Igor Markevitch

Biography

Born: July 27, 1912; Kiev, Ukraine   Died: March 7, 1983; Antibes, France  
Igor Markevitch was a leading conductor, known for brilliant performances, especially of twentieth century music. He was also a composer who attracted some interest in his own day. His parents left Kiev when he was two years old. Markevitch was brought up in Vevey, Switzerland. He took piano lessons from his father and then with Paul Loyonnet and also started to compose. The pianist Alfred Cortot saw some of his piano compositions and recommended Read more that the boy study in Paris. In 1925 he enrolled in Cortot's piano class at the École Normale de Musique. He studied harmony, counterpoint, and composition with Nadia Boulanger. The ballet impresario Serge Diaghilev commissioned him to write a piano concerto and a ballet. The concerto premiered in London in 1929, but Diaghilev's death in August of that year caused Markevitch to stop work on the ballet, instead recycling materials from it into a cantata, premiered with great success in Paris on June 4, 1930. Later that year, another new work, a Concerto Grosso, received even greater acclaim. The ballet, Rébus, was first staged in December 1931, and was hailed as a great composition. The next ballet, L'envol d'Icare (June 1933), was once again highly praised. But after this Markevitch began to receive criticism for his use of unrelieved dissonance and his novel use of instruments.

Meanwhile, Markevitch had begun to conduct, debuting on the podium with the Amsterdam Concertgebouw Orchestra in 1930. He studied conducting with Hermann Scherchen in 1935. His composing activities dropped off as he increased his conducting. He spent World War II in Italy, having acquired Italian citizenship. In 1944 he was appointed music director of the Maggio Musicale Orchestra in Florence. He began conducting full time, coming into demand as a guest conductor, and held a variety of directorships or principal conducting appointments with the Stockholm Symphony Orchestra (1952-1955), the Montreal Symphony Orchestra (1956-1960), the Havana Philharmonic Orchestra (1957-1958), the Concerts Lamoureux of Paris (1957-1961), the Spanish Radio and Television Orchestra (1965-1969), the Monte Carlo Orchestra (1967), and the orchestra of the Accademia di Santa Cecilia in Rome (1967-1972). His American debut was with the Boston Symphony Orchestra in 1955. He also began giving conducting master classes, especially in Monte Carlo, from 1969.

He was known for his performance of the Russian repertory and twentieth century music. He had a quick temper, reflected in his music in sharp emotional shifts, yet the music was meticulously prepared and nearly always followed the composer's directions with exceptional care. In the late '90s, his recordings came back into demand in re-release, and even his compositions were finding a small but interested market and were praised anew for their originality. Read less

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Biography

Born: July 27, 1912; Kiev, Ukraine   Died: March 7, 1983; Antibes, France  
Igor Markevitch was a leading conductor, known for brilliant performances, especially of twentieth century music. He was also a composer who attracted some interest in his own day. His parents left Kiev when he was two years old. Markevitch was brought up in Vevey, Switzerland. He took piano lessons from his father and then with Paul Loyonnet and also started to compose. The pianist Alfred Cortot saw some of his piano compositions and recommended Read more
WORKS ALBUMS
TITLE/COMPOSER
LABEL
1. Tsar Dodon In His Palace
2. Tsar Dodon On Campaign
