25/07/2010

Maestros #54: John Barbirolli (1899-1970)

A primeira vez que para aqui trouxe o maestro inglês John Barbirolli foi em Dezembro de 2004; na pequena biografia que então apresentei referi o facto de, durante a 2ª Guerra Mundial, Barbirolli ter regressado a Inglaterra, após convite para dirigir a Hallé Orchestra.

A orquestra atravessava na altura sérias dificuldades, contando com poucos músicos e estando mais perto de ser extinta do que qualquer outra coisa. John Barbirolli chegou a Manchester em Junho de 1943, tendo de imediato começado a trabalhar no sentido de reconstruir a orquestra, começando, naturalmente, por recrutar os músicos em falta. Não deixou os seus créditos por mãos alheias e, apenas um mês depois, Barbirolli e a sua Hallé Orchestra já davam o primeiro concerto público..., dando início a uma relação que se prolongaria por 27 anos.

No dia 25 de Julho de 1970, passam hoje 40 anos, Barbirolli dirigiu essa orquestra pela última vez em público. Morreu 4 dias depois, apenas, vítima de ataque cardíaco.


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Glorious John
Hallé Orchestra
Royal Opera House Orchestra
Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
New York Philharmonic Orchestra
John Barbirolli
Dutton Laboratories CDSJB1999

Edward Elgar
The Dream of Gerontius.
Richard Lewis (tenor), Janet Baker (meio-soprano), Kim Borg (baixo)
Ambrosian Singers
Sheffield Philharmonic Chorus
Hallé Choir
Hallé Orchestra
John Barbirolli
EMI 5 73579-2
(1964)

The Sibelius Edition
Symphonies 1-7.
Hallé Orchestra
John Barbirolli
EMI 5 67299-2

Joseph Haydn
Symphony No.83 in G minor, 'La Poule'.
Franz Lehar
Gold und Silbe, Op.79.
Johann Strauss II
Die Fledermaus - Overture. Kaiser-Walzer, Op.437. Perpetuum mobile, Op.257.
Tritsch-Tratsch-Polka, Op.214.
Richard Strauss
Der Rosenkavalier Suite.
Hallé Orchestra
John Barbirolli
BBC Legends BBCL4038-2
(1969)

The Barbirolli Elgar Album
Edward Elgar
Symphony No.1 in A flat, Op.55. Introduction and Allegro, Op.47. Elegy, Op.58. Variations on an Original Theme, 'Enigma', Op.36.
Hallé Orchestra
John Barbirolli
Dutton Laboratories CDSJB1017

Arnold Bax
Symphony No.3. Violin Concerto.
Eda Kersey (violino)
Hallé Orchestra
BBC Symphony Orchestra
John Barbirolli, Adrian Boult
Dutton Laboratories Epoch CDLX7111
(1943, 1944)

Ralph Vaughan Williams
Symphonies - No.2, 'A London Symphony'; No.8 in D minor.
Hallé Orchestra
John Barbirolli
Dutton Laboratories CDSJB1021
(1956, 1957)

Anton Bruckner
Symphony No.8 in C minor (ed. Haas).
Hallé Orchestra
John Barbirolli
BBC Legends BBCL4067-2
(1970)

The Barbirolli English Music Album
John Barbirolli
An Elizabethean Suite.
Arnold Bax
The Garden of Fand.
George Butterworth
A Shropshire Lad.
Parry Jones (tenor)
Hallé Choir
Hallé Orchestra
John Barbirolli
Dutton Laboratories CDSJB1022

Anonymous
The British National Anthem.
Alan Rawsthorne
Street Corner Overture.
Ralph Vaughan Williams
Symphony No.8 in D minor.
Arnold Bax
Oboe Quintet (arr. Barbirolli).
Frederick Delius
On hearing the First Cuckoo in Spring.
William Walton
Crown Imperial: A Coronation March.
Edward Elgar
Land of Hope and Glory.
Evelyn Rothwell (oboé), Kathleen Ferrier (contralto)
Hallé Choir
Hallé Orchestra
John Barbirolli
BBC Legends BBCL4100-2

William Alwyn
Symphonies No.1 & 2.
Hallé Orchestra
John Barbirolli
Dutton Laboratories CDSJB1029

Barbirolli at the Proms
Joseph Haydn
The Uninhabited Island - Overture. The Creation - In Native Worth.
Johannes Brahms
Symphony No.1 in C minor, Op.68.
Hallé Orchestra
John Barbirolli
Guild GHCD2320
(1954)

Carl Nielsen
Symphony No.4, 'The Inextinguishable', FS76.
Jean Sibelius
Symphony No.3, Op.52.
Hallé Orchestra
John Barbirolli
BBC Legends BBCL4223-2
(1956, 1969)


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The Barbirolli Society / Bach Cantatas Website / Answers.com / Naxos / Wikipedia

20/07/2010

Maestros #53: Charles Mackerras (1925-2010)

"After so many years with Alfred at the top of his profession it is hard to imagine musical life without his unique presence. But despite his farewell to the concert platform, we all hope he will continue to inspire and intrigue us with his presence in many other aspects of music".

