Colin Davis
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1927-09-25
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Colin Davis

Colin Davis Biography (Wikipedia)

Sir Colin Rex Davis CH CBE (25 September 1927 – 14 April 2013) was an English conductor, known for his association with the London Symphony Orchestra, having first conducted it in 1959. His repertoire was broad, but among the composers with whom he was particularly associated were Mozart, Berlioz, Elgar, Sibelius, Stravinsky and Tippett.

He studied as a clarinettist, but was intent on becoming a conductor. After struggles as a freelance conductor from 1949 to 1957, he gained a series of appointments with orchestras including the BBC Scottish Orchestra, the BBC Symphony Orchestra and the Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra. He also held the musical directorships of Sadler's Wells Opera and the Royal Opera House, where he was principal conductor for over fifteen years. His guest conductorships included the Boston Symphony Orchestra, the New York Philharmonic and the Dresden Staatskapelle, among many others.

As a teacher, Davis held posts at the Royal Academy of Music, London, and the Landesgymnasium für Musik "Carl Maria von Weber" (preparatory school for music) in Dresden. He made his first gramophone recordings in 1958, and his discography over the next five decades was extensive, with a large number of studio recordings for Philips Records and a substantial catalogue of live recordings for the London Symphony Orchestra's own label.

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Edward Elgar
Symphony No. 2 in E-Flat Major, Op. 63: IV. Moderato e maestoso
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Symphony No. 2 in E-Flat Major, Op. 63: IV. Moderato e maestoso
Hector Berlioz
Te Deum, Op. 22, H. 118: VI. Judex crederis (Hymne et prière)
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Te Deum, Op. 22, H. 118: VI. Judex crederis (Hymne et prière)
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Serenade in E flat major, K 375 (1st mvt)
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Serenade in E flat major, K 375 (1st mvt)

Serenade in E flat major, K 375 (1st mvt)

