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Mendelssohn: Symphony No. 4; Handel, Beethoven, Britten / Marriner, ASMF [DVD]

Album Summary

>Handel, George Frideric : Solomon
>Handel, George Frideric : Concerto Grosso in A major, Op.6/11, HWV 329
>Beethoven, Ludwig van : Grosse Fuge for String Quartet in B flat major Op. 133
>Mendelssohn, Felix : Symphony no 4 in A major, Op. 90 "Italian"
>Britten, Benjamin : Les illuminations, Op. 18
Performer Conductor Ensemble Composers

Notes & Reviews:

The brainchild of Neville Marriner, the Academy of St Martin in the Fields was founded in 1959, quickly becoming an example of the highest level of chamber musicianship in Britain and paving the way for the revival of Baroque performances. Marriner's rendition of Mendelssohn's 'Italian' Symphony is energetic and committed, yet sensitively communicated. Rolfe-Johnson's Proms performance of Britten's Les Illuminations took place at the height of his career. This performance is utterly convincing. Beethoven's Große Fuge is a performance of Marriner's own arrangement for chamber orchestra. Their recording of Beethoven 3 is described in the Penguin Guide as having the impression 'of weight and strength, coupled with a rare transparency of texture and extraordinary resilience of rhythm'.

BBC Music Magazine
As the Academy of St Martin in the Fields continues on into its sixth decade...this collection provides a worthwhile reminder of its length of service and the range of its founder...Despite their use of modern instruments and vibrato, Academy of St Martin in the Fields's music-making here is clean and decisive, their unhurried account of the Arrivel of the Queen of Sheba spry and animated.

Notes & Reviews:

Run Time: 86 min.
Region: All
Picture Format: NTSC, 4:3
Sound Format(s): LPCM Mono,



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Works Details

>Handel, George Frideric : Solomon :: Act 3. The Arrival of the Queen of Sheba
  • Conductor: Neville Marriner
  • Ensemble: Academy of St. Martin in the Fields
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Cantata/Oratorio
  • Written: 1748

>Handel, George Frideric : Concerto Grosso in A major, Op.6/11, HWV 329
  • Conductor: Neville Marriner
  • Ensemble: Academy of St. Martin in the Fields
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Orchestral
  • Written: 1739

>Beethoven, Ludwig van : Grosse Fuge for String Quartet in B flat major Op. 133
  • Conductor: Neville Marriner
  • Ensemble: Academy of St. Martin in the Fields
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Written: 1825

>Mendelssohn, Felix : Symphony no 4 in A major, Op. 90 "Italian"
  • Conductor: Neville Marriner
  • Ensemble: Academy of St. Martin in the Fields
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Orchestral
  • Written: 03/13/1833

>Britten, Benjamin : Les illuminations, Op. 18
  • Performer: Anthony Rolfe-Johnson (Tenor)
  • Conductor: Neville Marriner
  • Ensemble: Academy of St. Martin in the Fields
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Vocal
  • Written: 1939