3. Tsar Dodon As Guest Of The Queen Of Shemakha
4. The Wedding And Lamentable End Of Dodon
Overture
Overture
Requiem: Requiem aeternam
Requiem: Kyrie
Dies irae: Dies irae, dies illa
Dies irae: Tuba mirum
Dies irae: Mors stupebit
Dies irae: Liber scriptus
Dies irae: Quid sum miser
Dies irae: Rex tremendae
Dies irae: Recordare
Dies irae: Ingemisco
Dies irae: Confutatis
Dies irae: Lacrymosa
Offertorio: Domine Jesu
Offertorio: Hostias et preces tibi
Sanctus
Agnus Dei
Mozart: Piano Concerto No.20 in D minor, K.466 - 1. Allegro
Mozart: Piano Concerto No.20 in D minor, K.466 - 2. Romance
Mozart: Piano Concerto No.20 in D minor, K.466 - 3. Rondo (Allegro assai)
Mozart: Piano Concerto No.20 in D minor, K.466 - 1. Allegro
Mozart: Piano Concerto No.20 in D minor, K.466 - 2. Romance
Mozart: Piano Concerto No.20 in D minor, K.466 - 3. Rondo (Allegro assai)
Mozart: Piano Concerto No.24 in C minor, K.491 - 1. (Allegro)
Mozart: Piano Concerto No.24 in C minor, K.491 - 2. Larghetto
Mozart: Piano Concerto No.24 in C minor, K.491 - 3. (Allegretto)
Falla: Nights in the Gardens of Spain - 1. En el generalife
Falla: Nights in the Gardens of Spain - 2. Danza lejana
Falla: Nights in the Gardens of Spain - 3. En los jardines de la Sierra de Cordoba
Beethoven: Piano Concerto No.3 in C minor, Op.37 - 1. Allegro con brio
Beethoven: Piano Concerto No.3 in C minor, Op.37 - 2. Largo
Beethoven: Piano Concerto No.3 in C minor, Op.37 - 3. Rondo (Allegro)
Beethoven: Piano Concerto No.3 in C minor, Op.37 - 1. Allegro con brio
Beethoven: Piano Concerto No.3 in C minor, Op.37 - 2. Largo
Beethoven: Piano Concerto No.3 in C minor, Op.37 - 3. Rondo (Allegro)
Chopin: Piano Concerto No.2 in F minor, Op.21 - 1. Maestoso
Chopin: Piano Concerto No.2 in F minor, Op.21 - 2. Larghetto
Chopin: Piano Concerto No.2 in F minor, Op.21 - 3. Allegro vivace
Berlioz: Symphonie fantastique, Op.14 - 1. Rêveries. Passions (Largo - Allegro agitato ed appassionato assai)
Berlioz: Symphonie fantastique, Op.14 - 2. Un bal (Valse: Allegro non troppo)
Berlioz: Symphonie fantastique, Op.14 - 3. Scène aux champs (Adagio)
Berlioz: Symphonie fantastique, Op.14 - 4. Marche au supplice (Allegretto non troppo)
Berlioz: Symphonie fantastique, Op.14 - 5. Songe d'une nuit du Sabbat (Larghetto - Allegro - Ronde du Sabbat: Poco meno mosso)
1. Harold aux montagnes (Adagio - Allegro)
2. Marche des Pèlerins (Allegretto)
3. Sérénade (Allegro assai - Allegretto)
4. Orgie de brigands (Allegro frenetico - Adagio - Allegro, Tempo I)
Promenade
I. The Gnome
Promenade
II. The Old Castle
Promenade
III. Tuileries
IV. Bydlo
Promenade
V. Ballet of the Unhatched Chicks
VI. Samuel Goldenberg and Schmuyle
VII. The Market Place at Limoges
VIII. Catacombae: Sepulchrum romanum - Con mortuis in lingua mortua
IX. The Hut on Fowl's Legs (Baba-Yaga)
X. The Great Gate of Kiev
Mozart: Piano Concerto No.20 in D minor, K.466 - 1. Allegro
Mozart: Piano Concerto No.20 in D minor, K.466 - 2. Romance
Mozart: Piano Concerto No.20 in D minor, K.466 - 3. Rondo (Allegro assai)
Mozart: Piano Concerto No.24 in C minor, K.491 - 1. (Allegro)
Mozart: Piano Concerto No.24 in C minor, K.491 - 2. Larghetto
Mozart: Piano Concerto No.24 in C minor, K.491 - 3. (Allegretto)
Beethoven: Piano Concerto No.3 in C minor, Op.37 - 1. Allegro con brio
Beethoven: Piano Concerto No.3 in C minor, Op.37 - 2. Largo
Beethoven: Piano Concerto No.3 in C minor, Op.37 - 3. Rondo (Allegro)
Falla: Nights in the Gardens of Spain - 1. En el generalife
Falla: Nights in the Gardens of Spain - 2. Danza lejana
Falla: Nights in the Gardens of Spain - 3. En los jardines de la Sierra de Cordoba
Chopin: Piano Concerto No.2 in F minor, Op.21 - 1. Maestoso
Chopin: Piano Concerto No.2 in F minor, Op.21 - 2. Larghetto
