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ACADEMY OF ST MARTIN IN THE FIELDS
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CHAN 10791
Schulhoff/ Krenek/ D'Indy
20th Century Concerto Grosso
CO 6057
Faure
Requiem/ Mozart
Vespers
CHAN 10437
Walton
Music from the Olivier Films
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BIOGRAPHY

The Academy of St Martin in the Fields was named after the various concert-giving societies, or ‘Academies’,?that had flourished in eighteenth-century London, and after the famous church at Trafalgar Square in which it gave its first concert on 13 November 1959.?Led by Neville Marriner and attracting some of the finest players in London, the orchestra at first concentrated on repertoire from the baroque era. Within two years it had secured its first recording contract, going on to become the most recorded chamber orchestra in the world with a discography that now boasts more than 500 entries. Alongside its performances with Sir Neville Marriner CBE, its Life President, and Director Kenneth Sillito, the Academy now collaborates with a number of guest directors, including Murray Perahia, Joshua Bell, Gil Shaham and Anthony Marwood. In addition to?its concerts and outreach work in the UK it maintains a busy schedule of international touring.?In 1997 it was invited to perform during the official handover celebrations in Hong Kong and more recently was the first guest orchestra to appear at the Walt Disney Concert Hall, designed by Frank Gehry, in Los Angeles.?Since 2002 the Academy has been the resident orchestra at the Mostly Mozart Festival at London’s Barbican Centre.

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ANNI 0030
Milestones
30 Years of Chandos

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CHAN 10435
Walton
Richard III

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CHAN 10436
Walton
Hamlet/ As You Like It

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CHAN 10437
Walton
Music from the Olivier Films

"... Sir Neville Marriner caps even his previous recordings in this series, with the Academy and Westminster Choir pr...

CHAN 10791
Schulhoff/ Krenek/ D'Indy
20th Century Concerto Grosso

“… this is an engaging and entertaining release from Chandos, nicely pla...

CHAN 8870
Walton
Battle Of Britain Suite

"... the war-inspired music is what this delightful disc is really about. Marriner and the Academy give richly idiomatic p...

NM 0085
Maw
Life Studies/ Bennett
Spells

"Maw treads a completely resolved path in his life Studies between Bergian reserve and Tippett-like buoyant ecs...