Sir Charles Mackerras

Conductor

Sir Charles Mackerras

Sir Alan Charles Maclaurin Mackerras (born 17th November 1925, died 14th July 2010) was an Australian conductor. He received a CBE in 1974 and was knighted for his services to music in 1979. In 1996 he received The Medal of Merit from the Czech Republic, and in 1997 he was made a Companion of the Order of Australia. In 2003 he was made a Companion of Honour in the Queen's Birthday Honours. In 2005, he was presented with the Royal Philharmonic Society Gold Medal and he was also the first recipient of the Queen’s Medal for Music.

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Donizetti: Lucia di Lammermoor

Donizetti: Lucia di Lammermoor


Andrea Rost (Lucia), Bruce Ford (Edgardo), Anthony Michaels-Moore (Enrico), Alastair Miles (Raimondo), Paul Charles Clarke (Arturo), Louise Winter (Alisa), Ryland Davies (Normanno)

London Voices, The Hanover Band, Sir Charles Mackerras

In 1998, Sir Charles Mackerras, one of the last century’s most versatile and enterprising opera conductors, made a new recording of LUCIA DI LAMMERMOOR, following Donizetti's original autograph score and offering a reading in keeping with performance practice in the composer’s time. Acclaim for the set included the review of MusicWeb International.com: “In the eponymous role the Hungarian soprano Andrea Rost is distinctly in the leggiero tradition of light flexible voices … Bruce Ford is his usual dependable self, singing ardently and expressively … The recording quality in this version is outstanding and well balanced. Adherents of period bands will find much to enjoy under Sir Charles Mackerras’s ever idiomatic and sympathetic baton.” And Classic CD, hailing it as “Disc of the Month” gave it 5 stars and declared it the “preferred version” of Lucia.

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Janacek: The Cunning Little Vixen

Janacek: The Cunning Little Vixen

Live from the Théâtre Musical de Paris – Châtelet, 1995


Thomas Allen (The Forester), Eva Jenis (The Vixen), Hannah Minutillo (The Fox), Libuše Márová (The Forester’s Wife/The Owl) & Ivan Kusnjer (Harašta, the Poacher)

Choeur du Chatelet & Orchestre de Paris, Charles Mackerras (conductor) & Nicholas Hytner (stage director)

This enchanting production by Nicholas Hytner, sung in the original Czech, is conducted by Charles Mackerras, a master of the best Janáček style. Through myriad shifts of scene, the episodic story is presented in brightly coloured sets and costumes of blissful innocence and simplicity, designed by Bob Crowley. Jean-Claude Gallotta’s choreography for the insects and animals and Jean Kalman’s lighting add to the nostalgically poetic effect of the whole. With Thomas Allen as the Forester, the cast includes Eva Jenis, Hannah Minutillo, Richard Novák and Ivan Kusnjer.

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Original Language: CZ

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Running Time: 98 mins

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Stille Nacht - Christmas Album

Stille Nacht - Christmas Album


1. Stille Nacht, heilige Nacht – Originalfassung (Mohr/Gruber)

2. come all ye faithful (Trad./trans. Oakeley)

3. du fröhliche (Trad./Falk)

4. Sandmännchen (Trad./arr. Brahms/Von Zuccamaglio)

5. In einem kühlen Grunde (Glück/Eichendorff)

6. Panis angelicus (Franck/St Thomas Aquinas)

7. The First Nowell (Trad.)

8. In dulci jubilo (Trad./Seuse/trans. De Pearsall)

9. Weihnachten (Humperdinck/Wette)

10. Vom Himmel hoch (Luther)

11. I saw three ships (Trad.)

12. Maria auf der Berge (Trad.)

13. Lasst uns erfreuen (Trad.)

Orchestral Arrangements by Sir Charles Mackerras


Supported by Sir Charles Mackerras’s brilliantly atmospheric arrangements for chorus and orchestra, the legendary opera and lieder singer is heard here in a magical album that stands apart from her great classical recordings and that is now available for the first time in a release remastered from the original stereo tapes.

