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Sir Colin Davis conducts Elgar and Vaughan Williams

Sir Colin Davis conducts Elgar and Vaughan Williams


Elgar:

Enigma Variations, Op. 36

Live-Recording, Munich, Herkulessaal, 17.18.06.1999

Vaughan Williams:

Symphony No. 6 in E minor

Live-Recording, Munich, Philharmonie, 02.03.04.1998


Booklet: German, English, French

Single release of the 60th anniversary-box.

Sir Colin Davis, the “quiet star” on the list of the top international conductors, assumed his position as Chief Conductor of the Symphonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks in the autumn of 1983. He enriched the repertoire of the orchestra, inter alia, with works from the late British romantic era, as documented by the two recorded compositions by Sir Edward Elgar and Ralph Vaughan Williams.

Elgar’s “Enigma Variations” number today among the most important symphonic works ever to emerge from England. Friends and other persons in the composer’s inner circle are concealed behind the mysterious abbreviations in the titles of the individual variations, all of whom Elgar portrays in musical terms.

With its acerbic musical utterance and its experimental treatment of both harmony and sound, Ralph Vaughan Williams’s Symphony No. 6 (completed in 1947) attests to the horrors of the recently ended war, marking, however, concurrently a phase of new beginnings and turning away from established conventions.

Sir Colin Davis left an indelible imprint for nine years long on the Symphonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks.

Elgar’s “Enigma Variations”, one of the most popular works from the late romantic era in Great Britain.

“What is especially remarkable is how the players take to this music so enthusiastically. Their control of RVW's jazzily syncopated writing has just the right degree of freedon and the pianissimo finale is superbly sustained...Elgar's Enigma Variations are just as beautifully sustained...Sir Colin's interpretation is marked by steady speeds and high contrasts.” Gramophone Magazine, January 2011

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Mozart - Flute & Oboe Concertos

Mozart - Flute & Oboe Concertos


Mozart:

Flute Concerto No. 1 in G major, K313

Recording: Munich, Herkulessaal, 16.10.1981

Irena Grafenauer (flute)

Günter Wand

Oboe Concerto In C major, K314

Live-Recording: Munich Herkulessaal, 11./12.1.2001

François Leleux (oboe)

Sir Colin Davis

Symphony No. 32 in G major, K318

Live-Recording: München Herkulessaal, 22.6.1985

Sir Colin Davis


Irena Grafenauer and François Leleux are two internationally renowned woodwind soloists, who emerged from the ranks of the Symphonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks. The 1981 recording of the Flute Concerto K. 313 with the Slovenian soloist Irena Grafenauer is an item of very special value in the Symphonieorchester’s discography, because it is one of the few recordings with the great Günter Wand on the conductor’s podium. François Leleux ranks today as one of the most sought-after oboe soloists in the world. This CD presents him in 2001 with Mozart’s Oboe Concerto accompanied by “his” orchestra, in which he held the position of principal oboist until 2005, with Sir Colin Davis, the long-standing Chief Conductor of the orchestra. The live recording of the short, one-movement Symphony K. 318, which conjures up the atmosphere of an Italian opera in the concert hall, was made during Colin Davis’s early years as Chief Conductor of the orchestra.

Irena Grafenauer and Frençois Leleux, two internationally renowned soloists, who emerged from the ranks of the Symphonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks.

One of the few available CDs with Günter Wand on the conductor’s podium of the Symphonieorchester.

Both soloists were prize-winners at the ARD International Music Competition (1979 and 1991).

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