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Charles Mackerras - Master of Orchestral Texture


Release Date: 10/11/2011 
Label:  Warner Classics   Catalog #: 98189   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus MozartAntonín DvorákArthur SullivanLeos Janácek,   ... 
Performer:  Julian Lloyd WebberElisabeth SchwarzkopfMalcolm StewartElizabeth Harwood
Conductor:  Sir Charles Mackerras
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Philharmonic OrchestraLondon Symphony OrchestraPro Arte Orchestra,   ... 
Number of Discs: 5 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Although he was of Australian nationality Sir Charles Mackerras was actually born in Schenectady, New York in 1925. The family moved to Sydney when Mackerras was just three-years-old. In 1947 Sir Charles sailed for England with the intention of becoming a conductor and joined the Sadler's Wells orchestra as a wind player. He soon won a British Council scholarship to study conducting with Vaclav Talich in Prague and it was whilst there that he discovered and fell in love with the music of Janácek.

Returning to London Sir Charles began his life-long association with Sadler's Wells Opera (now English National Opera), developing his reputation as a significant conductor of the works of Janácek, Handel, Gluck, Mozart,
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As well as Sir Charles's first recording of Janácek's Sinfonietta, this 5-CD set also showcases him performing the music of other composers whose music he was particularly famed for the world over.

Sir Charles died on 14 July 2010 at the age of 84. He remained active right up until his illness took over and, at the time of his death, he was scheduled to conduct at the 2010 Proms and the Edinburgh Festival.
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Works on This Recording

1.
Symphony no 40 in G minor, K 550 by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Conductor:  Sir Charles Mackerras
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Classical 
Written: 1788; Vienna, Austria 
2.
Symphony no 7 in D minor, Op. 70/B 141 by Antonín Dvorák
Conductor:  Sir Charles Mackerras
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1884-1885; Bohemia 
3.
Concerto for Cello in D major by Arthur Sullivan
Performer:  Julian Lloyd Webber (Cello)
Conductor:  Sir Charles Mackerras
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1866; England 
4.
Sinfonietta by Leos Janácek
Conductor:  Sir Charles Mackerras
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Pro Arte Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1926; Brno, Czech Republic 
5.
Le sacre du printemps by Igor Stravinsky
Conductor:  Sir Charles Mackerras
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1911-1913 
6.
Paris - Song of a Great City by Frederick Delius
Conductor:  Sir Charles Mackerras
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1899; France 
7.
Variations on an Original Theme, Op. 36 "Enigma" by Sir Edward Elgar
Conductor:  Sir Charles Mackerras
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1898-1899; England 
8.
The Merrymakers: Miniature Overture by Eric Coates
Conductor:  Sir Charles Mackerras
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony Orchestra
9.
Summer Days: At the dance by Eric Coates
Conductor:  Sir Charles Mackerras
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1919; England 
10.
Sleepy Lagoon by Eric Coates
Conductor:  Sir Charles Mackerras
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1942; England 
11.
The 3 Bears by Eric Coates
Conductor:  Sir Charles Mackerras
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1926; England 
12.
Volkskinderlieder (15), WoO 31: no 4, Sandmännchen by Johannes Brahms
Performer:  Elisabeth Schwarzkopf (Soprano)
Conductor:  Sir Charles Mackerras
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philharmonia Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1858; Germany 
13.
Panis angelicus by César Franck
Performer:  Elisabeth Schwarzkopf (Soprano)
Conductor:  Sir Charles Mackerras
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philharmonia Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1872; France 
14.
Symphony no 5 in C sharp minor: 1st movement, Trauermarsch "In gemessenem Schritt" by Gustav Mahler
Performer:  Malcolm Stewart (Violin)
Conductor:  Sir Charles Mackerras
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1901-1902; Vienna, Austria 
15.
Symphony no 5 in C sharp minor by Gustav Mahler
Conductor:  Sir Charles Mackerras
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1901-1902; Vienna, Austria 
16.
Ruddigore: Overture by Arthur Sullivan
Conductor:  Sir Charles Mackerras
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philharmonia Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1887; England 
17.
Mikado: Overture by Arthur Sullivan
Conductor:  Sir Charles Mackerras
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philharmonia Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1885; England 
18.
Pineapple Poll by Arthur Sullivan
Conductor:  Sir Charles Mackerras
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1951; England 
19.
Messiah, HWV 56: For unto us a child is born by George Frideric Handel
Conductor:  Sir Charles Mackerras
Orchestra/Ensemble:  English Chamber Orchestra,  Ambrosian Singers
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1742; London, England 
20.
Messiah, HWV 56: I know that my redeemer liveth by George Frideric Handel
Performer:  Elizabeth Harwood (Soprano)
Conductor:  Sir Charles Mackerras
Orchestra/Ensemble:  English Chamber Orchestra
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1742; London, England 
21.
Messiah, HWV 56: Hallelujah! by George Frideric Handel
Conductor:  Sir Charles Mackerras
Orchestra/Ensemble:  English Chamber Orchestra,  Ambrosian Singers
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1742; London, England 

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