Sir Colin Davis: The Philips Years

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All Music Guide - Blair Sanderson
For more than three decades, Colin Davis laid the groundwork for his legacy by recording his core repertoire for Philips, and these performances are still highly regarded by critics and fans alike. This 2013 box set from Decca brings together some of his most essential interpretations of works by Bartók, Beethoven, Berlioz, Dvorák, Elgar, Haydn, Hindemith, Holst, Mahler, Mozart, Mussorgsky, Reger, Sibelius, Stravinsky, and Tippett, and all are representative of Davis in his prime. The music is always intellectually focused and formally coherent, and Davis' consistent pursuit of clarity and balance made many of these performances definitive; indeed, Davis' readings of ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Blair Sanderson
For more than three decades, Colin Davis laid the groundwork for his legacy by recording his core repertoire for Philips, and these performances are still highly regarded by critics and fans alike. This 2013 box set from Decca brings together some of his most essential interpretations of works by Bartók, Beethoven, Berlioz, Dvorák, Elgar, Haydn, Hindemith, Holst, Mahler, Mozart, Mussorgsky, Reger, Sibelius, Stravinsky, and Tippett, and all are representative of Davis in his prime. The music is always intellectually focused and formally coherent, and Davis' consistent pursuit of clarity and balance made many of these performances definitive; indeed, Davis' readings of Berlioz, Mozart, and Sibelius are deemed essential by connoisseurs. In his long career, Davis recorded with many orchestras, among which were the BBC Symphony Orchestra, the Boston Symphony Orchestra, the Concertgebouw Orchestra, the London Symphony Orchestra, and the Berlin Philharmonic, among many others, and his performances with such esteemed artists as Claudio Arrau, Stephen Kovacevich, Jessye Norman, and Kiri Te Kanawa are high points in his catalog. This sturdy box set contains 15 CDs, offering a mix of analog and digital recordings that still sound superb decades after they were recorded, thanks to the diligence and care of Philips' engineers. Serious collectors will already own most of these recordings, but this is a terrific introductory set for newcomers because it presents some of Davis' finest work in one convenient package.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 6/18/2013
  • Label: Decca
  • UPC: 028947856016
  • Catalog Number: 001850302
  • Sales rank: 196,110

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Symphony No. 9 in E minor ("From the New World"), B. 178 (Op. 95) (first published as No. 5) - Antonin Dvorák & Colin Davis (42:40)
  2. 2 Symphony No. 7 in D minor, B. 141 (Op. 70) (first published as No. 2) - Antonin Dvorák & Colin Davis (36:31)
  3. 3 Te Deum, for tenor, 3 choruses, brass bands, organ & orchestra, H. 118 (Op. 22) - Hector Berlioz & Colin Davis (52:08)
  4. 4 Requiem (Grande Messe des morts), for tenor, chorus & orchestra, H. 75 (Op. 5) - Hector Berlioz & Colin Davis (91:09)
  5. 5 Night on Bald Mountain (Noch' na Lïsoy gore), symphonic poem, edited by Rimsky-Korsakov - Modest Mussorgsky & Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov (11:33)
  6. 6 Symphonie fantastique for orchestra ("Episode de la vie d'un Artiste...en cinq parties"), H.48 (Op. 14) - Hector Berlioz & Colin Davis (55:29)
  7. 7 Piano Concerto No. 5 in E flat major ("Emperor"), Op. 73 - Ludwig van Beethoven & Colin Davis (40:36)
  8. 8 Piano Concerto No. 3 in E major, Sz. 119, BB 127 (completed by Tibor Serly) - Béla Bartók & Colin Davis (24:24)
  9. 9 Piano Concerto No. 2 in G major, Sz. 95, BB 101 - Béla Bartók & Colin Davis (28:12)
  10. 10 Piano Concerto No. 1 in A major, Sz. 83, BB 91 - Béla Bartók & Colin Davis (24:14)
  11. 11 Symphony in Three Movements, for orchestra - Igor Stravinsky & Colin Davis (21:54)
  12. 12 Symphonic Metamorphosis of Themes by Carl Maria von Weber, for orchestra - Paul Hindemith & Colin Davis (21:02)
  13. 13 Symphony No. 104 in D major ("London"), H. 1/104 - Franz Joseph Haydn & Colin Davis (28:07)
  14. 14 Symphony No. 101 in D major ("Clock"), H. 1/101 - Franz Joseph Haydn & Colin Davis (26:54)
  15. 15 Symphony No. 94 in G major ("Surprise"/"The Drumstroke"/"Mit dem Paukenschlag"), H. 1/94 - Franz Joseph Haydn & Colin Davis (23:48)
  16. 16 The Planets, suite for orchestra & female chorus, Op. 32, H. 125 - Gustav Holst & Colin Davis (49:11)
  17. 17 Enigma Variations, for orchestra, Op. 36 - Edward Elgar & Colin Davis (31:36)
  18. 18 Così fan tutte, opera, K. 588: Ei parte... Senti... Per pietà, ben mio, perdona - Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart & Colin Davis (9:50)
  19. 19 Die Zauberflöte (The Magic Flute), opera, K. 620: Ach, ich fühl's - Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart & Colin Davis (4:28)
  20. 20 Zaide, opera, K. 344 (K. 336b): Ruhe sanft, mein holdes Leben - Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart & Colin Davis (6:39)
  21. 21 Exsultate, jubilate, motet for soprano & orchestra, K. 165 (K. 158a) - Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart & Colin Davis (15:13)
  22. 22 Ave verum corpus, motet for chorus, strings & organ, K. 618 - Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart & Colin Davis (3:54)
  23. 23 Kyrie for chorus & orchestra in D minor, K. 341 (K. 368a) - Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart & Colin Davis (8:26)
  24. 24 Vesperae solennes de confessore for soloists, chorus & orchestra, K. 339 - Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart & Colin Davis (28:50)
  25. 25 Symphony No. 40 in G minor, K. 550 - Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart & Colin Davis (26:33)
  26. 26 Piano Concerto No. 15 in B flat major, K. 450 - Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart & Colin Davis (25:36)
  27. 27 Symphony No. 32 in G major, K. 318 - Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart & Colin Davis (8:16)
  28. 28 Symphony No. 25 in G minor, K. 183 (K. 173dB) - Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart & Colin Davis (20:28)
  29. 29 Das Lied von der Erde, for alto (or baritone), tenor & orchestra - Gustav Mahler & Colin Davis (69:17)
  30. 30 Orpheus, ballet in 3 scenes for orchestra - Igor Stravinsky & Colin Davis (31:27)
  31. 31 L'oiseau de feu (The Firebird), ballet in 2 scenes for orchestra - Igor Stravinsky & Colin Davis (46:35)
  32. 32 Tapiola, tone poem for orchestra, Op. 112 - Jean Sibelius & Colin Davis (17:59)
  33. 33 Pohjola's Daughter (Pohjolan tytär), symphonic fantasy for orchestra, Op. 49 - Jean Sibelius & Colin Davis (15:00)
  34. 34 Finlandia, tone poem for orchestra, Op. 26 - Jean Sibelius & Colin Davis (7:57)
  35. 35 Symphony No. 1 in E minor, Op. 39 - Jean Sibelius & Colin Davis (39:22)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Colin Davis Primary Artist
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