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Classical - Released January 1, 2011 | Decca Music Group Ltd.

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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. © TiVo
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Chamber Music - Released November 1, 2002 | Chandos

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Classical - Released March 30, 2010 | PentaTone

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Classical - Released January 1, 1996 | Decca Music Group Ltd.

For many, perhaps most, listeners, Mozart's symphonies are the peak of his orchestral works. Although the first 20 or so are relatively immature works, the next dozen are fully mature masterpieces and the last half-dozen made Mozart's reputation as one of the supreme symphonists. Because while the first 20 or so are brilliantly polished and wonderfully energetic works, and the next dozen are gorgeously elegant and marvelously colorful works, the last half dozen are incredibly deep and unbelievably high, intensely human, and essentially sublime works whose melodies, harmonies, counterpoints, and rhythms are the artistic incarnation of the eternal and the infinite. So for many, perhaps most, listeners, the question is not "Shall I get a set of Mozart's symphonies?," but "Which set of Mozart's symphonies should I get?" There are several good reasons for trying this one by Neville Marriner leading the Academy of St. Martin-in-the-Fields issued as part of Philips' complete Mozart Edition in 1991. Although the recordings were made in the '70s, the sound is crisp and deep with the special Philips' combination of clarity and immediacy that no other label had at the time. The performances themselves are strongest in the first 30 or so symphonies. Marriner and the Academy are as light, sprightly, and sparkling as one could ask and the ineffable glimmer of the music has rarely been so well caught. The last half-dozen symphonies are as well played and as elegantly conducted, but compared with the depths of Furtwängler's mysticism, the heights of Walter's lyricism, the weight of Klemperer's gravity, or the warmth of Böhm's humanity, they may ultimately seem less satisfying. Still, Furtwängler, Walter, Klemperer, and Böhm rarely led the first three-dozen symphonies, leaving the field open to Marriner. © TiVo
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Classical - Released March 17, 1972 | Decca Music Group Ltd.

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Classical - Released January 1, 1995 | Decca Music Group Ltd.

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Classical - Released January 1, 2002 | Decca Music Group Ltd.

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Classical - Released January 1, 1994 | Decca Music Group Ltd.

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Classical - Released January 1, 1997 | Decca Music Group Ltd.

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Classical - Released December 31, 1987 | Decca Music Group Ltd.

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Classical - Released January 1, 1994 | Decca Music Group Ltd.

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Classical - Released January 1, 2005 | Decca Music Group Ltd.

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Classical - Released January 1, 1994 | Philips

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Classical - Released January 1, 1996 | CapriccioNR

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Classical - Released January 1, 1974 | Decca Music Group Ltd.

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Classical - Released January 1, 1997 | Decca Music Group Ltd.

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Classical - Released January 1, 1999 | Decca Music Group Ltd.

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Classical - Released January 1, 1998 | Decca Music Group Ltd.

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Classical - Released January 1, 2003 | Decca Music Group Ltd.