Archive for April 15, 2013

R.I.P. Sir Colin Davis

Posted in Music with tags , , , on April 15, 2013 by telescoper

Yesterday (Sunday 14th April), the conductor Sir Colin Davis died at the age of 85. This is very sad news indeed. I won’t event attempt to write a comprehensive obituary piece here. Many others have already done this much more knowledgeably than I could ever do. You can also get an idea of the affection in which he was held by looking at the condolence page at the website of the London Symphony Orchestra, the orchestra with which he was associated for over fifty years.

What I will do is pay a small tribute in my own way by posting this sprightly and engaging version of For unto us a child is born from Handel’s Messiah which shows him in action, conducting the London Symphony Orchestra (at the Barbican in London) with a very characteristic combination of authority and obvious enjoyment.

Farewell, Sir Colin Davis. You will be greatly missed.