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21 July 2010

Sir Charles Mackerras

Filed under: Music — admin @ 9:43 pm

Just heard that the great Australian conductor Sir Charles Mackerras died last week. So, while this isn’t my typical blog post (actually the first I’ve posted under ‘Music’ despite it being central to my life), I must say that there have been few (if any) recent musicians I’ve admired more and I’m genuinely sorry to hear of his passing. Can’t remember now if I ever heard him live (while of course that should be a memorable experience, it would be many years ago now if I did), but his wonderful recordings of (amongst others) Mozart, Beethoven and Janacek will surely stand the test of time and I’m listening to Kat’a Kabanova right now.

Might also point the interested towards this official Linn Records video promoting his second double album (both are brilliant!) of Mozart symphonies with the Scottish Chamber Orchestra, which is the last Mackerras recording I bought on its release earlier this year. He was one of the true greats.

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