Sir Neville Marriner’s last recording?

Publicists for the Korean pianist Yeol Eum Son are claiming that her performance of Mozart K467, due for release on a boutique label next spring, will have been the prolific conductor’s last word on record.

Neville, who died last year aged 92, never knew exactly how many records he made, only that he was the second most recorded conductor after Karajan.

But before we get too excited about this valediction, it’s worth knowing that most of Neville’s recordings in his 90s were done as favours – either to his orchestra, to keep them in work, or to friends in the music biz who needed to give their artists a shard of limelight.

He was the most generous of men.


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  • Ben says:

    Sorely missed.

  • Cyril Blair says:

    Yeol Eum Son’s performance of K467 at the 2011 Tchaikovsky Competition has an astounding 9.3 million views on Youtube. That is a beyond stratospheric number for a classical video, especially for an essentially “unknown” performer.

    As a reference, Valentina Lisitsa’s highest view count is 24 million, her second highest is 8 million. Joshua Bell’s highest view count, which got goosed because it was the subject of a famous Washington Post article, is 6.2 million. Pavarotti singing Nessun Dorma comes in at 39 million views.

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