- A recording of Sir Charles Mackerras' gala 80th birthday concert in the Smetana Hall of the Municipal House in Prague, September, 2005. - Sir Charles Mackerras conducted the Prague Symphony Orchestra
after many years. - Dvořák's Symphonies Nos 8 and 9 add to Sir Charles Mackerras' discography. Sir Charles Mackerras pays tribute to Dvořák's genius.
Sir Charles Mackerras is the greatest living interpreter of Czech music. His recordings for the Czech label Supraphon are outstanding for their textural transparency, expert use of rubato and rich expressivity. This live recording of Dvorak’s Eighth and Ninth Symphonies is a model of how to combine the technical perfection of the studio with the dynamism of performances. The depth of tone in the woodwind section is remarkable, as is the brilliance of the brass and the blend of the strings. Committed playing, lithe conducting, and a lifetime’s musical experience on one-disc. Anna Picard – Independent On Sunday- 12 Feb 2006.