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  • Sir Neville Marriner Passes at 92

    A true champion of classical music!

    Myles B. Astor, PhD, Administrator
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  • #2
    Originally posted by MylesBAstor View Post
    A true champion of classical music!
    absolutley. RIP Neville.
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    • #3
      RIP Sir Neville. He and ASMF, beloved by many.

      A couple favorites.



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      • #4
        Marriner was quite an extraordinary musician. He will be missed. I got to hear him conduct his Academy of St. Martin's in the Field about 10 years ago, in the St. Martin's in the Field church next to Trafalgar Square. A quite tall man, he was a bit stooped over as he conducted. We were lucky to get tickets at the last minute, which were returns, and they were in the second pew, only a few feet from Marriner and the guest soloist, the distinguished violinist Ida Haendel. By then, Marriner was the conductor emeritus or laureate of the ASMF. The ASMF typically did not play in its eponymous church, but in other venues. If you go to London and see the concerts advertised in the St. Martin's church - typically Vivaldi or Mozart, they are not being played by the ASMF.

        Marriner had been principal second violin of the London Symphony (LSO) and also played with the London Philharmonic (LPO) in the '40's and '50's when he founded the ASMF (in 1958). (His son Andrew is the principal clarinetist for the LSO.) I have a few records where Marriner is featured as a violinist, before starting his conducting. He started recording for Argo records (which became part of Decca.) One of my friends, Mike Mailes, whom I met in the course of writing my Decca book, did the engineering for one of the great Marriner ASMF albums, the Mozart Divertimenti on Argo. Winston Ma chose that album as one of 17 Decca albums he had remastered and released on his FIM label. Excerpts from that album are included in my book (Decca:Supreme Stereophonic Legacy). Marriner and the ASMF were not exclusive Decca artists. When asked by Decca why not, Marriner said that if Decca made them the exclusive small orchestra for Decca, he would become an exclusive Decca artist. When Erik Smith left Decca for Philips, Marriner followed him and many of Marriner's fine recordings, including expansion into more traditional large orchestral works were done on Philips.

        Marriner went on to conduct the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra and the Minnesota Orchestra, but continued to guest conduct the ASMF. He introduced a wide range of music to a broader audience, including some lesser known modern music. One of my absolute favorite albums is Marriner and ASMF playing Stravinsky's Pulcinella ballet suite on Argo ZRG575, a musical and audiophile delight, particularly in the movement with double bass.

        Larry


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        • #5
          Very well done Larry. I would say there are more consistently good sounding recordings in the decca catalog with Marriner and the ASMF than just about any orchestra conductor combo. One of my personal faves, recorded at St John's Church not far from Trafalger Sq was the Bizet Symphony in C with side two being Prokofievs Sym #1. The church was a little too lively sounding but the performance was terrific. As many times as I have been in London I never heard them there. Only heard them Carnegie. I always seemed to be in London a week before or after they performed at their namesake church. I had the same trouble with Royal Featival Hall where I finally heard a concert after probably 8 visits. Always loved their recordings of The Lark Ascending, Tchaikovskys Serenade for Strings, and Dvoraks Serenade. All wonderful sounding and played.version.
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          • MylesBAstor
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            Little OT but your post reminds me we haven't talked about all the great Argo/Decca recordings. An eclectic mix of music to say the least. A topic for another thread.

        • #6
          Kind of obscure Marriner recording that has seen lots of play time over the many years. Certainly not the type of music one would expect from or associate with Marriner but up there with the Vanguard recording I turned HP onto and on his list. Produced by Parker and recorded at Ambassador Hall in Pasadena.

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          Myles B. Astor, PhD, Administrator
          Senior Editor, Positive-Feedback.com
          ________________________________________

          -Zellaton Plural Evo speakers
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          -VPI 12-inch 3D Fat Boy dual pivot tonearm, VPI 12-inch 3D Fat Boy gimballed and SAT LM-12 arm
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          -Technics RS1506 with Flux Magnetic heads, Doshi V3.0 tape stage (balanced)
          -Assorted cables including Transparent XL Gen. 6, Skogrand, Viero, Kubala-Sosna, Audience Au24SX, Genesis Advanced Technologies and Ensemble Power Cords
          -Accessories including Stillpoint Aperture panels, Cathedral Sound panels, Furutech NCF Nano AC receptacles; Silver Circle Tchaik 6 PLC, Symposium ISIS and SRA Craz 3 racks, Audiodharma Cable Cooker, Symposium Ultra and assorted SRA OHIO Class 2.1+ platforms.

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          • #7
            Didn't Marriner put out a lot of records on Philips? I don't have many Philips records.
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