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Sir Alexander Gibson

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Born: February 11, 1926; Motherwell   
Sir Alexander Drummond Gibson was a leading British conductor, known especially for late Romantic-era and British music performances.

He studied piano at the Royal Scottish Academy of Music, continuing his musical studies at Glasgow University. He won a scholarship to the Royal College of Music in London in 1948, as a piano student.

While there, he formed and conducted a student orchestra. This convinced the administration to
Read more allow him to enter the conducting course. At the Mozarteum in Salzburg he studied with Igor Markevitch, and then in Siena with Paul van Kampen.

He was a rehearsal coach at Sadler's Wells Opera in London beginning in 1951. His professional conducting debut was the next year, in Smetana's opera The Bartered Bride. In the same year he took the position as associate conductor of the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra, in Glasgow. After 1954 he returned to a staff conducting position at Sadler's Wells.

In 1957 he made his debut conducting at Covent Garden. In 1959 he returned to Scotland as principal conductor of the Scottish National Orchestra. He founded the Scottish Opera, also in Glasgow, and was appointed its music director. He remained in that position until 1987 and with the orchestra until 1984. With the opera, he conducted the first totally uncut performance of Berlioz's Les Troyens. During that period he was especially well-known for his performances of Sibelius and of British composers, but he also was interested in the most advanced music, premiering Stockhausen's Gruppen in Glasgow in 1961.

