In memory of Sir Colin Davis - page 8

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Luis Galvez
My deep condoleance.

jason williams
Sir Colin Davis a true maestro of the instrumental 
my prayers are with you and your family R.I.P

Damian Feeney
What a wonderful conductor. He conveyed so much humanity and warmth in his readings, and clearly had a great rapport with people. We will miss him terribly. As a musician and conductor in my younger days Sir Colin was always in my mind as the type of conductor I longed to be. His Berlioz Requiem at the Proms in 2000 is one of the unforgettable musical moments of my life. May he rest in peace.

Stefan P. Wienes
Very sad to read that Sir Colin died. I've heard him live only twice. First with Elgar Violin Concerto and Hilary Hahn here in Cologne, later at his last Prom with an overwhelming Missa Solemnis.

I've always admired his deep understanding of music and the human nature and how both is connected.

Farewell, Sir Colin, I'll miss you.

richard williams
Colin Davis introduced me to Classical Music. I saw him conduct Beethoven Eroica in 1962 when I was a teenager, and I was entranced by the power of the music as conducted by him.

I have made a point of watching him weave his magic whenever I can.

A great conductor and a Great man. Thank you Sir Colin for bringing joy into my life

Adele Charles
A veritable giant among musicians who will be greatly missed. I will always cherish the memory of the many wonderful concerts that I've been lucky enough to attend over the years, and particularly those in which Sir Colin was joined by Mitsuko Uchida. My thoughts are with his family and friends at this very sad time.

David
Really bad news to hear about his dead, he was a great conductor and a great man

kevin morley
you will be missed by all but your music goes on rip

Jody Hall
(Associate & Friend)
Sad at Sir Colin's passing. I will miss him greatly from the podium. I had the pleasure of dancing under his baton as a member of the opera/ballet when he was music director at the ROH, Covent Garden. I send my condolences to his family and the orchestra as he'll be missed greatly and the world will be the poorer without him.

Michael McKeown
It is great sorrow that I have learnt of Sir Colin's death. Although now live four thousand miles away I will always remember how he influenced my love for music and opera. He will never be forgotten as the harbinger of what is popular now. I send my condolences to his children

Lucy Mair
The first time I ever heard Sibelius' 5th Symphony was in the Royal Albert Hall, conducted but Sir Colin Davis. It had a profound effect on me and was a very special moment. If I could, I would thank him for it. He will be sadly missed.

Richard Stacpoole-Ryding
I was sorry to learn of the passing of Sir Colin. He was a true musician and conductor and gave so much pleasure to so many people. I remember meeting him in 1967 when he took over the baton for the Proms from Sir Malcolm Sargent. On the day of the Last Night he came out of the Albert Hall and took the time to speak to the 'last nighters' who had been queuing all Friday night. I was 17 years old at the time. It meant so much to met and talk to the great man. My condolences to his family. He will be missed.

Felicia Chen
RIP. with deepest condolences to the family

callum
such sad news, great inspiration to british music and such a great man who will be missed by many.

Mog Ball
The joy he have given me! So many wonderful performances - Berlioz, Elgar, - everything was enhanced by his warm and wise sensibility. Most recently, in Wells cathedral, I heard James Macmillan's St. John Passion , which is dedicated to Sir Colin, and is now a memorial to his great life.

Conchita Bouza 
Mis condolecias a los familiares y amigos ...