As palavras são do maestro australiano Charles Mackerras, recentemente falecido, e aparecem no livro que acompanha o cd duplo que registou para a história a última subida ao palco do grande pianista austríaco Alfred Brendel (1931-). Nesse último concerto de Brendel, Charles Mackerras dirigiu a Orquestra Sinfónica de Viena, tendo uma boa parte sido ocupada com o compositor que mais obviamente uniu estes dois extraordinários músicos: Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756-1781).

Sir Charles Mackerras foi um dos meus maestros de eleição, e aquilo que era para ser a short-list das suas melhores gravações (a minha short-list, bem entendido), acabou por resultar numa lista imensa, e o que se antevia como uma tarefa ligeira transformou-se numa trabalheira desgraçada...


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Ernest Bloch
Schelomo.
Max Bruch
Kol Nidrei, Op.47.
Ofra Harnoy (violoncelo)
London Philharmonic Orchestra
Charles Mackerras
RCA Victor Red Seal 60757-2

Leos Janácek
Jenufa.
Elisabeth Söderström, Lucia Popp (sopranos), Wieslaw Ochman, Petr
Dvorsky (tenores), Eva Randová (meio-soprano), Marie Mrazová (contralto),
Václav Zitek (barítono), Dalibor Jedlicka (baixo)
Vienna State Opera Chorus
Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
Charles Mackerras
Decca 414 483-2
(1982)

Benjamin Britten
Gloriana.
J. Barstow, Y. Kenny, J. Watson (sopranos), P. Langridge, J. M.
Ainsley (tenores), D. Jones (meio-soprano), J. Williams,
D. Gill (vocais), J. Summers (barítono), B. Terfel (baixo-barítono),
W. White (baixo)
Chorus of the Welsh National Opera
Orchestra of the Welsh National Opera
Charles Mackerras
Argo 440213-2

Franz Schubert
Symphony No.10 in D, D936 (realized Newbould). Symphonic
fragments - in D, D615; in D, D708 (orch. Newbould).
Scottish Chamber Orchestra
Charles Mackerras
Hyperion CDA67000
(1997)

Antonín Dvorák
Rusalka, Op.114/B203.
Renée Fleming, Eva Urbanová, Zdena Kloubová, Lívia Aghová,
Hannah Minutillo (sopranos), Ben Heppner,
Ivan Kusnjer (tenores), Franz Hawlata (barítono), Dana
Buresová, DoloraZajick (meios-sopranos)
Kuhn Mixed Choir
Czech Philharmonic Orchestra
Charles Mackerras
Decca 460 568-2
(1998)

Josef Suk
A Summer's Tale, Op.29. Fantastic Scherzo, Op.25.
Czech Philharmonic Orchestra
Charles Mackerras
Decca 466 443-2
(1997)

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Piano Concertos - No.20 in D minor, K466; No.24 in C minor, K491.
Alfred Brendel (piano)
Scottish Chamber Orchestra
Charles Mackerras
Philips 462 622-2
(1998)

Leos Janácek
Osud.
Helen Field, Kathryn Harries (sopranos), Philip Langridge,
Peter Bronder, Stuart Kale (tenores)
Welsh National Opera Chorus
Welsh National Opera Orchestra
Charles Mackerras
Chandos CHAN3029
(1989)

Johannes Brahms
Serenades - No.1 in D major, Op.11 (1857-8);
No.2 in A major, Op.16 (1858-9, rev. 1875).
Scottish Chamber Orchestra
Charles Mackerras
Telarc CD80522
(1998)

Jules Massenet
Werther.
Janet Baker (meio-soprano), Joy Roberts (soprano), John Brecknock,
Terry Jenkins (tenores), Patrick Wheatley (barítono), Harold Blackburn,
John Tomlinson (baixos)
English National Opera Chorus
English National Opera Orchestra
Charles Mackerras
Chandos CHAN3033
(1977)

