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Mackerras conducts Haydn with the LSO in 1958

Charles Mackerras conducts vocal and orchestral music by Haydn with the London Symphony Orchestra
Composer Joseph Haydn
Conductor Sir Charles Mackerras
Ensemble London Symphony Orchestra

Charles Mackerras was establishing himself as a conductor in the 50’s, working at Sadlers Wells and with Benjamin Britten.  Later in his career he conducted Haydn with chamber orchestras, such as the Scottish Chamber Orchestra and the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment.  Here he is working with a large ymphony orchestra, but the litheness, the energy and the attack, which were so characteristic of his style are in ample evidence.

Lo speziale (Overture)

Aria di Lindoro, ‘Son pietosa’ (written for ‘Circe’ by Cimarosa)

‘Il mondo della luna’, Finale of Act 2

Cantata: ‘Miseri noi’ (scena)


The original broadcast including these items was on May 6, 1958

The recording is from the collection of Lord Harewood at Music Preserved.

  • Jennifer Vyvyan
  • Ann Dowdall
    ?Mezzo soprano
  • John Whitworth
  • Alexander Young
  • London Symphony Orchestra
  • Charles Mackerras

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