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Celebrate Sir Neville Marriner's 90th birthday with this exciting new recording. Aled Jones' Album of the Week, 31 March 2014.
Sir Neville Marriner's 90th birthday celebrations are boosted with this exciting new recording in which the legendary conductor is joined by the acclaimed pianist Ingrid Jacoby and the ensemble that Sir Neville founded - the Academy of St. Martin in the Fields.
Mozart’s Piano Concertos Nos. 14 and 27 make up the majority of the album with the added bonus of Mozart's Concert Rondo, and Jacoby performs all of them with superlative technical skill, tremendous energy and intelligence. She, after all, hails from musical nobility; her great-great-great-grandfather was the pianist, composer, and Prussian nobleman, Prince Louis Ferdinand to whom Beethoven dedicated his Third Piano Concerto. Prince Louis Ferdinand was the nephew of Frederick the Great, himself a composer and accomplished flautist.
Sir Neville and the Academy provide spritely and vivid accompaniment and there's even talk of a second album of Mozart concertos with Ingrid Jacoby later in the year, proving that the conductor shows no signs of giving up.