (2005 Digital Remaster): No. 5, Entr'acte III (Allegro)
Incidental Music for Goethe's "Egmont," Op. 84 (2005 Digital Remaster): No. 6, Entr'acte IV (Poco sostenuto e risoluto)
Incidental Music for Goethe's "Egmont," Op. 84 (2005 Digital Remaster): No. 7, Clarechen's Death
Incidental Music for Goethe's "Egmont," Op. 84 (2005 Digital Remaster): No. 8, Melodrama
Incidental Music for Goethe's "Egmont," Op. 84 (2005 Digital Remaster): No. 9, Symphony of Victory
Incidental Music for Kotzebue's "Die Ruinen von Athen," Op. 113: Overture
Incidental Music for Kotzebue's "Die Ruinen von Athen," Op. 113: No. 1, Tochter des machtigen Zeus
Incidental Music for Kotzebue's "Die Ruinen von Athen," Op. 113: No. 2, Ohne Verschulden
Incidental Music for Kotzebue's "Die Ruinen von Athen," Op. 113: No. 3, Chorus of Dervishes
Incidental Music for Kotzebue's "Die Ruinen von Athen," Op. 113: No. 4, Marcia all turca
Incidental Music for Kotzebue's "Die Ruinen von Athen," Op. 113: No. 5, Music behind the Scene (Assai allegro ma non troppo)
Incidental Music for Kotzebue's "Die Ruinen von Athen," Op. 113: No. 6, March & Schuckt die Altare
Incidental Music for Kotzebue's "Die Ruinen von Athen," Op. 113: No. 7, Wir tragen empfangliche Herzen
Incidental Music for Kotzebue's "Die Ruinen von Athen," Op. 113: No. 8, Heil unserm Konig
Heroes
Abdul Majid
Sense Of Doubt
Sons Of The Silent Age
Neu Köln
V2 Schneider
1. Subterraneans
2. Some Are
3. Warszawa
Andante - Maestoso
Allegro
Andante
I. Kazoo Blues
II. March
III. Northern Harmony
IV. Dido's Dance - Dido Dies (Irae)
Mozart: Piano Concerto No.20 in D minor, K.466 - 1. Allegro
Mozart: Piano Concerto No.20 in D minor, K.466 - 2. Romance
Mozart: Piano Concerto No.20 in D minor, K.466 - 3. Rondo (Allegro assai)
Mozart: Piano Concerto No.17 in G, K.453 - 1. Allegro
Mozart: Piano Concerto No.17 in G, K.453 - 2. Andante
Mozart: Piano Concerto No.17 in G, K.453 - 3. Allegretto - Finale: Presto
Mozart: Piano Concerto No.9 in E flat, K.271 - "Jeunehomme" - 1. Allegro
Mozart: Piano Concerto No.9 in E flat, K.271 - "Jeunehomme" - 2. Andantino
Mozart: Piano Concerto No.9 in E flat, K.271 - "Jeunehomme" - 3. Rondeau (Presto)
Glass: Heroes
Glass: Abdul Majid
Glass: Sense Of Doubt
Glass: Sons Of The Silent Age
Glass: Neu Köln
Glass: V2 Schneider
Glass: Low Symphony (From The Music Of David Bowie And Brian Eno) - 1. Subterraneans
Glass: Low Symphony (From The Music Of David Bowie And Brian Eno) - 2. Some Are
Glass: Low Symphony (From The Music Of David Bowie And Brian Eno) - 3. Warszawa
Act I - Year 1 of Akhnaten's Reign - Thebes - Prelude: Refrain, Verse 1, Verse 2
Prelude: Verse 3
Scene 1: Funeral of Amenhotep III
Scene 2: Coronation of Aknaten
Scene 3: Window of Appearances
Act II: Years 5 to 15 - Thebes and Akhetaten - Scene 1: Temple
Scene 2: Akhnaten and Nefertiti
Scene 3: City/Dance
Narration: City/Dance
Scene 4: Hymn
Act III: Year 17 and the Present - Akhetaten - Scene 1: Family
Scene 2: Attack and Fall
Scene 3: The Ruins
Epilogue


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