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Nikolai Demidenko, Charles Mackerras - The Romantic Piano Concerto, Vol. 10: Weber: Piano Concertos (1995)

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Nikolai Demidenko, Charles Mackerras - The Romantic Piano Concerto, Vol. 10: Weber: Piano Concertos (1995)

Nikolai Demidenko, Charles Mackerras, Scottish Chamber Orchestra - The Romantic Piano Concerto, Vol. 10: Weber: Piano Concertos (1995)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & no Log) ~ 243 Mb | Total time: 57:07 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Hyperion | # CDA66729 | Recorded: 1994

Composer, conductor, administrator, impresario, creative writer, acid critic, sometime painter, aspiring philosopher, classical symphonist, opera romantic, profound nationalist … blessed with the melodic flowering of a Mozart, the technical facility of a Mendelssohn … a man, conscious of his genius, ‘always honest and selfless in his dealings with his fellow men and with the art he loved’ (Autobiographical Sketch, Dresden, 14 March 1818) … put on a pedestal by all the post-Beethovenites, the inspiration of Mahler and Debussy, of Hindemith and Stravinsky: Carl Maria von Weber was, by universal consent, a great pianist in an age of great virtuosi.

Charles Mackerras, Orchestra of English National Opera, Janet Baker - Donizetti: Mary Stuart [Maria Stuarda] (2005/1982)

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Charles Mackerras, Orchestra of English National Opera, Janet Baker - Donizetti: Mary Stuart [Maria Stuarda] (2005/1982)

Charles Mackerras, Orchestra of English National Opera, Janet Baker - Donizetti: Mary Stuart [Maria Stuarda] (2005/1982)
NTSC 4:3 (720x480) | English (LinearPCM, 2 ch) | 7.06 Gb (DVD9) | 138 min
Classical | NVC Arts | Sub: English, Deutsch, Espanol, Francais, Italiano, Portugues

This famous production of Donizetti’s Mary Stuart was one of English National Opera’s most memorable from the 1980’s. Dame Janet Baker chose the title role of Donizetti’s Scottish queen for her farewell to the London operatic stage in 1982. It was a triumph for Dame Janet, in one of the most rewarding of operatic roles. As Mary, she displays her full range as a great singing actress, at times imperious and confrontational, yet during the quieter reflective moments intensely moving. Her adversary Elizabeth is sung by Rosalind Plowright, in one of the best performances of her career, both intense and passionate in this demanding role. The famous, though entirely fictional, encounter scene between the two Queens is extremely powerful. The cast also includes John Tomlinson I commanding voice as Talbot, and David Randall as an ardent Leicester. The Performance is gloriously conducted by Sir Charles Mackerras.

Charles Mackerras, Czech Philharmonic Orchestra - Leoš Janáček: Kát'a Kabanová (1997)

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Charles Mackerras, Czech Philharmonic Orchestra - Leoš Janáček: Kát'a Kabanová (1997)

Charles Mackerras, Czech Philharmonic Orchestra - Leoš Janáček: Kát'a Kabanová (1997)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 377 Mb | Total time: 93:56 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Supraphon | # SU 3291-2 | Recorded: 1997

The Czech Philharmonic, conducted by Sir Charles Mackerras, recorded at the Rudolfinum hall in Prague Leoš Janáček’s opera Katya Kabanova, starring the world-renowned soprano Gabriela Beňačková in the title role. Released on two CDs in the autumn of 1997, it subsequently won a number of prestigious prizes, including the Cannes Classical Award and the Preis der Deutschen Schallplattenkritik. It also received a nomination for the Grammy Awards.

Ofra Harnoy, Charles Mackerras, Prague Symphony Orchestra - Antonín Dvořák: Silent Woods (1995)

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Ofra Harnoy, Charles Mackerras, Prague Symphony Orchestra - Antonín Dvořák: Silent Woods (1995)

Ofra Harnoy, Charles Mackerras, Prague Symphony Orchestra - Antonín Dvořák: Silent Woods (1995)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 278 Mb | Total time: 69:00 | Scans included
Classical | Label: BMG Music | # BM650 | Recorded: 1994, 1995

The main title, “Silent Woods”, and a soft-focus portrait through twigs of the glamorous soloist alerts us to the fact that this is no ordinary version of the Dvorak Cello Concerto. To demote the principal work on the disc like this in favour of an incidental fill-up may seem odd, but this is a version surely aimed less at the regular collector than at the many admirers of Ofra Harnoy. Greatly helped by having a Czech orchestra under such a distinguished Czech specialist as Sir Charles Mackerras.

