Sir Colin Davis

Biography

Born: September 25, 1927   Died: April 14, 2013   Country: England  
Sir Colin Davis became one of the world's best-known conductors during the last four decades of the twentieth century. He is particularly well known for his recordings of Berlioz and Sibelius. While playing the clarinet as a student at the Royal College of Music in London, he participated in a performance of Berlioz's oratorio L'enfance du Christ. He was deeply affected by the work, and decided then to become a conductor. A great obstacle in Read more achieving his goal was his lack of skill at the piano. For that reason, he was barred from the conducting classes at the Royal College of Music and had to learn conducting on his own. He still admits that he plays piano "very badly, not worth talking about." He was called to military service and was posted to the Band of the Household Cavalry. At that point he formed, with some fellow Royal College instrumentalists, an ensemble called the Kalmar Orchestra, which he often conducted. It soon evolved into the Chelsea Opera Group, a semi-professional organization. Davis became recognized for his professional and stylish performances of Mozart operas. In 1952 he became head of ballet music at Royal Festival Hall. He was an assistant conductor of the BBC Scottish Orchestra (1957-1959). In 1958 he debuted at Covent Garden in Die Entführung aus dem Serail. In 1959, when Otto Klemperer became ill, he took over a performance of Mozart's Don Giovanni at the Royal Festival Hall, a performance that won him wide acclaim. In 1960 lightning struck twice when Thomas Beecham, scheduled to conduct Mozart's Zauberflöte at Glyndebourne, fell ill and Davis again made a brilliant substitution. In 1961 he was appointed musical director of the Sadler's Wells Opera. He resigned from Sadler's Wells in 1964 to do more symphonic conducting, especially with the London Symphony Orchestra. In 1965 he was named a Commander of the Order of the British Empire. During this period he began to record widely, including a classic series of releases of the music of Hector Berlioz, including the first recording of the complete Les Troyens.

From 1967 to 1971 he was Principal Conductor of the BBC Symphony Orchestra, with the autonomy to pursue an adventurous policy of repertory. He conducted the Royal Opera Company on several occasions, again mainly in newer music, and emerged as a principal champion of Sir Michael Tippett's operas.

He was chosen to succeed Sir Georg Solti as musical director of the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, in 1971. While continuing to be praised for his Mozart and for unusual repertory, he received some criticism for his more standard selections, including a Wagner Ring cycle of 1974-1976. Even so, he was asked to appear at Bayreuth, where his Tannhäuser in 1977 was the first appearance of a British conductor in the Wagnerian shrine. Over the years, he has become more at home in the core operatic and orchestral repertory.

In 1980 he received a knighthood from Queen Elizabeth II. In 1984 he accepted a position as chief conductor of the Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra in Munich. He took it on a tour of North America in 1986. In the same year, he resigned his position with the Royal Opera to have more time for guest conducting. He remained with the Munich Orchestra into 1994. He also was principal guest conductor with the Boston Symphony Orchestra. In 1995 he was appointed Principal Conductor of the London Symphony Orchestra.
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Nielsen: Symphonies Nos. 1-6 / Colin Davis, London SO
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Haydn: Symphonies 92, 93, 97-99 / Davis, London Symphony Orchestra
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Smetana: Má Vlast / Davis, London SO
Release Date: 10/11/2005   Label: Lso Live  
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Sibelius: Symphony No 2, Etc / Davis, London So
Release Date: 05/08/2007   Label: Lso Live  
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Elgar: Enigma Variations, Etc / Davis, London So
