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Sir Neville Marriner celebrates his 90th birthday on 15th April 2014. Decca is taking this opportunity to honor his achievement on record with a treasure trove of Argo jewels from Marriner's early recording days with the chamber orchestra he founded in 1958, The Academy of St Martin in the Fields.
The 28 CD box 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.
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Paul Graener (1872-1944): Orchestral Works, Vol. 2 - Aus dem Reiche des Pan; Symphony Op. 39; Prinz Eugen
Giocomo Meyerbeer: Ballet Music from the Operas / Barcelona SO, Nesterowicz
Above and Beyond - works for band by Creston, Schwarz, Grainger, Copland, Rands, Barber / 'The President's Own' U.S. Marine Band, Schwarz
Wagner: Orchestral Music from Flying Dutchman; Lohengrin; Tannhauser; Die Meistersinger; Die Walkure; Gotterdammerung / Furtwängler, Vienna PO
The Voice of Emotion II - A tribute to soprano Montserrat Figueras by Jordi Savall [2 CDs + DVD]
János Starker: The Mercury Living Presence Recordings - Music of Bach, Vivaldi, Corelli, Locatelli, Debussy, Chopin, Brahms et al.
Vince Guaraldi Trio/Vince Guaraldi: A Boy Named Charlie Brown [Original Soundtrack]
Massenet: overtures and ballet music / Truls Mork, cello; Neeme Jarvi
Meyerbeer: Overtures and Entr'actes from the French Operas / New Zealand SO, Darrell Ang