Sir Charles Mackerras

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Born: November 17, 1925; USA   Died: July 14, 2010; England  
Charles Mackerras was known for his broad repertoire, expertise in Czech music, and use of period performance practices with modern orchestras. Born an American, he was taken to Australia as an infant by his family. He studied oboe, piano, and composition at New South Wales Conservatorium, Sydney. He joined the Sydney Symphony Orchestra as an oboist in 1945, and in that year also conducted the orchestra for the first time.
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Read more traveled to Europe in 1947 and became a member of the Sadler's Wells opera company orchestra. While in England, he won a British Council Scholarship to become a conducting student of Vaclav Talich at the Academy of Fine Arts in Prague. During his studies in Czechoslovakia, he developed a lifelong interest in the music of Slavonic composers, especially Leos Janácek. After his formal training, he returned to Sadler's Wells, where he made his London debut leading Johann Strauss' Die Fledermaus, and remained on the company's conducting staff until 1954. In 1951 he conducted the British premiere of Janácek's opera Kát'a Kabanová (1919-1921).
Following his engagement as principal conductor of the BBC Symphony Orchestra in 1954-1956, Mackerras guest-conducted orchestras in Britain and throughout Europe. In 1963 he conducted at Covent Garden for the first time, leading Shostakovich's opera Katerina Izmaylova (the revised version of Lady Macbeth of Mtsensk); thereafter, he frequently conducted at the house. From 1966 to 1970 he was the first conductor at the Hamburg State Opera. In 1970 he assumed the position of music director at Sadler's Wells, which changed its name to the English National Opera in 1974. Mackerras returned to Australia in 1973 to conduct the inaugural concert of the new Sydney Opera House and also conducted the production of Mozart's The Magic Flute during that opening year. He made his Metropolitan Opera debut in 1974 with Gluck's Orfeo et Eurydice.
Mackerras' reputation as a specialist in the music of the Classical era began with his Sadler's Wells production of Mozart's The Marriage of Figaro in 1965, in which he used the results of the burgeoning research into authentic performing styles to correctly perform appogiaturas, and to have the singers ornament their parts in accordance with the practices of Mozart's day. These and subsequent performances and recordings have been highly influential in shaping the current approach to earlier music, as have Mackerras' editions of Handel's music. Meanwhile, Mackerras thoroughly researched the music of Janácek (the published editions of which were unusually prone to errors) and both produced and recorded accurate editions of the Czech composer's music. Mackerras died from cancer in London on July 14, 2010. Read less
Mendelssohn: Symphony No 4, A Midsummer Night's Dream / Mackerras
Release Date: 04/07/2008   Label: Erato  
Catalog: 90725   Number of Discs: 1
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Berlioz: Symphonie Fantastique / Mackerras, RPO
Release Date: 10/14/2008   Label: Royal Philharmonic Masterworks  
Catalog: 28310   Number of Discs: 1
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Shostakovich: Symphony No 5 / Mackerras, RPO
Release Date: 09/14/2010   Label: Royal Philharmonic Masterworks  
Catalog: 28370   Number of Discs: 1
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Strauss: Also Sprach Zarathustra, Don Juan, Till Eulenspiegel / Mackerras, RPO
Release Date: 03/08/2011   Label: Royal Philharmonic Masterworks  
Catalog: 29260   Number of Discs: 1
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Sibelius: Symphony No 2, Karelia Suite, Finlandia / Mackerras
Release Date: 09/13/2011   Label: Royal Philharmonic Masterworks  
Catalog: 28920   Number of Discs: 1
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Born: November 17, 1925; USA   Died: July 14, 2010; England  
Charles Mackerras was known for his broad repertoire, expertise in Czech music, and use of period performance practices with modern orchestras. Born an American, he was taken to Australia as an infant by his family. He studied oboe, piano, and composition at New South Wales Conservatorium, Sydney. He joined the Sydney Symphony Orchestra as an oboist in 1945, and in that year also conducted the orchestra for the first time.
