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Colin Davis: The Philips Years [15-CD Set]

Davis,Colin
Release Date: 06/18/2013 
Label:  Decca   Catalog #: 001850302   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Béla BartókLudwig van BeethovenHector BerliozModest Mussorgsky,   ... 
Performer:  Stephen KovacevichClaudio ArrauJessye NormanJon Vickers,   ... 
Conductor:  Sir Colin Davis
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony OrchestraBBC Symphony OrchestraDresden Staatskapelle,   ... 
Number of Discs: 15 
Recorded in: Stereo 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Originally planned as an 85th birthday tribute, this set documents over 3 decades of exceptional artistry by the Sir Colin Davis, one of the musical pillars of the Philips label (now part of Decca Classics), who died Sunday 14th April 2013. He was a musician of incomparable integrity and class.

After signing to Philips exclusively in the mid-1960s, over more than three decades he then produced work for the label of the highest quality and range over the next three decades: the first (and still greatest) Berlioz cycle, pioneering Tippett, superb Haydn and Mozart, top-ranking Sibelius, Beethoven, Stravinsky, Dvorak and Britten, and much else.

His many recording orchestras included the English Chamber Orchestra,
Read more London Symphony, BBC Symphony, Royal Opera House, Royal Concertgebouw, Boston Symphony, Bavarian Radio and Dresden Staatskapelle, as well as the Berlin and Vienna Philharmonics.

His great Philips collaborators on disc include Stephen Kovacevich, Kiri Te Kanawa, Jon Vickers, José Carreras, Jessye Norman, Arthur Grumiaux and Claudio Arrau.

An extraordinary number of his recordings have achieved legendary status and are enduring staples of the catalog. This set represents Sir COlin Davis's primary repertoire relationships as well as many of his most important artistic relationships with soloists, orchestras and opera houses around the world.

The booklet includes an appreciation by Jeremy Hayes.
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Works on This Recording