Release Date: 06/12/2007   Label: Lso Live  
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Born: September 25, 1927   Died: April 14, 2013   Country: England  
Sir Colin Davis became one of the world's best-known conductors during the last four decades of the twentieth century. He is particularly well known for his recordings of Berlioz and Sibelius. While playing the clarinet as a student at the Royal College of Music in London, he participated in a performance of Berlioz's oratorio L'enfance du Christ. He was deeply affected by the work, and decided then to become a conductor. A great obstacle in Read more
WORKS ALBUMS
TITLE/COMPOSER
LABEL
1. Allegro spiritoso
2. Andantino grazioso
3. Tempo di menuetto (Vivace)
I. Andante. Nobilmente e semplice - Allegro
II. Allegro molto -
III. Adagio - Molto expressivo e sostenuto
IV. Lento - Allegro - Grandioso
I. Andante con moto
II. Vivace non troppo
III. Adagio
IV. Allegro vivacissimo
I. Andante - Allegro con fuoco
II. Allegro vivace
III. Andante
IV. Andante con moto - Allegro vivace
I. Allegretto
II. Tempo Andante, ma rubato
III. Vivacissimo -
IV. Finale: Allegro moderato
I. Allegro moderato
II. Andante con moto
I. Allegro con brio - Un poco sostenuto
II. Andante
III. Poco allegretto
IV. Allegro - Un poco sostenuto
Requiem et Kyrie
Dies irae
Quid sum miser
Rex tremendae
Quaerens me
Lacrimosa
Offertoirium
Hostias
Sanctus
Agnus Dei
1. Allegro moderato - Allegro
2. Andante
3. Allegro molto
1. Allegro
2. Adagio - Piů adagio - Presto
3. Allegro molto
1. Allegretto
2. Adagio religioso
3. Allegro vivace
1. Allegro con brio
2. Andante con moto
3. Allegro
4. Allegro
1. Allegro
2. Adagio un poco mosso
3. Rondo (Allegro)
1. Ręveries. Passions (Largo - Allegro agitato ed appassionato assai)
2. Un bal (Valse: Allegro non troppo)
3. Scčne aux champs (Adagio)
4. Marche au supplice (Allegretto non troppo)
5. Songe d'une nuit du Sabbat (Larghetto - Allegro - Ronde du Sabbat: Poco meno mosso)
1. Requiem - Kyrie
2. Dies irae - Tuba mirum
3. Quid sum miser
4. Rex tremendae
5. Quaerens me
6. Lacrymosa
7. Domine Jesu Christe
8. Hostias
9. Sanctus
10. Agnus Dei
Te Deum
Tibi omnes
Dignare
Christe, rex gloriae
Te ergo quaesumus
Judex crederis
1. Allegro maestoso
2. Poco adagio
3. Scherzo (Vivace)
4. Finale (Allegro)
1. Adagio - Allegro molto
2. Largo
3. Scherzo (Molto vivace)
4. Allegro con fuoco
Theme (Andante)
1. C.A.E. (L'istesso tempo)
2. H.D.S.-P. (Allegro)
3. R.B.T. (Allegretto)
4. W.M.B. (Allegro di molto)
5. R.P.A. (Moderato)
6. Ysobel (Andantino)
7. Troyte (Presto)
8. W.N. (Allegretto)
9. Nimrod (Adagio)
10. Intermezzo: Dorabella (Allegretto)
11. G.R.S. (Allegro di molto)
12. B.G.N. (Andante)
13. Romanza *** (Moderato)
14. Finale: E.D.U. (Allegro - Presto)
1. Mars, the Bringer of War
2. Venus, the Bringer of Peace
3. Mercury, the Winged Messenger
4. Jupiter, the Bringer of Jollity
5. Saturn, the Bringer of Old Age
6. Uranus, the Magician
7. Neptune, the Mystic
1. Adagio - Vivace assai
2. Andante
3. Menuet (Allegro molto)
4. Finale (Allegro di molto)
1. Adagio - Presto
2. Andante
3. Menuet (Allegretto) - Trio
4. Finale (Vivace)
1. Adagio - Allegro
2. Andante
3. Menuet (Allegro)
4. Finale (Spiritoso)
Thema: Andante grazioso
Var. I. L'istesso tempo
Var. II. Poco agitato
Var. III. Con moto
Var. IV. Vivace
Var. V. Quasi presto
Var. VI. Sostenuto (quasi adagietto)
Var. VII. Andante grazioso
Var. VIII. Molto sostenuto
Fugue: Allegretto grazioso
1. Allegro
2. Turandot (Scherzo)
3. Andantino
4. Marsch
1. Allegro
2. Andante - Interlude (L'istesso tempo)-
3. Con moto
Das Trinklied vom Jammer der Erde
Der Einsame im Herbst
Von der Jugend
Von der Schönheit
Der Trunkene im Frühling
Der Abschied
1. Allegro con brio
2. Andante
3. Menuetto
4. Allegro
1. Allegro
2. (Andante)
3. Allegro
1. Molto allegro
2. Andante
3. Menuetto (Allegretto)
4. Finale (Allegro assai)
1. Dixit Dominus Domino meo
2. Confitebor tibi, Domine
3. Beatus vir qui timet Dominum
4. Laudate pueri Dominum
5. Laudate Dominum omnes gentes
6. Magnificat anima mea
1. Andante, ma non troppo - Allegro energico
2. Andante (ma non troppo lento)
3. Scherzo (Allegro)
4. Finale (Quasi una fantasia)
"So, If I Dream"
"What Is It You Do To Flora?"
