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
Bruckner: Symphony No 4 / Davies, Bruckner Orchester Linz
Release Date: 03/22/2005   Label: Arte Nova  
Catalog: 604880   Number of Discs: 1
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Bruckner: Symphony No 8 / Dennis Russell Davies, Et Al
Release Date: 06/14/2005   Label: Arte Nova  
Catalog: 628560   Number of Discs: 2
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Weill: Aufstieg und Fall der Stadt Mahagonny / Jones, Malfitano, Davies
Release Date: 11/15/2011   Label: Arthaus Musik  
Catalog: 100093   Number of Discs: 1
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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
1. Allegro
2. Adagio e tranquillo
3. Allegro moderato
1. Allegro con fuoco
2. Lento e dolce
3. Allegro vivace
1. Allegro
2. Con movimento adagio
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)
Heroes
Abdul Majid
Sense Of Doubt
Sons Of The Silent Age
Neu Köln
V2 Schneider
1. Subterraneans
2. Some Are
3. Warszawa


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