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Mackerras, Sir Charles (conductor)

Sir Charles Mackerras (conductor)

Sir Charles Mackerras was born in the United States of Australian parents in 1925. He studied in Sydney and Prague and made his debut in opera at Sadler's Wells. From 1966 to 1969 he was First Conductor with the Hamburg State Opera, and from 1970 to 1977 Musical Director of Sadler's Wells in London (which later became English National Opera).

A specialist in the Czech repertoire, Sir Charles recorded a cycle of Janácek's operas with the Vienna Philharmonic. These Decca (London) recordings have won numerous awards throughout the world. He conducted the first professional performance in Britain of the original version of Janácek's Glagolitic Mass with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra.

Sir Charles undertook a great deal of research into performance practice of the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries and has recorded all the symphonies and serenades of Mozart with the Prague Chamber Orchestra for Telarc. As Principal Guest Conductor of the Scottish Chamber Orchestra, he recorded The Magic Flute, Così fan Tutte, Don Giovanni and Le Nozze di Figaro with an international cast for Telarc, and undertook a series of recordings for Hyperion.

From 1987 to 1992 Sir Charles was Musical Director of Welsh National Opera and returned in 1993 for Tristan and Isolde, bringing the production to The Royal Opera House, Covent Garden. From 1982 to 1985, he was Chief Conductor of the Sydney Symphony Orchestra.

Sir Charles's series of recordings of British music for Decca/Argo culminated in a lavishly praised recording of Britten's Gloriana which was awarded the Gramophone 'Best Opera Recording for 1994'. His recordings with the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic for EMI Eminence of Beethoven Symphonies and Mahler's First and Fifth Symphonies are regarded as outstanding interpretations.

In 1974 Sir Charles received a CBE and was knighted in 1979 for his services to music. In 1969 he was made an Hon RAM, and in 1987 he was made a Fellow of the Royal College of Music. He has received Honorary Doctorates from York, Hull and Nottingham Universities; Masaryk University in Brno (Czech Republic) and Griffith University, Brisbane.

Albums

Arriaga & Voříšek: Symphonies
CDA66800
Beethoven: Piano Concertos Nos 3, 4 & 5
Studio Master: CKD336Download onlyStudio Master FLAC & ALAC downloads available
Beethoven: Symphonies
CDS44301/55CDs Boxed set (at a special price)
Beethoven: Symphony No 9
SIGCD254Download only
Beethoven: The Creatures of Prometheus
CDH55196Helios (Hyperion's budget label)
Dvořák: Symphonies Nos 7 & 8
SIGCD183Download only
Mahler: Symphony No 4
SIGCD219Download only
Mozart: Requiem
CKD211Download only
Mozart: Symphonies Nos 29, 31, 32, 35 & 36
CKD350Download only
Mozart: Symphonies Nos 38-41
Studio Master: CKD308Download onlyStudio Master FLAC & ALAC downloads available
Mozart: Symphony No 41; Wagner: Siegfried Idyll; Sibelius: The Tempest
Studio Master: CKD540Download onlyStudio Master FLAC & ALAC downloads available
Schubert: Symphony No 10 & other unfinished symphonies
CDA67000
Schubert: Symphony No 9
SIGCD133Download only
Sibelius: The Tempest; Wagner: Siegfried Idyll; Mozart: Symphony No 41
Studio Master: CKD540Download onlyStudio Master FLAC & ALAC downloads available
Tchaikovsky: Symphony No 6
Studio Master: SIGCD253Download onlyStudio Master FLAC & ALAC downloads available
Voříšek & Arriaga: Symphonies
CDA66800
Wagner: Siegfried Idyll; Sibelius: The Tempest; Mozart: Symphony No 41
Studio Master: CKD540Download onlyStudio Master FLAC & ALAC downloads available
Weber: Piano Concertos
CDA66729
The Essential Hyperion, Vol. 2
This album is not yet available for downloadHYP202CDs Super-budget price sampler — Deleted

