Sir Charles Mackerras: Conductor Essential Recordings

Essential Recordings

Handel: Music for the Royal Fireworks
Testament SBT1253
Testament licensed this 1959 Pye recording, described in the text above.

Janáček: Operas, etc
Decca 448 2552 (two discs)
The Sinfonietta with the VPO and Taras Bulba; five operas with Elisabeth Söderström, et al – Jenufa, The Cunning Little Vixen, From the House of the Dead, The Makropulos Case and Káta Kabanová.

Mozart Symphonies Nos 29, 31, 32, 35, 36
Linn CKD 350 (two SACDs/high res downloads)
The ‘Paris’ has both versions of the slow movt as successive tracks in this set.

Schubert: Symphony No 9
Signum SIGCD133
A live performance with the Philharmonia given at the QEH in June 2006, when Mackerras was its Principal Guest Conductor.

Dvorák: Rusalka
Decca 460 5682 (three discs)
Dvorák’s opera with Renée Fleming and Ben Heppner, Mackerras conducting the Czech PO.

Beethoven: Symphonies 1-9
Hyperion CDS44301/5 (five CDs)
Live from the 2006 Edinburgh Festival: the Philharmonia in No 9, the SCO in Nos 1-8 – ‘catalysed by Mackerras’s apparently superhuman energy’, said The Guardian.