Academy of St. Martin in the Fields

Academy of St. Martin in the Fields

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In 1958, violinist Neville Marriner invited a dozen of his colleagues to form an ensemble that would focus on playing Baroque music. Taking the meaning of ensemble playing to heart, the group decided to work without a conductor, as did many chamber orchestras of the Baroque period. In this cooperative spirit, the ensemble worked toward the brilliantly energetic sound and high standard of musicianship that have become its hallmarks.Unable to generate sufficient interest in concerts, the ensemble sought recognition in the recording studio; the L'Oiseau Lyre Company gave the Academy its first recording contract in 1961. Other contracts soon followed, including a five-year contract with Argo in 1965. In addition, the ensemble became popular in other venues with appearances on the BBC Proms program and in performances for BBC television films. An association with Philips, which began in 1971, set the ensemble on a course toward its establishment as a world-class orchestra.Incorporated in 1970 under the management of Marriner, who reluctantly took on the role of conductor, and four other founding members, the Academy rapidly developed into a highly popular ensemble.--more--With no permanent concert venue of its own, the Academy toured widely between short seasons at the Royal Festival Hall and the Church of St. Martin-in-the-Fields; a tradition that has continued throughout the history of the group. The ensemble also expanded its repertoire to include music from the Baroque to the present day, often lead from the concertmaster's chair by Neville Marriner, Iona Brown, and Kenneth Sillito, and Joshua Bell, who was named music director in 2012. A second group, the Chamber Ensemble, was originally formed in 1967 for the specific purpose of performing large-scale string chamber music. Another milestone in the Academy's history, in 1975, was the formation of the Chorus of the Academy of St. Martin-in-the-Fields under the direction of Laszlo Heltay. Initially created to perform Bach's B minor Mass on an Academy tour, the Chorus became a regular addition to the ensemble.Between concert tours, the ensemble has recorded a wide variety of works including symphony cycles of Schubert and Beethoven. It is estimated that an average of 30 minutes of the Academy's work is broadcast on each classical music radio station in the U.S. every day of the year. Perhaps the best known of its 500+ recordings are a 1969 version of Vivaldi's Four Seasons and the soundtrack to the 1984 film Amadeus.Throughout its long and illustrious history, the Academy of St. Martin-in-the-Fields has upheld a consistently high standard of virtuosity and ensemble playing. This group, with its broad repertoire and structural flexibility continues to be one of the most distinguished and sought-after ensembles in the world of classical music.

Formed:

1959

Years Active:

