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Neville Marriner / Academy of Saint Martin-in-the-Fields – Twelve Grand Concertos, Op. 6 (3LP, original UK pressings)

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# Composer: Georg Friedrich Händel
# Orchestra: Academy of Saint Martin-in-the-Fields
# Conductor: Neville Marriner
# Vinyl
# Number of Discs: 3
# Format: FLAC
# DR Analysis: DR 14
# Label: Decca Records | SXL 6369/6370/6371 | 1968
# Size: 24-bit/192kHz (6.41GB), 24-bit/96kHz (2.92GB) and 16-bit/44.1kHz (896MB)
# Recovery: 5%
# Scan: yes
# Servers: File Factory

R.I.P Maestro Marriner…

Handel’s concertos are one of the pinnacles of the Baroque concerto grosso, displaying a wealth of musical invention and enormous variety of instrumental sonorities.

These 3 albums were originally released individually.

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Super HD-Vinyl 24/96 (Philips) Joaquin Rodrigo – Concierto de Aranjuez y Andaluz (Pepe Romero/Los Romeros)

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A century work – one of the best sounding productions ever !
This is without question the definitive recording of the Concierto de Aranjuez. Every classical records collection should contain this album. Pepe Romero has performed the perfect marriage between technical virtuosity and emotional interpretation. As well, the SMTF Orchestra matches Romero note-for-note making for a truly magical listening experience.

Farewell, Maestro Marriner. R.I.P. 🙁

# Composer: Joaquin Rodrigo
# Performer: Pepe Romero/Los Romeros
# Orchestra: Academy of St. Martin-in-the-fields
# Conductor: Neville Marriner
# Number of Discs: 1
# Vinyl (1979)
# Format: FLAC (tracks)
# Label: Philips
# DR-Analysis: DR 13
# ASIN: B00000415P
# Size: 857 MB
# Scan: yes
# Server: FileFactory

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Audiophile HD-Vinyls 96/24 (Philips) Rodrigo/Giuliani – Concierto Madrigal/Guitar Concerto Op. 30 (Angel & Pepe Romero)

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This is another audiophile gem with the dream-team Romero/Marriner/Academy.
Why aren’t all music catalogs made of this quality? Anyway. The renditions are musically very satisfying and the works are pretty well-known. You can’t go wrong on these interpretations. Very tastefully treated though. Just one of those discs that I intend to listen to over and over again.

Farewell, Maestro Marriner. R.I.P. 🙁

# Composer: Joaquin Rodrigo, Mauro Giuliani
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Classical Guitar: Angel & Pepe Romero
# Orchestra: Academy Of St. Martin-In-The-Fields
# Conductor:
Neville Marriner
# Vinyl (1975)
# Number of Discs: 1
# Format: Flac
# Label: Philips
# DR-Analysis: DR13
# ASIN: B000218YQO
# Size: 1.06 GB
# Scan: yes
# Server:
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HD-Vinyl 96/24 (Decca) Dvorak/Grieg – Serenade for Strings E-Dur/Holberg Suite (Marriner)


Reupped on request, now with FF links
Rivaled only by Nikolaus Harnoncourt, Neville Marriner was one of the most important of the early figures who spearheaded the reawakening of modern interest in Baroque and early Classical music.

Farewell, Maestro Marriner. R.I.P. 🙁

# Composer: Antonin Dvorak, Edvard Grieg
# Orchestra: Academy Of St. Martin In The Fields
# Conductor: Neville Marriner
# Vinyl (1971)
# Number of Discs: 1
# Format: Flac (tracks)
# DR-Analysis: DR 13
# Label: Decca
# ASIN:
B00005UW4P
# Size: 895 MB
# Scan: yes
# Server: FileFactory

 

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Audiophile HD-Vinyls 96/24 (Philips) Rodrigo/Giuliani – Fantasia Para Un Gentilhombre/Introduction, Theme With Variations, Polonaise (Pepe Romero)

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This is another audiophile gem with the dream-team Romero/Marriner/Academy.
Maestro, Sensei, however you want to say it, Pepe Romero is one of the great artists of our time. Each note is a jewel that he performs with such life that you feel your heart beating to his rhythm. This is the 2nd great Guitar Concerto by blind Rodrigo.
Any devotee of Classical Guitar music, who is not aware of Giuliani’s work, is truly missing something!!! Giuliani sure must have studied Mozart. If you like Mozart (and who doesn’t), you will like Giuliani.

Farewell, Maestro Marriner. R.I.P. 🙁

# Composer: Joaquin Rodrigo, Mauro Giuliani
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Classical Guitar: Pepe Romero
# Orchestra: Academy Of St. Martin-In-The-Fields
# Conductor:
Neville Marriner
# Vinyl (1975)
# Number of Discs: 1
# Format: Flac
# Label: Philips
# DR-Analysis: DR14
# ASIN: B0000040WX
# Size: 799 MB
# Scan: yes
# Server:
FF

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HD-Vinyl 24/96 (Argo) Antonio Vivaldi – The Four Seasons (Loveday/Marriner)

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I have many versions of the Four Seasons, on CDs and vinyls around 20 different performances and the comparison to each other is always very interesting. I often wonder what Vivaldi would have thought of all the interpretations that are out there. I must confess, the Academy/Marriner recording is among the more authentic, at least, to my ear. The sound then, as now, was sparkling and clear. Marriner and violinist Alan Loveday recorded this in the best tradition, with modern instruments playing sprightly and spirited Vivaldi. This was before the gritty and hyper-energized recording by Giuliano Carmignola revolutionized everyone’s idea of what the Four Seasons should sound like. There are zillions of versions of this work and many of them are outstanding. But for clarity, unaffected brilliance and sheer elan, there is nothing like this recording. 