Most of the items on this recording are well-known Christmas carols or folk songs from many countries. The first song Stille Nacht, heilige Nacht is perhaps the most popular and familiar of all Christmas songs, in fact it is so universally known that most people have the mistaken idea that it is a folk song. Actually, however, it was composed by a humble Austrian organist and schoolmaster, Franz Xaver Gruber and it is here recorded for the first time in its original setting exactly as the composer wrote it. The accompaniment is a strange one, consisting of strings, two horns and guitar and it will be noticed that the melody and even some of the words are slightly different from the version generally known nowadays. The song was first performed on Christmas Eve, 1818, in the village church at Oberndorf. The presence of such an unecclesiastical instrument as the guitar is explained by the fact that the organ in the church had broken down, so a guitar was used instead! The lilting string and guitar accompaniment and the soft yodelling of the horn give the enchanting effect of a real Upper Austrian Wiegenlied which is very far removed from the over-sentimental arrangements of this song to which music-lovers have grown accustomed. The two solo parts were originally sung by the composer himself and Joseph Mohr, the author of the words, but here both parts are sung by Madame Schwarzkopf.

After this lullaby for Chrismas Eve come two hymns of rejoicing for Christmas morning, an English one, O come all ye faithful and a German, O du fröhliche. The former hymn was originally Roman Catholic, having Latin words and was probably composed in the 18th century. However, the hymn is more generally known in the English translation by Frederick Oakeley and it is sung here in this version.

Next follows a traditional German lullaby Sandmännchen. This song tells of the legendary little man who comes at night and scatters sand in the eyes of children who have not gone to sleep. Many children’s folk songs were arranged for voice and piano by Brahms and his setting of Sandmännchen has been used in the second verse of the present arrangement. From the naive simplicity of Sandmännchen, we come now to that most passionate and heartfelt song of unrequited love and broken promises, In einem kühlen Grunde. This song is so familiar, especially in Germany, that like Stille Nacht, it is often thought to be a folk song. However, it was composed in 1814 by Frederick Gluck and the words are by the German poet Eichendorff.

In direct contrast to this romantic, typically German out-pouring of a tortured soul is Cesar Franck’s very French and very Catholic devotional melody, Panis Angelicus. This song formed part of a little mass for three voices which Franck composed when he was organist and choirmaster at the church of St. Clotilde in Paris. The tune has a certain ‘voluptuous piety’ and is remarkably evocative of mystic ritual, incense and 19th century French churches. But for all his piety, Franck can still give us a very cleverly wrought canon between voice and strings for his second verse.

Next comes perhaps the best known of English Christmas carols, The First Nowell, arranged for solo soprano, chorus, organ and large orchestra. This tells the story of the shepherds and the three Wise Men who were guided to the infant Christ by a Star in the East. The shepherds watching their flocks appear as the subject of many Christmas carols and there used to be a tradition in many European countries that shepherds would come down from the hills at Christmas time and play bagpipe music before the crib and other representations of the Virgin and Child.

In dulci jubilo is one of the oldest carols in existence. This ancient song with its strange mixture of Latin and old upper German dialect words probably formed part of a German mystery play. The German part of the text, however, was translated into English by John Wedderburn in 1567 and the carol has become as well known in England as in Germany. Many composers have used the tune as a basis for their compositions, notably J. S. Bach, who wrote several chorale preludes around it. For the arrangement of the carol on this record, one of Bach’s settings has been freely transcribed in the last verse.

Weihnachten is a charming Christmas song by Humperdinck, well worthy of the composer of that most beautiful of Christmas operas, Hansel and Gretel. Both the opera and the song have words by the composer’s sister Adelheid Wette.

Staying in the realm of a child’s Christmas, we come now to Vom Himmel hoch, which is not the famous Lutheran chorale of the same name but an old Austrian cradle song. It is a child’s view of the music in Heaven, the flutes, trumpets, harps and violins, the heavenly choirs and the soft lutes which lull the children to sleep.

The last verse is a charming, almost Mozartian song of praise to God. The English carol, I saw three ships come sailing in, is an entertaining survival of the old Mystery Plays, half religious and half secular. The tradition of the Christmas ship sailing in laden with gifts exists from the earliest times in Anglo-Saxon countries.

In the little Wiegenlied, Maria auf dem Berge, we see the Virgin and Joseph through the eyes of a Tyrolean or Silesian peasant. It is set as a naive, almost comic dialogue between the Holy Parents about the rocking of the sleeping Christ Child.

The last item on the record is the 17th century German hymn for Easter Sunday, Lasst uns erfreuen, one of the noblest melodies in existence. This is a song of rejoicing for the risen Saviour and is a favourite Easter hymn in both England and Germany.

The large orchestra and chorus employed to accompany Madame Schwarzkopf, especially the high Bach trumpets in the last verse, make a fitting climax to this record of well-loved songs.