'70s, '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s

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Requiem in D Minor, K. 626: 1. Introitus: Requiem Sylvia McNair, Sir Neville Marriner, Academy of St. Martin in the Fields & Academy of St. Martin in the Fields Chorus $1.29 View In Itunes
Requiem in D Minor, K. 626: 3. Sequentia: Dies Irae Academy of St. Martin in the Fields Chorus, Sir Neville Marriner & Academy of St. Martin in the Fields $1.29 View In Itunes
Requiem in D Minor, K. 626: 3. Sequentia: Lacrimosa Academy of St. Martin in the Fields Chorus, Sir Neville Marriner & Academy of St. Martin in the Fields $1.29 View In Itunes
Requiem in D Minor, K. 626: 3. Sequentia: Confutatis Academy of St. Martin in the Fields Chorus, Sir Neville Marriner & Academy of St. Martin in the Fields $1.29 View In Itunes
Requiem in D Minor, K. 626: 5. Sanctus Academy of St. Martin in the Fields Chorus, Sir Neville Marriner & Academy of St. Martin in the Fields $1.29 View In Itunes
Requiem in D Minor, K. 626: 2. Kyrie Academy of St. Martin in the Fields Chorus, Sir Neville Marriner & Academy of St. Martin in the Fields $1.29 View In Itunes
Requiem in D Minor, K. 626: 3. Sequentia: Rex Tremendae Academy of St. Martin in the Fields Chorus, Sir Neville Marriner & Academy of St. Martin in the Fields $1.29 View In Itunes
Requiem in D Minor, K. 626: 7. Agnus Dei Academy of St. Martin in the Fields Chorus, Sir Neville Marriner & Academy of St. Martin in the Fields $1.29 View In Itunes
Requiem in D Minor, K. 626: 8. Communio: Lux Aeterna Sylvia McNair, Sir Neville Marriner, Academy of St. Martin in the Fields & Academy of St. Martin in the Fields Chorus $1.29 View In Itunes
Requiem in D Minor, K. 626: 4. Offertorium: Hostias Academy of St. Martin in the Fields Chorus, Sir Neville Marriner & Academy of St. Martin in the Fields $1.29 View In Itunes
Requiem in D Minor, K. 626: 3. Sequentia: Recordare Sylvia McNair, Sir Neville Marriner, Academy of St. Martin in the Fields, Carolyn Watkinson, Francisco Araiza, Robert Lloyd & Academy of St. Martin in the Fields Chorus $1.29 View In Itunes
"Eine kleine Nachtmusik", Serenade in G Major, K. 525: I. Allegro Academy of St. Martin in the Fields & Sir Neville Marriner $1.29 View In Itunes
Brandenburg Concerto No. 3 in G, BWV 1048: III. Allegro Academy of St. Martin in the Fields & Sir Neville Marriner $1.29 View In Itunes
Canon in D Major Academy of St. Martin in the Fields & Sir Neville Marriner $1.29 View In Itunes
Piano Concerto No. 21 in C Major, K. 467: III. Allegro Vivace Assai Academy of St. Martin in the Fields, Alfred Brendel & Sir Neville Marriner $1.29 View In Itunes
"Eine kleine Nachtmusik", Serenade in G Major, K. 525: II. Romanze Academy of St. Martin in the Fields & Sir Neville Marriner $1.29 View In Itunes
Symphony No. 41 in C Major, K. 551 "Jupiter": IV. Molto Allegro Academy of St. Martin in the Fields & Sir Neville Marriner $1.29 View In Itunes
Messiah, HWV 56: Part II, No. 44 Chorus: "Hallelujah" Academy of St. Martin in the Fields Chorus, Sir Neville Marriner & Academy of St. Martin in the Fields $1.29 View In Itunes
Die Zauberflöte, K. 620: Overture Academy of St. Martin in the Fields & Sir Neville Marriner $1.29 View In Itunes
Symphony No. 40 in G Minor, K. 550: I. Molto Allegro Academy of St. Martin in the Fields & Sir Neville Marriner $1.29 View In Itunes
Symphony No. 25 in G Minor, K. 183: I. Allegro con Brio Academy of St. Martin in the Fields & Sir Neville Marriner $-1 View In Itunes
Brandenburg Concerto No. 3 in G, BWV 1048: I. Allegro Academy of St. Martin in the Fields & Sir Neville Marriner $1.29 View In Itunes
Ave Verum Corpus, K.618 Academy of St. Martin in the Fields Chorus, Sir Neville Marriner & Academy of St. Martin in the Fields $1.29 View In Itunes
Requiem in D Minor, K. 626: I. Introitus: Requiem Sylvia McNair, Sir Neville Marriner, Academy of St. Martin in the Fields & Academy of St. Martin in the Fields Chorus $-1 View In Itunes
Serenade in B-Flat Major, K. 361 "Gran Partita": Ib. Molto Allegro Academy of St. Martin in the Fields & Sir Neville Marriner $-1 View In Itunes
Messiah HWV 56: Part I, No. 12 - "For unto us a child is born" Academy of St. Martin in the Fields Chorus, Sir Neville Marriner & Academy of St. Martin in the Fields $1.29 View In Itunes
Requiem in D Minor, K. 626: 4. Offertorium: Domine Jesu Sylvia McNair, Sir Neville Marriner, Academy of St. Martin in the Fields, Carolyn Watkinson, Francisco Araiza & Robert Lloyd $1.29 View In Itunes
