Sir Colin Davis died today, aged 85.
He was among the most successful British conductors of all time, serving as music director of the Royal Opera House Covent Garden, the Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra and, finally, the London Symphony Orchestra.
He also had close relationships with the Boston Symphony Orchetsra and the Dresden Staatskapelle.
A clarinet player by training, he was always a musicians’ musician, one who aroused the affection of his peers and achieved performances that were sometimes symbiotic.He will be mourned in every corner of the musical world.
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