Renée Fleming
Arias by Puccini, Leoncavallo, Cilea, Catalani, Massenet, Bizet, Gounod,
Verdi and Bellini.
Renée Fleming (soprano)
London Voices
London Philharmonic Orchestra
Charles Mackerras
Decca 467 049-2

Leos Janácek
Sarka.
Eva Urbanová (soprano), Peter Straka, Jaroslav Brezina (tenores),
Iván Kusnjer (barítono)
Prague Philharmonic Chorus
Czech Philharmonic Orchestra
Charles Mackerras
Supraphon SU3485-2
(2000)

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Arias from Cosi fan tutte, Le nozze di Figaro, Idomeneo and Don Giovanni.
Bella mia fiamma, K528.
Barbara Frittoli (soprano)
Scottish Chamber Orchestra
Charles Mackerras
Erato 8573 86207-2

Gaetano Donizetti
Roberto Devereux.
Beverly Sills (soprano), Robert Ilosfalvy, Kenenth MacDonald (tenores),
Peter Glossop (barítono), Beverly Wolff (meio-sorpano), Don Garrard,
Gwynne Howell, Richard van Allan (baixos)
Ambrosian Opera Chorus
Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
Charles Mackerras
Deutsche Grammophon Westminster Legacy 471 224-2
(1969)

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Piano Concertos - No.9 in E flat, 'Jeunehomme', K271; No.25 in C, K503.
Alfred Brendel (piano)
Scottish Chamber Orchestra
Charles Mackerras
Philips 470 287-2
(2001)

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Idomeneo.
Ian Bostridge, A. Rolfe Johnson, P. Charles Clarke (tenores), L. Hunt
Lieberson (meio-soprano), Lisa Milne, Barbara Frittoli (sopranos),
John Relyea (baixo)
Edinburgh Festival Chorus
Scottish Chamber Orchestra
Charles Mackerras
EMI CDS5 57260-2
(2001)

Georg Friedrich Händel
Berenice, HWV38 - Overture (arr. Whittaker). Concerto a due cori
in F, HWV333 (arr. Mackerras). Concertos - in D, HWV335a.
Wind Ensemble
London Symphony Orchestra
Pro Arte Orchestra
Charles Mackerras
Testament SBT1253
(1956, 1959, 1976)

Frederick Delius
Paris - Song of a Great City. Double Concerto. Cello Concerto.
Tasmin Little (violino), Raphael Wallfisch (violoncelo)
Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra
Charles Mackerras
Classics for Pleasure 5 75803-2
(1991)

Leos Janácek
Sinfonietta. The Cunning Little Vixen - Suite. Taras Bulba.
Jealousy. Sárka - Overture. Kát'a Kabanová - Prelude. Schluk und Jau.
Czech Philharmonic Orchestra
Charles Mackerras
Supraphon SU3739-2

Giuseppe Verdi
Alzira - Overture. Nabucco - Overture. La forza del destino - Overture.
The Lady and the Fool (arr. Mackerras).
Philharmonia Orchestra
Charles Mackerras
Testament SBT1326
(1956-58)

Leos Janácek
Jenufa.
J. Watson, J. Barstow, R. Hay, C. Hampton (sopranos), N. Robson,
P. Wedd (tenores), C. Ellet, M. McCullough (meios-sopranos),
E. Vaughan (contralto), N. Davies (barítono), A. Fairs (baixo)
Welsh National Opera Chorus
Welsh National Opera Orchestra
Charles Mackerras
Chandos CHAN3106
(2003)

Antonín Dvorák
Symphony No.6 in D, B112. The Golden Spinning-Wheel, B197.
Czech Philharmonic Orchestra
Charles Mackerras
Supraphon SU3771-2

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
The Magic Flute.
Rebecca Evans, Elizabeth Vidal, Lesley Garrett, Majella Cullagh (sopranos),
Barry Banks, John Graham-Hall (tenores), Simon Keenlyside (barítono),
John Tomlinson, Christopher Purves (baixos)
Geoffrey Mitchell Choir
London Philharmonic Orchestra
Charles Mackerras
Chandos CHAN3121
(2004)

Béla Bartók
Divertimento. Music for Strings, Percussion and Celesta.
Zoltan Kodály
Dances from Galánta.
Scottish Chamber Orchestra
Charles Mackerras
Linn Records CKD234
(2004)

Bedrich Smetana
The Bartered Bride.
Susan Gritton, Yvette Bonner (sopranos), P. C. Clarke, Timothy Robinson,
Robin Leggate (tenoress), Peter Rose, Geoffrey Moses. K. Hesketh-Harvey
(baixos), Neal Davies (barítono), Diane Montague (meio-soprano)
Royal Opera House Chorus
Philharmonia Orchestra
Charles Mackerras
Chandos CHAN3128
(2004)