Farewell, Maestro Marriner. R.I.P. 🙁

# Composer: Antonio Vivaldi
# Performer: Alan Loveday, Simon Preston
# Orchestra: Academy Of St. Martin In The Fields
# Conductor: Neville Marriner
# Vinyl (1970)

# Number of Discs: 1
# Format: Flac
# Label: Argo (Decca)
# DR-Analysis: DR 13
# ASIN:
B000E6EH0E
# Size: 859 MB
# Scan: yes
# Server: FileFactory

 

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HD-Vinyl 24/96 (EMI) Sir Neville Marriner & The Academy Of St. Martin-in-the-Fields

front-small-boxsetLife President of the Academy, Sir Neville Marriner began his career as a violinist, playing first in a string quartet and trio, then in the London Symphony Orchestra. It was during this period that he founded the Academy, with the aim of forming a top-class chamber ensemble from London’s finest players. Beginning as a group of friends who gathered to rehearse in Sir Neville’s front room, the Academy gave its first performance in its namesake church in 1958.

Farewell, Maestro Marriner. R.I.P. 🙁

Composer: Antonin Dvorak, Christoph Willibald Gluck, Edvard Grieg, Felix Mendelssohn-Bartholdy, Franz Schubert, Gabriel Faure, Georg Friedrich Haendel, Johann Pachelbel, Leopold Mozart, Ludwig van Beethoven, Luigi Boccherini, Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky, Richard Wagner, Tommaso Albinoni, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Orchestra: The Academy Of St. Martin-in-the-Fields
Conductor: Sir Neville Marriner
Vinyl (1980)
Number of Discs: 4
Format: Flac
Label: EMI
DR-Analysis: DR 13
Size: 3.72 GB
Scan: yes
Server: FileFactory

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HD-Vinyl 24/96 (Argo) Georg Friedrich Händel – Fireworks Music, Water Music (Marriner)

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Thanks to our friend Lemarquis for this classic “must have”
Georg Friedrich Händel’s most famous instrumental works are presented here: his Music for the Royal Fireworks and his three suites of Water Music in F major, D major, and G major. A grand occasion celebrating a treaty is the backdrop for Handel’s Music for the Royal Fireworks. Grand stories surrounding the event exist, including a great traffic jam on the London Bridge, a 101 canon salute, and a fire which led to a swordfight. There were 100 musicians outside to play music including 12 trumpets and 16 french horns, and Handel was far from happy with the situation. In any case, the music is very stately, featuring trumpets, horns, and oboes in many guises, not to mention plenty of fanfares.

Farewell, Maestro Marriner. R.I.P. 🙁

Composer: Georg Friedrich Händel
Orchestra: Academy of St. Martin-in-the-fields
Conductor: Sir Neville Marriner
Vinyl (1972)
Number of Discs: 1
Format: Flac
Label: Argo
DR-Analysis: DR 12
Size: 1.23 GB
Scan: yes
Server: FF

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HD-Vinyl 24/96 (Philips) J. C. Bach – Six Symphonies Op. 3

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Finalmente, thanks to our friend Lemarquis I have this again and you can delete the old version in 44/16. Thank you very much, Mr. J. 😀
Johann Christian Bach (1735-1782) is more famously known as “the London Bach” because he spent the latter part of his career in that city. Nevertheless, his symphonies concertantes were composed for Parisian tastes. He wrote well over a dozen works in this genre, and possibly inspired Mozart to compose his more famous symphonies concertantes, one for violin and violin, and the other for four wind instruments. Only a few of them were publishing during Bach’s lifetime. Today, the manuscripts reside in London’s British Library.

Farewell, Maestro Marriner. R.I.P. 🙁

Composer: Johann Christian Bach
Orchestra: Academy of St. Martin-in-the-fields
Conductor: Sir Neville Marriner
Vinyl (1970)
Number of Discs: 1
Format: Flac
Label: Philips
DR-Analysis: DR 13
Size: 1.13 GB
Scan: yes
Server: FF

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HD-Vinyl 96/24 (Decca/Argo) Vivaldi – L’Estro Armonico – Academy Of St. Martin-In-The-Fields (Marriner)

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Many thanks to Jean-Luc for this gem
For a while in the mid-70s, this was the only available version of Vivaldi’s opus 3 concerti. This is one of the version (the very first was an obscure Italian release from the 70s I owned on cassette) from which I learned how wonderful this music was. And it IS wonderful…among Vivaldi’s best of his numbered opuses. It has tremendous atmosphere (recording acoustic helps) and luminosity. There is a lightness mostly throughout with beautiful solo contributions especially from Alan Loveday and Carmel Kaine (who also feature in Vivaldi’s La Stravaganza with ASMF-a ‘must-listen!’ that I will post next).

Farewell, Maestro Marriner. R.I.P. 🙁

Composer: Antonio Vivaldi
Performer: Alan Loveday, Carmel Caine, Iona Brown, Ronald Thomas, Roy Gillard, Christopher Hogwood, Colin Tilney, Cecil James
Orchestra: Academy Of St. Martin-in-the-Fields
Conductor: Sir Neville Marriner
Vinyl (1973)

Number of Discs: 1
Format: Flac
Label: Decca/Argo
DR-Analysis: DR 14
Size: 2.02GB
Scan: yes
Server: FF

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