Complete works available for download

JUAN CRISÓSTOMO DE ARRIAGA (1806-1826)
Overture to 'Los esclavos felices'with Scottish Chamber Orchestra
Symphony in D minorwith Scottish Chamber Orchestra
LUDWIG VAN BEETHOVEN (1770-1827)
Die Geschöpfe des Prometheus, Op 43with Scottish Chamber Orchestra
Piano Concerto No 3 in C minor, Op 37with Artur Pizarro (piano), Scottish Chamber Orchestra
Piano Concerto No 4 in G major, Op 58with Artur Pizarro (piano), Scottish Chamber Orchestra
Piano Concerto No 5 in E flat major 'Emperor', Op 73with Artur Pizarro (piano), Scottish Chamber Orchestra
Symphony No 1 in C major, Op 21with Scottish Chamber Orchestra
Symphony No 2 in D major, Op 36with Scottish Chamber Orchestra
Symphony No 3 in E flat major 'Eroica', Op 55with Scottish Chamber Orchestra
Symphony No 4 in B flat major, Op 60with Scottish Chamber Orchestra
Symphony No 5 in C minor, Op 67with Scottish Chamber Orchestra
Symphony No 6 in F major 'Pastoral', Op 68with Scottish Chamber Orchestra
Symphony No 7 in A major, Op 92with Scottish Chamber Orchestra
Symphony No 8 in F major, Op 93with Scottish Chamber Orchestra
Symphony No 9 in D minor 'Choral', Op 125with Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment
Symphony No 9 in D minor 'Choral', Op 125with Scottish Chamber Orchestra
ANTONÍN DVOŘÁK (1841-1904)
Symphony No 7 in D minor, Op 70with Philharmonia Orchestra
Symphony No 8 in G major, Op 88with Philharmonia Orchestra
GUSTAV MAHLER (1860-1911)
Symphony No 4 in G majorwith Sarah Fox (soprano), Philharmonia Orchestra
FELIX MENDELSSOHN (1809-1847)
Overture to A Midsummer Night's Dream, Op 21with Philharmonia Orchestra
WOLFGANG AMADEUS MOZART (1756-1791)
Adagio and Fugue in C minor, K546with Scottish Chamber Orchestra
Requiem, K626with Scottish Chamber Orchestra
Symphony No 29 in A major, K201with Scottish Chamber Orchestra
Symphony No 31 in D major 'Paris', K297with Scottish Chamber Orchestra
Symphony No 32 in G major, K318with Scottish Chamber Orchestra
Symphony No 35 in D major 'Haffner', K385with Scottish Chamber Orchestra
Symphony No 36 in C major 'Linz', K425with Scottish Chamber Orchestra
Symphony No 38 in D major 'Prague', K504with Scottish Chamber Orchestra
Symphony No 39 in E flat major, K543with Scottish Chamber Orchestra
Symphony No 40 in G minor, K550with Scottish Chamber Orchestra
Symphony No 41 in C major 'Jupiter', K551with Scottish Chamber Orchestra
Symphony No 41 in C major 'Jupiter', K551with Scottish Chamber Orchestra
FRANZ SCHUBERT (1797-1828)
Symphony in D major, D615with Scottish Chamber Orchestra
Symphony in D major, D708awith Scottish Chamber Orchestra
Symphony No 10 in D major, D936awith Scottish Chamber Orchestra
Symphony No 9 in C major 'The Great', D944with Philharmonia Orchestra
PYOTR TCHAIKOVSKY (1840-1893)
Symphony No 6 in B minor 'Pathétique', Op 74with Philharmonia Orchestra
JAN VÁCLAV VOŘÍŠEK (1791-1825)
Symphony in D major, Op 24with Scottish Chamber Orchestra
CARL MARIA VON WEBER (1786-1826)
Konzertstück in F minor, J282 Op 79with Nikolai Demidenko (piano), Scottish Chamber Orchestra
Piano Concerto No 1 in C major, J98 Op 11with Nikolai Demidenko (piano), Scottish Chamber Orchestra
Piano Concerto No 2 in E flat, J155 Op 32with Nikolai Demidenko (piano), Scottish Chamber Orchestra

Alphabetical listing of all musical works

Adagio and Fugue in C minor, K546 (Mozart)
Die Geschöpfe des Prometheus, Op 43 (Beethoven)
Konzertstück in F minor, J282 Op 79 (Weber)
Overture to A Midsummer Night's Dream, Op 21 (Mendelssohn)
Overture to 'Los esclavos felices' (Arriaga)
Piano Concerto No 1 in C major, J98 Op 11 (Weber)
Piano Concerto No 2 in E flat, J155 Op 32 (Weber)
Piano Concerto No 3 in C minor, Op 37 (Beethoven)
Piano Concerto No 4 in G major, Op 58 (Beethoven)
Piano Concerto No 5 in E flat major 'Emperor', Op 73 (Beethoven)
Presto – Allegro assai 'Ode to Joy'  
Requiem, K626 (Mozart/Süssmayr/Levin)
Symphony in D major, D615 (Schubert/Newbould)
Symphony in D major, D708a (Schubert/Newbould)
Symphony in D major, Op 24 (Voříšek)
Symphony in D minor (Arriaga)
Symphony No 1 in C major, Op 21 (Beethoven)
Symphony No 10 in D major, D936a (Schubert/Newbould)
Symphony No 2 in D major, Op 36 (Beethoven)
Symphony No 29 in A major, K201 (Mozart)
Symphony No 3 in E flat major 'Eroica', Op 55 (Beethoven)
Symphony No 31 in D major 'Paris', K297 (Mozart)
Symphony No 32 in G major, K318 (Mozart)
Symphony No 35 in D major 'Haffner', K385 (Mozart)
Symphony No 36 in C major 'Linz', K425 (Mozart)
Symphony No 38 in D major 'Prague', K504 (Mozart)
Symphony No 39 in E flat major, K543 (Mozart)
Symphony No 4 in B flat major, Op 60 (Beethoven)
Symphony No 4 in G major (Mahler)
Symphony No 40 in G minor, K550 (Mozart)
Symphony No 41 in C major 'Jupiter', K551 (Mozart)
Symphony No 5 in C minor, Op 67 (Beethoven)
Symphony No 6 in B minor 'Pathétique', Op 74 (Tchaikovsky)
Symphony No 6 in F major 'Pastoral', Op 68 (Beethoven)
Symphony No 7 in A major, Op 92 (Beethoven)
Symphony No 7 in D minor, Op 70 (Dvořák)
Symphony No 8 in F major, Op 93 (Beethoven)
Symphony No 8 in G major, Op 88 (Dvořák)
Symphony No 9 in C major 'The Great', D944 (Schubert)
Symphony No 9 in D minor 'Choral', Op 125 (Beethoven)
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