Sir Colin Davis

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Legal name: Colin Rex Davis

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Sir Colin Rex Davis, CH, CBE (25 September 1927 – 14 April 2013) was an English conductor best 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 Staatskapelle Dresden, among many others.

As a teacher, Davis held posts at the Royal Academy of Music, London, and the Hochschule für Musik Carl Maria von Weber (conservatory) 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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Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1971 Requiem Mozart; Helen Donath, Yvonne Minton, Ryland Davies, Gerd Nienstedt, John Alldis Choir, BBC Symphony Orchestra, Colin Davis 5 1
1972 At The Last Night Of The Proms Sir Colin Davis / BBC Symphony Orchestra 1
1974 Symphonie Fantastique Berlioz; Concertgebouw Amsterdam Orchestra, Sir Colin Davis 4 6
1977 Symphonies nos. 3 And 6 Jean Sibelius; Boston Symphony Orchestra, Sir Colin Davis 1
1980 The Spirit of Christmas Sir Colin Davis 1
1984 Das Lied von der Erde Mahler; Jessye Norman, Jon Vickers, London Symphony Orchestra, Sir Colin Davis 1
1986 Requiem Gabriel Fauré; Lucia Popp, Simon Estes, Rundfunkchor Leipzig, Staatskapelle Dresden, Sir Colin Davis 1
1986 Piano Concerto no. 5 in E-flat major Beethoven; Claudio Arrau, Sächsische Staatskapelle Dresden, Sir Colin Davis 1
1986 Symphony no. 4 / Overture "Egmont" Beethoven; BBC Symphony Orchestra, Sir Colin Davis 1
1986 The Piano Concertos / 3 Etudes de Concert Liszt; Claudio Arrau, London Symphony Orchestra, Sir Colin Davis 1
1987 Requiem Mozart; Donath, Minton, Davies, Nienstedt; John Alldis Choir, BBC Symphony Orchestra, Sir Colin Davis 1
1987 Symphony no. 9 "From the New World" / Symphonic Variations Dvořák; Concertgebouw Orchestra, Amsterdam, London Symphony Orchestra, Sir Colin Davis 1
1988 Symphonie Nr. 1 "Der Titan" Mahler; Symphonie-Orchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks, Sir Colin Davis 1
1988 Violin Concertos nos. 1 & 2 Prokofiev; Dmitry Sitkovetsky, London Symphony Orchestra, Sir Colin Davis 1
1989 Piano Concertos Nos. 3 & 4 Beethoven; Stephen Bishop Kovacevich, BBC Symphony Orchestra, Sir Colin Davis 5 1
1990 The Planets Holst; Berliner Philharmoniker, Sir Colin Davis 2
1990 Reger: Mozart-variationen / Hindemith: Weber-Metamorphosen Reger, Hindemith; Symphonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks, Sir Colin Davis 1
1990 Symphony No. 2 / Finlandia / Valse Triste / Swan of Tuonela Sibelius; Boston Symphony Orchestra, Sir Colin Davis 1
1991 Piano Concerti Grieg, Schumann; Boston Symphony Orchestra, Sir Colin Davis, Claudio Arrau 1
1993 Tchaikovsky: Violin Concerto / Brahms: Hungarian Dances Tchaikovsky, Brahms; Sarah Chang, London Symphony Orchestra, Sir Colin Davis 1
1993 Symphonies nos. 7, 8 & 9 "New World" Antonín Dvořák; Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, London Symphony Orchestra, Sir Colin Davis 1
1993 Marriage of Figaro: Highlights Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart; BBC Symphony Orchestra & Chorus, Sir Colin Davis 1
1993 Messiah Georg Friedrich Händel; London Symphony Orchestra and Chorus, Sir Colin Davis 4 2
1994 The Magic Flute Mozart; Margaret Price, Luciana Serra, Peter Schreier, Kurt Moll, Mikael Melbye, Theo Adam, Rundfunkchor Leipzig, Staatskapelle Dresden, Sir Colin Davis 2