Sir Charles Mackerras, New Philharmonia Orchestra - Mussorgsky: Pictures at an Exhibition, Dawn on the Moskva River (1975/2022)

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Sir Charles Mackerras, New Philharmonia Orchestra - Mussorgsky: Pictures at an Exhibition, Dawn on the Moskva River (1975/2022)

Sir Charles Mackerras & New Philharmonia Orchestra - Mussorgsky: Pictures at an Exhibition, Dawn on the Moskva River (1975/2022)
WEB FLAC (tracks) - 142 Mb | MP3 CBR 320 kbps - 89 Mb | Digital booklet | 00:37:13
Classical | Label: Vanguard Classics

Modest Mussorgsky was a man of great friendships and great loyalties. When his friend the Russian painter Victor Hartman died in 1873 of a heart ailment at the age of thirty-nine, Mussorgsky's grief knew no limits. Hartman's drawings and pastels, all in a style très russe, were exhibited in a St. Petersburg gallery shortly after his death, and Mussorgsky decided to pay a musical tribute to his friend by writing a suite for piano, setting to music selected paintings from Hartman's exhibition. This suite, published under the tide Pictures at an Exhibition, became very popular, and acquired an even greater popularity through Maurice Ravel's dazzling orchestration.

Charles Mackerras, Philharmoniker der Staatsoper Hamburg - Albert Lortzing: Zar und Zimmermann (2008)

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Charles Mackerras, Philharmoniker der Staatsoper Hamburg - Albert Lortzing: Zar und Zimmermann (2008)

Charles Mackerras, Philharmoniker der Staatsoper Hamburg - Albert Lortzing: Zar und Zimmermann (2008)
NTSC 4:3 (720x480) | Deutsch (LinearPCM, 2 ch) | 131 min | 7,32 Gb (DVD9)
Classical | Label: Arthaus Musik | Sub: English, Deutsch, Francais, Espanol, Italiano | Recorded: 1969

What better legacy could an opera-house director leave behind him than a string of excellent theatrical productions! Rolf Liebermann (1910-1999), who was actually a composer, certainly succeeded in doing this – particularly during the 14 years from 1959 to 1973 that he spent in charge of Hamburg State Opera. During the Liebermann era the company in this northern German city embarked on a new artistic and administrative course that had - and still has - an impact on the entire operatic scene in central and Western Europe. It is significant in terms of Rolf Liebermann’s artistic credo that he selected Joachim Hess’ 1969 production of Zar und Zimmermann to be included amongst the august ranks of his 13 opera films.

Leos Janacek - Chamber Music, Orchestral Works (2004) 5CD Box Set

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Leos Janacek - Chamber Music, Orchestral Works (2004) 5CD Box Set

Leos Janáček - Chamber Music, Orchestral Works (2004) 5CD Box Set
Paul Crossley, Christopher Van Kampen, Kenneth Sillito, Thomas Trotter
Gabrieli String Quartet, London Sinfonietta, Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra
Slovak Philharmonic Choir, Wiener Philharmoniker, Riccardo Chailly
Charles Mackerras, François Huybrechts, Neville Marriner, David Atherton
Eva Urbanová, Vladimir Bogachov, Marta Benacková, Richard Novák

EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 1.48 Gb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 837 Mb | Scans ~ 20 Mb
Genre: Classical | Label: Decca | # 475 523-2 DC5 | Time: 06:04:07

To celebrate the 150th anniversary of Janáček’s birth, this Decca Collector Edition brings together most of the composer’s chamber works and solo pieces plus his most popular orchestral works and the magnificent Glagolitic Mass in a superb digital recording with Riccardo Chailly and Wiener Philharmoniker. The recordings of the solo works and chamber pieces feature one of the world’s most distinguished ensembles: the London Sinfonietta and David Atherton. Their recordings were originally released as a 5-LP set in 1981 and many of these performances have not been available for several years; many also make their first international appearance on CD. This set provides the listener with all the essential non-operatic Janáček in one convenient collection.

