Sir Charles Mackerras

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Biography

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
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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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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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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Berlioz: Symphonie Fantastique / Mackerras, RPO
Release Date: 10/14/2008   Label: Royal Philharmonic Masterworks  
Catalog: 28310   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
I. Allegro non troppo
II. Adagio
III. Tempo I
Delius: North Country Sketches - 1. Autumn
Delius: North Country Sketches - 2. Winter Landscape
Delius: North Country Sketches - 3. Dance
Delius: North Country Sketches - 4. The March of the Spring
Delius: Appalachia - Ed. Beecham - Molto moderato
Delius: Appalachia - Ed. Beecham - Poco piů vivo ma moderato
Delius: Appalachia - Ed. Beecham - Andante
Delius: Appalachia - Ed. Beecham - Molto moderato
Delius: Appalachia - Ed. Beecham - Con moto
Delius: Appalachia - Ed. Beecham - Lento e molto tranquillo
Delius: Appalachia - Ed. Beecham - Andante con grazia
Delius: Appalachia - Ed. Beecham - Lento sostenuto e tranquilo
Delius: Appalachia - Ed. Beecham - Allegro alla marcia
Delius: Appalachia - Ed. Beecham - Marcia: molto lento maestoso
Delius: The Song of the High Hills - With quiet easy movement
Delius: The Song of the High Hills - Slow and solemnly
Delius: Sea Drift - Once Paumanok
Delius: Sea Drift - Till of a sudden
Delius: Sea Drift - Yes, my brother, I know
Delius: Sea Drift - O rising stars!
Delius: Sea Drift - O reckless despairing carols
Delius: Sea Drift - O brown halo in the sky
Delius: Florida - Suite for orchestra - 1. Daybreak
Delius: Florida - Suite for orchestra - 2. By the river
Delius: Florida - Suite for orchestra - 3. Sunset
Delius: Florida - Suite for orchestra - 4. At night
Delius: Two Aquarelles - Lento, ma non troppo
Delius: Two Aquarelles - Gaily, but not too quick
Delius: A Village Romeo and Juliet, Music Drama in six scenes - original version - Scene 1 - Prelude
Delius: A Village Romeo and Juliet, Music Drama in six scenes - original version - Scene 1 - A shame it is
Delius: A Village Romeo and Juliet, Music Drama in six scenes - original version - Scene 1 - How strange the wind sounds
Delius: A Village Romeo and Juliet, Music Drama in six scenes - original version - Scene 1 - 'Twixt us, methinks, will lie the bidding
Delius: A Village Romeo and Juliet, Music Drama in six scenes - original version - Scene 2 - Prelude
Delius: A Village Romeo and Juliet, Music Drama in six scenes - original version - Scene 2 - Vreli! ... Sali!
Delius: A Village Romeo and Juliet, Music Drama in six scenes - original version - Scene 2 - Interlude -Prelude to Scene 3
Delius: A Village Romeo and Juliet, Music Drama in six scenes - original version - Scene 3 - I knew we'd meet again
Delius: A Village Romeo and Juliet, Music Drama in six scenes - original version - Scene 3 - O Sali, I'm afraid
Delius: A Village Romeo and Juliet, Music Drama in six scenes - original version - Scene 3 - Shameless hussy!
Delius: A Village Romeo and Juliet, Music Drama in six scenes - original version - Scene 4 - Prelude
Delius: A Village Romeo and Juliet, Music Drama in six scenes - original version - Scene 4 - Ah, the night is approaching
Delius: A Village Romeo and Juliet, Music Drama in six scenes - original version - Scene 4 - Dearest, I'll leave you no more
Delius: A Village Romeo and Juliet, Music Drama in six scenes - original version - Scene 4 - The Dream of Sali and Vrenchen
Delius: A Village Romeo and Juliet, Music Drama in six scenes - original version - Scene 4 - Ah, it was a dream!
Delius: A Village Romeo and Juliet, Music Drama in six scenes - original version - Scene 5 - Prelude
Delius: A Village Romeo and Juliet, Music Drama in six scenes - original version - Scene 5 - O Sali, see
Delius: A Village Romeo and Juliet, Music Drama in six scenes - original version - Scene 5 - Well, well, gracious me
Delius: A Village Romeo and Juliet, Music Drama in six scenes - original version - Scene 5 - The Walk to the Paradise Garden
Delius: A Village Romeo and Juliet, Music Drama in six scenes - original version - Scene 6 - Dance along
Delius: A Village Romeo and Juliet, Music Drama in six scenes - original version - Scene 6 - So you want to know
Delius: A Village Romeo and Juliet, Music Drama in six scenes - original version - Scene 6 - 'Tis almost night
Delius: A Village Romeo and Juliet, Music Drama in six scenes - original version - Scene 6 - Come and live with us
Delius: A Village Romeo and Juliet, Music Drama in six scenes - original version - Scene 6 - Halleo! Halleo!
Delius: A Village Romeo and Juliet, Music Drama in six scenes - original version - Scene 6 - See, the moonbeams kiss the woods


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