Kaleidoscope – An Orchestral Extravaganza
Charles Mackerras
Label
Decca
Catalogue No.
4829360
Barcode
00028948293605
Format
2-CD
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CD 1
JOHANN STRAUSS I (1804–1849)
Radetzky-Marsch

JOHANN STRAUSS II (1825–1899)
Die Fledermaus – Overture
Der Zigeunerbaron – Overture

JOHANNES BRAHMS (1833–1897)
Hungarian Dances Nos. 1, 20* & 21*

JACQUES OFFENBACH (1819–1880)
Overture & Can-Can (Orphée aux enfers)

PIOTR ILYICH TCHAIKOVSKY (1840–1893)
Cossack Dance (Mazeppa)

BEDŘICH SMETANA (1824–1884)
Dance of the Comedians (The Bartered Bride)

OTTO NICOLAI (1810–1849)
Die lustigen Weiber von Windsor – Overture

CARL MARIA VON WEBER (1786–1826)
Abu Hassan – Overture

AMBROISE THOMAS (1811–1896)
Mignon – Overture

FRANZ VON SUPPÉ (1819–1895)
Banditenstreiche – Overture

CD 2
CARL MARIA VON WEBER (1786–1826)
Aufforderung zum Tanz

GIACOMO MEYERBEER (1791–1864)
Coronation March (Le Prophète)

MIKHAIL IVANOVICH GLINKA (1804–1857)
Jota Aragonesa (Caprice brillant)
London Symphony Orchestra

EDVARD GRIEG (1843–1907)
Two Elegiac Melodies*
Cowkeeper’s Tune & Country Dance*
Wedding Day at Troldhaugen*

JEAN SIBELIUS (1865–1957)
Valse triste
Elegy & Musette (King Christian Suite)
Entr’acte (Pelléas et Mélisande)
Finlandia, Op. 26
London Proms Symphony Orchestra

* FIRST CD RELEASE ON DECCA

Recording information

Recording Director: Wilma Cozart (Nicolai, Tchaikovsky, Smetana, Brahms, Offenbach, Suppé, Weber, Meyerbeer, Johann Strauss I, Thomas, Weber/Berlioz, Glinka)
Musical Supervisor: Harold Lawrence (Nicolai, Tchaikovsky, Smetana, Brahms, Offenbach, Suppé, Weber, Meyerbeer, Johann Strauss I, Thomas, Weber/Berlioz, Glinka)
Recording Producers: Vittorio Negri (Johann Strauss II); Michael Williamson (Grieg, Sibelius)
Chief Engineer and Technical Supervisor: C. Robert Fine (Nicolai, Tchaikovsky, Smetana, Brahms, Offenbach, Weber, Meyerbeer, Johann Strauss I, Thomas, Weber/Berlioz, Glinka)
Associate Engineer: Robert Eberenz (Nicolai, Tchaikovsky, Smetana, Brahms, Offenbach, Weber, Meyerbeer, Johann Strauss I, Thomas, Weber/Berlioz, Glinka)
Balance Engineers: Vittorio Negri (Johann Strauss II); Kenneth Wilkinson (Grieg, Sibelius)
Record Locations: Walthamstow Assembly Hall, London, UK, 26, 27, 30 March 1958 (Grieg, Sibelius), 19 July 1961 (Nicolai), 21 July 1961 (Weber/Berlioz, Meyerbeer, Johann Strauss I), 22 July 1961 (Tchaikovsky, Glinka), 23 July 1961 (Thomas, Smetana, Brahms, Offenbach, Weber, Suppé); Wembley Town Hall, London, UK, 12–15 January 1965 (Johann Strauss II)
Original Releases: Philips PHM 500022 (Nicolai, Tchaikovsky, Smetana, Brahms, Offenbach: Overture, Weber): November 1962; PHM 500105 (Meyerbeer, Johann Strauss I, Thomas, Offenbach: Can-Can, Suppé): April 1966; 835338 AY (Johann Strauss II: Die Fledermaus): 1965; 6539 043 (Weber/Berlioz): 1977 (France only) / 6527 071 (international): August 1981; 837063 GY (Johann Strauss II: Der Zigeunerbaron): 1966 (Germany only) / 6747 176: May 1975 (international); 7506 006 (Glinka): January 1972 (cassette only – not released on LP); Decca SPA 91 (Grieg, Sibelius): August 1970 (previously released on RCA LM 2336: September 1959)

Reviews

“Mackerras has a way with this music. His performances are spirited, and he elicits crisp, clean sounds from the orchestra … A most faithful recording, with exceptionally naturalistic, resinous sounds from the strings.” High Fidelity, February 1963 (‘Kaleidoscope’)

“The performances reveal all the zest, colour and care for detail that have been a hallmark of Mackerras’s music-making ever since … The sound was in the demonstration bracket in its time and remains remarkable for its tangibility.” Gramophone, December 1995 (‘Kaleidoscope’)

Mackerras finds just the right touch.’ Fanfare, September 2006 (Grieg)