Sir Neville Marriner has died, the violinist and conductor who founded the Academy of St. Martin in the Fields, a London-based chamber orchestra which made over 200 recordings, many of them best sellers. The troupe was named by an enterprising Vicar in the 1950s, who traded free rehearsal space for what are now called naming rights. The Academy developed a crisp, clear sound which took the classical world by storm – not least because Marriner picked up the tempo and made the music sound young again. He was also music director of the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra and the Minnesota Orchestra. (Eric Auerbach)

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