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  1. 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...

  2. 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...

  1. 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,...

  2. 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...

  3. 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...

  4. 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...

  5. 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...

  6. 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...

  7. 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...

  8. 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...

  9. 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...

  10. 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...

  11. March 9, 2012

    Rolando Villazón: Werther

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

  12. 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...

  13. 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...

  14. 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...

  15. 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....

  16. 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...

  17. 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...

  18. 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...

  19. 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...

  20. 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...

  21. 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...

  22. 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...

  23. 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...

  24. 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...

  25. 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...

  26. 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,...

  27. 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...

  28. 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...

  29. 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...

  30. 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...

  31. 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...

  32. 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...

  33. 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...

  34. 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...

  35. December 7, 2009

    Otello

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

  36. 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...

  37. 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...

  38. June 5, 2009

    Lulu, Royal Opera House, London

    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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