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Remembering Charles Mackerras | reviews, news & interviews

Remembering Charles Mackerras

Remembering Charles Mackerras

Tributes to the great conductor who died last week at the age of 84

Sir Charles Mackerras: 'It was the nationalistic DNA in music that Charles was so quick to realise in performance'

Perhaps we can drop the "sir" here, as he preferred, though most of the contributors below only knew him in his knighted later years. No death of a musical great, at least since the departure of Mstislav Rostropovich, has caused such a flurry of tributes and reminiscences, even if many of us were long prepared for the end and marvelled at the way he soldiered on to give more great performances in his final year. Tributes from Kit Armstrong, Isobel Buchanan, Colin Currie, Sir John Eliot Gardiner, Edward Gardner, Linda Esther Gray, Roy McEwan, David Nice, Peter Rose and Edward Seckerson.

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Good tribute. I too have many memories of Charles, both of his electric performances on the podium and of the occasions when I was lucky enough to meet him. He is a massive loss to the musical life of this country; he was unique, irreplaceable and I shall miss him terribly. I've written my own tribute here: Tam Pollard Where's Runnicles

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