Chopin: Piano Concerto No.2 in F minor, Op.21 - 3. Allegro vivace
1. Kyrie
2. Gloria
3. Credo
4. Sanctus
5. Benedictus
6. Agnus Dei
Promenade
Gnomus
Promenade
The Old Castle
Promenade
The Tuileries Gardens
Bydlo
Promenade
Ballet Of The Chickens In Their Shells
Samuel Goldenberg And Schmuyle
The Market-place At Limoges
The Catacombs (Sepulchrum romanum)
Cum mortuis in lingua mortua
The Hut On Fowl's Legs (Baba-Yaga)
The Great Gate Of Kiev
1. Tsar Dodon In His Palace
2. Tsar Dodon On Campaign
3. Tsar Dodon As Guest Of The Queen Of Shemakha
4. The Wedding And Lamentable End Of Dodon
4. The Wedding And Lamentable End Of Dodon
Promenade
Gnomus
Promenade
The Old Castle
Promenade
The Tuileries Gardens
Bydlo
Promenade
Ballet Of The Chickens In Their Shells
Samuel Goldenberg And Schmuyle
The Market-place At Limoges
The Catacombs (Sepulchrum romanum)
Cum mortuis in lingua mortua
The Hut On Fowl's Legs (Baba-Yaga)
The Great Gate Of Kiev
1. Tsar Dodon In His Palace
2. Tsar Dodon On Campaign
3. Tsar Dodon As Guest Of The Queen Of Shemakha
4. The Wedding And Lamentable End Of Dodon
4. The Wedding And Lamentable End Of Dodon
1. Rêveries. Passions (Largo - Allegro agitato ed appassionato assai)
2. Un bal (Valse: Allegro non troppo)
3. Scène aux champs (Adagio)
4. Marche au supplice (Allegretto non troppo)
5. Songe d'une nuit du Sabbat (Larghetto - Allegro - Ronde du Sabbat: Poco meno mosso)
1. Adagio maestoso - Allegro con brio
2. Allegretto
3. Menuetto (Vivace)
4. Presto. Vivace
1. Adagio molto - Allegro vivace
2. Andante
3. Menuetto (Allegro vivace)
4. Allegro
1. Adagio maestoso - Allegro con brio
2. Allegretto
3. Menuetto (Vivace)
4. Presto. Vivace
1. Adagio molto - Allegro vivace
2. Andante
3. Menuetto (Allegro vivace)
4. Allegro
1. Rêveries. Passions (Largo - Allegro agitato ed appassionato assai)
2. Un bal (Valse: Allegro non troppo)
3. Scène aux champs (Adagio)
4. Marche au supplice (Allegretto non troppo)
5. Songe d'une nuit du Sabbat (Larghetto - Allegro - Ronde du Sabbat: Poco meno mosso)
Mozart: Symphony No.34 in C, K.338 - 1. Allegro vivace
Mozart: Symphony No.34 in C, K.338 - 2. Andante di molto
Mozart: Symphony No.34 in C, K.338 - 3. Finale (Allegro vivace)
Mozart: Symphony No.38 in D, K.504 "Prague" - 1. Adagio - Allegro
Mozart: Symphony No.38 in D, K.504 "Prague" - 2. Andante
Mozart: Symphony No.38 in D, K.504 "Prague" - 3. Finale (Presto)
Mozart: Symphony No.35 in D, K.385 "Haffner" - 1. Allegro con spirito
Mozart: Symphony No.35 in D, K.385 "Haffner" - 2. Andante
Mozart: Symphony No.35 in D, K.385 "Haffner" - 3. Menuetto
Mozart: Symphony No.35 in D, K.385 "Haffner" - 4. Finale (Presto)
Haydn: Sinfonia concertante in B flat, H.I No.105 - 1. Allegro
Haydn: Sinfonia concertante in B flat, H.I No.105 - 2. Andante
Haydn: Sinfonia concertante in B flat, H.I No.105 - 3. Allegro con spirito
Schubert: Symphony No.3 in D, D.200 - 1. Adagio maestoso - Allegro con brio
Schubert: Symphony No.3 in D, D.200 - 2. Allegretto
Schubert: Symphony No.3 in D, D.200 - 3. Menuetto (Vivace)
Schubert: Symphony No.3 in D, D.200 - 4. Presto. Vivace
Beethoven: Symphony No.3 in E flat, Op.55 -"Eroica" - 1. Allegro con brio
Beethoven: Symphony No.3 in E flat, Op.55 -"Eroica" - 2. Marcia funebre (Adagio assai)
Beethoven: Symphony No.3 in E flat, Op.55 -"Eroica" - 3. Scherzo (Allegro vivace)
Beethoven: Symphony No.3 in E flat, Op.55 -"Eroica" - 4. Finale (Allegro molto)
Beethoven: Symphony No.6 in F, Op.68 -"Pastoral" - 1. Erwachen heiterer Empfindungen bei der Ankunft auf dem Lande: Allegro ma non troppo
Beethoven: Symphony No.6 in F, Op.68 -"Pastoral" - 2. Szene am Bach: (Andante molto mosso)