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WORKS ALBUMS
TITLE/COMPOSER
LABEL
I. Allegro vivace
II. Andante cantabile
III. Menuetto: Allegretto
IV. Molto allegro
1. Allegretto - Allegro - Maestoso
2. Andante - Allegretto - Maestoso - Tempo I - Allegretto
3. Moderato - Con moto - Prestissimo - Tempo I - Moderato
4. Allegretto - Adagio - Presto - Andante - Presto - Prestissimo
5. Andante con moto - Maestoso - Tempo I - Allegretto - Allegro - Maestoso - Adagio
1. The Death Of Andri
2. The Death Of Ostap
3. The Prophecy And The Death Of Taras Bulba
I. Allegro
II. Adagio ma non troppo
III. Finale: Allegro moderato
1. Autumn
2. Winter Landscape
3. Dance
4. The March of the Spring
Molto moderato
Poco piů vivo ma moderato
Andante
Molto moderato
Con moto
Lento e molto tranquillo
Andante con grazia
Lento sostenuto e tranquilo
Allegro alla marcia
Marcia: molto lento maestoso
With quiet easy movement
Slow and solemnly
Once Paumanok
Till of a sudden
Yes, my brother, I know
O rising stars!
O reckless despairing carols
O brown halo in the sky
1. Daybreak
2. By the river
3. Sunset
4. At night
Lento, ma non troppo
Gaily, but not too quick
Prelude
A shame it is
How strange the wind sounds
'Twixt us, methinks, will lie the bidding
Prelude
Vreli! ... Sali!
Interlude -Prelude to Scene 3
I knew we'd meet again
O Sali, I'm afraid
Shameless hussy!
Prelude
Ah, the night is approaching
Dearest, I'll leave you no more
The Dream of Sali and Vrenchen
Ah, it was a dream!
Prelude
O Sali, see
Well, well, gracious me
The Walk to the Paradise Garden
Dance along
So you want to know
'Tis almost night
Come and live with us
Halleo! Halleo!
See, the moonbeams kiss the woods
Concerto for violin, cello and orchestra: Quietly -
Concerto for violin, cello and orchestra: Slowly and quietly -
Concerto for violin, cello and orchestra: Accel....Tempo I
Cello Concerto: Slow -
Cello Concerto: Becoming slower -
Cello Concerto: Very quietly -
Cello Concerto: Con moto tranquillo -
Cello Concerto: With animation (Allegramente)
Symphony No. 40 in G minor K550 (1976 Digital Remaster): I. Molto allegro
Symphony No. 40 in G minor K550 (1976 Digital Remaster): II. Andante
Symphony No. 40 in G minor K550 (1976 Digital Remaster): III. Menuetto & Trio
Symphony No. 40 in G minor K550 (1976 Digital Remaster): IV. Allegro assai
Symphony No. 7 in D minor Op. 70: I. Allegro maestoso
Symphony No. 7 in D minor Op. 70: II. Poco adagio
Symphony No. 7 in D minor Op. 70: III. Scherzo (Vivace)
Symphony No. 7 in D minor Op. 70: IV. Allegro
Cello Concerto in D: I. Allegro moderato (cadenza by Sir Charles Mackerras) -
Cello Concerto in D: II. Andante espressivo -
Cello Concerto in D: III. Molto vivace
Sinfonietta, Op.60 (1990 - Remaster): I. Allegretto
Sinfonietta, Op.60 (1990 - Remaster): II. Andante
Sinfonietta, Op.60 (1990 - Remaster): III. Moderato
Sinfonietta, Op.60 (1990 - Remaster): IV. Allegretto
Sinfonietta, Op.60 (1990 - Remaster): V. Andante con moto
Le Sacre du printemps (The Rite of Spring), Part I: L'Adoration de la terre: Introduction
Le Sacre du printemps (The Rite of Spring), Part I: L'Adoration de la terre: Danses des adolescentes
Le Sacre du printemps (The Rite of Spring), Part I: L'Adoration de la terre: Jeu de rapt
Le Sacre du printemps (The Rite of Spring), Part I: L'Adoration de la terre: Rondes printaničres
Le Sacre du printemps (The Rite of Spring), Part I: L'Adoration de la terre: Jeux des cités rivales
Le Sacre du printemps (The Rite of Spring), Part I: L'Adoration de la terre: Cortčge du Sage
Le Sacre du printemps (The Rite of Spring), Part I: L'Adoration de la terre: Adoration de la terre (Le Sage)