Requiem in D Minor, K. 626: 3. Sequentia: Tuba Mirum Robert Lloyd, Sir Neville Marriner, Academy of St. Martin in the Fields, Francisco Araiza, Sylvia McNair & Carolyn Watkinson $1.29 View In Itunes
Requiem in D Minor, K. 626: 6. Benedictus Sylvia McNair, Sir Neville Marriner, Academy of St. Martin in the Fields, Robert Lloyd, Francisco Araiza & Carolyn Watkinson $1.29 View In Itunes
Brandenburg Concerto No. 2 in F, BWV 1047: I. Allegro Henryk Szeryng, Sir Neville Marriner, Academy of St. Martin in the Fields, Michala Petri, Heinz Holliger & André Bernard $1.29 View In Itunes
Messiah, HWV 56: Part I, No.7 - "And he shall purify" Academy of St. Martin in the Fields Chorus, Sir Neville Marriner & Academy of St. Martin in the Fields $1.29 View In Itunes
Concerto In E Major for Violin, String Orchestra and Continuo, Op. 8, No. 1, RV 269, "La Primavera" (Spring): I. Allegro Joshua Bell & Academy of St. Martin in the Fields $0.99 View In Itunes
Messiah, HWV 56: Part I, No. 17 - Chorus, "Glory to God In the Highest" Academy of St. Martin in the Fields Chorus, Sir Neville Marriner & Academy of St. Martin in the Fields $1.29 View In Itunes
Messiah, HWV 56: Part III, No. 53. Chorus - "Worthy Is the Lamb... Amen" Academy of St. Martin in the Fields Chorus, Sir Neville Marriner & Academy of St. Martin in the Fields $1.29 View In Itunes
Messiah, HWV 56: Part I, No. 4 - "And the glory of the Lord" Academy of St. Martin in the Fields Chorus, Sir Neville Marriner & Academy of St. Martin in the Fields $1.29 View In Itunes
Messiah, HWV 56: Part II, No. 33. Chorus - "Lift Up Your Heads" Academy of St. Martin in the Fields Chorus, Sir Neville Marriner & Academy of St. Martin in the Fields $1.29 View In Itunes
Messiah, HWV 56: Part I, Nos. 8&9 - "Behold, a virgin shall conceive...O thou that tellesgood tidings to Zion" Anna Reynolds, Academy of St. Martin in the Fields Chorus, Sir Neville Marriner & Academy of St. Martin in the Fields $1.29 View In Itunes
Messiah, HWV 56: Part II, No. 26 - Chorus - "All We Like Sheep Have Gone Astray" Academy of St. Martin in the Fields Chorus, Sir Neville Marriner & Academy of St. Martin in the Fields $1.29 View In Itunes
Messiah, HWV 56: Part I, No. 21 - "His yoke is easy" Academy of St. Martin in the Fields Chorus, Sir Neville Marriner & Academy of St. Martin in the Fields $1.29 View In Itunes
Brandenburg Concerto No. 1 in F, BWV 1046: I. Allegro Carl Pini, Sir Neville Marriner & Academy of St. Martin in the Fields $1.29 View In Itunes
Messiah, HWV 56: Part II, No. 22 - "Behold the Lamb of God" Academy of St. Martin in the Fields Chorus, Sir Neville Marriner & Academy of St. Martin in the Fields $1.29 View In Itunes
Messiah, HWV 56: Part II, No. 40&41 - "Why Do the Nations...Let Us Break Asunder" Academy of St. Martin in the Fields Chorus, Gwynne Howell, Sir Neville Marriner & Academy of St. Martin in the Fields $1.29 View In Itunes
Messiah, HWV 56: Part II, No. 34-35. Recitativo - "Unto Which of the Angels - Chorus: Let All the Angels" Academy of St. Martin in the Fields Chorus, Philip Langridge, Sir Neville Marriner & Academy of St. Martin in the Fields $1.29 View In Itunes
Concerto In G Minor for Violin, String Orchestra and Continuo, Op. 8, No. 2, RV 315, "L'estate" (Summer): III. Presto Joshua Bell & Academy of St. Martin in the Fields $0.99 View In Itunes
Messiah, HWV 56: Part II, No. 27-28 - Accompagnato: "All They That See Him" Academy of St. Martin in the Fields Chorus, Philip Langridge, Sir Neville Marriner & Academy of St. Martin in the Fields $1.29 View In Itunes
Concerto In G Minor for Violin, String Orchestra and Continuo, Op. 8, No. 2, RV 315, "L'estate" (Summer): I. Allegro Non Molto Joshua Bell & Academy of St. Martin in the Fields $0.99 View In Itunes
Messiah, HWV 56: Part II, No. 37. Chorus - "The Lord Gave the Word" Academy of St. Martin in the Fields Chorus, Sir Neville Marriner & Academy of St. Martin in the Fields $1.29 View In Itunes
Mass in C Minor, K.427 "Grosse Messe": 1. Kyrie Dame Kiri Te Kanawa, Academy of St. Martin in the Fields Chorus, Sir Neville Marriner & Academy of St. Martin in the Fields $1.29 View In Itunes
Messiah, HWV 56: Part III, Nos. 49-51. Recitativo - "Then Shall Be Brought" - Duet: "O Death Were Is Thy Sting" - Chorus: "But Thanks Be to God" Anna Reynolds, Sir Neville Marriner, Academy of St. Martin in the Fields Chorus, Philip Langridge & Academy of St. Martin in the Fields $1.29 View In Itunes
Messiah, HWV 56: Part II, No. 24. Chorus - "Surely He Hath Borne Our Griefs" Academy of St. Martin in the Fields Chorus, Sir Neville Marriner & Academy of St. Martin in the Fields $1.29 View In Itunes
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