Marriner And The Academy: 20th Century Classics

Academy of St Martin in the Fields, Sir Neville Marriner

Marriner And The Academy: 20th Century Classics
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Marriner And The Academy: 20th Century Classics

Academy of St Martin in the Fields, Sir Neville Marriner

March 2011: 50th anniversary of the first recording by Neville Marriner and The Academy of St Martin in the Fields for Decca’s L'Oiseau-Lyre label [Concerti grossi by Handel, Torelli, Albicastro and Locatelli]

March 1964: first recording by Marriner and The Academy on ARGO [Handel: Concerti grossi, op.3] - the start of a very remarkable recording partnership that extended to other labels [most notably PHILIPS]

Over a period of 40 years Marriner and The Academy made over 300 recordings but it is the association with DECCA / ARGO that was so unique and resulted in a huge catalogue of recordings of Baroque and Classical repertory - many of which remain in the catalogue today.

Between 1967-77 a distinguished series of recordings of late 19th- and 20th-century repertory established themselves as classics of the gramophone. This 50th anniversary edition presents a selection of these albums in repertory that ranges from Wagner to Stravinsky, Bartók and Shostakovich.

Each CD is presented in a sleeve with a replica of the original LP cover.

Wagner, Walton & Hindemith works receive their first international CD release

Review

I feel very privileged to have met Sir Neville Marriner in 2009 when he visited the Carlton store. A brilliant speaker, his stories were not only insightful but also poignant and amusing. Since then I’ve been listening to many of his recordings with the Academy of St Martin in the Fields and I don’t think I’ve yet been disappointed. This box set features recordings between 1967 and 1977 and are all works, as the sub-title suggests, from the 20th Century. And what a way to introduce someone to the music of some of the geniuses of classical music! Stravinsky, Bartok, Walton, Bizet, Butterworth, Barber and more. The majority of the recordings are tonal in composition (not a lot of experimental or Viennese Second School on here) but all are musically stunning works. With musicians like this presenting it, you simply cannot go wrong.

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