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Davis,Sir Colin
Release Date: 09/18/2012 
Label:  Warner Classics   Catalog #: 63989   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus MozartGioachino RossiniLudwig van BeethovenFelix Mendelssohn,   ... 
Performer:  Leon GoossensYehudi MenuhinJohn OgdonSir Ralph Richardson,   ... 
Conductor:  Sir Colin Davis
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Sinfonia of LondonPhilharmonia OrchestraRoyal Philharmonic Orchestra,   ... 
Number of Discs: 6 
Recorded in: Stereo 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Sir Colin Davis was born on 25th September, 1927 in Weybridge and hence this year he celebrates his 85th birthday. His instrument was the Clarinet which he studied at the Royal College of Music and was a bandsman in the Household Cavalry. His inability to play the piano hindered his wish to be a conductor as he was refused entry into the RCM conducting class as well as an apprenticeship in opera houses.

He gained experience informally with a group of RCM students and in his early 20’s his Mozart performances with the Chelsea Opera Group marked him out for potential greatness. At the age of 30 he was appointed assistant conductor of the BBC Scottish Orchestra and two years later an indisposed Otto Klemperer allowed him the
Read more opportunity to conduct Don Giovanni at the Festival Hall. This year, 1959 also marks his recording debut – appropriately in Mozart.

In 1960 he replaced an ill Beecham at Glyndebourne in Die Zauberflöte and the following year he was appointed musical director of Sadler’s Wells Opera where he added success in Stravinsky, notably Oedipus Rex, to his Mozart and introduced the music of Weill and Janácek to British audiences. It was during this period that the solo orchestral recordings together with Oedipus Rex were made; the Berlioz and Tippett concerto recordings were made in 1962 and 1963 respectively.

By 1964 he was in increasing demand for orchestral concerts and he left Sadler’s Wells.

Two years later he made his Metropolitan Opera debut with Peter Grimes and in 1967 started his four year tenure as principal conductor of the BBC Symphony Orchestra where he became a hero to the younger members of the Prom audience for his adventurous programming. Following his successes at the Royal Opera, where he made in debut in 1965 (he had conducted the Royal Ballet five years previously), he succeeded Solti as musical director in 1971. He was knighted in 1980. Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
Symphony no 39 in E flat major, K 543 by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Conductor:  Sir Colin Davis
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Sinfonia of London
Period: Classical 
Written: 1788; Vienna, Austria 
2.
Symphony no 34 in C major, K 338 by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Conductor:  Sir Colin Davis
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Sinfonia of London
Period: Classical 
Written: 1780; Salzburg, Austria 
3.
Symphony no 29 in A major, K 201 (186a) by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Conductor:  Sir Colin Davis
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Sinfonia of London
Written: 1774 
4.
Concerto for Oboe in C major, K 314 (285d) by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer:  Leon Goossens (Oboe)
Conductor:  Sir Colin Davis
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Sinfonia of London
Period: Classical 
Written: 1778; Mannheim, Germany 
5.
Serenade no 13 in G major, K 525 "Eine kleine Nachtmusik" by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Conductor:  Sir Colin Davis
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philharmonia Orchestra
Period: Classical 
Written: 1787; Vienna, Austria 
6.
German Dances (3), K 605 by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Conductor:  Sir Colin Davis
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philharmonia Orchestra
Period: Classical 
Written: 1791; Vienna, Austria 
7.
Serenade no 6 in D major, K 239 "Serenata notturna" by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Conductor:  Sir Colin Davis
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philharmonia Orchestra
Period: Classical 
Written: 1776; Salzburg, Austria 
8.
La finta giardiniera, K 196: Overture by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Conductor:  Sir Colin Davis
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Classical 
Written: 1775; Munich, Germany 
9.
Idomeneo, K 366: Overture by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Conductor:  Sir Colin Davis
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Classical 
Written: 1781; Munich, Germany 
10.
Die Entführung aus dem Serail, K 384: Overture by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Conductor:  Sir Colin Davis
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Classical 
Written: 1782; Vienna, Austria 
11.
Der Schauspieldirektor, K 486: Overture by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Conductor:  Sir Colin Davis
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Classical 
Written: 1786; Vienna, Austria 
12.
Le nozze di Figaro, K 492: Overture by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Conductor:  Sir Colin Davis
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Classical 
Written: 1786; Vienna, Austria 
13.
La clemenza di Tito, K 621: Overture by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Conductor:  Sir Colin Davis
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Classical 
Written: 1791; Prague, Czech Republ 
14.
Don Giovanni, K 527: Overture by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Conductor:  Sir Colin Davis
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Classical 
Written: 1787; Prague, Czech Republ 
15.
Die Zauberflöte, K 620: Overture by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Conductor:  Sir Colin Davis
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Classical 
Written: 1791; Vienna, Austria 
16.
Così fan tutte, K 588: Overture by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Conductor:  Sir Colin Davis
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Classical 
Written: 1790; Vienna, Austria 
17.
Semiramide: Overture by Gioachino Rossini
Conductor:  Sir Colin Davis
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1823; Italy 
18.
La gazza ladra: Overture by Gioachino Rossini
Conductor:  Sir Colin Davis
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1817; Italy 
19.
L'italiana in Algeri: Overture by Gioachino Rossini
Conductor:  Sir Colin Davis
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1813; Italy 
20.
Il Signor Bruschino: Overture by Gioachino Rossini
Conductor:  Sir Colin Davis
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1813; Italy 
21.
Guillaume Tell: Overture by Gioachino Rossini
Conductor:  Sir Colin Davis
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1829; Italy 
22.
Symphony no 7 in A major, Op. 92 by Ludwig van Beethoven
Conductor:  Sir Colin Davis
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Classical 
Written: 1811-1812; Vienna, Austria 
23.
Fidelio, Op. 72: Overture in E major by Ludwig van Beethoven
Conductor:  Sir Colin Davis
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Sinfonia of London
Period: Classical 
Written: 1814; Vienna, Austria 
24.
Hebrides Overture, in B minor Op. 26 "Fingal's Cave" by Felix Mendelssohn
Conductor:  Sir Colin Davis
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Sinfonia of London
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1829-1832; Rome, Italy 
25.
Variations in B flat major on a theme by Haydn, Op. 56a "St. Anthony" by Johannes Brahms
Conductor:  Sir Colin Davis
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Sinfonia of London
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1873; Austria 
26.
Harold en Italie, Op. 16 by Hector Berlioz
Performer:  Yehudi Menuhin (Viola)
Conductor:  Sir Colin Davis
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philharmonia Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1834; France 
27.
Concerto for Piano by Michael Tippett
Performer:  John Ogdon (Piano)
Conductor:  Sir Colin Davis
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philharmonia Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1953-1955; England 
28.
Siegfried Idyll by Richard Wagner
Conductor:  Sir Colin Davis
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Sinfonia of London
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1870; Germany 
29.
Oedipus rex by Igor Stravinsky
Performer:  Sir Ralph Richardson (Spoken Vocals), Ronald Dowd (Tenor), Raimund Herincx (Bass Baritone),
Patricia Johnson (Mezzo Soprano), Harold Blackburn (Bass), Alberto Remedios (Tenor)
Conductor:  Sir Colin Davis
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Philharmonic Orchestra,  Sadler's Wells Opera Chorus
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1926-1927; France 
Language: English 

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