"You Can Pick Roses"
"If You Think We're Waxworks, You Ought To Play"
"Ca - Ca - Caliban"
"O, You Stare In Horror"
"Do, Do Not, Do Not Torment Me"
"Fear! What Do I Fear?"
"Flora: Flora, Love; Stop Crying"
"I Was Born In a Big Town"
"You Must Both Hold With Me"
"Ugh-Ugh-Ugh. -Whatever Is That?"
"Two Unruly Spirits Born!"
"Mel! O Crude, O Obscene"
"And What Are You, Mangus?"
"I Am No More Afraid"
"Goodbye Island: Goodbye Cave"
"Enough! Enough!"
Introduction
Kashchei's enchanted garden
Appearance of the Firebird pursued by Ivan Tsarevich
Dance of the Firebird
Ivan Tsarevich captures the Firebird
Supplication of the Firebird
Game of the Princesses with the golden apples
Sudden appearance of Ivan Tsarevich
Round dance of the Princesses
Daybreak
Magic carillon, appearance of Kashchei's guardian monsters and capture of Ivan Tsarevich
Dance of Kashchei's retinue under the spell of the Firebird
Infernal dance of all Kashchei's subject's
Lullaby of the Firebird
Collapse of Kashchei's palace and dissolution of all enchantments - Reanimation of the petrified prisoners - General rejoicing
1st scene
2nd scene
3rd scene
1. Allegro molto moderato
2. Adagio
3. Allegro moderato molto e marcato - Quasi presto - Andante maestoso
1. Allegro moderato
2. Andante con moto
3. Rondo (Vivace)
1. Allegro
2. Adagio un poco mosso
3. Rondo (Allegro)
"Over hill, over dale"
"Oberon is passing fell and wrath"
"Well, go thy way"
"How now my love?"
"Be it on lion, bear, or wolf, or bull"
"Welcome wanderer!"
"Is all our company here?"
"Fair love, you faint with wand'ring in the wood"
"Through the forest have I gone"
"Stay, though thou kill me, sweet Demetrius"
"Come, now a roundel and a fairy song"
"You spotted snakes with double tongue"
"What thou seest when thou dost wake"
Introduction: The wood
"Are we all met?"
"I see their knavery"
"Be kind and courteous to this gentleman"
"Hail, mortal, hail!"
"I have a reas'nable good ear in music"
"How now, mad spirit?"
"Flower of this purple dye"
"Puppet? Why so?"
"This is thy negligence"
"Up and down, up and down"
"On the ground, sleep sound"
"My gentle Robin, see'st thou this sweet sight?"
"Helena! Hermi! Demetrius! Lysander!"
"When my cue comes, call me"
"Have you sent to Bottom's house?"
"Now, fair Hippolyta"
"If we offend, it is with our good will"
"Gentles, perchance you wonder at this show"
"In this same interlude it doth befall"
"O grim-look'd night, O night with hue so black"
"O wall, full often hast thou heard my moans"
"You ladies, you whose gentle hearts do fear"
"This lanthorn doth the horned moon present"
"Sweet moon, I thank thee for thy sunny beams"
"Asleep, my love?"
"Come, your Bergomask"
"Now the hungry lion roars"
Piano Concerto: I. Allegro non troppo
Piano Concerto: II. Molto lento e tranquillo
Piano Concerto: III. Vivace
"Peter Grimes!"
"You sailed your boat"
"Peter Grimes, I here advise you!"
"The truth...the pity..."
Interlude I: On the beach
"Oh, hang at open doors"
"Hi! give us a hand"
"I have to go from pub to pub"
"Let her among you"
"Look, the storm cone!"
"And do you prefer the storm"
"What harbour shelters peace"
Interlude II: The Storm
"Past time to close!"
"We live and let live"
"Have you heard?"
