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    1. September 26, 2014

      Berlioz: Symphonie fantastique – review

      During its long years with Colin Davis the London Symphony Orchestra became expert in the music of Berlioz. The orchestra’s...

    2. January 15, 2014

      The Creation, Barbican, London – review

      During his Indian summer as president of the London Symphony Orchestra, Colin Davis performed and recorded many of the...

    1. January 7, 2014

      All the best: Sibelius symphonies

      The homes of composers have long fascinated me, and Sibelius’s log villa, Ainola, more than most. Named after his...

    2. September 29, 2013

      Philharmonia Orchestra, Royal Festival Hall, London – review

      It is 30 years since Esa-Pekka Salonen first conducted the Philharmonia Orchestra. The musical world has changed since 1983,...

    3. September 22, 2013

      LSO/Robin Ticciati, Barbican, London – review

      Concert programming in London has developed so many intelligent strands that it was hard to know what to make of this...

    4. August 21, 2013

      BBC Proms: London Symphony Orchestra, Royal Albert Hall, London – review

      In his heyday Colin Davis was a familiar figure at the BBC Proms. From his debut in 1960, through his years as chief...

    5. June 21, 2013

      Elgar: Symphony No 2

      Few non-British conductors can match the Anglophile sympathies of Oramo, who starts as principal conductor of the BBC...

    6. May 10, 2013

      Weber: Der Freischütz

      Listening to this zestful rendition of Weber’s “romantic opera”, you might conclude that the man conducting it was in the...

    7. May 10, 2013

      Berlioz: Les nuits d’été, La mort de Cléopâtre

      As a pupil of Colin Davis, Ticciati has imbibed many of his mentor’s stylistic antennae – not least in Berlioz, whose music...

    8. April 17, 2013

      The Turn of the Screw, Barbican, London – review

      The death of Sir Colin Davis at the weekend robbed this concert of its esteemed conductor. Originally planned to mark the...

    9. April 14, 2013

      Sir Colin Davis, conductor

      Conductor, 1927-2013 No one in classical music questioned the conductor’s right to rule more purposefully than Sir Colin...

    10. October 8, 2012

      Così fan tutte, City Halls, Glasgow

      After successful encounters with Don Giovanni and Le nozze di Figaro at Glyndebourne, it would have been understandable if...

    11. September 21, 2012

      Symphonies and other struggles

      It is an unusual admission. “I’ve had to start right from the beginning again,” says Sir Colin Davis, gazing serenely out of...

    12. March 9, 2012

      Rolando Villazón: Werther

      In July 2010, after well documented vocal problems, numerous cancellations and failed comebacks, Villazón croaked his way...

    13. February 17, 2012

      Nielsen: Symphonies 1 and 6; Sibelius: Symphonies 2 and 5

      Nielsen’s six symphonies were more or less a stranger to London’s concert scene until Colin Davis conducted the London...

    14. January 11, 2012

      LSO/Pappano, Barbican, London

      Does the timing mean that somebody at Buckingham Palace had been checking the Barbican’s classical music programme? Only a...

    15. December 13, 2011

      London Symphony Orchestra, Barbican, London

      Ever-decreasing circles are the bane of any profession in later life. Not many vocations share the possibilities that...

    16. October 5, 2011

      LSO/Colin Davis, Barbican, London

      Having begun his 85th year barely two weeks ago, Sir Colin Davis cuts a venerable profile as he finds his way to the podium....

    17. September 6, 2011

      Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, BBC Proms, Royal Albert Hall, London

      Financial constraints mean the BBC Proms reached the final week of this season without a US orchestra being heard. That...

    18. August 26, 2011

      Gustav Mahler Jugendorchester, BBC Proms, Royal Albert Hall

      Ideally timed for school holidays, the BBC Proms always draw young audiences. Just as important, though, they provide a...