1994 Symphonies Nos. 3 & 5 Sibelius; London Symphony Orchestra, Sir Colin Davis 1
1995 Symphonies nos. 2 & 6 Sibelius; London Symphony Orchestra, Sir Colin Davis 2
1995 Te Deum Berlioz; London Symphony Orchestra, Chorus, Sir Colin Davis 1
1995 The Knot Garden / A Child of Our Time Sir Michael Tippett; Orchestra of the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, BBC Singers, BBC Choral Society, BBC Symphony Orchestra, Sir Colin Davis 1
1996 Symphonies Nos. 1 & 4 Sibelius; London Symphony Orchestra, Sir Colin Davis 1
1996 Piano Concertos Nos. 20 & 25 Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart; Alicia de Larrocha, Sir Colin Davis, English Chamber Orchestra 1
1997 Weber: Complete Works for Piano and Orchestra Carl Maria von Weber; Symphonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks, Sir Colin Davis, Gerhard Oppitz 1
1997 Symphony No. 7 / Rakastava / En saga / Kullervo Sibelius; London Symphony Orchestra, Sir Colin Davis 1
1998 Requiem, K626 Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart; Sir Colin Davis, Helen Donath, Yvonne Minton, Ryland Davies, Gerd Nienstedt, The John Alldis Choir, BBC Symphony Orchestra 1
1999 Peter Grimes Britten; Jon Vickers, Heather Harper, Jonathan Summers, Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, Sir Colin Davis 2
2000 Roméo et Juliette Hector Berlioz; Daniela Barcellona, Kenneth Tarver, Orlin Anastassov, London Symphony Chorus, London Symphony Orchestra, Sir Colin Davis 1
2000 Piano Concertos Béla Bartók; Stephen Kovacevich, London Symphony Orchestra, BBC Symphony Orchestra, Sir Colin Davis 5 2
2000 Symphonie fantastique / Le Carnaval romain Hector Berlioz; London Symphony Orchestra, Sir Colin Davis 1
2000 Violin Concertos Jean Sibelius, Antonín Dvořák; Salvatore Accardo, London Symphony Orchestra, Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra Amsterdam, Sir Colin Davis 1
2001 Tosca Puccini; Montserrat Caballé, José Carreras, Ingvar Wixell, Orchestra & Chorus of the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, Sir Colin Davis 1
2001 Symphonies 5 & 7 Jean Sibelius; Boston Symphony Orchestra, Sir Colin Davis 1
2001 Requiem / Te Deum Berlioz; London Symphony Orchestra & Chorus, Sir Colin Davis 1
2002 Late Symphonies Nos. 35, 38, 39, 40 and 41 Mozart; Staatskapelle Dresden, Sir Colin Davis 1
2002 Symphony No. 9 Anton Bruckner; London Symphony Orchestra, Sir Colin Davis 1
2003 Piano Concertos Nos. 2 & 4 Beethoven; Stephen Kovacevich, BBC Symphony Orchestra, Sir Colin Davis 1
2003 Symphonies nos. 3 & 7 Sibelius; London Symphony Orchestra, Sir Colin Davis 2
2004 Cello Concerto / Fantasiestücke / Adagio & Allegro / 5 Stücke im Volkston Schumann; Yo‐Yo Ma, Emanuel Ax, Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra, Sir Colin Davis 1
2004 Elgar: Violin Concerto / Vaughan Williams: The Lark Ascending Elgar, Vaughan Williams; Hilary Hahn, London Symphony Orchestra, Sir Colin Davis 2
2004 Symphonies nos. 1-6, 8, 9 Franz Schubert; Staatskapelle Dresden, Sir Colin Davis 1
2004 Falstaff Giuseppe Verdi; London Symphony Orchestra, Sir Colin Davis 1
2004 Pohjola's Daughter / Valse Triste / Karelia Suite / En Saga / Tapiola Jean Sibelius; Boston Symphony Orchestra, Sir Colin Davis 1

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