MR B PAGE
I WAS VERY SADDENED WHEN I HEARD THAT SIR COLIN DAVIS HAS PASSED AWAY AND HE IS DEFINATELY ONE OF MY TRUE GREAT BRITISH CONDUCTORS EVER ESPECIALLY WHEN HE PERFORMS BERLIOZ,IN WHICH HE IS A GREAT INTERPRETER OF THE COMPOSER,TO WHOM HE IS CLOSELY ASSOCIATED TO ALL OF HIS LIFE,AS WELL AS OTHER COMPOSERS SUCH AS MOZART,SIBELIUS,BRITTEN,TIPPETT AND NOT TO MENTION OF COURSE DVORAK ,WHEN HE CONDUCTED THE LAST THREE SYMPHONIES,SYMPHONIC VARIATIONS,STRING SERENADE AMONGST THEM HIS RECORDINGS AND I HAVE GOT MOST OF HIS RECORDINGS AND I STILL LISTENING TO HIM CONDUCTING AFTER I FINISH WORK .HE WILL STILL BE MISSED AND OF COURSE ESPECIALLY THE MAIN MAN WHEN HE PERFORMED AT THE PROMS THROUGHOUT THE YEARS,BUT I AM SURE THAT THE BBC PROMS WILL PAY A TRIBUTE TO HIM THIS YEAR AS A FITTING TRIBUTE,AND I DO MISS HIM SO MUCH WHEN I LISTEN TO HIS GREAT RECORDINGS AND SUCH GREAT CONDUCTOR FOR ME.

David Temple
As well as being one of the world's greatest conductors, Sir Colin Davis was one of Crouch End Festival Chorus's patrons. We are all sad to hear of his passing and send our condolences to his family and friends. I sang with him only one - at Sir Robert Mayers' 100th birthday concert in 1979 - but I attended many of his performances, particularly those with the London Symphony Orchestra and Chorus. In fact it was after watching him conduct Beethoven's Missa Solemnis in the early 90's that I decided to ask if I could spend some time with him on this score. He agreed to meet with me at his house in Highbury at 8am one Sunday morning. For the next four hours we looked at every detail, all of which involved the imagery and architecture of the work. He assumed I could beat two, three and four in a bar! I will never forget that session with him (for which he did not want a fee) and the principles he passed on in that one session have remained with me ever since. Within the w
orld of classical music, most conductors are placed in one of two boxes - orchestral or choral conductors. Sir Colin was one of very few who reigned supreme in both. His energy and vision have inspired several generations of musicians and music lovers.

Peter Phillips
Televised concerts often lack impact but Sir Colin's Missa Solemnis at the Proms seemed to come across at full force as a deeply spiritual and humane occasion. I was simply blown away by it. And thanks to him and to the marvellous LSO for so many great performances recorded live and issued on cd.

Professor Richard Adams
During the seventies and early eighties I was fortunate enough, as a member of the LSO Chorus, to sing under Sir Colin's direction on many occasions. Moving first to California and later to Thailand, I have continued to treasure his many fine recorded interpretations. I am greatly saddened by the news of his passing.

Gerald Hearns
It was always a pleasure to sit in the first few rows of the Barbican and catch Colin humming along to the music. He managed to control the orchestra precisely but he did it with such serenity that the audience were relaxed and able to loose themselves in the music.

Jérôme Goupil
Bonjour
Condoléance au London Symphony Orchestra, j'ai decouvert Berlioz il y a 20 grace à Sir Colin Davis et au London Symphony Orchestra .Depuis Berlioz , Sir Colin Davis et le London Symphony Orchestre ne me quitte plus ou que je sois. Merci pour toute ces années maestro.

Colin Francis
Condolences on the death of Sir Colin Davis who has brought many of us so much beautiful music. One of he last time I saw him at the Barbican Ms Uchida gently helped him up the steps, very touching. Sorry for his loss to family and music but many thanks for all he accomplished.

Chris and Allison Allen
We have many very fond memories of Sir Colin and should like to offer our sincere condolences to his family and all at the LSO. He was a true musician, a gentleman and a great Briton who will be very sorely missed. We are thankful for all the happiness he gave.

Peter Phillips
Televised concerts often lack impact but Sir Colin's Missa Solemnis at the Proms seemed to come across at full force as a deeply spiritual and humane occasion. I was simply blown away by it. And thanks to him and to the marvellous LSO for so many great performances recorded live and issued on cd.

Peter Major
My mother bought the Beethoven Seventh Symphony conducted by Colin Davis on Concert Classics in about 1962. This kick-started my lifelong love of music. Many thanks Sir Colin for, amongst many others, the Sibelius orchestral works, Tannhauser from Bayreuth, and the Britten Peter Grimes and Midsummer Night's Dream. My condolences to all his family and friends

Gladys Hosken
A truly great musician and person who will be sadly missed. It was a privilege and a delight to sing under his baton.

