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LY 0275
Richard Rodney Bennett
CHAN 8344
Sibelius - Symphonies 1 & 7
CR 3326
The Dream of Gerontius/ Severn Suite
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Born in Scotland in 1926, Sir Alexander Gibson studied at Glasgow University and at the Royal College of Music where in 1951 he was awarded the Queen’s Prize. He went on to attend the Salzburg Mozarteum before going to Siena to work at the Accademia Chigiano, and at the 1952 Besançon Festival was awarded the Enesco Prize for young conductors. Between 1951 and 1957 he held posts as repetiteur and later Staff Conductor at Sadler’s Wells Theatre; from 1951 to 1954 he was Assistant Conductor of the BBC Scottish Orchestra, and in 1957 became Music Director of the Sadler’s Wells Opera Company. Two years later he was appointed Principal Conductor and Artistic Director of the Scottish National Orchestra, and tours through Europe and North America and many recordings contributed greatly to raising that Orchestra’s international prestige. Having founded Scottish Opera in 1962, he began to appear more widely as a symphonic conductor with British and international orchestras. He made his debut with the Detroit Symphony Orchestra in 1970 and became Principal Guest Conductor of the Houston Symphony Orchestra in 1981. He was made a CBE in 1967, knighted in 1977, and became president of the Royal Scottish Academy of Music in 1991. Sir Alexander Gibson died in 1995.

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ANNI 0030
30 Years of Chandos

Chandos has plenty to celebrate as it reaches its thirtieth anniversary. A bumper box includes some landmarks in the firm’s histo...
CHAN 10412
RSNO/ Gibson/ Philharmonia/ Thomson - Spirit of Scotland
Gibson, understandably give a most affectionate account…both Tam O’Shanter and the Land of the Mountain and the Flo...
CHAN 2021
Pomp and Circumstance March etc.

Richly expressive playing, heartfelt performance...
CHAN 2025
Hebrides/ Piano Concerto etc.

Mendelssohn’s First Piano Concerto is an entirely delightful and comparatively well-kept secret, conceived in the comp...
CHAN 2026
The Planets/ Brook Green Suite/ St Paul's Suite

In every respect this latest Holst anthology from Chandos will be hard to beat. The recording is superb – ...
CHAN 241-19
Complete Tone Poems

The SNO are at the Peak of their form throughout these performances…...
CHAN 6574
Coronation Ode, Op. 44/ The Spirit of England, Op. 80

"Gibson’s performances combine fire and panache, and the recorded sound has an ideal E...

CHAN 6633
The Planets

‘…probably the finest thing this conductor has done on record.’...