"Now the Great Bear and Pleiades"
"Old Joe has gone fishing"
Interlude III: Sunday morning by the beach
"Glitter of waves"
"Let this be a holiday"
"This unrelenting work"
"Fool to let it come to this!"
"What is it?"
"People!...No! I will speak!"
"We planned that their lives"
"Swallow! Shall we go"
"Now is gossip put on trial"
"From the gutter"
Interlude IV: Passacaglia
"Go there!"
"Now!...Now!"
"Peter Grimes! Nobody here?"
Interlude V: Evening
"Assign your prettiness to me"
"Pah!"
"Come along, Doctor!"
"Embroidery in childhood"
"Mr.Swallow!"
"Who holds himself apart"
Interlude VI: Fog
"Grimes! Grimes!"
"Peter, we've come to take you home"
"To those who pass the Borough"
I. Allegro moderato
II. Andante con moto
I. Allegro con brio - Un poco sostenuto
II. Andante
III. Poco allegretto
IV. Allegro - Un poco sostenuto
1. Maestoso - Poco piů moderato
2. Adagio
3. Rondo (Allegro non troppo)
I. Allegretto
II. Tempo andante
III. Vivacissimo
IV. Allegro moderato
Symphony No. 6, Op. 104 in D Minor: Allegro molto moderato
Allegro moderato
Poco vivace
Allegro molto
1. Allegro
2. Adagio un poco mosso
3. Rondo (Allegro)
Tippett: A Child of our Time / Part 1 - "The World Turns On Its Dark Side"
Tippett: A Child of our Time / Part 1 - "Man Has Measured The Heavens"
Tippett: A Child of our Time / Part 1 - "Is Evil Then Good?"
Tippett: A Child of our Time / Part 1 - "Now In Each Nation" - "When Shall The Userer's City Cease"
Tippett: A Child of our Time / Part 1 - "I Have No Money For My Bread"
Tippett: A Child of our Time / Part 1 - "How Can I Cherish My Man In Such Days...Steal Away"
Tippett: A Child of our Time / Part 2 - "A Star Rises In Mid-Winter"
Tippett: A Child of our Time / Part 2 - "And A Time Came"
Tippett: A Child of our Time / Part 2 - "O My Son!"
Tippett: A Child of our Time / Part 2 - "Nobody Knows The Trouble I See"
Tippett: A Child of our Time / Part 2 - "The Boy Becomes Desperate In His Agony"
Tippett: A Child of our Time / Part 2 - "They Took A Terrible Vengeance"
Tippett: A Child of our Time / Part 2 - "Go Down, Moses"
Tippett: A Child of our Time / Part 2 - "My Dreams Are All Shattered"
Tippett: A Child of our Time / Part 2 - "What Have I Done To You, My Son?...O, By And By"
Tippett: A Child of our Time / Part 3 - "The Cold Deepens"
Tippett: A Child of our Time / Part 3 - "The Soul Of Man"
Tippett: A Child of our Time / Part 3 - "The Words Of Wisdom Are These"
Tippett: A Child of our Time / Part 3 - "I Would Know My Shadow And My Light"
Tippett: A Child of our Time / Part 3 - "Deep River"
1. Allegro
2. Romance
3. Rondo (Allegro assai)
1. Allegro maestoso
2. Andante
3. Allegro vivace assai
1. Allegro maestoso
2. Andante
3. Allegretto
1. Andante - Allegro
2. Allegro - Adagio
1. Praeludium (Prelude)
2. Reigen (Round Dance)
3. Marsch (March)
Ouverture
"Quando avran fine omai"
"Padre, germani, addio!" - "Ecco Idamante, ahimč!"
"Radunate i Troiani"
"Non ho colpa"
"Ecco il misero resto de' Troiani"
"Godiam la pace"
"Prence, signor, tutta la Grecia oltraggi"
"Estinto č Idomeneo?"
"Tutte nel cor vi sento"
"Pietŕ! Numi, pietŕ!"
"Eccoci salvi alfin"
"Vedrommi intorno"
"Cieli! che veggo?"
"Il padre adorato"
Intermezzo: Marcia
"Nettuno s'onori"
"Tutto m'č noto"
"Se mai pomposo apparse"
"Se il padre perdei"
"Qual mi conturba i sensi"
"Fuor del mar"
"Chi mai del mio provň"
"Idol mio, se ritroso"
"Odo da lunge armonioso suono"
"Sidonie sponde!"
