The Dresden Staatskapelle were on tour in the US when news broke of the death of Sir Colin Davis. The orchestra immediately dedicated its Carnegie Hall concerts to his memory and issued an affectionate statement in English here.
Chief conductor Christian Thielemann, who observed a minute’s silence before his concert in Washington, D.C. said: ‘Sir Colin was a tremendously genial and completely unpretentious man, whose warmth and affection immediately struck all those who met him. A truly rare artistic harmony existed between him and the Staatskapelle. In Sir Colin’s passing the Staatskapelle has not only lost a conductor laureate, but also, and more importantly, a unique friend. We will never forget him.’
In Munich, where Sir Colin was music director for nine years, Bavarian Radio changed its schedules to incorporate tributes and recordings, under the title A Conductor and a Gentlemen. Read them here.
The fulsomeness of these tributes contrasts sharply with Covent Garden’s failure to observe any commemoration of its longest-serving music director on the night after he died, even though its past chief executive, Lord Hall, was in the audience and available to say a few words. It was a poor show.
UPDATE: At the London Symphony Orchestra’s first performance after his death, proper tributes were paid. Julia Savage of Bachtrack reports:
Last night there was a very fitting tribute to Sir Colin at the LSO Turn of the Screw performance at the Barbican. The excellent tributes from Lennox Mackenzie and Kathryn McDowell spoke of his love of music, his dedication to the younger generation of artists, and to his genuine concern for the wellbeing of his musicians–the LSO had lost the head of its family, they said. The performance was dedicated to Sir Colin, and a minute’s silence was held before the audience applauded.