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Colin Davis’ LSO Mozart Requiem


Jeremy Lee writes

Colin Davis was, of course, no mean Mozartian.  Apart from his universally acclaimed series of the operas, he was an intelligent accompanist to the concerti (Grumiaux and Larrocha to name two), and produced a glorious set of late symphonies with the Staatskapelle Dresden on Philips.  Of the Requiem, he recorded Continue reading


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Colin Davis’ Boston Sibelius


Jeremy Lee writes

Colin Davis’ Boston Sibelius, recorded in the mid-1970s, has been extremely well received critically, though from the surface of things it’s hard to see why.  It’s certainly not the best played of Sibelius cycles–the Boston sound is never as refined as what Seiji Ozawa would extract a few years later with his Mahler recordings, and  Continue reading


Obituaries: Sir Colin Davis and Bud Herseth

In just two days, two great stars have fallen:  Sir Colin Davis (25 September 1927 – 14 April 2013), president of the London Symphony Orchestra, and Adolph “Bud” Herseth (July 25, 1921 – April 13, 2013), long-standing principal trumpet of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra.

Colin Davis

Sir Colin Davis is probably most well known for his long-standing relationship with the London Symphony Orchestra, having conducted his debut with the orchestra in 1959.  He was appointed principal conductor in 1995, and stepped down from the post in 2007 to be its second ever president after Leonard Bernstein in 1990.  A clarinettist by training, Continue reading