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.
The Essential Hyperion 2
HYP20 2CDs Super-budget price sampler — 2CDs Deleted
Alphabetical listing of all musical works
|Die Geschöpfe des Prometheus, Op 43 (Beethoven)|
|Konzertstück in F minor, J282 Op 79 (Weber)|
|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)|
|Symphony in D major, D615 (Schubert/Newbould)|
|Symphony in D major, D708a (Schubert/Newbould)|
|Symphony in D major, Op 24 (Voríšek)|
|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 3 in E flat major 'Eroica', Op 55 (Beethoven)|
|Symphony No 4 in B flat major, Op 60 (Beethoven)|
|Symphony No 5 in C minor, Op 67 (Beethoven)|
|Symphony No 6 in F major 'Pastoral', Op 68 (Beethoven)|
|Symphony No 7 in A major, Op 92 (Beethoven)|
|Symphony No 8 in F major, Op 93 (Beethoven)|
|Symphony No 9 in D minor 'Choral', Op 125 (Beethoven)|