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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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
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)
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
1. Allegro
2. Andantino
3. Rondeau (Presto)
I. Allegro con brio
II. Largo
III. Rondo: Allegro
I. Allegro moderato
II. Andante con moto
III. Rondo: Vivace
I. Allegro
II. Adagio un poco mosso
III. Rondo: Allegro
I. Allegro
II. Larghetto e spirituoso
III. Allegro
Overture
2. Chorus: "Mourn, ye afflicted children"
3. Recit.: "Well, may our sorrows, brethren, flow"
4. Duet: "From this dread scene"
5. Chorus: "For Sion lamentation make"
6. Recit.: "Not vain is all the storm of grief"
7. Aria: "Pious orgies, pious airs"
8. Chorus: "Oh Father, whose Almighty pow'r"
9. Recit.: "I feel, I fee the Deity within"
10. Aria: "Arm, arm, ye brave!"
11. Chorus: "We come, we come, in bright array"
12. Recit.: "'Tis well, my friends"
13. Aria: "Call forth thy pow'rs, my soul"
14. Recit.: "To Heav'n's Almighty king we kneel"
15. Aria: "Oh liberty, thou choicest treasure"
16. Aria: "Come, ever-smiling liberty"
17. Recit.: "Oh Judas, may these noble views inspire"
18. Aria: "'Tis liberty, dear liberty alone"
19. Duet: "Come, ever-smiling liberty"
20. Chorus: "Lead on, lead on! Judah disdains"
21. Recit.: "So will'd my father, now a rest"
22. Semi-chorus: "Disdainfull of danger"
23. Recit.: "Ambition! if e'er honour was thine aim"
24. Aria: "No unhallow'd desire"
25. Recit.: "Haste we, my brethren"
26. Chorus: "Hear us Lord, on thee we call"
27. Chorus: "Fall'n is the foe"
28. Recit.: "Victorious hero! Fame shall tell"
29. Aria: "So rapid thy course is"
30. Recit.: "Well, may we hope our freedom to receive"
31./32. Duet and Chorus:"Sion now her head shall rise"
33. Recit.: "Oh let eternal honours crown his name"
34. Aria: "From mighty kings he took the spoil"
35./36. Duet and Chorus: "Hail, hail, Judea, happy land!"
37. Recit.: "Thanks to my brethren, but look up to Heav'n"
38. Aria: "How vain is man, who boasts in fight"
39. Recit.: "Oh Judas, oh my brethren!"
40./41. Aria and chorus: "Ah! wretched, wretched Israel!"
42. Recit.: "Be comforted"
43. Aria: "The Lord worketh wonders"
44. Recit.:"My arms! - against this Gorgias will I go"
45. Aria: "Sound an alarm!" 46. Chorus: "We hear, we hear the pleasing dreadful sound"
47. Recit.: "Enough!" To Heav'n we leave the rest"
48. Aria: "With pious hearts, and brave as pious"
49. Recit.: "Ye worshippers of God"
50. Aria: "Wise men, flatt'ring, may deceive us"
51. Duet: "Oh! never, never bow we down" - 52. Chorus: We never, never will bow down
53. Aria: "Father of Heav'n! from Thy eternal throne"
54. Recit.: "See, see yon flames"
55. Recit.: "Oh grant it, Heav'n"
56. Aria: "So shall the lute and harp awake"
57. Recit.: "From Capharsalama, on eagle wings I fly"
58. Chorus Of Youth:"See, The Conqu'ring Hero Comes!"- Chorus Of Virgins: "See, The Godlike Youth Advance!" - Chorus: "See, The Conqu'ring Hero Comes!"
59. March
60. Chorus: "Sing unto God"
61. Recit.: " Sweet flow the strains"
62. Aria: "With honour let desert be crown'd"
63. Recit: "Peace to my countrymen"
64. Chorus:"To our great God be all the honours giv'n"
65. Recit.: "Again to earth let gratitude descend"
66. Aria, Duett:"Oh Lovely Peace, With Plenty Crown'd"
67. Aria: "Rejoice, oh Judah! and in songs devine"
68. Chorus: "Hallelujah! Amen!"


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