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Martinu: Double Concerto

Martinu: Double Concerto


Martinu:

Double Concerto for Strings, Piano & Timpani

Jiří Skovajsa (piano)

Brno State Philharmonic Orchestra, Sir Charles Mackerras

Sinfonietta Giocosa H. 282

Dennis Hennig (piano)

Australian Chamber Orchestra, Sir Charles Mackerras

Rhapsody-Concerto for Viola and Orchestra

Rivka Golani (viola)

Bem Symphony Orchestra, Peter Maag


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Mozart: Requiem in D minor, K626

Mozart: Requiem in D minor, K626

Levin Edition


Susan Gritton (soprano), Catherine Wyn-Rogers (contralto), Timothy Robinson (tenor) & Peter Rose (bass)

Scottish Chamber Orchestra, Sir Charles Mackerras

Originally released in 2003, ‘Mozart: Requiem (Levin Edition)’ has been re-issued as part of Linn’s ECHO series which offers a second chance to enjoy the best of the label’s award-winning catalogue.

This recording of Mozart's Requiem uses the score prepared by Harvard professor Robert Levin, aiming to improve on Franz Süssmayr's familiar edition by making the music closer to what Mozart might have written.

Upon release this recording was named a ‘Benchmark Recording’ by BBC Music Magazine and was exceptionally well received by the critics.

Conrad Wilson described a live performance as ‘stark and sombre, yet shot through with sudden flashes of light…presented with the highest clarity with the SCO Chorus in deep incisive voice, and with... An expressive team of soloists.’

Mackerras was the SCO’s Conductor Laureate until his passing in 2010. He produced numerous award winning recordings including BBC Music Magazine’s 2010 ‘Disc of the Year’ recording, ‘Mozart Symphonies 38-41’ with the SCO and Linn. Mackerras performed fifty times at the Edinburgh Festival and in 2005 was the first recipient of the ‘Queen’s Medal for Music’.

2014 is the Scottish Chamber Orchestra’s fortieth anniversary year; the orchestra has a large UK-based fan base following performances throughout Scotland and regular appearances at the Edinburgh, St Magnus and Aldeburgh Festivals, the BBC Proms and on BBC Radio 3.

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Celebrating Verdi

Celebrating Verdi

Verdi’s Legendary Interpreters


Verdi:

La forza del destino Overture

USA, 1943

NBC Symphony Orchestra, Arturo Toscanini

I vespri siciliani Overture

Fairfield Hall, Croydon 12 January 1968

New Philharmonia Orchestra, Carlo Maria Giulini

Quattro Pezzi Sacri: Stabat Mater

Fairfield Hall, Croydon, 3 March 1968

New Philharmonia Orchestra and Chorus, Carlo Maria Giulini

Eh! Taverniere … Mondo ladro (from Falstaff)

BBC Studio London 16 May 1958

Tito Gobbi (baritone)

London Symphony Orchestra, Sir Charles Mackerras

Vanne, la tua meta gia vedo…Credo in un Dio crudel (from Otello)

BBC Studio London 16 May 1958

Tito Gobbi (baritone)

London Symphony Orchestra, Sir Charles Mackerras


Celebrating Verdi brings into focus the greatest interpreters of Giuseppe Verdi's compositions. These jewels of music broadcasting have been salvaged from various archives and been made accessible for home viewing audiences uniting appealing and enjoyable performances by legendary artists as Arturo Toscanini, Carlo Maria Giulini, Tito Gobbi and Elisabeth Schwarzkopf.

Lovingly restored, up scaled and digitally remastered the Classic Archive ™ series offers a unique glimpse into our classical heritage featuring performances by celebrated artists of the past including complete full-lengths programmes and comprehensive booklet information.

Picture format DVD: NTSC 16:9

Sound format DVD: PCM Stereo

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Subtitles: English, German, French

Booklet notes: English, German, French

Running time: 58 min

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Celebrating Verdi

Celebrating Verdi

Verdi’s Legendary Interpreters


Verdi:

La forza del destino Overture

USA, 1943

NBC Symphony Orchestra, Arturo Toscanini

I vespri siciliani Overture

Fairfield Hall, Croydon 12 January 1968

New Philharmonia Orchestra, Carlo Maria Giulini

Quattro Pezzi Sacri: Stabat Mater

Fairfield Hall, Croydon, 3 March 1968

New Philharmonia Orchestra and Chorus, Carlo Maria Giulini

Eh! Taverniere … Mondo ladro (from Falstaff)

BBC Studio London 16 May 1958

Tito Gobbi (baritone)

London Symphony Orchestra, Sir Charles Mackerras

Vanne, la tua meta gia vedo…Credo in un Dio crudel (from Otello)

BBC Studio London 16 May 1958

Tito Gobbi (baritone)

London Symphony Orchestra, Sir Charles Mackerras


Celebrating Verdi brings into focus the greatest interpreters of Giuseppe Verdi's compositions. These jewels of music broadcasting have been salvaged from various archives and been made accessible for home viewing audiences uniting appealing and enjoyable performances by legendary artists as Arturo Toscanini, Carlo Maria Giulini, Tito Gobbi and Elisabeth Schwarzkopf.