Charles Harpum
I attended many wonderful concerts by Sir Colin in the Barbican and he was one of the conductors I admired the most. I recall some unforgettable performances of Dvorak, Martinu and Elgar in particular. I am very grateful to have been at those concerts. He will be sorely missed.

Maureen Heidenreich
A wonderful legacy you have left us.

Peter Swan
A few years ago I went to The Sage in Gateshead to hear the LSO and Sir Colin. I'd really gone to hear their performance of The Rose Lake by Tippett, a work with which I have very close associations. But it was the Beethoven 5th Symphony in the second half that was a real revelation, for many reasons. I was sitting in the upper stalls, at the very front, right next to the Double Bass section and with a full view of Sir Colin. The devilish enjoyment and rapport between them in the Scherzo was a joy to behold. I can still replay the whole thing in my mind's eye. Joyous music making and a privilege to hear and witness!!!! Thank you Sir Colin.

Michael Cattermole
I am very saddened to hear of Sir Colin's passing. His intelligence and sincerity will be much missed. He always managed to explore the true essence of the music he conducted and for this we should be wholly grateful. RIP Sir Colin.

Ignacio Navas
Mis más sentidas condolencias y con mi gran admiración de un español en Copenhague.
Ignacio

David Siu
For me, Sir Colin's rein as principal conductor of the LSO was the golden period of the orchestra in its recent history. I was very lucky to be able to go to many of his concerts while he was LSO's principal conductor. The memories keep flooding back. I shall always remember his Berlioz cycle in the early 2000s, in particular, the performance of The Trojans. What a sad day.

Lucia Siwy
Sir Colin Davis, an incredible conductor and an amazing human being. It was a privilege to have met him, worked and learned from him. Such a wise and inspiring person. I will always remember him. R.I.P.

Andrew Maugham
I first heard Sir Colin conduct in 1969. The last time was Der Freischutz at the Barbican last year. Thankyou for giving me more than 40 years of musical pleasure.

Chris Hough
Like many other fortunate people, Colin was at the centre of our musical life. Though we have never met him, my wife and I feel that we know him well, through many wonderful musical performances - Berlioz ( especially the Te Deum) Sibelius Symphonies, Mozart and Elgar. Every performance was special and lifted our hearts. He gave so much and will be greatly missed.

Jose Maria Courel
Dear Sir Colin: we are going to miss you a lot!!
But I´m sure that Berlioz, Sibelius and Mozart among others, are very happy that you are with them now!

Maureen Heidenreich
A wonderful legacy you have left us.

Pam Osborne
Colin Davis first came to my attention when I was a student (1960), and he deputised for Klemperer in a broadcast performance of Don Giovanni from the ROH. What an impression that made! Some time after that, I became one of the 'performing infantry' by joining one of the North's largest Choruses, and probably one of my deepest regrets is that I never had chance to do a concert with Sir Colin. We performed the Berlioz 'Grand Messe' in York Minster not long after i joined, and it was around that time that Sir Colin's justly famous recording was issued. My (vinyl) copy was almost worn out by the time the CD transfer came out. We have several much loved and much played recordings of his. Another regret was walking past a church in Dresden, on a whistle-stop tour some years ago, and realising that the Missa Solemnis advertised for that same night, with Sir Colin, would be under way by the time we were on the coach heading home! Tomorrow, members of our Chorus will be
singing Brahms' 'Wie lieblich sind deine Wohnungen' at the funeral of one of our long standing members. It will also be my private tribute to a much loved musician.

Steve Wilson
A magnificent exponent and champion of the operas of Berlioz. My thoughts are with his family.

Dee Sebastian
Thank you. It was heaven to have shared the same planet.

Libby sheen
I met Colin Davis as a 9 year old at Dartington Hall, when he came in the early 50's to play the clarinet with the Amadeus Quartet. He sat next to me at lunch and asked me what my 'passion'was....Ballet, I told him. "Then follow your passion and keep at it!" We met again in Glasgow when he conducted the BBC Scottish symphony Orchestra as he knew my father, Cecil Cope, quite well. I also saw him conduct a concert performance of Cosi at Cambridge University with Roger Norrigton leading the CUMS orchestra. Happy memories.

