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Our conductors (IV). Sir Neville Marriner

Posted by Cristina Martí on August 17, 2011  |  Leave a comment

In this fourth entry we continue our overview of the conductors who have recorded with Tritó. On this occasion, we call to mind Sir Neville Marriner, who has been principal guest conductor of the Cadaqués Orchestra since 1992.

Sir Neville Marriner studied violin at the Royal College of Music in London and the Paris Conservatoire. In 1949 he joined the Martin String Quartet and founded the Jacobean Ensemble with Thurston Dart and the Virtuoso String Trio, and worked with legendary directors such as Toscanini, Furtwängler, Cantelli and Karajan.

In 1959 he founded the Academy of St Martin-in-the-Fields, where he was concertmaster and later chief conductor. He has also conducted the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra and the Stuttgart Radio Symphony Orchestra.

He has been decorated twice for his work on behalf of music: he received a CBE in 1979 and was knighted in 1985. In addition, the Academy of St Martin-in-the-Fields with Sir Neville Marriner has received the Queen’s Award for Export Achievement in recognition of their accomplishments as concert performers.

Sir Neville Marriner’s most prolific period in terms of recordings with the Cadaques Orchestra and Tritó was when he was chief conductor, releasing albums with works by Juan Crisóstomo de Arriaga, with the voice of Ainhoa Arteta, such as the Obertura de los esclavos felices, works by Fauré and Gounod, and a CD with three fantastic compositions by Stravinski, Montsalvatge and Prokofiev (Pulcinella Suite, Sortilegis and the Classical Symphony respectively). In addition, he has recorded Pulcinella in its full version in a concert for which David Nel·lo wrote and narrated a tale of imagination set in the city of Tifna, with princesses, good and bad characters, and elephants.

Sir Neville Marriner has conducted works by Mozart with the Cadaqués Orchestra on numerous occasions, resulting in three albums: the Sinfonias concertantes, a double CD with four concertos, for flute (K.313), for oboe (K.314), for clarinet (K.622) and for bassoon (K.191, and, lastly, the Concertos 1 and 2 for flute and the Concerto for flute and harp on a CD which has just been re-released with a more modern design. On this latter album, the solo flutist is Jaime Martín, currently chief conductor of the Cadaqués Orchestra, and the harpist is Bryn Lewis. In the case of another great composer, Beethoven, Sir Neville Marriner has recorded his Symphonies 1,2,5 and 6 with Tritó on two fantastic CDs.

Last but not least, the three Sinfonias Concertantes by Danzi, Fernando Sor’s Overtures and Symphonies and the works of the contemporary composer Joan Guinjoan, Sincrotó and Alba, are the three other recordings that the period when the Cadaqués Orchestra performed under the baton of the brilliant English conductor has left for posterity.

Fernando Sor, Overtures and Symphonies

Posted by Marcel Soleda on November 17, 2008  |  Leave a comment

Fernando Sor, Oberturas y sinfoniasFernando Sor (Barcelona, 1778 – Paris, 1839) was undoubtedly one of the most internationally renowned Spanish composers. Known mainly for his guitar music, Sor’s orchestral works have often been ignored. In recent years, studies by several musicologists have re-established his reputation as a composer of orchestral, ballet and other works, and as one of the leading composers in Spanish Classicism and pre-Romanticism.

Tritó has spent years restoring some of these scores and the Cadaqués Orchestra, under the direction of Sir Neville Marriner, has now recorded a selection. This is the first CD devoted entirely to Sor’s orchestral works, as well as the first recording of some of the works included.

The CD, which we hope will give Sor the respect he deserves as a composer of orchestral works, features the following: the overtures to the ballets Hercule et Omphale, Alphonse et Leonora and Cendrillon, and the melodrama La Elvira portuguesa, and his Symphonies No. 1 in C major, No. 2 in E flat major and No. 3 in F major.

