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Australian Masters - Mackerras Sydney Opera House 1973 Opening Concert
Australian Masters - Mackerras Sydney Opera House 1973 Opening Concert (ABC Classics 476 6440)
SKU: 12743
AU $31.77

Label: ABC Classics Cat. No.: 476 6440 Medium: CD & DVD No. Discs: 2

View concert extract on YouTube.

One of the most famous nights in Australian music occurred in September 1973 when Sir Charles Mackerras conducted the Sydney Symphony Orchestra in the first public concert to be staged in the Concert Hall of the Sydney Opera House. In front of a packed, emotion-charged house, the great Australian conductor made a triumphant homecoming in an all-Wagner concert that sent the critics searching for superlatives.

Now for the first time, ABC Classics is releasing the entire concert on CD. Featuring the greatest Wagnerian soprano of the twentieth century, Birgit Nilsson, as soloist, the concert provided an electrifying opening for the iconic building. Thirty-five years on, the excitement remains palpable and Mackerras' ability to bring the best out of the Orchestra of which he himself had once been a member remains awe-inspiring.

Included in this Australian Masters package is a bonus DVD (Format PAL All Regions) featuring television footage of the concert's second half. A priceless memento of a great day in Australian music, it captures two master-artists at the height of their creative powers with an orchestra playing at its peak.

Artists: Birgit Nilsson (soprano).
Composers: Wagner.
Conductors: Sir Charles Mackerras.
Orchestras: Sydney Symphony Orchestra.
Tracks: RICHARD WAGNER (1813-1883)
Prelude (Die Meistersinger von Nurnberg)
Dich, teure Halle (Tannhauser)
Prelude and Liebestod (Tristan und Isolde)
Siegfried's Journey to the Rhine | Siegfried's Funeral March | Brunnhilde's Immolation Scene (Gotterdammerung)
Medium: CD & DVD
No. of Discs: 2
SKU #: 12743
Label: ABC Classics
Catalog #: 476 6440
Price: AU $31.77   

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