Magazine article Czech Music

Sir Charles Mackerras Conducts

Magazine article Czech Music

Sir Charles Mackerras Conducts

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Sir Charles Mackerras conducts

(Delius, Dvorak, Elgar, Suk, Vorisek)

Pamela Frank--violin, English Chamber Orchestra, Wiener Philharmoniker, Orchestra of the Welsh National Opera, Chorus of the Welsh National Opera, Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Sir Charles Mackerras.

Production: Volker Strauss, James Mallinson, Chris Hazell, Andrew Cornall. Text: Eng., Ger.

Recorded: 1969-1997. Vydano: 2005. TT: 75:30, 79:46, 81:09. ADD, DDD. 3CD Decca 475 7061 (Universal Music).

Sir Charles Mackerras is a dedicated interpreter of Czech music and has promoted it for many years. The choice of recordings on this CD set reflects this fact in the proportion of Czech composers to composers from Mackerras's own country. Two of the CDs are devoted to Czech music and one to English music. There is no need to stress Mackerras's affinity for the music of Antonin Dvorak and Leos Janacek--here we find Dvorak's Czech Suite and Romance in F minor, and from Janacek the prelude Jealousy. The next composer is Josef Suk, who is represented by three pieces--Fantastic Scherzo, Fantasia for Violin and Orchestra (the brilliant Pamela Frank, who also plays the Dvorak Romance) and A Summer's Tale. The last composer from Bohemia is Jan Vaclav Hugo Vorisek and his famous Symphony in D major. …

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