Sir Colin Davis Anthology
LSO0766 8SACD + 4CD + 1DVD
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This unique collection of 13-discs is the 100th release on LSO Live, and will be a limited edition release. The collection pays tribute to not only Sir Colin’s work with LSO Live, but more specifically his relationship with LSO through the decades, until his death in April 2013.
The collection includes previously unreleased material from the LSO Live archive, and two much loved recordings in high-resolution SACD for the first time, Dvorak Symphony No 9 and Berlioz Symphonie fantastique. Never before seen private correspondence and photos from Sir Colin’s archives accompany the discs.
The anthology is completed with a bonus DVD documentary by Reiner Moritz. This portrait includes his last public statements, and contributions from Sir David Attenborough, Sir Simon Rattle and Roger Wright. The documentary highlights his work in masterclasses, opera, concerts and to-camera talk which reveals the man behind the musician.
Recordings featured in the box-set:
Berlioz Symphonie fantastique
Dvorak Symphony No 9
Berlioz Overture: Les francs-juges
Berlioz Te Deum
Sibelius The Oceanides
Vaughan Williams Symphony No 4
Berlioz Les Troyens
Elgar Enigma Variations, Introduction & Allegro
Sibelius Symphony No 2
Sibelius Pohjola's Daughter
Tippett A Child of our Time
Walton Belshazzar's Feast
Walton Symphony No 1
The Man Behind the Music (DVD)
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“But something else makes this an outstanding anthology: the quality and care with which it has been designed and presented, the moving essays, fond memories of the LSO musicians, unpublished letters, and a DVD documentary, all of which speak volumes for the love and respect that underpinned Davis’s latter-day relationship with the LSO.” BBC Music Magazine (UK)
“Sir Colin Davis had a passion for music, and the ability to ‘do it’ at the highest level, with charm, fervour, and sometimes a temper; let’s think of this Anthology as a Celebration.” Classicalsource.com (UK)
“The highlights for Davis fans will probably be a first release for a 2009 recording of the Te Deum of his beloved Berlioz and a superbly remastered (including a stereo 2.0 SACD layer) reissue of the recording that, for LSO Live, started it all: the New World Symphony from 1999. This seems somehow fitting. When this new label took its first, tentative steps 14 years ago, could its founders have dreamed they were, arguably, founding a new world not just for the London Symphony Orchestra, but also for the entire classical recording industry?” Gramophone (UK)
“And the invitation of this box set — 12 CDs, a DVD, a modest book of facts and pictures, one featuring Davis’s pet iguana — is impossible to ignore. We’re invited to remember his golden age as principal conductor, later president, of the London Symphony Orchestra in live recordings made at the Barbican in London between 1999 and 2009. As Davis guides his forces through Berlioz, Sibelius, Walton and other simpatico composers there’s no doubting his genius for letting the music live and breathe without ego or brute force.” The Times (UK)
‘With a beautifully illustrated booklet, including a fascinating essay by David Cairns, and with texts and translations of all the vocal works as well as notes, the presentation of this set is impeccable.’ International Record Review (UK)
Sir Colin Davis conductor
London Symphony Orchestra
13-disc set: 8 SACD, 4 CD & 1 DVD in rigid box with lift-off lid, plus commemorative book incorporating photo postcards.
Notes in English, French and German.
DVD subtitles in French, German, Italian, Spanish & Japanese.
Limited edition release