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Sir Charles Mackerras Conducts Delius, Dvorák, Etc


Release Date: 11/08/2005 
Label:  Decca   Catalog #: 4757061   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Jan Vaclav VorisekAntonín DvorákLeos JanácekJosef Suk,   ... 
Performer:  Pamela Frank
Conductor:  Sir Charles Mackerras
Orchestra/Ensemble:  English Chamber OrchestraCzech Philharmonic OrchestraVienna Philharmonic Orchestra,   ... 
Number of Discs: 3 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 3 Hours 56 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

17 November 2005 marks the 80th birthday of Sir Charles Mackerras. He was born in the USA of Australian parents and studied in Sydney & Prague. He is a musician of wide sympathies and is equally at home in opera as well as the symphonic repertory. Mackerras’s advocacy of Czech music and especially the operas of Janácek is well-known and during the late 1970s and early 1980s he recorded most of the Janácek operas for Decca with the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra. These recordings won countless awards and brought Janácek to a truly international audience. (They remain available as individual operas with full libretti but are also reissued as a Collector Edition with the Sinfonietta and Taras Bulba as a further Read more acknowledgement of Sir Charles Mackerras’s 80th birthday and his championship of Janácek.)

Sir Charles has also been at the forefront of musical scholarship and this has been reflected in his performances of Handel, Gluck and Mozart as well as other composers. He has also been recognised as one of the finest interpreters of a great deal of English music and this has been reflected in the recordings he has made for Decca of important works by Delius, Elgar and Britten’s Gloriana. In addition to the Janácek operas Mackerras has recorded Dvorák’s Rusalka for Decca with Renée Fleming – another recording which has won international critical acclaim.

This three-CD birthday tribute to Sir Charles Mackerras focuses on English and Czech music and makes several recordings available again after an absence from the catalogue. Vorísek’s Sinfonia in D makes a welcome first international appearance on CD.
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Works on This Recording

1.
Symphony in D major, Op. 24 by Jan Vaclav Vorisek
Conductor:  Sir Charles Mackerras
Orchestra/Ensemble:  English Chamber Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1823; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 05/1969 
Venue:  Watford Town Hall, England 
Length: 26 Minutes 55 Secs. 
2.
Czech Suite in D major, Op. 39/B 93 by Antonín Dvorák
Conductor:  Sir Charles Mackerras
Orchestra/Ensemble:  English Chamber Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1879; Bohemia 
Date of Recording: 06/1969 
Venue:  Wembley Town Hall, London, England 
Length: 22 Minutes 39 Secs. 
3.
Romance for Violin and Orchestra in F minor, Op. 11/B 39 by Antonín Dvorák
Performer:  Pamela Frank (Violin)
Conductor:  Sir Charles Mackerras
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Czech Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1873-1877; Bohemia 
Date of Recording: 04/1997 
Venue:  Rudolfinum, Prague 
Length: 10 Minutes 41 Secs. 
4.
Jealousy by Leos Janácek
Conductor:  Sir Charles Mackerras
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1894; Brno, Czech Republic 
Date of Recording: 04/1982 
Venue:  Sofienssal, Vienna, Austria 
Length: 5 Minutes 37 Secs. 
5.
Fantasy for Violin and Orchestra in G minor, Op. 24 by Josef Suk
Performer:  Pamela Frank (Violin)
Conductor:  Sir Charles Mackerras
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Czech Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1902-1903; Czech Republic 
Date of Recording: 12/1997 
Venue:  Rudolfinum, Prague 
Length: 23 Minutes 23 Secs. 
6.
A Summer Tale, Op. 29 by Josef Suk
Conductor:  Sir Charles Mackerras
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Czech Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1907-1909; Czech Republic 
Date of Recording: 12/1997 
Venue:  Rudolfinum, Prague, Czechoslovakia 
Length: 50 Minutes 31 Secs. 
Notes: Arranger: Karel Srom. 
7.
Pieces (2) for Small Orchestra: no 1, On Hearing the First Cuckoo by Frederick Delius
Conductor:  Sir Charles Mackerras
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Welsh National Opera Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1912; France 
Date of Recording: 08/1989 
Venue:  Brangwyn Hall, Swansea 
Length: 7 Minutes 0 Secs. 
Notes: Arranger: Sir Thomas Beecham. 
8.
Brigg Fair - An English Rhapsody by Frederick Delius
Conductor:  Sir Charles Mackerras
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Welsh National Opera Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1907; France 
Date of Recording: 08/1989 
Venue:  Brangwyn Hall, Swansea, Wales 
Length: 16 Minutes 17 Secs. 
9.
Song of the High Hills by Frederick Delius
Conductor:  Sir Charles Mackerras
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Welsh National Opera Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1911; France 
Date of Recording: 04/1993 
Venue:  Brangwyn Hall, Swansea, Wales 
Length: 26 Minutes 1 Secs. 
Notes: Arranger: Sir Thomas Beecham. 
10.
Variations on an Original Theme, Op. 36 "Enigma" by Sir Edward Elgar
Conductor:  Sir Charles Mackerras
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1898-1899; England 
Date of Recording: 02/1992 
Venue:  Walthamstow Assembly Hall, London 
Length: 31 Minutes 20 Secs. 
11.
Fantastic Scherzo, Op. 25 by Josef Suk
Conductor:  Sir Charles Mackerras
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Czech Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1903; Prague, Czech Republ 
Date of Recording: 04/1997 
Venue:  Rudolfinum, Prague 
Length: 14 Minutes 54 Secs. 
Notes: Arranger: Vlastimil Musil. 

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