The Well-Tempered Ear

Classical music encounter: Meet Sir Colin Davis – knitter, pipe smoker and orchestra conductor extraordinaire.

December 20, 2011

By Jacob Stockinger

At 84, the British conductor Sir Colin Davis (below) stays incredibly active on stage and off.

At home in symphonies, concertos and operas, Davis is a prolific producer of recordings and is well-known for his interpretations of many different composers with different styles, including Haydn, Mozart, Beethoven, Berlioz, Brahms, Sibelius and Elgar among many other composers.

His name never seems to get the kind of saturation coverage one identifies with, say, a Leonard Bernstein, Herbert von Karajan, James Levine, Riccardo Muti or Valery Gergiev, buy that hardly reflects on his outstanding merit that has remained so consistent over so many decades,

In fact, if you are looking for some holiday gift-worthy recordings that may not be new releases, his name serves as a fine guide to choosing a winner — and one that may even be a budget twofer.

But there are sides to Sir Colin you may not know, including the musician who hold strong opinions about his peers.

They emerged recently in some different interviews with The Daily Telegraph and The New York Times

He is so central, I thought you might enjoy getting to know him more personally than perhaps you already do:

Posted in Classical music

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