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Francis, Alun (conductor)
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Alun Francis (conductor)

Alun Francis is currently the Chief Conductor of the Berlin Symphony Orchestra. After completing his studies in Manchester he played the horn in the Hallé Orchestra under Sir John Barbirolli and in the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra with Constantin Silvestri before beginning his conducting career.

Alun Francis was appointed Music Director of the Ulster Orchestra in 1969 following short periods with them as Assistant, then Associate Conductor. After ten years with the Ulster Orchestra he became Music Director of the Northwest Chamber Orchestra in Seattle from 1980 to 1985, Conductor and Music Advisor to the Overijssels Philharmonic Orchestra and Opera Forum in The Netherlands between 1985 and 1987, Generalmusikdirektor of the Nordwestdeutsche Philharmonie in Germany between 1987 and 1991 and Principal Conductor of the Orchestra Sinfonica Haydn of Bolzano in Italy. During the earlier part of this period he made recordings with the LSO, RPO, Philharmonia and ECO and conducted nearly every major British orchestra before basing himself first in the USA, then in continental Europe.

During the last 28 years Alun Francis has appeared with more than a hundred orchestras and opera companies. In addition to his acknowledged excellence in standard repertoire he is a noted specialist of twentieth-century music and also highly regarded as a conductor of bel canto opera in which area he has a repertoire of over fifty works. He has recorded several operas for Opera Rara and conducted the world premiere of Donizetti's Gabriella di Vergy in 1978.

In addition to his commitments in Berlin he also has guest engagements in Germany with the Radio Orchestras of Berlin, Frankfurt, Hannover and Saarbrucken, as well as both the Hamburg and Stuttgart Philharmonic Orchestras and the Nordwestdeutsche Philharmonie. In Italy he works with RAI Turin and in Milan, Cagliari and Palermo, and in Switzerland with the Basel Radiosinfonie-orchestra and Orchester Stadtisches St Gallen.

London Artists, 10 Guild Street, Stratford-upon-Avon, Warks. CV37 6RE, England. Telephone [0]1789 261561: fax [0]1789 261577: email Londartist@aol.com

Albums

Albert: Piano Concertos
CDA66747
Baroque Christmas Music
CDH55048Helios (Hyperion's budget label)
Christmas through the ages
NOEL1Super-budget price sampler — Download only
Cooke, Rawsthorne & Jacob: Clarinet Concertos
CDA66031Archive Service
Crusell & Weber: Clarinet Concertos
CDA66088Archive ServiceDownload currently discounted
Crusell: Clarinet Concertos
CDH55203Helios (Hyperion's budget label)
Finzi & Stanford: Clarinet Concertos
CDH55101Helios (Hyperion's budget label)
Jacob, Cooke & Rawsthorne: Clarinet Concertos
CDA66031Archive Service
Stanford & Finzi: Clarinet Concertos
CDH55101Helios (Hyperion's budget label)
The Clarinet in Concert
CDD220172CDs Dyad (2 for the price of 1)
Weber & Crusell: Clarinet Concertos
CDA66088Archive ServiceDownload currently discounted

Complete works available for download

EUGEN D'ALBERT (1864-1932)
Piano Concerto No 1 in B minor, Op 2with Piers Lane (piano), BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra
Piano Concerto No 2 in E major, Op 12with Piers Lane (piano), BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra
MAX BRUCH (1838-1920)
Concerto for clarinet, viola and orchestra in E minor, Op 88with Dame Thea King (clarinet), Nobuko Imai (viola), London Symphony Orchestra
ARNOLD COOKE (1906-2005)
Concerto for clarinet and string orchestrawith Northwest Chamber Orchestra of Seattle, Dame Thea King (clarinet)
BERNHARD HENRIK CRUSELL (1775-1838)
Clarinet Concerto No 1 in E flat major, Op 1with Dame Thea King (clarinet), London Symphony Orchestra
Clarinet Concerto No 2 in F minor 'Grand Concerto', Op 5with Dame Thea King (clarinet), London Symphony Orchestra
Clarinet Concerto No 3 in B flat major, Op 11with Dame Thea King (clarinet), London Symphony Orchestra
Introduction and Variations on a Swedish Air, Op 12with Dame Thea King (clarinet), London Symphony Orchestra
GERALD FINZI (1901-1956)
Concerto for clarinet and string orchestra, Op 31with Dame Thea King (clarinet), Philharmonia Orchestra
GORDON JACOB (1895-1984)
Mini-concerto for clarinet and string orchestrawith Northwest Chamber Orchestra of Seattle, Dame Thea King (clarinet)
FELIX MENDELSSOHN (1809-1847)
Concert Piece for clarinet, basset horn and orchestra in D minor, Op 114with Dame Thea King (clarinet), Georgina Dobrée (basset horn), London Symphony Orchestra
Concert Piece for clarinet, basset horn and orchestra in F minor, Op 113with Dame Thea King (clarinet), Georgina Dobrée (basset horn), London Symphony Orchestra
ALAN RAWSTHORNE (1905-1971)
Concerto for clarinet and string orchestrawith Northwest Chamber Orchestra of Seattle, Dame Thea King (clarinet)
GAETANO MARIA SCHIASSI (1698-1754)
Sinfonia pastorale per il santissimo natale di nostro Jesu 'Christmas Symphony'with Northwest Chamber Orchestra of Seattle
SIR CHARLES VILLIERS STANFORD (1852-1924)
Clarinet Concerto in A minor, Op 80with Dame Thea King (clarinet), Philharmonia Orchestra
GEORG PHILIPP TELEMANN (1681-1767)
Festive Suite in A majorwith Northwest Chamber Orchestra of Seattle
GIUSEPPE TORELLI (1658-1709)
Concerto a quattro in forma di pastorale, per il santo natale in G minor, Op 8 No 6with Northwest Chamber Orchestra of Seattle
GIUSEPPE VALENTINI (1680-1759)
Sinfonia a tre, per il santissimo Natale, Op 1 No 12with Northwest Chamber Orchestra of Seattle
CARL MARIA VON WEBER (1786-1826)
Clarinet Concerto No 2 in E flat major, Op 74with Dame Thea King (clarinet), London Symphony Orchestra