Sir Neville Marriner

Conductor

Sir Neville Marriner

Born in Lincoln in 1924, Marriner studied in London, Paris and Maine and began his working life as a violinist. He founded the Academy of St Martin in the Fields (named after the Trafalgar Square church where the ensemble gave its first concert) in 1959 and together they have enjoyed a prolific recording career on labels such as Decca, Philips and EMI Classics, embracing repertoire from Corelli to Stravinsky, with Mozart and twentieth-century English music as specialities. Marriner’s career has also taken him to the States and mainland Europe, with conducting posts in Los Angeles, Minnesota and Stuttgart.

Marriner was knighted in 1985, following a CBE six years earlier; now in his tenth decade, he continues to perform and record widely.

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Arne, CPE Bach & JC Bach: Harpsichord Concertos

Arne, CPE Bach & JC Bach: Harpsichord Concertos


Arne:

Keyboard Concerto No. 5 in G minor

played on harpsichord

Harpsichord Sonata No. 1

FIRST RELEASE ON CD

Overture 1 in E minor

Bach, C P E:

Sinfonia in B flat major, Wq. 182/2 (H658)

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Twelve Variationen über die Folie d'Espagne, Wq118/9/H263

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Harpsichord Concerto in C minor, Wq. 43/4 (H474)

Bach, J C:

Harpsichord Concerto in A major, T 297/l(ii)


There were many worlds in George Malcolm’s (1917–1997) universe – organist, harpsichordist, pianist, composer, choral director and conductor – and this one demonstrates his unique skill as a solo performer who, throughout his career, more than any other individual defined the harpsichord’s identity in England. After World War II Malcolm became the most famous English harpsichordist of his day, with a brilliant technique, superb musicianship and an idiosyncratically modern approach to playing which, for his audiences, came to exemplify the very nature of the instrument itself. In celebration of the centenary of his birth (28 February 1917).

The present release explores George Malcolm’s work from the 1960s as soloist with the Academy of St. Martin in the Fields in concertos by Carl Philipp Emanuel, Johann Christian Bach and Thomas Arne. In addition to the concertos there are also samples of Malcolm’s brilliant solo playing, including the F-major Sonata by Arne (as close to Scarlatti as an English composer ever came) and an exotic set of variations on ‘Les Folies d’Espagne’ by C.P.E. Bach. His brilliant, mercurial style is well suited to the younger generation Bachs, so different in outlook from their famous father and his dense, contrapuntal language. These recordings of the solo works and the J.C. Bach concerto were made using a large two-manual Goble harpsichord, while the familiar sound of the Thomas Goff instrument is heard in the concertos by C.P.E. Bach and Arne.

Notes are by Peter Watchorn, an Australian-born, US-based harpsichordist, one of whose teachers, Harold Lobb, was also an associate of Malcolm.

‘a stimulating record … splendidly recorded. The brilliance of both composers is most effectively conveyed and the wildness of some of the modulations and the mercurial quality of the faster movements of both the Bach symphony and concerto are arresting’ (Arne, C.P.E. Bach) Gramophone, November 1968

‘George Malcolm plays [the C.P.E. Bach concerto] with his usual astonishing expertise, and he is also superb in the variations on “La folia” by the same composer. Much of the credit in this excellent disc must be given to the string playing by Neville Marriner and his players … the Academy of St. Martin in the Fields sound [is] marvellously alive and buoyant … Argo are to be warmly congratulated’ (Arne, C.P.E. Bach) Gramophone, July 1968

‘[the J.C. Bach Concerto] is splendidly played here, with strong rhythms and plenty of nervous vitality … the recording is excellent.’ (J.C. Bach) Gramophone, October 1969

“George Malcolm plays [the C.P.E. Bach concerto] with his usual astonishing expertise, and he is also superb in the variations on “La folia” by the same composer. Much of the credit in this excellent disc must be given to the string playing by Neville Marriner and his players … the Academy of St. Martin in the Fields sound [is] marvellously alive and buoyant … Argo are to be warmly congratulated” Gramophone Magazine

“George Malcolm plays [the C.P.E. Bach concerto] with his usual astonishing expertise, and he is also superb in the variations on “La folia” by the same composer. Much of the credit in this excellent disc must be given to the string playing by Neville Marriner and his players … the Academy of St. Martin in the Fields sound [is] marvellously alive and buoyant … Argo are to be warmly congratulated” Gramophone Magazine, July 1968 (Arne, CPE Bach)

“[the J.C. Bach Concerto] is splendidly played here, with strong rhythms and plenty of nervous vitality … the recording is excellent.” Gramophone Magazine, October 1969 (JC Bach)

