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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Massenet: Ballet Suites

Massenet: Ballet Suites


Massenet:

Le Cid - Ballet music

Thaïs - Ballet music

Cendrillon (Ballet Suite)


Capriccio Encore is a series of re-releases of the most famous recordings from Capriccio’s back catalogue, fully re-mastered and competitively priced. The legendary recordings of artists such as Sandor Végh, Ton Koopman, Sir Neville Marriner and the Vienna Boys’ Choir also contain repertoire highlights that have a particularly special appeal, from the baroque to the present day. This installment in the series features Sir Neville Marriner conducting his Academy of St. Martin In the Fields as they perform ballet suites written by French Romantic composer Jules Emile Frederic Massenet. Massenet was a skilled orchestrator, and willingly wrote ballet episodes for his numerous operas as well as one stand-along ballet. His style with its graceful movement was perfectly suited to classical French ballet.

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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


Capriccio Encore is a series of re-releases of the most famous recordings from Capriccio’s back catalogue, fully re-mastered and competitively priced. The legendary recordings of artists such as Sandor Végh, Ton Koopman, Sir Neville Marriner and the Vienna Boys’ Choir also contain repertoire highlights that have a particularly special appeal, from the baroque to the present day. This Encore release features William Boyce's 8 Symphonies, performed by the Academy of St. Martin in the Fields, lead by Sir Neville Marriner.

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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


Capriccio Encore is a series of re-releases of the most famous recordings from Capriccio’s back catalogue, fully re-mastered and competitively priced. The legendary recordings of artists such as Sandor Végh, Ton Koopman, Sir Neville Marriner and the Vienna Boys’ Choir also contain repertoire highlights that have a particularly special appeal, from the baroque to the present day. This Encore release features iconic works by Richard Strauss performed by the Radio-Sinfonieorchester Stuttgart, lead by Sir Neville Marriner.

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Bizet: Carmen & L'Arlésienne Suites 1 & 2

Bizet: Carmen & L'Arlésienne Suites 1 & 2


Bizet:

Carmen Suite No. 1

Carmen Suite No. 2

L'Arlesienne Suite No. 1

L'Arlésienne Suite No. 2


Georges Bizet, unfortunately for himself, belongs to a group of illustrious composers such as Mozart, Schubert and to a certain degree J.S. Bach who didn’t get to experience the enormous and enduring success of their music during their own lifetimes. Bizet died a sudden and untimely death in June 1875, only three months after the unsuccessful première of his opera Carmen at the Opéra-Comique in Paris. The opera’s première in Vienna in October that same year was a global triumph. Consequently, even though it only took a few more months for Carmen to become an instant success, Bizet didn’t live long enough to see his fame established.

The two Carmen suites were put together after Bizet’s death by a former fellow student of his, Ernest Guiraud. These suites can easily be called a collection of Carmen’s ‘greatest hits’. On this album they are combined with the Arlésienne suites No. 1 and 2, Bizet’s other hugely popular set of orchestral suites, which are taken from the incidental music he composed for L’Arlésienne, a tragedy by French novelist Alphonse Daudet.

In this 1978 recording of the London Symphony Orchestra conducted by Sir Neville Marriner the suites are performed by one of the world’s most renowned orchestras coupled with one of the most distinguished conductors of the 20th century.

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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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Murray Perahia plays Mendelssohn

Murray Perahia plays Mendelssohn


Mendelssohn:

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

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

Piano Concerto No. 2 in D minor, Op. 40

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

Prelude & Fugue for piano in E minor, Op. 35 No. 1

Variations sérieuses in D minor Op. 54

Rondo capriccioso in E major, Op. 14


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Mozart: Complete Violin Concertos & Sinfonia Concertante

Mozart: Complete Violin Concertos & Sinfonia Concertante


Mozart:

Violin Concertos Nos. 1-5 (Complete)

Sinfonia Concertante for Violin, Viola & Orchestra in E flat major, K364

Matthew Lipman (viola)


On this album violinist Rachel Barton Pine, violist Matthew Lipman, the Academy of St Martin in the Fields and Sir Neville Marriner revel in the transcendent beauty and operatic passion of Mozart's music.

In celebration on Mozart's birthday on 27 January and Sir Neville Marriner's 90th year, Billboard chart-topping violinist Rachel Barton Pine performs the five Mozart Violin Concertos, as well as the Sinfonia Concertante, with Sir Neville Marriner and the Academy of St Martin in the Fields. The recording is Pine's first with AVIE Records and marks the recording debut of violist Matthew Lipman, a Rachel Elizabeth Barton Foundation recipient.

Pine continues to perform the complete five Mozart Violin Concertos in a single evening's concert and feels that playing them as a cycle has deepened her relationship with them. She has drawn on a tremendous amount of research in crafting her interpretation. Her study of the composer's operas strengthened her appreciation for the drama and playfulness of Mozart's violin concertos, and she highlights the subtle nuances of the concerti's ever-changing dialogue in her performances. Pine revels in Mozart's gift for improvisation, particularly in the little variations in the repeating rondo theme in the last movement of the A major concerto.

“Barton Pine's set of Mozart Violin Concerts opens with No. 4: an expertly controlled tutti from Neville Marriner sets the stage for the solo entry, but almost immediately there's a feeling of rushing...Barton Pine's tone is warm, but I could wish for more variety...In all five concertos she plays her own cadenzas, which are well tailored, and don't outstay their welcome.” BBC Music Magazine, April 2015 ***

“there is much to enjoy in Barton Pine's sensitive, finely honed performances, especially of Nos. 4 & 5 (plenty of temperament in the latter's 'Turkish' eruption). With a nod to period performance, she articulates crisply and uses vibrato modestly. Marriner, who must have conducted more Mozart than anyone alive, and the ASMF are urbanely attentive in support.” Gramophone Magazine, March 2015

“Barton Pine, in league with the Academy of St Martin in the Fields and the ever-stylish Marriner, reveals that there are subtleties alongside the grace and exuberance that render the music endlessly fascinating and appealing...Barton Pine’s tone is pure, unadulterated by any extraneous affectation, and is ideally matched to the music’s lucid and chamber-like discourse.” The Telegraph, 18th January 2015 ****

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