'Mozart the Supreme Decorator'
Johann Christian Bach
Adriano in Siria - Cara, la dolce fiamma (3 versions). La clemenza di
Scipione - Infelice in van m'affano; Deh, quel pianto omai tergete.
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Non sò d'onde viene, K294 (2 versions). La Clemenza di Tito - Ah perdona al primo affetto. Die Entführung aus dem serail - Martern...
Majella Cullagh, Elizabeth Futral (sopranos), Diana Montague (meio-soprano)
The Hanover Band
Charles Mackerras
Opera Rara ORR232

'Tutto Mozart'
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Bastien und Bastienne - Diggi, daggi. Così fan tutte - Soave sai il vento;
Il core vi dono. Don Giovanni - Madamina, il catalogo è questo.
Bryn Terfel (baixo-barítono), Miah Persson (soprano),
Christine Rice (meio-soprano)
Scottish Chamber Orchestra
Charles Mackerras
Deutsche Grammophon 477 5886
(2006)

Leos Janácek
The Makropulos Case.
Cheryl Barker, Elena Xanthoudakis (sopranos), Robert Brubaker, John Graham-Hall,
Thomas Walker, Graham Clark (tenores), John Wegner (barítono), Neal Davies
(baixo-barítono), Graham Danby (baixo), Kathleen Wilkinson (contralto), Susanna
Tudor-Thomas (meio-soprano)
English National Opera Chorus
English National Opera Orchestra
Charles Mackerras
Chandos CHAN3138
(2006)

Engelbert Humperdinck
Hansel and Gretel.
Jennifer Larmore, Rosalind Plowright, Diana Montague, Jane Henschel
(meios-sopranos), Rebecca Evans, Sarah Tynan (sopranos), Robert Hayward
(barítono)
New London Children's Choir
Philharmonia Orchestra
Charles Mackerras
Chandos CHAN3143
(2006)

The Beethoven Symphonies
Live from The Edinburgh Festival
Janice Watson (soprano), Catherine Wyn-Rogers (meio-soprano), Stuart
Skelton (tenor), Detlef Roth (baixo)
Edinburgh Festival Chorus
Scottish Chamber Orchestra
Philharmonia Orchestra
Charles Mackerras
Hyperion CDS44301/5
(2006)

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Symphonies 38-41.
Scottish Chamber Orchestra
Charles Mackerras
Linn Records CKD308
(2007)

Leos Janácek
Cunning Little Vixen.
Lucia Popp, J. Janska (sopranos), Eva Randová, G. Jahn, N. Kniplova
(meios-sopranos), Dalibor Jedlicka, J. Joran (baixos), B. Blachut,
Z. Sousek, P. Dvorsky (tenores), J. Sousek (barítono)
Vienna State Opera Chorus
Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
Charles Mackerras
Decca 475 8670

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Cosi fan tutte.
Janice Watson, Lesley Garrett (sopranos), Diana Montague (meio-soprano),
Toby Spence (tenor), Christopher Maltman, Thomas Allen (barítonos)
Geoffrey Mitchell Choir
Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment
Charles Mackerras
Chandos CHAN3152
(2007)

Sydney Opera House Gala Opening Concert
Richard Wagner
Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg - Prelude. Tannhäuser - Dich, teure Halle. Tristan und Isolde - Prelude; Liebestod.
Birgit Nilsson (soprano)
Sydney Symphony Orchestra
Charles Mackerras
ABC Classics
476 6440
(1973)

Antonín Dvorák
Symphony No.7, B141.
Bedrich Smetana
Vltava.
Leos Janácek
Sinfonietta.
Richard Strauss
Also sprach Zatrathustra.
Sydney Symphony Orchestra
Charles Mackerras
Sydney Symphony SSO200705
(2007)

Bohuslav Martinu
Three Fragments from 'Julietta', H253a. Suite from the opera 'Julietta', H253b.
Michele Lagrange (soprano), Magdalena Kozená (meio-sorpano), Steve
Davislim (tenor), Alain Vernhes (barítono), Frédéric Goncalves (baixo-barítono)
Czech Philharmonic Orchestra
Charles Mackerras
Supraphon SU3994-2
(2009)

Alfred Brendel
The Farewell Concerts.
Alfred Brendel (piano)
Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
Charles Mackerras
Decca 478 2116
(2008)


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