1.
Concerto for Piano no 1, Sz 83 by Béla Bartók
Performer:  Stephen Kovacevich (Piano)
Conductor:  Sir Colin Davis
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1926; Budapest, Hungary 
2.
Concerto for Piano no 2, Sz 95 by Béla Bartók
Performer:  Stephen Kovacevich (Piano)
Conductor:  Sir Colin Davis
Orchestra/Ensemble:  BBC Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1930-1931; Budapest, Hungary 
3.
Concerto for Piano no 3, Sz 119 by Béla Bartók
Performer:  Stephen Kovacevich (Piano)
Conductor:  Sir Colin Davis
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1945; USA 
4.
Concerto for Piano no 5 in E flat major, Op. 73 "Emperor" by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer:  Claudio Arrau (Piano)
Conductor:  Sir Colin Davis
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Dresden Staatskapelle
Period: Classical 
Written: 1809; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 11/1984 
Venue:  Lukas Church, Dresden, Germany 
Length: 40 Minutes 35 Secs. 
5.
Symphony no 5 in C minor, Op. 67 by Ludwig van Beethoven
Conductor:  Sir Colin Davis
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Dresden Staatskapelle
Period: Classical 
Written: 1807-1808; Vienna, Austria 
6.
Symphonie fantastique, Op. 14 by Hector Berlioz
Conductor:  Sir Colin Davis
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1830; France 
7.
Night on the Bare Mountain by Modest Mussorgsky
Conductor:  Sir Colin Davis
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1866; Russia 
8.
Grande messe des morts, Op. 5 by Hector Berlioz
Conductor:  Sir Colin Davis
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony Chorus,  Wandsworth School Boys' Choir,  London Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1837; France 
9.
Te Deum, Op. 22 by Hector Berlioz
Conductor:  Sir Colin Davis
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony Chorus,  Wandsworth School Boys' Choir,  London Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1849; France 
10.
Symphony no 7 in D minor, Op. 70/B 141 by Antonín Dvorák
Conductor:  Sir Colin Davis
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1884-1885; Bohemia 
11.
Symphony no 9 in E minor, Op. 95/B 178 "From the New World" by Antonín Dvorák
Conductor:  Sir Colin Davis
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1893; USA 
12.
Symphonic Variations for Orchestra, Op. 78/B 70 by Antonín Dvorák
Conductor:  Sir Colin Davis
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1877; Bohemia 
13.
Variations on an Original Theme, Op. 36 "Enigma" by Sir Edward Elgar
Conductor:  Sir Colin Davis
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1898-1899; England 
14.
The Planets, Op. 32/H 125 by Gustav Holst
Conductor:  Sir Colin Davis
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1914-1916; England 
15.
Symphony no 94 in G major, H 1 no 94 "Surprise" by Franz Joseph Haydn
Conductor:  Sir Colin Davis
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra
Period: Classical 
Written: 1791; London, England 
Date of Recording: 11/1981 
Venue:  Concertgebouw, Amsterdam, Netherlands 
Length: 23 Minutes 36 Secs. 
16.
Symphony no 101 in D major, H 1 no 101 "Clock" by Franz Joseph Haydn
Conductor:  Sir Colin Davis
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra
Period: Classical 
Written: 1793-1794; London, England 
Date of Recording: 05/1979 
Venue:  Concertgebouw, Amsterdam, Netherlands 
Length: 26 Minutes 43 Secs. 
17.
Symphony no 104 in D major, H 1 no 104 "London" by Franz Joseph Haydn
Conductor:  Sir Colin Davis
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra
Period: Classical 
Written: 1795; London, England 
Date of Recording: 11/1977 
Venue:  Concertgebouw, Amsterdam, Netherlands 
Length: 28 Minutes 13 Secs. 
18.
Variations and Fugue on a theme of Mozart, Op. 132 by Max Reger
Conductor:  Sir Colin Davis
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1914; Germany 
19.
Symphonic Metamorphosis on Themes of Carl Maria von Weber by Paul Hindemith
Conductor:  Sir Colin Davis
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1943; USA 
20.
Symphony in Three Movements by Igor Stravinsky
Conductor:  Sir Colin Davis
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1942-1945; USA 
21.
Das Lied von der Erde by Gustav Mahler
Performer:  Jessye Norman (Soprano), Jon Vickers (Tenor)
Conductor:  Sir Colin Davis
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1908-1909; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 1981 
Length: 69 Minutes 0 Secs. 
Language: German 
22.
Symphony no 40 in G minor, K 550 by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Conductor:  Sir Colin Davis
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony Orchestra
Period: Classical 
Written: 1788; Vienna, Austria 
23.
Symphony no 32 in G major, K 318 by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Conductor:  Sir Colin Davis
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony Orchestra
Period: Classical 
Written: 1779; Salzburg, Austria 
24.
Symphony no 25 in G minor, K 183 (173dB) by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Conductor:  Sir Colin Davis
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony Orchestra
Written: 1773 
25.
Concerto for Piano no 15 in B flat major, K 450 by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer:  Ingrid Haebler (Piano)
Conductor:  Sir Colin Davis
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony Orchestra
Period: Classical 
Written: 1784; Vienna, Austria 
26.
Vesperae solennes de confessore, K 339 by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer:  Gwynne Howell (Bass), Dame Kiri Te Kanawa (Soprano), Ryland Davies (Tenor),
Elisabeth Bainbridge (Alto)
Conductor:  Sir Colin Davis
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony Orchestra,  London Symphony Chorus
Period: Classical 
Written: 1780; Salzburg, Austria 
Language: Latin 
27.
Kyrie in D minor, K 341 (368a) by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Conductor:  Sir Colin Davis
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony Orchestra,  London Symphony Chorus
Period: Classical 
Written: circa 1788; Munich, Germany 
Language: Latin 
28.
Ave verum corpus in D major, K 618 by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Conductor:  Sir Colin Davis
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony Orchestra,  London Symphony Chorus
Period: Classical 
Written: 1791; Austria 
Language: Latin 
29.
Exsultate jubilate, K 165 (158a) by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer:  Dame Kiri Te Kanawa (Soprano)
Conductor:  Sir Colin Davis
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony Orchestra,  London Symphony Chorus
Period: Classical 
Written: 1773; Milan, Italy 
Language: Latin 
30.
Cosě fan tutte, K 588: Ei parte...Per pietŕ ben mio by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer:  Dame Kiri Te Kanawa (Soprano)
Conductor:  Sir Colin Davis
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony Orchestra
Period: Classical 
Written: 1790; Vienna, Austria 
Language: Italian 
31.
Zaide, K 344 (336b): Ruhe sanft, mein holdes Leben by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer:  Dame Kiri Te Kanawa (Soprano)
Conductor:  Sir Colin Davis
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony Orchestra
Period: Classical 
Written: 1780; Austria 
Language: German 
32.
Die Zauberflöte, K 620: Ach, ich fühl's, es ist verschwunden by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer:  Dame Kiri Te Kanawa (Soprano)
Conductor:  Sir Colin Davis
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony Orchestra
Period: Classical 
Written: 1791; Vienna, Austria 
Language: German 
33.
Tapiola, Op. 112 by Jean Sibelius
Conductor:  Sir Colin Davis
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Boston Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1926; Finland 
34.
Pohjola's daughter, Op. 49 by Jean Sibelius
Conductor:  Sir Colin Davis
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Boston Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1906; Finland 
35.
Finlandia, Op. 26 by Jean Sibelius
Conductor:  Sir Colin Davis
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Boston Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: Finland 
36.
Symphony no 1 in E minor, Op. 39 by Jean Sibelius
Conductor:  Sir Colin Davis
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Boston Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1899; Finland 
Date of Recording: 09/2006 
Venue:  Live  The Barbican, London, England 
Length: 38 Minutes 55 Secs. 
37.
The Knot Garden by Michael Tippett
Performer:  Yvonne Minton (Mezzo Soprano), Jill Gomez (Soprano), Josephine Barstow (Soprano),
Thomas Hemsley (Baritone), Raimund Herincx (Bass)
Conductor:  Sir Colin Davis
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Opera House Covent Garden Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1966-1969; England 
38.
Firebird by Igor Stravinsky
Conductor:  Sir Colin Davis
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: Russia 
Date of Recording: 11/1978 
Venue:  Concertgebouw, Amsterdam, Netherlands 
Length: 46 Minutes 41 Secs. 
39.
Orpheus by Igor Stravinsky
Conductor:  Sir Colin Davis
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1947; USA 
Date of Recording: 01/1964 
Venue:  London, England 
Length: 31 Minutes 28 Secs. 