"Placido č il mar"
"Vattene prence"
"Pria di partir, oh Dio!"
"Qual nuovo terrore!
"Eccoti in me, barbaro Nume!"
"Corriamo, fuggiamo"
"Solitudini amiche"
"Zeffiretti lusinghieri" - "Ei stesso vien... oh Dei!"
"Principessa, a' tuoi sguardi"
"S'io non moro a questi accenti"
"Cieli! che vedo?"
"Andrň ramingo e solo"
"Sire, alla reggia tua"
"Sventurata Sidon!"
"Volgi intorno lo sguardo"
"O voto tremendo"
Marcia
"Accogli, o rč del mar"
"Stupenda vittoria!" - "Qual risuona qui intorno"
"Padre, mio caro padre"
"Ferma, oh sire, che fai?"
"Ha vinto Amore"
"Oh ciel pietoso!"
"D'Oreste, d'Aiace"
"Popoli, a voi l'ultima legge"
"Torna la pace al core"
"Scenda Amor, scenda Imeneo"
Ballo delle donne Cretesi
"Se il tuo duol"
"Se colŕ ne' fati č scritto"
"Deh vibra un colpo"
"No, la morte io non pavento"
1a. Chaconne: Allegro
1b. Chaconne: Larghetto
1c. Chaconne: Allegro
2. Largo - Allegretto - Piů allegro
Overture
"Ah, ah che ridere!"
"Nacqui all'aria trionfale"
"Dove mai trovai quel ciglio?"
"Che accidenti!"
Overture
"Cinque... deci... venti..." - "Cosa stai misurando"
"Se a caso Madama" - "Or bene, ascolta, e taci"
"Se vuol ballare" - "Ed aspettaste il giorno"
"La vendetta" - "Tutto ancor non ho perso"
"Via resti servita" - "Va lŕ, vecchia pedante"
"Non so piů cosa son, cosa faccio"
"Ah, son perduto!"
"Cosa sento! tosto andate" - "Basilio, in traccia tosto"
"Giovani liete" - "Cos'č questa commedia?" - "Giovani liete" - "Evviva!"
"Non piů andrai"
"Porgi amor"
"Vieni, cara Susanna" - "Quanto duolmi, Susanna"
"Voi che sapete" - "Bravo! che bella voce!"
"Venite... inginocchiatevi..."
"Quante buffonerie!" - "Che novitŕ!"
"Susanna, or via, sortite" - "Dunque, voi non aprite"
"Aprite, presto" - "O guarda il demonietto!" - "Tutto č come io lasciai"
"Esci, ormai, garzon malnato" - "Susanna!... Signore!"
"Signore, di fuori" - "Ah! signore... signor!"
"Voi signor, che giusto siete"
"Che imbarazzo č mai questo" - "Via, fatti core"
"Crudel! perché finora" - "E perché fosti meco"
"Hai giŕ vinta la causa" - "Vedrň mentr'io sospiro"
"Andiamo, andiam, bel paggio"
"E Susanna non vien!...Dove sono"
"E decisa la lite"
"Riconosci in questo amplesso" - "Eccovi, o" - "Io vi dico"
"Cosa mi narri!" - "Che soave zefiretto" - "Piegato č il foglio"
"Ricevete, o padroncina" - "Queste sono, Madama"
"Ecco la marcia... andiamo." - "Amanti costanti"
Fandango - "Eh giŕ, solita usanza"
"L'ho perduta... me meschina!"
"Barbarina, cos'hai?" - "Madre... Figlio." - "Presto, avvertiam Susanna"
"Il capro e la capretta"
"Nel padiglione a manca"
"In quegli anni in cui val poco"
"Tutto č disposto" - "Aprite un po' quegli occhi"
"Signora, ella mi disse"
"Giunse alfin il momento" - "Deh vieni non tardar"
"Perfida! e in quella forma meco mentia?"
"Pian pianin le andrň piů presso"
"Tutto č tranquillo e placido" - "Pace, pace mio dolce tesoro"
"Gente, gente, all'armi"
Overture
"Notte e giorno faticar" - "Leporello, ove sei?"
"Ah! del padre in periglio" - "Ma qual mai s'offre, o Dei"
"Fuggi, crudele, fuggi!"
"Orsů, spicciati presto"
"Ah! chi mi dice mai" - "Udisti? qualche bella"


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