CHARLES MACKERRAS

Edited by NIGEL SIMEONE and JOHN TYRRELL
336pp 44 ILLUS 2015 LIST PRICE: £25.00 AA49

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Comprising a brief biography and chapters written by those who worked with him, such as Janet Baker and Alfred Brendel, this is a celebration of an exceptional, creative life. By the time of his death in 2010 at the age of 84, Sir Charles Mackerras had developed into a conductor of major international significance. His last thirty years saw the coming to fruition of many cherished projects: not only the Janácek operas but the Gilbert and Sullivan series, the Mozart operas, the two Beethoven cycles, other projects with the Scottish Chamber Orchestra and at the Royal Opera House and the Met. Unspoilt by fame, and undeterred by personal tragedies and physical frailty, he remained productive and inventive: music-making was a joyous oxygen that kept him going right to the end.