Sound Samples

Piano Concerto No.1, BB 91, Sz. 83: 1. Allegro moderato - Allegro
Piano Concerto No.1, BB 91, Sz. 83: 2. Andante
Piano Concerto No.1, BB 91, Sz. 83: 3. Allegro molto
Piano Concerto No.2, BB 101, Sz. 95: 1. Allegro
Piano Concerto No.2, BB 101, Sz. 95: 2. Adagio - Piů adagio - Presto
Piano Concerto No.2, BB 101, Sz. 95: 3. Allegro molto
Piano Concerto No.3, BB 127, Sz. 119: 1. Allegretto
Piano Concerto No.3, BB 127, Sz. 119: 2. Adagio religioso
Piano Concerto No.3, BB 127, Sz. 119: 3. Allegro vivace
Symphony No.5 in C minor, Op.67: 1. Allegro con brio
Symphony No.5 in C minor, Op.67: 2. Andante con moto
Symphony No.5 in C minor, Op.67: 3. Allegro
Symphony No.5 in C minor, Op.67: 4. Allegro
Piano Concerto No.5 in E flat major Op.73 -"Emperor": 1. Allegro
Piano Concerto No.5 in E flat major Op.73 -"Emperor": 2. Adagio un poco mosso
Piano Concerto No.5 in E flat major Op.73 -"Emperor": 3. Rondo (Allegro)

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