Sir Alexander Gibson

Biography

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
Beethoven: Triple Concerto, Symphony No 10 / Gibson, Weller
Release Date: 10/28/1992   Label: Chandos Collect  
Catalog: 6501   Number of Discs: 1
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Rachmaninov: Symphony No. 2 / Sir Alexander Gibson, Scottish
Release Date: 10/30/2008   Label: Chandos Collect  
Catalog: 6606   Number of Discs: 1
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Sibelius: Lemminkäinen Legends, Etc / Gibson, Scottish Natl
Release Date: 12/08/1993   Label: Chandos Collect  
Catalog: 6586   Number of Discs: 1
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Sibelius: Symphonies 3, 6 & 7 / Gibson, Royal Scottish No
Release Date: 10/28/1992   Label: Chandos Collect  
Catalog: 6557   Number of Discs: 1
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Berlioz: 5 Overtures / Gibson, Scottish National Orchestra
Release Date: 10/09/1992   Label: Chandos  
Catalog: 8316   Number of Discs: 1
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    Opera Gold: 100 Great Tracks
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 002503602 Release Date: 06/03/2016   Number of Discs: 6
    Composer:  Giacomo Puccini,  Georges Bizet,  Giuseppe Verdi,  Umberto Giordano  ... 
    Performer:  Luciano Pavarotti,  Marilyn Horne,  Dame Joan Sutherland,  Mirella Freni  ... 
    Conductor:  Zubin Mehta,  Henry Lewis,  Richard Bonynge,  Herbert von Karajan  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  John Alldis Choir,  Wandsworth School Boys' Choir,  London Philharmonic Orchestra  ... 
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    Hamilton: The Bermudas, Piano Concerto No. 1 & Cantos
    Label: Lyrita Recorded Edition - Nimb   Catalog: 1126 Release Date: 05/13/2016   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Iain Hamilton
    Performer:  Ronald Morrison,  Margaret Kitchin,  John Fletcher,  Douglas Moore  ... 
    Conductor:  Sir Alexander Gibson,  Norman Del Mar
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Scottish National Chorus,  Royal Scottish National Orchestra,  BBC Symphony Orchestra
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    Philips Classics: The Stereo Years
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 002445602 Release Date: 02/19/2016   Number of Discs: 50
    Composer:  Jean Sibelius,  Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky,  Robert Schumann,  Franz Schubert  ... 
    Performer:  Salvatore Accardo,  Elly Ameling,  Dalton Baldwin,  Jörg Demus  ... 
    Conductor:  Sir Colin Davis,  Bernard Haitink,  Raymond Leppard,  Eduard Van Beinum  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony Orchestra,  Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra,  English Chamber Orchestra  ... 
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    Sibelius: Great Performances
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 002376002 Release Date: 09/11/2015   Number of Discs: 11
    Composer:  Jean Sibelius
    Performer:  Jan Damen,  Ruggiero Ricci,  Kirsten Flagstad,  Birgit Nilsson
    Conductor:  Anthony Collins,  Thomas Jensen,  Eduard Van Beinum,  Erik Tuxen  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony Orchestra,  Danish Radio Symphony Orchestra,  Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra  ... 
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    Stephen Kovacevich: The Complete Philips Recordings
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 002369302 Release Date: 09/11/2015   Number of Discs: 25
    Composer:  Ludwig van Beethoven,  Béla Bartók,  Igor Stravinsky,  Johannes Brahms  ... 
    Performer:  Stephen Kovacevich,  Jack Brymer,  Patrick Ireland,  Martha Argerich  ... 
    Conductor:  Sir Colin Davis,  Sir Alexander Gibson,  John Lanchbery
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  BBC Symphony Orchestra,  London Symphony Orchestra,  Berlin Philharmonic Octet members  ... 
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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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    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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    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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    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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  • 13.
    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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  • 14.
    Creepy Classics: Halloween's Greatest Hits
    Label: Dg 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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    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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    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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    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,  Niccolň 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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  • 19.
    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,  Wladislav 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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  • 20.
    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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  • 21.
    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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  • 22.
    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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  • 23.
    Handel Gold - Bartoli, Fleming, Kozena, Terfel, Villazon, Te Kanawa, Sutherland, Et Al
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 001280102 Release Date: 04/14/2009   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  George Frideric Handel
    Performer:  Dame Kiri Te Kanawa,  Crispian Steele-Perkins,  Cecilia Bartoli,  Placido Domingo  ... 
    Conductor:  Barry Rose,  Marc Minkowski,  Marcello Viotti,  Richard Bonynge  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  English Chamber Orchestra,  Les Musiciens du Louvre,  Verdi Grand Symphonic Orchestra Milan  ... 
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    Rachmaninov: Symphony No. 2 / Sir Alexander Gibson, Scottish
    Label: Chandos Collect   Catalog: 6606 Release Date: 10/30/2008   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Sergei Rachmaninov
    Conductor:  Sir Alexander Gibson
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Scottish National Orchestra
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  • 25.
    Il Mito Dell'opera - Franco Corelli
    Label: Bongiovanni   Catalog: 1208 Release Date: 10/28/2008   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Umberto Giordano,  Giacomo Puccini,  Vincenzo Bellini,  Giuseppe Verdi
    Performer:  Antonietta Stella,  Franco Corelli,  Giangiacomo Guelfi
    Conductor:  Franco Capuana,  Sir Alexander Gibson,  Antonino Votto,  Gabriele Santini  ... 
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