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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)
Albert: Piano Concertos
'Baroque Christmas Music' (CDH55048)
Baroque Christmas Music
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'Christmas through the ages' (NOEL1)
Christmas through the ages
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'Cooke, Rawsthorne & Jacob: Clarinet Concertos' (CDA66031)
Cooke, Rawsthorne & Jacob: Clarinet Concertos
'Crusell & Weber: Clarinet Concertos' (CDA66088)
Crusell & Weber: Clarinet Concertos
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'Crusell: Clarinet Concertos' (CDH55203)
Crusell: Clarinet Concertos
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'Finzi & Stanford: Clarinet Concertos' (CDH55101)
Finzi & Stanford: Clarinet Concertos
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'Jacob, Cooke & Rawsthorne: Clarinet Concertos' (CDA66031)
Jacob, Cooke & Rawsthorne: Clarinet Concertos
'Stanford & Finzi: Clarinet Concertos' (CDH55101)
Stanford & Finzi: Clarinet Concertos
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'The Clarinet in Concert' (CDD22017)
The Clarinet in Concert
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'Weber & Crusell: Clarinet Concertos' (CDA66088)
Weber & Crusell: Clarinet Concertos
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Complete works available for download
EUGEN D'ALBERT  (1864-1932)
Piano Concerto No 1 in B minor, Op 2 with Piers Lane (piano), BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra
Piano Concerto No 2 in E major, Op 12 with Piers Lane (piano), BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra
MAX BRUCH  (1838-1920)
Concerto for clarinet, viola and orchestra in E minor, Op 88 with Dame Thea King (clarinet), Nobuko Imai (viola), London Symphony Orchestra
ARNOLD COOKE  (1906-2005)
Concerto for clarinet and string orchestra with Northwest Chamber Orchestra of Seattle, Dame Thea King (clarinet)
BERNHARD HENRIK CRUSELL  (1775-1838)
Clarinet Concerto No 1 in E flat major, Op 1 with Dame Thea King (clarinet), London Symphony Orchestra
Clarinet Concerto No 2 in F minor 'Grand Concerto', Op 5 with Dame Thea King (clarinet), London Symphony Orchestra
Clarinet Concerto No 3 in B flat major, Op 11 with Dame Thea King (clarinet), London Symphony Orchestra
Introduction and Variations on a Swedish Air, Op 12 with Dame Thea King (clarinet), London Symphony Orchestra
GERALD FINZI  (1901-1956)
Concerto for clarinet and string orchestra, Op 31 with Dame Thea King (clarinet), Philharmonia Orchestra
GORDON JACOB  (1895-1984)
Mini-concerto for clarinet and string orchestra with 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 114 with Dame Thea King (clarinet), Georgina Dobrée (basset horn), London Symphony Orchestra
Concert Piece for clarinet, basset horn and orchestra in F minor, Op 113 with Dame Thea King (clarinet), Georgina Dobrée (basset horn), London Symphony Orchestra
ALAN RAWSTHORNE  (1905-1971)
Concerto for clarinet and string orchestra with 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 80 with Dame Thea King (clarinet), Philharmonia Orchestra
GEORG PHILIPP TELEMANN  (1681-1767)
Festive Suite in A major with 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 6 with Northwest Chamber Orchestra of Seattle
GIUSEPPE VALENTINI  (1680-1759)
Sinfonia a tre, per il santissimo Natale, Op 1 No 12 with Northwest Chamber Orchestra of Seattle
CARL MARIA VON WEBER  (1786-1826)
Clarinet Concerto No 2 in E flat major, Op 74 with Dame Thea King (clarinet), London Symphony Orchestra
Alphabetical listing of all musical works
Behold, I bring you glad tidings, Z2 (Purcell)
Clarinet Concerto in A minor, Op 80 (Stanford)
Clarinet Concerto No 1 in E flat major, Op 1 (Crusell)
Clarinet Concerto No 2 in E flat major, Op 74 (Weber)
Clarinet Concerto No 2 in F minor 'Grand Concerto', Op 5 (Crusell)
Clarinet Concerto No 3 in B flat major, Op 11 (Crusell)
Concert Piece for clarinet, basset horn and orchestra in D minor, Op 114 (Mendelssohn)
Concert Piece for clarinet, basset horn and orchestra in F minor, Op 113 (Mendelssohn)
Concerto a quattro in forma di pastorale, per il santo natale in G minor, Op 8 No 6 (Torelli)
Concerto for clarinet and string orchestra (Cooke)
Concerto for clarinet and string orchestra (Rawsthorne)
Concerto for clarinet and string orchestra, Op 31 (Finzi)
Concerto for clarinet, viola and orchestra in E minor, Op 88 (Bruch)
Festive Suite in A major (Telemann)
Introduction and Variations on a Swedish Air, Op 12 (Crusell)
Mini-concerto for clarinet and string orchestra (Jacob)
Piano Concerto No 1 in B minor, Op 2 (Albert)
Piano Concerto No 2 in E major, Op 12 (Albert)
Sinfonia a tre, per il santissimo Natale, Op 1 No 12 (Valentini)
Sinfonia pastorale per il santissimo natale di nostro Jesu 'Christmas Symphony' (Schiassi)
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