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Boyce: Symphonies Nos. 1-8, Op. 2

Boyce: Symphonies Nos. 1-8, Op. 2


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Richard Strauss: Don Juan

Richard Strauss: Don Juan

and other works


Strauss, R:

Don Juan, Op. 20

Till Eulenspiegels lustige Streiche, Op. 28

Der Rosenkavalier - Suite

Capriccio


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Mozart: Piano Concertos Nos. 12 & 17

Mozart: Piano Concertos Nos. 12 & 17


Mozart:

Piano Concerto No. 12 in A major, K414

Piano Concerto No. 17 in G major, K453


Austrian pianist Alfred Brendel is one of the most important exponents of the German-Viennese classic and romantic traditions, whose intellectual rigor and poetic spirit has enriched the public for more than 60 years.

The main focus throughout his extensive concert and recording career has been on interpreting Haydn, Mozart, Beethoven, Schubert, Schumann and Brahms.

Being one of the founding fathers of the German-Viennese classical tradition, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s contribution to music history speaks for itself. More specifically, one of his greatest achievements in composition is the piano concerto. While improvising and experimenting from the keyboard, he masterly combined instrumental and operatic styles. This interaction between instrumental and operatic elements can particularly be heard in the last movement of Mozart’s Piano Concerto No. 17, which on this album is coupled with his Piano Concerto No. 12. This latest release in PENTATONE’s remastered Classics series presents a 1970 Philips Classics recording of the two piano concertos in a performance by Alfred Brendel, with the Academy of St Martin in the Fields conducted by Sir Neville Marriner.

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Alfred Brendel, the Academy of St Martin in the Fields and Sir Neville Marriner. It doesn’t get much better than that.

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Paradisum: Serene Sacred Songs

Paradisum: Serene Sacred Songs


Bach, J S:

Cantata BWV147 'Herz und Mund und Tat und Leben': Jesu, bleibet meine Freude

The Choir of King’s College, Cambridge

Magnificat in D major, BWV243: Quia respexit humilitatem

Angela Gheorghiu (soprano)

Bernstein:

A Simple Song (from Mass)

Bruckner:

Os justi meditabitur sapientiam

Voces8

Caccini, G:

Ave Maria

Elina Garanca (mezzo)

Fauré:

Requiem: Pie Jesu

Renee Fleming (soprano)

Requiem: In Paradisum

Sir Neville Marriner

Cantique de Jean Racine, Op. 11

The Choir of King’s College, Cambridge

Franck, C:

Panis Angelicus

Luciano Pavarotti (tenor)

Gjeilo:

The Ground

Renee Fleming (soprano)

Gounod:

Repentir (O Divine Redeemer)

Kiri Te Kanawa (soprano)

Ave Maria

Juan Diego Florez (tenor)

Handel:

Ombra mai fu (from Serse)

Andreas Scholl (countertenor)

Lloyd Webber, A:

Requiem: Pie Jesu

Anna Netrebko (soprano)

Mascagni:

Sancta Maria

Andrea Bocelli (tenor)

Mendelssohn:

Auf Flügeln des Gesanges, Op. 34 No. 2

Angela Gheorghiu (soprano)

Mozart:

Ave verum corpus, K618

The Choir of King’s College, Cambridge

Requiem in D minor, K626 - Lacrimosa

Vesperae Solennes de Confessore, K339: Laudate Dominum

Felicity Palmer (soprano)

Rachmaninov:

Vespers, Op. 37: Khvalite imya Godpodne

How fair this spot, Op. 21 No. 7

Anna Netrebko (soprano)

Ramirez, A:

Misa Criolla: Kyrie

Jose Carreras (tenor)

Schubert:

Ave Maria, D839

Luciano Pavarotti (tenor)

Du bist die Ruh D776 (Rückert)

Bryn Terfel (bass-baritone)

Mille Cherubini in coro

Andrea Bocelli (tenor)

Tavener:

Song for Athene

The Holst Singers

Vivaldi:

Larghetto from "Nulla in Mundo pax sincera"

Emma Kirkby (soprano)

Wagner:

Der Engel (No. 1 from Wesendonck-Lieder)

Jonas Kaufmann (tenor)

Whitacre:

Lux aurumque


This 2CD collection brings together the calmest and most thoughtful sacred songs ever written, performed by the world’s greatest singers including Andrea Bocelli, Luciano Pavarotti, Jonas Kaufmann, Anna Netrebko, Renée Fleming, José Carreras and Bryn Terfel.

