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Sir Colin Davis: The Complete RCA Legacy [Box set, Limited Edition]

Sir Colin Davis Audio CD
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  • Audio CD (24 Feb 2014)
  • Number of Discs: 51
  • Format: Box set, Limited Edition
  • Label: RCA Red Seal
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 35,478 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Sir Colin Davis (1927–2013): The RCA Legacy
The first complete collection of Sir Colin Davis' RCA recordings
About Sir Colin Davis:

By the time Sir Colin Davis died in April 2013, at the age of 85, the former firebrand of the 1950s had long since mellowed into the grand old man of British music, and the recordings he made under contract to RCA Victor between 1988 and 2000 gloriously preserve what was widely felt, both then and since, to be the Golden Age of one of the world’s most gifted, respected and much-loved conductors.

Sir Colin’s RCA legacy enshrines his relationships with the three orchestras with whom he was most closely associated during his later years: the Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra, of which he was Chief Conductor from 1983 to 1992, and with whom he recorded his first RCA release, a coupling of Brahms’s Tragic Overture and Second Symphony, in 1988; the Dresden Staatskapelle, of which he was first Principal Guest Conductor, then Honorary Conductor, from 1990 until his death; and the London Symphony Orchestra, of which he was the longest-serving Principal Conductor (1995–2006) and then President, and with whom he completed an acclaimed Sibelius cycle, triumphantly bringing his RCA contract to an end, in the millennial year 2000.

For Davis, coming from a not altogether happy childhood, music always represented “a kind of alchemy that could transform reality into imaginative possibilities”, as indeed he transformed himself from a jobbing orchestral clarinettist into a world-class conductor. That imaginative alchemy is evident throughout this collection, from the stylish, sharp-edged conducting of the young Davis on a 1963 recording of Rodrigo’s Concierto de Aranjuez with the guitarist Julian Bream (the earliest item included) to his cycle of Schubert symphonies with the Dresden Staatskapelle, of which Gramophone enthused, “We are somehow persuaded that Schubert is brought to life without any intervening human hand, which is exactly as it should be”.

As well as interpretations of the three composers to whom he was always most devoted – Berlioz, Sibelius and, perhaps above all, Mozart (“He is life itself,” he once said), this RCA Legacy collection also includes notable versions of Mahler’s Fourth and Eighth Symphonies (repertoire Davis had inherited from his great predecessor at the Bavarian RSO, Rafael Kubelik), Elgar’s Violin Concerto (music he in turn introduced to the Bavarians), Brahms’s A German Requiem and complete recordings of Wagner’s Lohengrin, Verdi’s Falstaff and Beethoven’s Fidelio – a work Davis once summarised as an “idealistic piece about those small miracles of love and devotion which are the stuff of everyday life”.

And it was always his own miraculous musical synthesis of idealism, love and devotion that made his conducting so special. “A musician must make affirmations,” said Davis. “If he cannot believe in music as a universal ideal, what is he left with?”

