Tuesday, November 1, 2016

Stravinsky, LACO, Neville Marriner ‎– Concerto In D / Danses Concertantes / Dumbarton Oaks

This is my post from this week's Tuesday Blog.

November is typically when I take time in these pages to share music created by some of the artists and composers we lost over the past year. As it turns out, a little less than a month ago, we lost Sir Neville Marriner, a conductor memorable for his stewardship (and establishment) of a great chamber/early music ensemble, The Academy of St-Martin in the Fields.

Read his obituary

Most of us who've collected recordings over the last few decades have their fair share of Sir Neville recordings, and some (as recently as last year) were featured in the Tuesday Blog. His impressive discography covers the great names of the baroque and classical eras (Vivaldi and Mozart especially come to mind), but if I were to identify my favourite Marriner recordings, I would sway towards releases of modern-day composers who dabbled in neo-classicism: Prokofiev was one, but Stravinsky in particular. My favourite ASMF recording of Sir Nevilles's is his recording of Pulcinella, probably the best example of Stravinsky dabbling in old styles.

This week, in tribute to Sir Neville, I chose to share one of the handful of discs he recorded with the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra which he led from 1969 to 1978. This all-Stravinsky disc features two of his concertos for orchestra and his set of neo-baroque danses concertantes.

Happy Listening

Igor STRAVINSKY (1882-1971)
Concerto in E-Flat for Chamber Orchestra ('Dumbarton Oaks', 1938)
Concerto in D for String Orchestra ('Basel Concerto', 1946)
Danses concertantes (1942)

The Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra
Neville Marriner, conducting

EMI Records Ltd. ‎– ASD 3077
Format: Vinyl, LP, Album (1975)

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