Various: Neville Marriner: The Argo Years (Decca Classics Audio CDs)

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Neville Marriner: The Argo Years (Decca Classics Audio CDs)

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Academy of St. Martin-in-the-Fields

This 28-CD box set spans the years 1964-1981, and includes a bonus CD of the first recordings from 1961. The collection concentrates on the Argo years, when the pattern for the Academy’s success was set. Winning performances by soloists such as Alan Loveday and Iona Brown — who in 1974 became Marriner’s successor in directing from the violin – were a key part of the fabric of the Academy’s unique sound.

Highlights in this box include the legendary recording of Vivaldi’s Four Seasons, and full performances of Handel’s Messiah and Mozart’s Requiem.

Contents and Reviews


CD1 (1964) HANDEL 6 Concerti grossi Op. 3 CD2 (1967) ROSSINI Sonatas 1-6 CD3 (1967) MENDELSSOHN Octet; BOCCHERINI Quintet CD4 (1967) STRAVINKSKY Pulcinella; Apollon musagète; Capriccio CD5 (1968) STRAUSS Metamorphosen; WAGNER Siegfried-Idyll ; BAERMANN Adagio CD6 (1969) VIVALDI The Four Seasons + Gabrieli / Vejvanovsky CD7 (1969) MENDELSSOHN Piano Concertos; String Symphony No.12 CD8 (1970) DVORAK Serenade for Strings/GRIEG Holberg Suite; TCHAIKOVSKY Serenade CD9 (1970) Bach Suites Nos. 1-4 CD10 (1971) Mozart Symphonies 25 & 29; Mozart Symphonies 26, 27 & 32 CD11 (1973) BIZET Symphony in C / PROKOFIEV Symphony No. 1 CD12-13 (1973) CORELLI, 12 Concerto Grossi, Op.6 CD14-15 (1974) VIVALDI 12 Violin Concertos Op. 4 La Stravaganza, Op.4 CD16 (1975) TELEMANN Suite in G major, Viola Concerto, Overture in D major; (1977) TELEMANN Overture in C major ‘Hamburger Ebb und Flut’ CD17 (1975) BARBER Adagio for Strings, IVES Symphony No. 3, COPLAND Quiet City, COWELL Hymn and Fuguing Tune No.10, CRESTON A Rumor CD18 (1976) BOYCE Symphonies Nos. 1-8 CD19-20 (1976) HANDEL Messiah CD21 (1977) GRIEG Elegiac Melodies, SIBELIUS Valse triste, op.44, NIELSEN Little Suite, op.1, WIRÉN Serenade, op.11, SIBELIUS Rakastava, op.14 CD22 (1977) MOZART Requiem CD23 (1981) MENDELSSOHN Symphonies Nos. 3 & 4 CD24 (1981) FAURÉ Pelléas et Mélisande, op.80; Pavane, op.50; Fantaisie, op.79; Masques et Bergamasques, op.112; TCHAIKOVSKY Sextet in D minor, op.70 “Souvenir de Florence” CD25 (1981) WEBER Symphonies Nos. 1 & 2 CD26 (1983) The English Connection CD27 (1982) The French Connection CD28: Bonus The First Recordings: 1961 (1961-63 L’Oiseau-Lyre recordings)