I am very sorry to learn that David (a former music director of Opera North) has left us. I had the pleasure of interviewing him at his London home, more than a decade ago, for Fanfare magazine. An English gentleman, when the clock struck noon David said: “Ah midday, would you like a sherry?”. We kept in touch, and I was wondering why he hadn’t replied to my email of a few weeks ago. One of his big wishes was to record Tchaikovsky’s four Suites, which I don’t believe happened. A shame. However, he leaves a distinguished discography. RIP David.


And here is David’s recording of Night on Bare Mountain in Mussorgsky’s original version (before Rimsky-Korsakov ‘revised’ it, albeit it with good intentions):

With thanks to Edward Johnson for finding this YT post, and also to Edward for confirming that DLJ’s was indeed the first recording of this score (*see second Comment).