Le Sacre du printemps (The Rite of Spring), Part I: L'Adoration de la terre: Danse de la terre
Le Sacre du printemps (The Rite of Spring), Part II: Le Sacrifice: Introduction
Le Sacre du printemps (The Rite of Spring), Part II: Le Sacrifice: Cercles mysterieux des adolescentes
Le Sacre du printemps (The Rite of Spring), Part II: Le Sacrifice: Glorification de l'Élue
Le Sacre du printemps (The Rite of Spring), Part II: Le Sacrifice: Evocation des ancętres
Le Sacre du printemps (The Rite of Spring), Part II: Le Sacrifice: Action rituelle des ancętres
Le Sacre du printemps (The Rite of Spring), Part II: Le Sacrifice: Danse sacrale (L'Élue)
Variations on an Original Theme 'Enigma' Op.36: Theme (Andante)
Variations on an Original Theme 'Enigma' Op.36: I. C.A.E. (the composer's wife) (L'istesso tempo)
Variations on an Original Theme 'Enigma' Op.36: II. H.D.S.-P. ( Hew David Steuart-Powell) (Allegro)
Variations on an Original Theme 'Enigma' Op.36: III. R.B.T. (Richard Baxter Townshend) (Allegretto)
Variations on an Original Theme 'Enigma' Op.36: IV. W.M.B. (William Meath Baker) (Allegro di molto)
Variations on an Original Theme 'Enigma' Op.36: V. R.P.A. (Richard Penrose Arnold) (Presto)
Variations on an Original Theme 'Enigma' Op.36: VI. Ysobel (Isabel Fitton) (Andantino)
Variations on an Original Theme 'Enigma' Op.36: VII. Troyte (Troyte Griffith) (Presto)
Variations on an Original Theme 'Enigma' Op.36: VIII. W.N. (Winifred Norbury) (Allegretto)
Variations on an Original Theme 'Enigma' Op.36: IX. Nimrod (A. J. Jaeger) (Moderato)
Variations on an Original Theme 'Enigma' Op.36: X. Intermezzo: Dorabella (Dora Penny) (Allegretto)
Variations on an Original Theme 'Enigma' Op.36: XI. G.R.S. (George Robertson Sinclair) (Allegro di molto)
Variations on an Original Theme 'Enigma' Op.36: XII. B.G.N. (Basil G. Nevinson) (Andante)
Variations on an Original Theme 'Enigma' Op.36: XIII. Romanza: * * * [Lady Mary Lygon] (Moderato)
Variations on an Original Theme 'Enigma' Op.36: XIV. Finale: E.D.U. (the composer) (Allegro)
Symphony No. 5 in C sharp minor: I. Trauermarsch (In gemessenem Schritt. Streng. Wie ein Kondukt)
Symphony No. 5 in C sharp minor: I. Trauermarsch (In gemessenem Schritt. Streng. Wie ein Kondukt)
Symphony No. 5 in C sharp minor: II. Stürmisch bewegt. Mit grösster Vehemenz
Symphony No. 5 in C sharp minor: III. Scherzo (Kräftig, nicht zu schnell)
Symphony No. 5 in C sharp minor: IV. Adagietto (Sehr langsam)
Symphony No. 5 in C sharp minor: V. Rondo-Finale (Allegro)
Pineapple Poll (1997 Digital Remaster), Scene 1 (1997 Digital Remaster): Opening Dance (1997 Digital Remaster)
Pineapple Poll (1997 Digital Remaster), Scene 1 (1997 Digital Remaster): Poll's Solo & Pas de deux (1997 Digital Remaster)
Pineapple Poll (1997 Digital Remaster), Scene 1 (1997 Digital Remaster): Belaye's Solo (1997 Digital Remaster)
Pineapple Poll (1997 Digital Remaster), Scene 1 (1997 Digital Remaster): Pas de trois (1997 Digital Remaster)
Pineapple Poll (1997 Digital Remaster), Scene 1 (1997 Digital Remaster): Finale (1997 Digital Remaster)
Pineapple Poll (1997 Digital Remaster), Scene 2 (1997 Digital Remaster): Poll's Solo (1997 Digital Remaster)
Pineapple Poll (1997 Digital Remaster), Scene 2 (1997 Digital Remaster): Jasper's Solo (1997 Digital Remaster)
Pineapple Poll (1997 Digital Remaster), Scene 3 (1997 Digital Remaster): Belaye's Solo & Sailors' Drill (1997 Digital Remaster)
Pineapple Poll (1997 Digital Remaster), Scene 3 (1997 Digital Remaster): Poll's Solo (1997 Digital Remaster)
Pineapple Poll (1997 Digital Remaster), Scene 3 (1997 Digital Remaster): Entry of Belaye with Blanche as Bride (1997 Digital Remaster)