  • Mozart: Eine kleine Nachtmusik, K. 525
  • Mozart: Concerto for Clarinet and Orchestra K. 622 in A (Version for Basset Clarinet)
  • Mozart: Serenade No. 11, K. 375 in E-Flat
    DISC 2:
  • Mozart: Bassoon Concerto in B-Flat, K. 191
  • Mozart: Serenade No. 9 in D, K. 320 "Posthorn"
    DISC 3:
  • Mozart: Serenade No. 10 in B-Flat, K. 361 "Gran Partita"
  • Mozart: Serenade No. 12 in C Minor, K. 388
    DISC 4:
  • Mozart: Overtures
    DISC 5:
  • Mozart: Concerto No. 9, K.271, in E-Flat
  • Mozart: Concerto No. 21, K. 467, in C
    DISC 6:
  • Mozart: Piano Concerto No. 20, K.466 in D Minor
  • Mozart: Piano Concerto No. 25, K. 503 in C
    DISC 7:
  • Mozart: Piano Concerto No. 27, K. 595 in B-Flat
  • Mozart: Piano Concerto No. 19, K. 459 in F
    DISC 8:
  • Mozart: Piano Concerto No. 23, K.488 in A
  • Mozart: Piano Concerto No. 24, K. 491 in C Minor
    DISC 9:
  • Mozart: Piano Concerto No. 22, K. 482 in E-Flat
  • Mozart: Piano Concerto No. 26, K. 537 in D
    DISC 10:
  • Brahms: Symphony No. 1, Op. 68 in C Minor
  • Brahms: Symphony No. 2 in D, Op. 73
    DISC 11:
  • Brahms: Symphony No. 2 in D, Op. 73
  • Brahms: Symphony No. 3 in F, Op. 90
  • Brahms: Variations on a Theme by Haydn, Op. 56a
    DISC 12:
  • Brahms: Symphony No. 4 in E Minor, Op. 98
  • Brahms: Academic Festival Overture, Op. 80
  • Brahms: Tragic Overture, Op. 81
    DISC 13:
  • Brahms: Piano Concerto No. 1 in D Minor, Op. 15
  • Brahms: Violin Concerto in D, Op. 77
    DISC 14:
  • Brahms: Violin Concerto in D, Op. 77
  • Brahms: Piano Concerto No. 2 in B Flat Major, Op. 83
    DISC 15:
  • Weber: Konzertstück, Op. 79, for Piano and Orchestra
  • Weber: Piano Concerto No. 1, Op. 11, in C
  • Weber: Piano Concerto No. 2, Op. 32, in E-Flat
  • Weber: Polonaise brillante, Op. 72, for Piano and Orchestra
    DISC 16:
  • Schubert: Symphony No. 1 in D major, D. 82
  • Schubert: Symphony No. 3 in D major, D. 200
  • Schubert: Symphony No. 8 in B minor, D. 759 "Unfinished"
    DISC 17:
  • Schubert: Symphony No. 2 in B flat major, D. 125
  • Schubert: Symphony No. 4 in C minor, D. 417 "Tragic"
    DISC 18:
  • Schubert: Symphony No. 5 in B flat major, D. 485
  • Schubert: Symphony No. 6 in C major, D. 589 "The Little"
    DISC 19:
  • Schubert: Symphony No. 9 in C major, D. 944 "The Great"
    DISC 20:
  • Schumann: Piano Concerto in A Minor, Op. 54
  • Elgar: Violin Concerto in B Minor, Op. 61
    DISC 21:
  • Mahler: Symphony No. 4 in G
    DISC 22-23:
  • Mahler: Symphony No. 8 in E flat "Symphony of the Thousand"
    DISC 24:
  • Sibelius: Symphony No. 1, Op. 39 in E Minor
  • Sibelius: Symphony No. 4, Op. 63 in A Minor
    DISC 25:
  • Sibelius: Symphony No. 2, Op. 43 in D
  • Sibelius: Symphony No. 6, Op. 104 in D Minor
    DISC 26:
  • Sibelius: Symphony No. 3, Op. 52 in C
  • Sibelius: Symphony No. 5, Op. 82 in E-Flat
    DISC 27:
  • Sibelius: Symphony No. 7, Op. 105
  • Sibelius: Rakastava, Op. 14 Sibelius: En saga, Op. 9
    DISC 28:
  • Sibelius: Kullervo, Op. 7
    DISC 29:
  • Sibelius: Lemminkäinen-Suite (Lemminkainen Suite) op.22
  • Sibelius: Pohjolas Tochter (Pohjola's Daughter) op. 49
  • Sibelius: Der Barde (The Bard) op. 64
    DISC 30:
  • Sibelius: Karelia Suite, Op. 11
  • Sibelius: The Oceanides, Op. 73
  • Sibelius: Finlandia, Op. 26
  • Sibelius: Valse triste
  • Sibelius: Tapiola, Op. 112
  • Sibelius: Nightride and Sunrise, Op. 55
    DISC 31:
  • Elgar: Symphony No. 1, Opus 55 in A Flat Major
  • Rodrigo: Concierto de Aranjuez with Julian Bream
    DISC 32:
  • Elgar: Violin Concerto, Op. 61 in B Minor
  • Elgar: Introduction and Allegro for String Orchestra and String Quartet, Op. 47
    DISC 33:
  • Berlioz: Overtures
    DISC 34:
  • Mozart: Arias
    DISC 35:
  • Mozart: Requiem, K.626
    DISC 36:
  • Beethoven: Missa solemnis in D major, Op. 123
    DISC 37:
  • Beethoven: Choral Fantasy, Op. 80
    DISC 38:
  • Brahms: Schicksalslied, Op. 54
  • Brahms: Rhapsodie für Altstimme, Männerchor und Orchester, Op. 53
  • Brahms: Nänie, Op. 82
  • Brahms: Gesang der Parzen, Op. 89
  • Brahms: Marienlieder, Op. 22
    DISC 39:
  • Brahms: Ein deutsches Requiem, Op. 45
    DISC 40-41:
  • Verdi: Messa da Requiem
    DISC 42-44:
  • Mozart: Le nozze di Figaro
    DISC 45-46:
  • Beethoven: Fidelio
    DISC 47-48:
  • Verdi: Falstaff
    DISC 49-51:
  • Wagner: Lohengrin