From 1981 to 1983 Gibson was the principal guest conductor of the Houston Symphony Orchestra. Read less
Delius Edition / Sir Charles Mackerras [8-CD Set]
Release Date: 01/24/2012   Label: Decca  
Catalog: 001641702   Number of Discs: 8
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Paganini: Violin Concertos No 1 & 4 / Szeryng, Gibson
Release Date: 11/20/2007   Label: Pentatone  
Catalog: 5186178   Number of Discs: 1
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    Great Performances Recorded Live at Covent Garden 1955-1997
    Label: Opus Arte   Catalog: 9024 Release Date: 09/30/2014   Number of Discs: 32
    Composer:  Giuseppe Verdi,  Giacomo Puccini,  Gaetano Donizetti,  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart  ... 
    Performer:  Marian Nowakowski,  Michael Langdon,  Raymond Nilsson,  Otakar Kraus  ... 
    Conductor:  Rafael Kubelik,  Sir Alexander Gibson,  Rudolf Kempe,  Carlo Maria Giulini  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Opera House Covent Garden Orchestra,  Royal Opera House Covent Garden Chorus
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    Gluck: The Great Operas / Gardiner, Minkowski, McCreesh
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 002088102 Release Date: 07/15/2014   Number of Discs: 15
    Composer:  Christoph W. Gluck
    Performer:  Derek Lee Ragin,  Sylvia McNair,  Cyndia Sieden,  Richard Croft  ... 
    Conductor:  John Eliot Gardiner,  Marc Minkowski,  Paul McCreesh,  Bernhard Forck  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  English Baroque Soloists,  Monteverdi Choir,  Les Musiciens du Louvre  ... 
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    Tchaikovsky Edition
    Label: Brilliant Classics   Catalog: 94650 Release Date: 03/25/2014   Number of Discs: 55
    Composer:  Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
    Performer:  Derek Hammond-Stroud,  Janis Kelly,  Nikolai Vassiliev,  Alexander Arkhipov  ... 
    Conductor:  Vladimir Fedoseyev,  Sir Alexander Gibson,  Yuri Simonov,  Gennadi Rozhdestvensky  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Moscow Radio Tchaikovsky Symphony Orchestra,  London Philharmonic Orchestra,  Philharmonia Orchestra  ... 
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  • 4.
    Dream Of Gerontius
    Label: Regis   Catalog: 1079 Release Date: 07/12/2013   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Sir Edward Elgar
    Performer:  Robert Tear,  Alfreda Hodgson,  Benjamin Luxon
    Conductor:  Sir Alexander Gibson
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Scottish National Chorus,  Royal Scottish National Orchestra
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    Elgar: Dream Of Gerontius (Abridged) / Gibson, Tear, Hodgson, Luxon
    Label: Regis   Catalog: 1322 Release Date: 07/12/2013   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Sir Edward Elgar
    Performer:  Alfreda Hodgson,  Robert Tear,  Benjamin Luxon
    Conductor:  Sir Alexander Gibson
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Scottish National Chorus,  Royal Scottish National Orchestra
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  • 6.
    Dame Janet Baker - The Great EMI Recordings
    Label: Warner Classics   Catalog: 37712 Release Date: 06/18/2013   Number of Discs: 20
    Composer:  Domenico Scarlatti,  Claudio Monteverdi,  Alessandro Scarlatti,  Henry Lawes  ... 
    Performer:  Dame Janet Baker,  Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau,  Kenneth Heath,  George Malcolm  ... 
    Conductor:  Raymond Leppard,  Sir John Barbirolli,  André Previn,  Sir Alexander Gibson  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  English Chamber Orchestra,  New Philharmonia Orchestra,  London Symphony Orchestra  ... 
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    Britten: Orchestral Works
    Label: Warner Classics   Catalog: 781602 Release Date: 02/05/2013   Number of Discs: 8
    Composer:  Benjamin Britten
    Performer:  Robert Tear,  Peter Donohoe,  Peter [English Horn] Walden,  Wesley Warren  ... 
    Conductor:  Libor Pesek,  Simon Rattle,  Paavo Järvi,  Paavo Berglund  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra,  City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra,  City of Birmingham Choir  ... 
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    Mozart: Violin & Wind Concertos / Szeryng, Nicolet, Holliger [9-CD Collector's Edition]
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 001735302 Release Date: 10/16/2012   Number of Discs: 9
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  Henryk Szeryng,  Norman Jones,  Richard Morgan,  Gérard Poulet  ... 
    Conductor:  Sir Alexander Gibson,  Iona Brown,  Sir Neville Marriner,  Heinz Holliger
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  New Philharmonia Orchestra,  Academy of St. Martin in the Fields
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    The Debussy Edition [18-CD Set]
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 001676372 Release Date: 05/01/2012   Number of Discs: 18
    Composer:  Claude Debussy
    Performer:  Franklin Cohen,  Jean-Rodolphe Kars,  Vera Badings,  Krystian Zimerman  ... 
    Conductor:  Pierre Boulez,  Sir Alexander Gibson,  Bernard Haitink,  Eduard Van Beinum  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cleveland Orchestra,  Cleveland Orchestra Chorus,  London Symphony Orchestra  ... 
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    Tchaikovsky: Complete Symphonies / Fedoseyev, Rozhdestvensky, Simonov
    Label: Brilliant Classics   Catalog: 94307 Release Date: 02/28/2012   Number of Discs: 7
    Composer:  Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
    Conductor:  Vladimir Fedoseyev,  Sir Alexander Gibson,  Yuri Simonov,  Gennadi Rozhdestvensky
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Moscow Radio Tchaikovsky Symphony Orchestra,  London Philharmonic Orchestra,  Philharmonia Orchestra  ... 
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    Delius Edition / Sir Charles Mackerras [8-CD Set]
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 001641702 Release Date: 01/24/2012   Number of Discs: 8
    Composer:  Frederick Delius
    Performer:  Daniel Washington,  Bengt Forsberg,  Julian Lloyd Webber,  Arthur Davies  ... 
    Conductor:  Sir Charles Mackerras,  Anthony Collins,  Sir Neville Marriner,  Sir Alexander Gibson  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Welsh National Opera Orchestra,  Welsh National Opera Chorus,  Austrian Radio Symphony Orchestra  ... 
