Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Happy Return of the Dancing Beat

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Happy Return of the Dancing Beat

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Byline: BARRY MILLINGTON

Sir Colin Davis 75th Birthday Gala Barbican

JUST six months ago the LSO was celebrating the 75th birthday of Mstislav Rostropovich at the Barbican. Last night he was back to do the honours for another grand old man of the orchestra, Colin Davis, celebrating his own 75th.

Davis's long relationship with the LSO, culminating in the principal conductorship from 1995, has established him as one of the most highly respected conductors of his day.

It was not ever so. His tenure at Covent Garden in the Seventies had its rocky patches, but in recent years, major cycles of Berlioz, Sibelius and Elgar, among others, have won widespread acclamation.

Berlioz provided the starting point of this gala concert, compered ably by James Naughtie. As Davis took up the baton for the Royal Hunt and Storm from The Trojans - an opera for which he has become known as the supreme advocate - his characteristic dancing beat skilfully invoked the "pantomime" of bathing naiads. …

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