Composers range from Mozart and Bach to the contemporary cool of today’s great writers such as Eric Whitacre and Ola Gjeilo.

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Mozart: Double Piano Concertos

Mozart: Double Piano Concertos


Mozart:

Concerto for Three Pianos & Orchestra, K242 (Version for Two Pianos)

Concerto for 2 Pianos and Orchestra No. 10 in E flat, K365

Sonata for Piano duet in D major, K381


Lucas Jussen (piano), Arthur Jussen (piano)

Academy of St. Martin in the Fields, Sir Neville Marriner

“It’s not quite that only their mother can tell them apart, but on hearing them play these two duet concertos, even she might struggle...The Jussen boys have found perhaps the perfect collaborator in Sir Neville Marriner, who has conducted more Mozart than most; the Academy acquit themselves well.” Gramophone Magazine, January 2016

GGramophone Magazine

Editor's Choice - January 2016

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Tchaikovsky: String Quartets Nos. 1-3 & Souvenir de Florence

Tchaikovsky: String Quartets Nos. 1-3 & Souvenir de Florence


Tchaikovsky:

String Quartet No. 1 in D major, Op. 11

Gabrieli String Quartet

String Quartet No. 2 in F major, Op. 22

Gabrieli String Quartet

String Quartet No. 3 in E flat minor, Op. 30

Gabrieli String Quartet

Souvenir de Florence, Op. 70

arranged for string orchestra

Academy of St. Martin in the Fields, Sir Neville Marriner


Although the orchestra was the most natural vehicle for Tchaikovsky’s colourful and emotionally highly-charged music, in his string quartets (all dating from the 1870s) he showed a fine understanding of the medium and adopted a more purely musical train of thought – deriving in part from his deep fondness for the classical world of Mozart – without losing his own personality. Souvenir de Florence, his string sextet, dates from 1890–91 and Tchaikovsky confided in his friend Alexander Siloti that he feared he was thinking in orchestral terms before arranging his ideas for string sextet; the work is performed here in a version for string orchestra, from a much-praised Argo recording with the Academy of St. Martin in the Fields, which went on to win an EDISON AWARD.

‘beautifully natural and well-blended sound’ (String Quartets)

“The Gabrieli's survey of Tchaikovsky's String Quartets is more lyrical than dramatic, while a slow-burning string-ensemble performance of Souvenir de Florence makes a useful filler.” BBC Music Magazine, September 2014 ***

“beautifully natural and well-blended sound” Gramophone Classical Music Guide, 1978 (String Quartets)

“the Gabrielis give a finely conceived performance, producing well-blended tonal quality” Penguin Guide

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Martin Stadtfeld plays Mendelssohn, Schumann & Bach

Martin Stadtfeld plays Mendelssohn, Schumann & Bach


Bach, J S:

St Matthew Passion, BWV244: Wir setzen uns mit tranen nieder

Cantata BWV147 'Herz und Mund und Tat und Leben': Jesu, bleibet meine Freude

Busoni:

Nun komm der heiden Heiland' (after Bach, BWV659)

Mendelssohn:

Piano Concerto No. 1 in G minor, Op. 25

Academy of St. Martin in the Fields, Sir Neville Marriner

Variations sérieuses in D minor Op. 54

Song without Words, Op. 62 No. 6 in A major 'Spring Song'

Song without Words, Op. 30 No. 6 in F sharp minor 'Venezianisches Gondellied No. 2'

Song without Words, Op. 85 No. 4 in D major

Song without Words No. 49 for Piano in D minor 'Horseman's Song'

Song without Words, Op. 67 No. 1 in E flat major

Song without Words, Op. 38 No. 2 in C minor

Song without Words, Op. 38 No. 6 in A flat major 'Duetto'

Song without Words, Op. 19b No. 1 in E major 'Sweet Remembrance'

Song without Words, Op. 67 No. 4 in C major 'Spinning Song' or 'Bee's Wedding'

Song without Words, Op. 53 No. 4 in F major

Schumann:

Erinnerung


Martin Stadtfeld (piano)

Martin Stadtfeld performs Mendelssohn, Schumann & Bach, with the renowned Academy of St. Martin in the Fields, under its founder, Sir Neville Marriner. This is the first Mendelssohn (1809-1847) disc from acclaimed, award winning German pianist Stadtfeld, who caused a stir in 2002, becoming the first German to win the 'International Bach Competition' in Leipzig. There are two CD's, with disc one being a x13 piece body of Mendelssohns work & then a bonus disc two containing x4 pieces of work, covering Schumann & Bach.

