Colin Davis

Sir Colin Davis: The Philips Years

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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.

Track Listing - Disc 7

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time Stream
Variations on an Original Theme "Enigma", Op. 36
1 1:28 Amazon
2 2:02 Amazon
3 0:46 Amazon
4 1:27 Amazon
5 0:30 Amazon
6 2:19 Amazon
7 1:31 Amazon
8 0:58 Amazon
9 1:42 Amazon
10 3:51 Amazon
11 2:37 Amazon
12 1:00 Amazon
13 2:55 Amazon
14 3:05 Amazon
15 5:25 Amazon
The Planets
16 7:02
17 8:05
18 4:14
19 8:15
20 8:56
21 5:52
22 6:47

Track Listing - Disc 14

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time Stream
The Knot Garden
1 4:33 Amazon
2 4:24 Amazon
3 2:29 Amazon
4 3:33 Amazon
5 2:26 Amazon
6 7:42 Amazon
7 4:12 Amazon
8 11:47 Amazon
9 3:52 Amazon
10 5:02 Amazon
11 2:26 Amazon
12 3:21 Amazon
13 2:35 Amazon
14 3:03 Amazon
15 2:56 Amazon
16 3:59 Amazon
17 3:47 Amazon
18 8:20 Amazon

Track Listing - Disc 15

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time Stream
L'Oiseau de feu
1 2:46 Amazon
2 2:13 Amazon
3 2:10 Amazon
4 1:22 Amazon
5 0:49 Amazon
6 8:25 Amazon
7 2:23 Amazon
8 1:39 Amazon
9 4:33 Amazon
10 1:28 Amazon
11 4:49 Amazon
12 0:42 Amazon
13 4:26 Amazon
14 5:13 Amazon
15 3:37 Amazon
Orpheus, ballet in 3 scenes
16 10:19 Amazon
17 17:52 Amazon
18 3:16 Amazon
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