Charles Mackerras, Scottish Chamber Orchestra - Johannes Brahms: Serenades Nos. 1 & 2 (1999)

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Charles Mackerras, Scottish Chamber Orchestra - Johannes Brahms: Serenades Nos. 1 & 2 (1999)

Charles Mackerras, Scottish Chamber Orchestra - Johannes Brahms: Serenades Nos. 1 & 2 (1999)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 287 Mb | Total time: 79:56 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Telarc | # CD80522 | Recorded: 1998

Charles Mackerras’ marvelous recordings of Brahms’ four symphonies with these same forces for Telarc find a logical successor in this delightful release of the two early serenades. These are special works in Brahms’ output: carefree, breezy, and charming. The unusual freshness and clarity of their orchestration (the Second Serenade scored without violins) shows that the density of his symphonic sound clearly was a matter of intention rather than accident, or worse, lack of skill. Hearing these loosely constructed, generously tuneful pieces, we can only wonder at the effort Brahms must have made to curb his purely lyrical impulses and discipline his musical thought in such a way as to demonstrate his worthiness as symphonic heir to Beethoven.

Charles Mackerras, Scottish Chamber Orchestra - Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Così fan tutte (1994)

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Charles Mackerras, Scottish Chamber Orchestra - Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Così fan tutte (1994)

Charles Mackerras, Scottish Chamber Orchestra - Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Così fan tutte (1994)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 779 Mb | Total time: 188:44 | Covers included
Classical | Label: Telarc | # 80360 | Recorded: 1993

This recording of Così fan tutte was made when the cast was preparing for performances at the 1993 Edinburgh Festival, so the cast had the advantage of enough rehearsal time together to relax into the opera's humor. Their easy rapport is most evident in the spirited recitatives, which sparkle with spontaneity and wit. The fact that the principals are talented comedians makes their unforced interactions genuinely fun, and they sound like they are thoroughly enjoying themselves. Although they are not all international superstars, the performances are stellar. The soloists bring out the humanity and complexity of the opera, and artfully convey their characters' emotional development.

Charles Mackerras, Scottish Chamber Orchestra - Mozart: Don Giovanni (2008)

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Charles Mackerras, Scottish Chamber Orchestra - Mozart: Don Giovanni (2008)

Charles Mackerras, Scottish Chamber Orchestra - Mozart: Don Giovanni (2008)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 771 Mb | Total time: 183:10 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Telars | # 3CD-80726 | Recorded: 1995

This is the second fine Don Giovanni we have had within the past year. Like Gardiner (Archiv), Mackerras includes every note Mozart wrote for both the original Prague version and the Viennese revival. Moreover, it is easier than ever for listeners to ‘programme in’ their preferred version: all Prague die-hards have to do is to bypass Don Ottavio’s ‘Dalla sua pace’ in Act I – a beautiful aria, in all conscience, though it holds up the dramatic action at a crucial stage. By coaxing a modern orchestra into a real awareness of period style, Mackerras seems to have the best of both worlds: the playing has admirable liveliness and intensity, and there are none of the intonation problems that so often plague actual period instruments.

Charles Mackerras, London Philarmonic Orchestra - Elgar: Falstaff Op.68, Enigma Variations Op.36 (1998)

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Charles Mackerras, London Philarmonic Orchestra - Elgar: Falstaff Op.68, Enigma Variations Op.36 (1998)

Charles Mackerras, London Philarmonic Orchestra - Elgar: Falstaff Op.68, Enigma Variations Op.36 (1998)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 255 Mb | Total time: 64:29 | Scans included
Classical | Label: EMI | # 5 72553 2 | Recorded: 1985

At the end of an overlong day laden with teaching and other duties, Edward Elgar lit a cigar, sat at his piano and began idling over the keys. To amuse his wife, the composer began to improvise a tune and played it several times, turning each reprise into a caricature of the way one of their friends might have played it or of their personal characteristics. "I believe that you are doing something which has never been done before," exclaimed Mrs. Elgar. Thus was born one of music's great works of original conception, and Elgar's greatest large-scale "hit": the Enigma Variations. The enigma is twofold: each of the 14 variations refers to a friend of Elgar's, who is depicted by the nature of the music, or by sonic imitation of laughs, vocal inflections, or quirks, or by more abstract allusions.

