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Sir Colin Davis Anthology (Limited Edition 8 SACD, 4CD, 1DVD plus commemorative book and postcards) Box set, Hybrid SACD, SACD


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Sir Colin Davis Anthology (Limited Edition 8 SACD, 4CD, 1DVD plus commemorative book and postcards) + Berlioz: Symphonie Fantastique (LSO/Gergiev) [1 Blu-ray audio/1 Hybrid SACD] + Mendelssohn: Symphony No.3 'Scottish', Overture: The Hebrides; Schumann: Piano Concerto [1 Blu-ray audio/1 Hybrid SACD]
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  • Conductor: Sir Colin Davis
  • Composer: Berlioz, Dvorak, Sibelius, Elgar, Tippett, et al.
  • Audio CD (7 April 2014)
  • Please Note: Requires SACD-compatible hardware
  • Number of Discs: 13
  • Format: Box set, Hybrid SACD, SACD
  • Label: LSO Live
  • ASIN: B00IJBYUJ4
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 22,077 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Sir Colin Davis was instrumental in the success and development of LSO Live, including the label s first Grammy Award. He also played a huge part in the pre-eminence of the LSO across the globe for more than 50 years. This unique collection of 13-discs is the 100th release on LSO Live, and will be a limited edition release. The collection pays tribute to not only Sir Colin s work with LSO Live, but more specifically his relationship with LSO through the decades. The collection includes previously unreleased material from the LSO Live archive, and two much loved recordings on high-resolution SACD for the first time, Dvorak Symphony No 9 and Berlioz Symphonie fantastique. Never before seen private correspondence and photos from Sir Colin s archives accompany the discs. The anthology is completed with a bonus DVD documentary by Reiner Moritz. This portrait includes his last public statements, and contributions from Sir David Attenborough, Sir Simon Rattle and Roger Wright. The documentary highlights his work in masterclasses, opera, concerts and to-camera talk which reveals the man behind the musician. 13-disc set: 8 SACD, 4 CD & 1 DVD [60 min] in rigid box with lift-off lid+commemorative book incorporating photo postcards Total audio playing time 11 hours, 75min, 45s Notes in English, French and German, DVD subtitles in French, German, Italian, Spanish & Japanese. Discs comprise: BERLIOZ: Symphonie fantastique (SACD for the first time)

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And the invitation of this box set 12 CDs, a DVD, a modest book of facts and pictures, one featuring Davis s pet iguana is impossible to ignore. We re invited to remember his golden age as principal conductor, later president, of the London Symphony Orchestra in live recordings made at the Barbican in London between 1999 and 2009. Pinned down on these discs, the Barbican acoustic might not be the world s friendliest, but as Davis guides his forces through Berlioz, Sibelius, Walton and other simpatico composers there s no doubting his genius for letting the music live and breathe without ego or brute force. --The Times (UK)

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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By kaptinhb on 19 Jan. 2015
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If, like me, you have shelled out fifty quid or so on this set in order to expand your collection of Super Audio CDs by just two discs, you are likely to be very disappointed indeed. LSO state that the set issues two of the discs in SACD format for the first time - the Berlioz Symphonie Fantastique and the Dvorak Symphony No 9. Well technically that's true!

However, dozens of titles in this LSO Live series are issued as Super Audio CDs with three layers - SACD Multi-Channel, SACD Stereo and CD. A great many collectors of SACDs buy them for the Surround Sound experience. All of the LSO separate SACD releases have these three layers.

So why are the two "new" issues available here for the first time in SACD issued only on two layers - SACD Stereo and CD? There is no multi-channel Surround Sound option on these two discs. The answer of course, with hindsight, is obvious - they were only recorded in stereo and LSO therefore do not have access to discreet source material to produce a multi-channel layer. To make matters even more unpalatable, there is no discernible difference in sound quality between the SACD Stereo and the CD layers - as is so often the case when these two layers are compared.

OK, so one can't approach Trading Standards with this as on careful reading "after the event", one of course realises that LSO don't claim to have included a mutli-channel layer on these two discs in the set - and my goodness, don't they shout about it on the disc labels when they do. But it's not until you've bought the product and see the disc labels at first hand that you realise - or at least probably feel - you've been well and truly duped!!!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Music Lover on 25 Jan. 2015
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LSO Live has certainly pulled out all the stops in the presentation of this tribute. Hard bound books are included for the programme notes and an appreciation of the man himself. All discs offer SACD sound apart from The Trojans which remains in 2 channel stereo, still sounding well. The Symphonie fantastique and Dvorak New World are in 2 channel SACD which to my ears sounds firmer and more immediate than the stereo layer.
The surround SACD layer of the remaining discs offers a great improvement over the stereo layer. I sampled the Sibelius 2 and the difference is quite startling. Obviously, this can only be fully appreciated on a full surround sound hifi set up. Of course, all the discs can be played on a regular stereo CD player too and they still sound fine. There isn't a dud performance in the box and detailed reviews of individual discs can be found easily elsewhere on Amazon. The DVD is a welcome bonus giving us a rare chance to see an interview with Sir Colin who tended to avoid such encounters. He mellowed into a self-effacing man who was devoted to the music he loved. He will be sorely missed.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By James Argles on 5 Oct. 2014
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A wonderfully assembled tribute to a great conductor (which I would say was a more appropriate word for "SCol" than "maestro"!!). The DVD in particular is a fantastic inclusion. Gratifyingly, care has also clearly been lavished on the way the box has been put together - beautifully!!
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