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  • 12.
    Berlioz: Overtures / Gibson, Royal Philharmonic
    Label: Royal Philharmonic Masterworks   Catalog: 28840 Release Date: 10/11/2011   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Hector Berlioz
    Conductor:  Sir Alexander Gibson
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
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  • 13.
    Creepy Classics: Halloween's Greatest Hits
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 001594802 Release Date: 09/20/2011   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Charles Gounod,  John T. Williams,  Jerry Goldsmith,  Bernard Herrmann  ... 
    Performer:  Simon Preston
    Conductor:  Sir Alexander Gibson,  John T. Williams,  John Mauceri,  Bernard Herrmann  ... 
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  • 14.
    British Composers - Guide To Britain
    Label: Emi Classics   Catalog: 29001 Release Date: 08/23/2011   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Sir Edward Elgar,  Ralph Vaughan Williams,  Herbert Howells,  Benjamin Britten  ... 
    Performer:  Garth Benson,  Robert Tear,  Sir Philip Ledger,  Felicity Palmer  ... 
    Conductor:  Sir John Barbirolli,  Boris Ord,  André Previn,  Philip Ledger  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Music Group of London,  Polyphony (Vocal Ensemble)
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    Sibelius: Symphony No. 2; Karelia Suite
    Label: Collins Classics   Catalog: 3 Release Date: 06/14/2011   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Jean Sibelius
    Conductor:  Sir Alexander Gibson
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    Beethoven Edition: Complete Works
    Label: Brilliant Classics   Catalog: 94052 Release Date: 05/31/2011   Number of Discs: 85
    Composer:  Ludwig van Beethoven
    Performer:  Marga Schiml,  Peter Schreier,  Helena Doese,  Theo Adam  ... 
    Conductor:  Herbert Blomstedt,  Horst Stein,  Gerhard Oskamp,  Bernard Haitink  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Dresden Staatskapelle,  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra,  Berlin Symphony Orchestra  ... 
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  • 17.
    Rachmaninov: Piano Concerto No 2 / Ardakov, Gibson
    Label: Royal Philharmonic Masterworks   Catalog: 29210 Release Date: 01/10/2011   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Sergei Rachmaninov
    Performer:  Alexander Ardakov
    Conductor:  Sir Alexander Gibson
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
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    Sibelius: Symphony No 1, Karelia Suite, Finlandia / Gibson
    Label: Musical Concepts   Catalog: 1089 Release Date: 07/13/2010   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Jean Sibelius
    Conductor:  Sir Alexander Gibson
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
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  • 19.
    Paganini: Violin Concerto No 3; Lalo: Symphonie Espagnole / Szeryng, Gibson, Van Remoortel
    Label: Philips   Catalog: 422976 Release Date: 05/13/2010   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Edouard Lalo,  Niccolò Paganini
    Performer:  Henryk Szeryng
    Conductor:  Edouard Van Remoortel,  Sir Alexander Gibson
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Monte Carlo National Opera Orchestra,  London Symphony Orchestra
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  • 20.
    Top 100 Favorite Classical Melodies
    Label: Brilliant Classics   Catalog: 94027 Release Date: 05/04/2010   Number of Discs: 5
    Composer:  Antonio Vivaldi,  Camille Saint-Saëns,  Georges Bizet,  Edvard Grieg  ... 
    Performer:  Sara Crombach,  Vladislaw Warenberg,  Martijn van den Hoek,  Marc Grauwels  ... 
    Conductor:  Bohdan Warchal,  Enrique Bátiz,  Mark Ermler,  Georgi Robev  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  New York Harp Ensemble,  London Baroque,  Musica ad Rhenum  ... 
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  • 21.
    Essential Beethoven
    Label: Emi Classics   Catalog: 95445 Release Date: 02/23/2010   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Ludwig van Beethoven
    Performer:  James Morris,  Jeremy Menuhin,  Yehudi Menuhin,  Siegfried Rudolf Frese  ... 
    Conductor:  Riccardo Muti,  Kurt Sanderling,  Herbert von Karajan,  Sir Neville Marriner  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Melos Ensemble London,  Academy of St. Martin in the Fields
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  • 22.
    A Festival Of Ballet
    Label: Emi Classics   Catalog: 67063 Release Date: 01/26/2010   Number of Discs: 50
    Composer:  Richard Strauss,  Gustav Holst,  Sergei Prokofiev,  Modest Mussorgsky  ... 
    Performer:  Barbara Hendricks,  Susan Bickley,  Lorraine Hunt Lieberson,  Catherine Pierard  ... 
    Conductor:  Rudolf Kempe,  André Previn,  Paavo Järvi,  Sir Charles Mackerras  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Dresden Staatskapelle,  London Symphony Orchestra,  Radio France Philharmonic Orchestra  ... 
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  • 23.
    Berlioz: Symphonie Fantastique, Overtures / Mackerras, Simonov
    Label: Musical Concepts   Catalog: 1064 Release Date: 01/26/2010   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Hector Berlioz
    Conductor:  Yuri Simonov,  Sir Charles Mackerras,  Sir Alexander Gibson
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
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  • 24.
    Stravinsky: Pulcinella Suite, Danses Concertantes / Gibson
    Label: Chandos   Catalog: 8325 Release Date: 07/06/2009   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Igor Stravinsky
    Conductor:  Sir Alexander Gibson
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  English Chamber Orchestra
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    Elgar: The Dream Of Gerontius / Luxon, Tear, Gibson
    Label: Crd Records   Catalog: 33267 Release Date: 05/01/2009   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Sir Edward Elgar
    Performer:  Alfreda Hodgson,  Robert Tear,  Benjamin Luxon
    Conductor:  Sir Alexander Gibson
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Scottish National Orchestra,  Scottish National Chorus
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