George Frideric Handel - The Masterworks [30CDs] (2009)

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George Frideric Handel - The Masterworks [30CDs] (2009)

George Frideric Handel - The Masterworks (30CDs) [2009]
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 8.52 Gb | Total time: 31:26:48 | Scans included
Classical | Label: DECCA | # 478 1190 | Recorded: 1959-2002

Celebrate the 250th anniversary of Handel's death with this impressive box set. 30-CD box set of the composer's most celebrated works–including the Royal Fireworks and Water Music, The Messiah, concerti grossi and much more! Featuring conductors Sir Neville Marriner, Christopher Hogwood, Trevor Pinnock, Mark Minkowski and others. Performances by the Gabrielli Players, Academy of St. Martin in the Fields, English Baroque Soloists and others.

Charles Mackerras, Czech Philharmonic Orchestra - Leoš Janáček: Glagolitic Mass (1998)

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Charles Mackerras, Czech Philharmonic Orchestra - Leoš Janáček: Glagolitic Mass (1998)

Charles Mackerras, Czech Philharmonic Orchestra - Leoš Janáček: Glagolitic Mass (1998)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 193 Mb | Total time: 40:17 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Supraphon | # 33C37-7448 | Recorded: 1984

It is a measure of the respect in which Sir Charles Mackerras is held in Czechoslovakia that this recording should have been possible. The compliment is no less than his due, for no man has done more to win acceptance in this country for Janacek as one of the great composers of the twentieth century. With Simon Rattle now taking his place as the leader of the 'second generation' of Janacek conductors in this country, we are fortunate indeed.

Ettore Gracis, Charles Mackerras - Pergolesi: Stabat Mater; A. Scarlatti: Stabat Mater & 6 Concerti grossi (1999)

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Ettore Gracis, Charles Mackerras - Pergolesi: Stabat Mater; A. Scarlatti: Stabat Mater & 6 Concerti grossi (1999)

Mirella Freni, Teresa Berganza, Ettore Gracis, Charles Mackerras - Pergolesi: Stabat Mater; A. Scarlatti: Stabat Mater & 6 Concerti grossi (1999)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 654 Mb | Total time: 71:00+68:09 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Archiv Produktion | # 459 454-2 | Recorded: 1967, 1972, 1975

The Stabat Mater is a 13th-century Catholic hymn to Mary, which portrays her suffering as Jesus Christ's mother during his crucifixion. Its author may be either the Franciscan friar Jacopone da Todi or Pope Innocent III. The title comes from its first line, Stabat Mater dolorosa, which means "the sorrowful mother was standing". The hymn is sung at the liturgy on the memorial of Our Lady of Sorrows. The Stabat Mater has been set to music by many Western composers.

Charles Mackerras, Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment - Mendelssohn: Symphony No.4 & A Midsummer Night's Dream (1988)

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Charles Mackerras, Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment - Mendelssohn: Symphony No.4 & A Midsummer Night's Dream (1988)

Charles Mackerras, Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment - Mendelssohn: Symphony No.4 & A Midsummer Night's Dream (1988)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 274 Mb | Total time: 63:17 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Virgin Classics | # VC 7 90725-2 | Recorded: 1987

If there is one Mendelssohn symphonic recording that makes the case for a more favorable reassessment [of the composer], it's this pairing of the Italian Symphony and some of the Midsummer Night's Dream music by Sir Charles Mackerras…. The clarity of texture here [in the Symphony] is extraordinary, even when the brass and winds add their clout. As a result, every line of Mendelssohn's orchestration comes through clearly, leaving a listener with a renewed respect for this composer's inventiveness…. The Midsummer Night's Dream music is even more miraculous….