“El Puerto” by Albéniz orchestrated by Jesús Rueda

Posted by Cristina Martí on July 30, 2008  |  Leave a comment

Jesús RuedaThis year’s Peralada Festival provides the setting for the Cadaqués Orchestra’s premiere of the fourth orchestration, done by the Madrid composer Jesús Rueda, of Albéniz’s Suite Iberia.
Suite Iberia is one of the best-known works by Isaac Albéniz. Originally written for piano, its scenes of Hispanic references have been orchestrated several times, but this is the first adaptation for classical orchestra. Rueda’s profound feeling for the music of Albéniz has produced orchestrations of Triana, Evocación, Lavapiés and now El Puerto that demonstrate tonal and musical richness.
In addition to El Puerto, the Peralada Festival concert, this 5 August, also features Evocación, under the direction of maestro Neville Marriner, principal guest conductor of the Cadaqués Orchestra.

Release of Herminie by Arriaga

Posted by Redacción on February 19, 2008  |  Leave a comment

Herminie, cantata by the composer Juan Crisóstomo Arriaga, is the latest release from the Tritó score division. The work, composed in 1825, when the composer was 19 years old, has been revised by Jorge Sancho and this is the first time it has been done in an urtext edition, intended to reproduce the original intention of the composer as exactly as possible, without any added or changed material. The text of the cantata is taken from “Gerusalemme Liberata” by Tasso in the French version by J. A. Vinaty (1790 1830). In the arias and especially in the recitatives we find moments of great dramatic intensity, revealing a composer who employed skilfully the expressive resources of romantic drama, while the orchestra, despite the lack of trumpets or kettledrums, underscores and highlights effectively the expressivity of the singing, which demands a soprano who has both an aptitude for coloratura and great power. This work forms part of the obligatory repertoire for the 9th Cadaqués Orchestra International Conducting Competitionand is available on CD with the soprano Ainhoa Arteta and The Cadaqués Orchestra conducted by Neville Marriner.

The Cadaqués Orchestra takes the music of the Pla brothers on tour

Posted by Marcel Soleda on March 1, 2006  |  Leave a comment

manuel plaThe Cadaqués Orchestra embarks this Saturday on a concert tour bringing the music of the Pla brothers to Zaragoza, Barcelona and Madrid. The programme features Concert for Two Flutes and Orchestra in D Major by Joan and Josep Pla and Concert for Flute, Strings and Continuo in B flat Major by Manuel Pla, plus Mozart’s Requiem.

The dates are the 4th and 5th March at the Zaragoza Auditorium, the 6th at Palau de la Música Catalana in Barcelona and 8th the Iglesia de Los Jerónimos in Madrid. Sir Neville Marriner conducts and Jaime Martín and Júlia Gállego are the solo flautists.

Mozart Year at Tritó

Posted by Marcel Soleda on January 3, 2006  |  Leave a comment

As many of you will already be aware, this year, 2006, marks the 250th anniversary of the birth of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart. At Tritó we have always taken an active interest in Mozart’s music, especially in the area of recordings. Our catalogue currently includes three CDs directed by one of the great Mozart specialists of recent decades, the English conductor Sir Neville Marriner, and a repertoire which covers a good part of the great composer’s concertante music.

Our latest Mozart CD is the flautist Jaime Martín’s recordings of the flute concertos and the concerto for flute and harp (with Bryn Lewis on the harp), released in late 2005; the other two are a CD of the two symphonies concertantes (for wind instrument and for violin and viola) and a two-disk set of four of the concertos for wind instruments (flute, oboe, clarinet and bassoon).

The soloists on both recordings are members of the Cadaqués Orchestra. Finally, we ought to mention that we also have the score for Mozart’s 15th Symphony in the revised version by Neville Marriner.

Cadaqués Orchestra Tour

Posted by Marcel Soleda on December 1, 2003  |  Leave a comment

The Cadaqués Orchestra will be going on tour in January 2004. Under the baton of Sir Neville Marriner, the Orchestra will perform in several Spanish cities, including Zaragoza and Pamplona.

The featured soloist on this occasion will be the soprano Ainhoa Arteta, in addition to the Orchestra’s habitual soloists. The tour comprises two programmes, centring on the works of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart.

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