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20th Century Classics
     

20th Century Classics

by Neville Marriner
 
For many listeners, Neville Marriner and the Academy of St. Martin-in-the-Fields led the charge for authentic performance style (albeit, while still using modern instruments) in the late 1960s and 1970s with their polished recordings of Classical masterpieces by

Overview

For many listeners, Neville Marriner and the Academy of St. Martin-in-the-Fields led the charge for authentic performance style (albeit, while still using modern instruments) in the late 1960s and 1970s with their polished recordings of Classical masterpieces by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Franz Joseph Haydn, and Ludwig van Beethoven. But there is a solid representation of Romantic and modern repertoire in their catalog, which is generously offered in Marriner & The Academy: 20th Century Classics. Most of the selections are certainly works of the modern era, and composers such as Béla Bartók, Igor Stravinsky, Dmitry Shostakovich, Benjamin Britten, Sergey Prokofiev, Arnold Schoenberg, and Anton Webern, among others, belong at the center of this survey. Yet the inclusion of 19th century music by Richard Wagner, Heinrich Baermann, George Bizet, and Edvard Grieg, as well as post-Romantic works by Carl Nielsen, George Butterworth, and Richard Strauss, make the theme of the ten-disc set a little confusing. Yet these discs are worthy reissues of albums first released by Argo (presented here in cardboard sleeves that feature the original cover art) and content was put over period consistency for the coherence of the program (e.g., Bizet's "Symphony in C" was coupled with Prokofiev's "Classical Symphony," or Wagner's "Siegfried Idyll" paired with Strauss' "Metamorphosen"). Putting that consideration aside, the works chosen are all well-suited to the chamber orchestra proportions of the Academy, and the playing is exceptional, in many cases the musicians' best. The sound quality of these recordings varies a little from disc to disc, as should be expected in a set of this broad scope, but the ADD reproduction is clean and clear in every track.

Product Details

Release Date:
05/24/2011
Label:
Imports
UPC:
0028947827597
catalogNumber:
1154128

Tracks

  1. Rakastava (The Lover), suite for string orchestra, triangle & timpani, Op. 14
  2. Serenade for strings, Op. 11
  3. Little Suite, for string orchestra in A minor, FS 6 (Op. 1)
  4. Valse Triste, for orchestra (from Kuolema), Op. 44/1
  5. Elegiac Melodies (2) for orchestra (or piano), Op. 34
  6. Fra Holbergs tid (From Holberg’s Time), for piano ("Holberg Suite"), Op. 40
  7. Variations on a Theme by Frank Bridge, for strings, Op. 10
  8. English Idylls (2) for orchestra
  9. The Banks of Green Willow, idyll for orchestra
  10. A Shropshire Lad, rhapsody for string orchestra
  11. A Rumor, for orchestra
  12. Hymn and Fuguing Tune No. 10 for oboe & string orchestra, HC 813
  13. Quiet City, for English horn, trumpet & strings (from the incidental music)
  14. Symphony No. 3: The Camp Meeting, for orchestra, S. 3 (K. 1A3)
  15. Adagio for strings (or string quartet; arr. from 2nd mvt. of String Quartet), Op. 11
  16. Movements (5), version for string orchestra, Op. 5
  17. School Work for Instrumental Ensemble Playing, "music for use" for instruments, Op. 44
  18. Verklärte Nacht, for string orchestra (arr. from String Sextet, Op.4)
  19. Symphony No. 1 in D major ("Classical"), Op. 25
  20. Symphony in C major ("No. 1")
  21. Visions fugitives (20), for piano, Op. 22: 16. Dolente
  22. Visions fugitives (20), for piano, Op. 22: 15. Inquieto
  23. Visions fugitives (20), for piano, Op. 22: 14. Feroce
  24. Visions fugitives (20), for piano, Op. 22: 13. Allegretto
  25. Visions fugitives (20), for piano, Op. 22: 12. Assai moderato
  26. Visions fugitives (20), for piano, Op. 22: 11. Con vivacità
  27. Visions fugitives (20), for piano, Op. 22: 10. Ridicolosamente
  28. Visions fugitives (20), for piano, Op. 22: 9. Allegretto tranquillo
  29. Visions fugitives (20), for piano, Op. 22: 8. Commodo
  30. Visions fugitives (20), for piano, Op. 22: 6. Con eleganza
  31. Visions fugitives (20), for piano, Op. 22: 5. Molto giocoso
  32. Visions fugitives (20), for piano, Op. 22: 4. Animato
  33. Visions fugitives (20), for piano, Op. 22: 3. Allegretto
  34. Visions fugitives (20), for piano, Op. 22: 2. Andante
  35. Visions fugitives (20), for piano, Op. 22: 1. Lentamente
  36. Sonata for Strings (transcription by Walton and M.Arnold of String Quartet in A minor)
  37. Piano Concerto No. 1, for piano, trumpet & strings, in C minor, Op. 35
  38. Capriccio, for piano & orchestra
  39. Divertimento for string orchestra, Sz. 113, BB 118
  40. Music for Strings, Percussion & Celesta, Sz. 106, BB 114
  41. Adagio in D flat major for clarinet quintet
  42. Siegfried Idyll, for small orchestra in E major, WWV 103
  43. Metamorphosen, study for 23 solo strings, o.Op. 142 (TrV 290, AV 142)
  44. Apollon musagète, ballet in 2 scenes for string orchestra
  45. Pulcinella, suite for orchestra

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