Lovingly restored, up scaled and digitally remastered the Classic Archive ™ series offers a unique glimpse into our classical heritage featuring performances by celebrated artists of the past including complete full-lengths programmes and comprehensive booklet information.

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Subtitles: English, German, French

Booklet notes: English, German, French

Running time: 58 min

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R. Strauss: Also Sprach Zarathustra, Don Juan & Till Eulenspiegel

R. Strauss: Also Sprach Zarathustra, Don Juan & Till Eulenspiegel


Strauss, R:

Also sprach Zarathustra, Op. 30

Don Juan, Op. 20

Till Eulenspiegels lustige Streiche, Op. 28


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Grieg & Sibelius Favourites ‘From Fjord & Forest’

Grieg & Sibelius Favourites ‘From Fjord & Forest’


Grieg:

Lyric Pieces Op. 65: No. 6 - Wedding Day at Troldhaugen

Two Elegiac Melodies, Op. 34

Nordic Melodies Op. 63: Cow-Call, Dance

Holberg Suite, Op. 40: excerpts

1st movement

Peer Gynt: Morning

Peer Gynt: Anitra's Dance

In the Hall of the Mountain King (from Peer Gynt)

Sibelius:

Karelia Suite Op. 11: Intermezzo

Lemminkäinen Suite, Op. 22: The Swan of Tuonela (No. 2)

Finlandia, Op. 26

Pelléas and Mélisande Suite, Op. 46 (excerpts)

King Kristian II, incidental music, Op. 27: Musette

King Kristian II, incidental music, Op. 27: Elegie

Valse Triste, Op. 44 No. 1


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Joan Sutherland Collector’s Album: Rare Broadcasts

Joan Sutherland Collector’s Album: Rare Broadcasts


Bononcini, G B:

Per la gloria d'adorarvi (from Griselda)

Richard Bonynge (piano)

Donizetti:

Confusa è l'alma mia (from Emilia di Liverpool)

1957

Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra, Liverpool Music Singers Group, John Pritchard

Madre, deh placati..Ah! di contento (from Emilia di Liverpool)

1957

with April Cantelo (soprano)

Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra, Liverpool Music Singers Group, John Pritchard

Handel:

Di, cor mio, quanto t'amai (from Alcina)

with Norma Procter (mezzo), Thomas Hemsley (tenor)

Capella Coloniensis, Ferdinand Leitner

Tornami a vagheggiar (from Alcina)

Capella Coloniensis, Ferdinand Leitner

Ombre pallide (from Alcina)

1959

Capella Coloniensis, Ferdinand Leitner

Haydn:

Si ti perdo amata sposa, Hob.XXIVb: B1

1956

Dennis Brain (horn)

Goldsborough Orchestra, Charles Mackerras

Horn, C E:

Cherry Ripe

Richard Bonynge (piano)

Mozart:

Exsultate, jubilate, K165

1959

Cologne Radio Symphony Orchestra, Alberto Erede

Rossini:

La fioraia Fiorentina

Richard Bonynge (piano)

La promessa

Richard Bonynge (piano)

Soirées musicales: L'orgia

Ernest Lush (piano)

Soirées musicales: La pastorella dell'Alpi

Richard Bonynge (piano)

Soirées Musicales: La gita in gondola

Richard Bonynge (piano)


Joan Sutherland (soprano)

“This collection of broadcast material shows Sutherland's amazing precision and tonal clarity” BBC Music Magazine, February 2013 *****

“The lively, refreshing Exsultate, jubilate, a piece Sutherland didn't record commercially, shows us the capabilities of this kind of voice...you rarely hear it sung so easily and freely, or with such bright, clear, full-bodied tone. Nor is the singing merely mechanical, or inexpressive. The phrasing is deft and shapely in the outer movements...and the central Tu virginum corona is serene.” MusicWeb International, April 2013

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