    19. August 1, 2011

      Manufacturers fire broadside at coalition

      British manufacturers have fired a broadside at ministers’ efforts to “rebalance” the economy in a Financial Times survey in...

    20. April 22, 2011

      Otello, Bridgewater Hall, Manchester

      After nine years as principal conductor of the Manchester-based BBC Philharmonic, Gianandrea Noseda is moving on – and...

    21. April 9, 2011

      Walton: Symphony No 1, Belshazzar’s Feast

      Walton Symphony No 1, Belshazzar’s Feast Colin Davis (LSO Live) Even those who, like me, have an aversion to the vulgar...

    22. January 21, 2011

      Nielsen: Symphonies 4 & 5; Sibelius: Symphonies 4 & 5

      Nielsen Symphonies 4 & 5 Colin Davis (LSO Live) Sibelius Symphonies 4 & 5 Pietari Inkinen (Naxos) Nielsen and Sibelius are...

    23. December 17, 2010

      Elgar: Violin Concerto

      Elgar Violin Concerto Tasmin Little (Chandos) The Elgar Violin Concerto has had a good year on CD. First came Nikolaj...

    24. November 11, 2010

      Elgar Violin Concerto, Barbican, London

      It is exactly 100 years since Elgar’s Violin Concerto was first performed at the old Queen’s Hall in London. The soloist was...

    25. November 9, 2010

      LSO/Harding, Barbican, London

      Although Lang Lang had cancelled this concert late in the day word seemed to have gone around. Having heard that the...

    26. October 16, 2010

      Verdi: Otello

      Verdi Otello Colin Davis (LSO Live, 2 CDs) Age has not dimmed Davis’s musical vitality, any more than it did Verdi’s when he...

    27. October 15, 2010

      LSO/Davis, Barbican, London

      The marvel of Janácek’s music is how it transcends the generations. Having only embarked on his best work in his 60s,...

    28. October 15, 2010

      Don Giovanni, City Halls, Glasgow

      There’s not much opera in Scotland these days: Glasgow and Edinburgh have just one staging between now and January. Concert...

    29. June 2, 2010

      Le nozze di Figaro

      In David McVicar's production of Le nozze di Figaro the family at Aguas Frescas has gone up in the world. The period has...

    30. May 10, 2010

      LSO/Colin Davis

      In June 1923, during his only visit to the UK, the Danish composer Carl Nielsen conducted the London Symphony Orchestra in...

    31. May 9, 2010

      LSO/Colin Davis, Barbican, London

      In June 1923, during his only visit to the UK, the Danish composer Carl Nielsen conducted the London Symphony Orchestra in...

    32. April 17, 2010

      Simon O’Neill: Wagner Scenes and Arias

      Simon O’Neill Wagner Scenes and Arias EMI O’Neill, the new heldentenor on the block, has sung pleasingly every time I’ve...

    33. February 9, 2010

      L'Enfance du Christ

      The Shepherds' Chorus from Berlioz's L'Enfance du Christ is so recognisable that you would think the work as a whole would...

    34. February 8, 2010

      L’Enfance du Christ, City Halls, Glasgow

      Relaxed beat: Robin Ticciati The Shepherds’ Chorus from Berlioz’s L’Enfance du Christ is so recognisable that you would...

    35. January 30, 2010

      Elgar: Violin Concerto

      Elgar Violin Concerto Nikolaj ZnaiderRCA Red Seal Plenty of non-English violinists have tackled the Elgar concerto, but none...

    36. December 7, 2009

      Otello

      This was one of the London Symphony Orchestra's most glorious collaborations with Sir Colin Davis since - well, since they...

    37. December 6, 2009

      Otello, Barbican, London

      This was one of the London Symphony Orchestra’s most glorious collaborations with Sir Colin Davis since – well, since they...

    38. June 8, 2009

      Nature, society and basic instincts

      Society is a circus. Man is a beast. Morality is a sham. That is the premise on which Frank Wedekind and Alban Berg worked...

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