Sir Nicholas Kenyon
It was with great sadness that we heard the news of the death of Sir Colin Davis on Sunday evening. Sir Colin was one of the great musicians of our time, and for over half a century and more he played a central part in our musical lives.

He will be sadly missed here at the Barbican for his wonderful relationship with the London Symphony Orchestra, for his total professionalism at the service of great music, and for his encouragement of young people's music-making. Our thoughts are with his family.

geoffrey allerton
how sad to hear of his passing
what a great man !!
i have been to about 4 of his performances
they were pure magic,
peter grimes ,fidelio,and ice break at covent garden
and otello in manchester,
listen to loads on the radio and his great recordings,
to me he was not just a great conductor he was a great teacher he taught me to like tippett,berlioz and elgar,
thanks colin!

Janette Daines
When a mere twelve years ago as a new alto in the LSC I first sang under Sir Colin's baton, I was awestruck to say the least. Not long after, I was selected for a semi-chorus part in Berlioz' "Romeo et Juliette". Sir Colin took the semi-chorus for a rehearsal on their own. He coaxed us to give what he wanted in a quiet and avuncular way. Sir Colin gave me the confidence I was lacking and for that I will always be grateful. To sing for Sir Colin became a deeply personal commitment. He was greatly loved and admired and although I will miss him, he will be reunited with his beloved wife. May they both now rest in peace together.

Beverley
So sorry to hear this news. I had the privilege of seeing him conduct several times when in my teens. On one occasion I dared to write him a letter of appreciation and got a lovely, kind letter in reply.
Thank you Sir Colin for a lifetime of wonderful music.

Peter McManus
Of many happy memories of Sir Colin, one that stands out is of him running a masterclass for promising young conductors at LSO St Luke's soon after it opened. His encouragement and empathy was palpable, and I'm sure the students gained inspiration in their careers from this experience. Rest in Peace.

Jon Hayward
I've listened to Sir Colin's recordings for years (he rarely if ever got to Australia in recent years since I've lived here) but the life changer for me was one evening in November 1978 (maybe 79) when he conducted the Harrow Students Philharmonic Orchestra with me propping up the cello section in a Berlioz, Grieg and Sibelius program. Wow. Thanks for the memory Sir Colin, and particularly, thanks for being the first conductor (including Beecham, in my opinion) who got Berlioz.

Julie Mountain
Very sorry to hear Sir Colin Davis has died. His talent brought joy and happiness to all who were lucky enough to hear him work with the world's most wonderful musicians, and he will be much missed.

Ian Lush
So sorry to hear this news, Sir Colin was a wonderful musician - I was fortunate to meet him on a number of occasions during my time as Marketing Director at the Barbican and for the LSO and he was charming and a true gentleman. His performances of Tippett and Sibelius in particular remain among my fondest musical memories.

Jane Vickers
On behalf of my father-in-law Jon Vickers and the entire Vickers family we send our deepest condolences.

Toby Purser
Thank you from the bottom of my heart for some of the most inspiring musical experiences of my life, and your generosity. We will all miss you.

Mathew Purchase
Sir Colin was to my mind quite the finest conductor on the podium. He had the intellect and the acuity, of course, but what marked him out what the generosity, the humanity of his performances. He gave the music the appropriate space to communicate its own essence, without indulgence; he imprinted his own spirit on the music, without imposition; he conducted with dignity, but also with vitality.

Of the numerous performances by him (principally with the LSO), none has been anything less than insightful and stirring. One or two have, in their own way, had truly lasting impacts on me. I had barely heard of Sibelius before attending his shattering and magisterial LSO performance of the Seventh Symphony (which was later released on LSO Live). His charismatic performances of Elgar's symphonies and Enigma Variations are, to me, the most profound and truthful available. He is famous for his conducting of these composers, of course. But I recall also a revelatory performance of Brahms Third Symphony unlike any other I had heard.

His genius rose through, modest and uncoaxed, in every performance.



 
 
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