“Martin Stadtfeld is a classy pianist who is clearly at home in these delightful Mendelssohn scores with the First Piano Concerto being particularly successful.” MusicWeb International, 11th June 2013

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Christmas with the Academy

Christmas with the Academy


Bach, J S:

Christmas Oratorio, BWV248: Sinfonia 'Hirtenmusik'

Berlioz:

L'Enfance du Christ, Op. 25 - L'Adieu des bergers

L'Enfance du Christ, Op. 25: Le Repos de la Sainte Famille

Church Bells – Past Three a Clock

O Come, All Ye Faithful

Dino Dong! Merrily on High

In the Bleak Midwinter

Once in Royal David’s City

Sussex Carol

Quelle est cette odeur agréable?

Il est né le divin enfant

Es ist ein Ros’ entsprungen

Stille Nacht

Still, still, still

Singt und klingt

The Holly and the Ivy

The Three Kings

Tomorrow Shall Be My Dancing Day

Away in a Manger

Christmas Song (Personent hodie)

In dulci jubilo

Jesus Christ the Apple Tree

Hark! The Herald-angels Sing – Church bells


Academy & Chorus of St. Martin in the Fields, Sir Neville Marriner

The story of the birth of Jesus more than two thousand years ago has been the source of inspiration for countless poets and musicians, as well as practitioners of other forms of art. The infant, born of a virgin in a lowly cattle shed, because there was no room in the inn; the angel of the Lord appearing to shepherds in the field and bringing them tidings of great joy; three kings, led by a star, bearing their precious gifts of gold, frankincense and myrrh: these are elements of the Gospel narrative which have rekindled the imagination of successive creative artists, providing a wealth of vocal and instrumental music with which to celebrate the festival of Christmas.

The music, which is sung and played today in Christian churches and in concert halls, spans several centuries and embraces many styles, ranging from elaborate works such as the Weihnachts-Oratorium (Christmas Oratorio) by Johann Sebastian Bach and L’enfance du Christ (The Childhood of Christ) by Hector Berlioz to simple hymns and carols.

With their typical clean, vital, buoyant style, Neville Marriner and the Academy bring a liveliness and joy to this selection, which begins and ends with the sound of church bells, and interweaves favourite carols with Christmas classics by Bach and Berlioz.

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Tchaikovsky: Complete Orchestral Suites

Tchaikovsky: Complete Orchestral Suites


Tchaikovsky:

Suite No. 1 in D minor, Op. 43

Suite No. 2 in C major, Op. 53

Suite No. 3 in G major, Op.55

Suite No. 4 in G major, Op.61 'Mozartiana'


The complete 4 Orchestral Suites of Tchaikovsky on 2 CD’s. Tchaikovsky’s Suites are his most “western” works, his imagination and creativity set free from the restrictions of formal genres (symphonies, sonatas). They contain delightful music, with hints of ballet music and inspirations from other composers (the 4th suite Mozartiana is based on themes by Mozart). Performed with wit, charm, transparency and gusto by Sir Neville Marriner and the Stuttgart RSO. Born in the small town of Votkinsk in 1840, Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky achieved considerable renown during his own lifetime and is today hailed as one of the world’s best-loved composers.

Having initially studied law before enrolling at the St Petersburg Conservatory aged 22, he is best remembered for his symphonies, operas and ballets; ranking among his lesser-known creations, however, are the Four Orchestral Suites, to which this excellent two-disc set is dedicated. The works are best viewed as an outlet for unrestricted musical fantasy, and indeed Tchaikovsky wrote to his patron Nadezhda von Meck that he valued the genre of the orchestral suite precisely because of the ‘freedom … it leaves the composer not to be bound by all sorts of traditions.’ Composed in 1878–9 and 1883 respectively, Nos. 1 and 2 descend from the Baroque model, with Tchaikovsky paying homage to Bach and Telemann through the use of such idiomatic devices as the fugue – as heard in the opening movement of the First Orchestral Suite. Whereas the Second is distinguished for its careful attention to texture (including the addition of four accordions), the Third (1884) is particularly lauded for its Theme and Variations finale – a movement that was often performed on its own, such was its universal popularity. Taking the form of a musical tribute to the composer Tchaikovsky most admired is the ‘Mozartiana’ Suite, written in 1887.

A work that faithfully adapts some of the Austrian’s best-known compositions, it presents a charming conclusion to an engaging cycle which – brimming with all the hallmarks of the Russian’s style – is performed with authority under the expert baton of Sir Neville Marriner. All in all, this compilation is a must-buy for anyone wishing to delve deeper into the rich world of 19th-century orchestral music.

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