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    8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars Outstanding! 24 Mar 2014
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    Ultrarunner gives a good review on the musical content of this set and I can't argue with anything reported there.

    I would like to stress the excellence of the recording from a technical standpoint. Often box sets offer poor reproduction but the recordings on this set are clear and crisp with a high dynamic range - full of life. The digital tags on the CDs are better than many with only a few misclassifications in genre and title.

    I have 8 major box sets and this is by far the best, even though I'm not a great fan of operatic music.
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    50 of 56 people found the following review helpful
    By Ultrarunner TOP 500 REVIEWER
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    This is a RCA box set and they are renowned for their excellence. For example, the Toscanini RCA complete collection and the Fritz Reiner Chicago Symphony orchestra complete Album collection, set the trend as to how a box set should be presented. This new Sir Colin Davis (1927-2013) set continues this tradition as I shall show.(See my reviews further down). The box is just over half the size of the Toscanini box; all black with wording in white and red. Underneath the reasonably heavy box, are the composers and the works to be played. The lid is slanted, small back and large front, made of tough cardboard, as is the bottom half, which contains another glued in box. The lid can be used to place the CDs you wish to play.

    The Sleeves are made of tough cardboard, but will not scratch the CDs. No original pictures on the front of the sleeve. Across the top is a black band, with Colin Davis the complete RCA Legacy. Below the composer, who each have a different coloured name; Khaki for Mozart, Brahms olive green, Sibelius Cobalt blue, is a White front, with the works to be played. Red band at the bottom with CD number.This is very subtle, as was the RCA Verdi Great recording box set,covered in velvet.The tonal values on the Verdi Box set sleeves is an artists dream. On the back of the sleeve the music to be played, wording is in black with track numbers. Along the spine, is the composer, music, orchestra, Davis, plus CD number.The CD's can be pulled out easily. The CDs are white, with Colin Davis in black, red, the complete RCA legacy. CD number and composer, plus music to be played. It is impossible to get lost.

    My review has to be written in this manner, to help you the reader, make up your mind one way or the other about buying these box sets.
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    8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars The box is very nice 20 Mar 2014
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    I had 3 CDS from Sir Colin Davis and I liked them as I liked many others. This box is not only very nice. The Music is just great. I started with Le nozze di Figaro - and - that is the best Version I have heard. The Sound is very good and the singing is very good. As a German I have a hard time to find the right words. I did not know the singers - but who cares. They sing nicely toegether and you can feel the emotions in the singing. It is very live like and you can see them on stage interacting. I put in another and it was also good.

    The box is bigger than expected and all other packaging and Information provided very nice.

    If you like good Music and classics then this is a steal. 50 Pounds is cheaper than in Germany on Amazon and it arrived in two days.

    I buy many things at Amazon.

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    5.0 out of 5 stars Memento of CDavis's best 18 Sep 2014
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    What a difference a good conductor makes! Some really beautiful variations on a theme/interpretations
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    2 of 13 people found the following review helpful
    4.0 out of 5 stars A Bargain Selection 27 April 2014
    By S Waugh
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    A fine tribute to Sir Colin Davies' conducting. I have only played a few discs so cannot comment further. Stan Waugh
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