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Markevitch: Complete Orchestral Works Vol 4 / Lyndon-Gee, Arnhem PO

Markevitch / Arnhem Po / Lyndon-gee
Release Date: 02/23/2010 
Label:  Naxos   Catalog #: 8572154  
Composer:  Igor Markevitch
Conductor:  Christopher Lyndon-Gee
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Arnhem Philharmonic Orchestra
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

"Although commissioned, and written as such, as a ballet, Rébus never seems to have been danced! It doesn’t matter for it makes a splendid six movement orchestral suite. Because of the ballet element there is, perhaps, more thematic interweaving than one might normally get in an orchestral suite, but this only aids the listener when listening to it for the first time. It’s a more difficult piece than L’envol d’Icare, which was written two years later, but here the composer is coming to terms with a neo-classical style, which, perhaps, doesn’t sit too comfortably on his young shoulders. That said, it’s a fine piece of work, with each movement clearly and distinctly characterised with spiky orchestration and a sense of fun. It Read more might be that there is just a little too much insistence on repetitive rhythms - the final Parade is almost too much to bear in its continued sameness, but as he had dance in mind when composing there is probably a really good reason for this.

The Hymnes consist of a Prelude and three Hymns with the Hymne à la Mort added later, and being a version of the last of the Trois Poèmes for voice and piano of 1935. According to the notes, as late as 1980 Markevitch was making small changes to the score - surely this proves that he never lost sight of his musical roots as a composer. This performance uses the original score as Lyndon-Gee sees the later edition as “… crude, and by no means tonally more effective than the original.” This is a much more serious work than Rébus, and it’s hard to believe that it was written only a year later, so great is the assurance of the composer in his use of material and of the orchestra, when compared to the earlier piece. The second Hymn is especially elegant, starting as a clarinet solo, over sustained strings, and developing into a duet with flute. This is quite beautiful. The following movement is full of rhythmic interplay, and it’s very exciting and freely tonal, but Markevitch spoils what he has written by putting two loud common chords at the end, which are totally out of place with the rest of the music. The final Hymne à la Mort is very slow and packed with atmosphere, the music quietly making its weary way to its conclusion, ending with the stroke of a bell."

-- Bob Briggs, MusicWeb International
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Works on This Recording

1. Rébus by Igor Markevitch
Conductor:  Christopher Lyndon-Gee
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Arnhem Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1931; France 
2. Hymnes by Igor Markevitch
Conductor:  Christopher Lyndon-Gee
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Arnhem Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1932-1936; France 
3. Hymne à la Mort by Igor Markevitch
Conductor:  Christopher Lyndon-Gee
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Arnhem Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1980 

Sound Samples

Rebus: I. Prelude
Rebus: II. Danse
Rebus: III. Gigue
Rebus: IV. Variations
Rebus: V. Fugue
Rebus: VI. Parade
Hymnes: I. Prelude
Hymnes: II. Hymne Premier, "Hymne du Travail"
Hymnes: III. Hymne Second, "Hymne au Printemps"
Hymnes: IV. Hymne Troisieme
Hymnes: V. Hymne a la Mort

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