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Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra Winds
Conductor
Jean Sibelius
Symphony No 5 in E flat major, Op 82 (3rd mvt)
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Symphony No 5 in E flat major, Op 82 (3rd mvt)
Carl Maria von Weber
Der Freischutz - Overture
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Der Freischutz - Overture
London Symphony Orchestra
Jupiter, The Bringer Of Jollity Op. 32
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Jupiter, The Bringer Of Jollity Op. 32
Jean Sibelius
Symphony No.2 - Finale
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Symphony No.2 - Finale
Joseph Haydn
Symphony No 98 in B flat major (4th mvt)
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Symphony No 98 in B flat major (4th mvt)
Hector Berlioz
Symphonie Fantastique Un Bal
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Symphonie Fantastique Un Bal
Gustav Holst
Mars, the Bringer of War (The Planets, Op 32)
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Mars, the Bringer of War (The Planets, Op 32)
Hector Berlioz
Benvenuto Cellini, Op 23: Act II, Tableau 2
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Benvenuto Cellini, Op 23: Act II, Tableau 2
Hector Berlioz
Benvenuto Cellini, Op 23: Act I Tableau 1 'Cellini!'
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Benvenuto Cellini, Op 23: Act I Tableau 1 'Cellini!'
Hector Berlioz
Les Troyens: Act I, finale
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Les Troyens: Act I, finale
Hector Berlioz
La Damnation de Faust: Part I, Scene 3 - Hungarian March
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La Damnation de Faust: Part I, Scene 3 - Hungarian March
Hector Berlioz
Je vais, d'un coeur aimant (Beatrice et Benedict)
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Je vais, d'un coeur aimant (Beatrice et Benedict)
Sir James MacMillan
The Confession of Isobel Gowdie
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The Confession of Isobel Gowdie
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Cosi fan tutte: Act 2, no.26; Donne mie, la fate a tanti [aria]
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Cosi fan tutte: Act 2, no.26; Donne mie, la fate a tanti [aria]
Johannes Brahms
Academic Festival Overture
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Academic Festival Overture
Hector Berlioz
Grande Messe des morts (Rex tremendae majestatis)
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Grande Messe des morts (Rex tremendae majestatis)
Hector Berlioz
Te Deum, Op 22 (Christe Rex gloriae)
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Te Deum, Op 22 (Christe Rex gloriae)
Ludwig van Beethoven
Mass Op 86 in C major
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Mass Op 86 in C major
Hector Berlioz
Te Deum, Op. 22, H. 118: II. Tibi omnes (Hymne)
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Te Deum, Op. 22, H. 118: II. Tibi omnes (Hymne)
Edvard Grieg
Piano Concerto in A minor, Op 16 (3rd mvt)
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Piano Concerto in A minor, Op 16 (3rd mvt)
Michael Tippett
Suite in D - A Birthday Suite for Prince Charles (extract)
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Suite in D - A Birthday Suite for Prince Charles (extract)
Hector Berlioz
Royal Hunt & Storm (Les Troyens)
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Royal Hunt & Storm (Les Troyens)
Hector Berlioz
Le corsaire
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Le corsaire
Edvard Grieg
Piano Concerto in A minor, Op 16 (2nd mvt)
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Piano Concerto in A minor, Op 16 (2nd mvt)
Igor Stravinsky
Symphony of Psalms (1930 revised 1948)
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Symphony of Psalms (1930 revised 1948)
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
La finta giardiniera (Overture)
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La finta giardiniera (Overture)
Hector Berlioz
Hungarian March (The Damnation of Faust)
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Hungarian March (The Damnation of Faust)
Hector Berlioz
The Shepherds' Farewell (L'enfance du Christ)
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The Shepherds' Farewell (L'enfance du Christ)
Hector Berlioz
L'enfance du Christ (L'adieu des bergers)
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L'enfance du Christ (L'adieu des bergers)
Hector Berlioz
L'enfance du Christ, Op 25, H 130: Part I, Le Songe d'Hérode, Scene 4 - la Voix Dit Vrai, Seigneur
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L'enfance du Christ, Op 25, H 130: Part I, Le Songe d'Hérode, Scene 4 - la Voix Dit Vrai, Seigneur
Benjamin Britten
Now the Great Bear and the Pleaides (Peter Grimes)
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Now the Great Bear and the Pleaides (Peter Grimes)
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Lucio Silla (Overture)
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Lucio Silla (Overture)
Hector Berlioz
Roman Carnival Overture
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Roman Carnival Overture
Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Violin Concerto in D major, Op 35
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Violin Concerto in D major, Op 35
Hector Berlioz
Le corsaire
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Le corsaire
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
The Abduction from the Seraglio (Overture)
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The Abduction from the Seraglio (Overture)
Carl Nielsen
Symphony No 4, 'The Inextinguishable' (4th mvt)
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Symphony No 4, 'The Inextinguishable' (4th mvt)
Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky
The Maid of Orleans: Ballet Music - Entracte & Danse des bohemiens
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The Maid of Orleans: Ballet Music - Entracte & Danse des bohemiens
Gustav Holst
The Planets, Op. 32: VII. Neptune, the Mystic
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The Planets, Op. 32: VII. Neptune, the Mystic
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Past BBC Events

Proms 2011: Prom 67: Beethoven – Missa Solemnis
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Royal Albert Hall
2011-09-04T17:21:38
4
Sep
2011

Proms 2011: Prom 67: Beethoven – Missa Solemnis

Royal Albert Hall
Proms 2011: Prom 53: Stravinsky, Ravel & Tchaikovsky
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Royal Albert Hall
2011-08-24T17:21:38
24
Aug
2011

Proms 2011: Prom 53: Stravinsky, Ravel & Tchaikovsky

Royal Albert Hall
Proms 2008: Prom 62
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Royal Albert Hall
2008-09-01T17:21:38
1
Sep
2008

Proms 2008: Prom 62

Royal Albert Hall
Proms 2007: Prom 38 - In memoriam Lionel Bryer (14/6/1928 - 3/11/2006), co-founder of the European Union Youth Orchestra
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Royal Albert Hall
2007-08-11T17:21:38
11
Aug
2007

Proms 2007: Prom 38 - In memoriam Lionel Bryer (14/6/1928 - 3/11/2006), co-founder of the European Union Youth Orchestra

Royal Albert Hall
Proms 2006: Prom 50
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Royal Albert Hall
2006-08-21T17:21:38
21
Aug
2006

Proms 2006: Prom 50

Royal Albert Hall

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