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Neville Marriner - The Argo Years: Handel, Rossini, Mendelssohn, Stravinsky, Strauss, Wagner, Gabrieli, Dvorak, Grieg et al. [28 CDs]

Notes & Reviews:

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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