Pineapple Poll (1997 Digital Remaster), Scene 3 (1997 Digital Remaster): Reconciliation (1997 Digital Remaster)
Pineapple Poll (1997 Digital Remaster), Scene 3 (1997 Digital Remaster): Grand Finale (1997 Digital Remaster)
Symphony No. 1 in B flat minor: I. Allegro assai
Symphony No. 1 in B flat minor: II. Presto, con malizia
Symphony No. 1 in B flat minor: III. Andante con malinconia
Symphony No. 1 in B flat minor: IV. Maestoso - Brioso ed ardentemente - Vivacissimo - Maestoso
Symphony No. 2: I. Allegro molto
Symphony No. 2: II. Lento assai
Symphony No. 2: III. Passacaglia: Theme (Risoluto), Variations, Fugato and Coda (Scherzando - Presto)
I. Allegro con brio
II. Adagio
III. Allegretto grazioso - Molto vivace
IV. Allegro ma non troppo
1. Opening Dance
2. Poll's solo and Pas de deux
3. Belaye's solo
4. Pas de trois
5. Finale
6. Poll's solo - Jasper's solo (Intermezzo)
Belayes's solo and Sailors' Drill
Poll's solo
Entry of Belaye with Blanche as Bride
Reconciliation
Grand Finale
Pineapple Poll (1997 Digital Remaster), Scene 1 (1997 Digital Remaster): Opening Dance (1997 Digital Remaster)
Pineapple Poll (1997 Digital Remaster), Scene 1 (1997 Digital Remaster): Poll's Solo & Pas de deux (1997 Digital Remaster)
Pineapple Poll (1997 Digital Remaster), Scene 1 (1997 Digital Remaster): Belaye's Solo (1997 Digital Remaster)
Pineapple Poll (1997 Digital Remaster), Scene 1 (1997 Digital Remaster): Pas de trois (1997 Digital Remaster)
Pineapple Poll (1997 Digital Remaster), Scene 1 (1997 Digital Remaster): Finale (1997 Digital Remaster)
Pineapple Poll (1997 Digital Remaster), Scene 2 (1997 Digital Remaster): Poll's Solo (1997 Digital Remaster)
Pineapple Poll (1997 Digital Remaster), Scene 2 (1997 Digital Remaster): Jasper's Solo (1997 Digital Remaster)
Pineapple Poll (1997 Digital Remaster), Scene 3 (1997 Digital Remaster): Belaye's Solo & Sailors' Drill (1997 Digital Remaster)
Pineapple Poll (1997 Digital Remaster), Scene 3 (1997 Digital Remaster): Poll's Solo (1997 Digital Remaster)
Pineapple Poll (1997 Digital Remaster), Scene 3 (1997 Digital Remaster): Entry of Belaye with Blanche as Bride (1997 Digital Remaster)
Pineapple Poll (1997 Digital Remaster), Scene 3 (1997 Digital Remaster): Reconciliation (1997 Digital Remaster)
Pineapple Poll (1997 Digital Remaster), Scene 3 (1997 Digital Remaster): Grand Finale (1997 Digital Remaster)
Music for the Royal Fireworks HWV351 (2001 Digital Remaster): Overture
Music for the Royal Fireworks HWV351 (2001 Digital Remaster): Bourrée
Music for the Royal Fireworks HWV351 (2001 Digital Remaster): La paix
Music for the Royal Fireworks HWV351 (2001 Digital Remaster): La Réjouissance
Symphony No. 5 in B flat major D485: I. Allegro
Symphony No. 5 in B flat major D485: II. Andante con moto
Symphony No. 5 in B flat major D485: III. Menuetto (Allegro molto) & Trio
Symphony No. 5 in B flat major D485: IV. Allegro vivace
Symphony No. 8 D759, 'Unfinished' (completed Newbold): I. Allegro moderato
Symphony No. 8 D759, 'Unfinished' (completed Newbold): II. Andante con moto
Symphony No. 8 D759, 'Unfinished' (completed Newbold): III. Allegro
Symphony No. 8 D759, 'Unfinished' (completed Newbold): IV. Allegro molto moderato
I. Allegro moderato
II. Andante
III. Menuetto
IV. Allegro con spirito
I. Allegro assai
II. Andantino grazioso
II. Andante
III. Allegro
I. Allegro spiritoso
II. Andante
I. Allegro con spirito
II. Andante
III. Menuetto
IV. Finale: Presto
I. Adagio - Allegro spiritoso
II. Poco adagio
III. Menuetto
IV. Presto


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