Beethoven: Symphony No.6 in F, Op.68 -"Pastoral" - 3. Lustiges Zusammensein der Landleute (Allegro)
Beethoven: Symphony No.6 in F, Op.68 -"Pastoral" - 4. Gewitter, Sturm (Allegro)
Beethoven: Symphony No.6 in F, Op.68 -"Pastoral" - 5. Hirtengesang. Frohe und dankbare Gefühle nach dem Sturm: Allegretto
Brahms: Symphony No.1 in C minor, Op.68 - 1. Un poco sostenuto - Allegro - Meno allegro
Brahms: Symphony No.1 in C minor, Op.68 - 2. Andante sostenuto
Brahms: Symphony No.1 in C minor, Op.68 - 3. Un poco allegretto e grazioso
Brahms: Symphony No.1 in C minor, Op.68 - 4. Adagio - Piu andante - Allegro non troppo, ma con brio - Piu allegro
Brahms: Symphony No.4 in E minor, Op.98 - 1. Allegro non troppo
Brahms: Symphony No.4 in E minor, Op.98 - 2. Andante moderato
Brahms: Symphony No.4 in E minor, Op.98 - 3. Allegro giocoso - Poco meno presto - Tempo I
Brahms: Symphony No.4 in E minor, Op.98 - 4. Allegro energico e passionato - Più allegro
Gounod: Symphony No.2 in E flat - 1. Adagio-Allegro agitato
Gounod: Symphony No.2 in E flat - 2. Larghetto
Gounod: Symphony No.2 in E flat - 3. Scherzo. Allegro molto
Gounod: Symphony No.2 in E flat - 4. Finale. Allegro, leggiero assai
Bizet: Jeux d'enfants, Op.22 - Petite Suite for Orchestra - 1. Marche: Trompette et tambour
Bizet: Jeux d'enfants, Op.22 - Petite Suite for Orchestra - 2. Berceuse: La Poupée
Bizet: Jeux d'enfants, Op.22 - Petite Suite for Orchestra - 3. Impromptu: La toupie
Bizet: Jeux d'enfants, Op.22 - Petite Suite for Orchestra - 4. Duo: Petit mari, petite femme
Bizet: Jeux d'enfants, Op.22 - Petite Suite for Orchestra - 5. Galop: Le bal
Debussy: La Mer - 1. From Dawn till Noon on the Sea (De l'aube à midi sur la mer)
Debussy: La Mer - 2. Play of the Waves (Jeux de vagues)
Debussy: La Mer - 3. Dialogue of the Wind and the Sea (Dialogue du vent et de la mer)
Debussy: Danses for Harp and Orchestra - 1. Danse sacrée
Debussy: Danses for Harp and Orchestra - 2. Danse profane
1. Exaudi orationem meam, Domine
2. Expectans expectavi Dominum
3. Alleluia, laudate Dominum
Cherubini: Requiem No.2 in D minor - 1. Introitus et Kyrie
Cherubini: Requiem No.2 in D minor - 2. Graduale
Cherubini: Requiem No.2 in D minor - 3. Dies irae
Cherubini: Requiem No.2 in D minor - 4. Offertorium
Cherubini: Requiem No.2 in D minor - 5. Sanctus
Cherubini: Requiem No.2 in D minor - 6. Pie Jesu
Cherubini: Requiem No.2 in D minor - 7. Agnus Dei
Mozart: Mass in C, K.317 "Coronation" - 1. Kyrie
Mozart: Mass in C, K.317 "Coronation" - 2. Gloria
Mozart: Mass in C, K.317 "Coronation" - 3. Credo
Mozart: Mass in C, K.317 "Coronation" - 4. Sanctus
Mozart: Mass in C, K.317 "Coronation" - 5. Benedictus
Mozart: Mass in C, K.317 "Coronation" - 6. Agnus Dei
I. Allegro
II. Andantino
III. Rondo: Presto - Menuetto: Cantabile - Presto
1. Adagio molto - Allegro vivace
2. Andante
3. Menuetto (Allegro vivace)
4. Allegro
1. Vocifération funèbre
2. Libation
3. Incantation
4. Présages
5. Exhortation
6. La Justice et la lumière
7. Conclusion
Tchaikovsky: Symphony No.1 in G minor, Op.13 "Winter Reveries" - 1. Allegro tranquillo
Tchaikovsky: Symphony No.1 in G minor, Op.13 "Winter Reveries" - 2. Adagio cantabile ma non tanto
Tchaikovsky: Symphony No.1 in G minor, Op.13 "Winter Reveries" - 3. Scherzo (Allegro scherzando giocoso)
Tchaikovsky: Symphony No.1 in G minor, Op.13 "Winter Reveries" - 4. Finale (Andante lugubre - Allegro maestoso)
Tchaikovsky: Symphony No.2 in C minor, Op.17 "Little Russian" - 1. Andante sostenuto - Allegro vivo
Tchaikovsky: Symphony No.2 in C minor, Op.17 "Little Russian" - 2. Andantino marziale, quasi moderato
Tchaikovsky: Symphony No.2 in C minor, Op.17 "Little Russian" - 3. Scherzo. Allegro molto vivace - Trio. L'istesso tempo
Tchaikovsky: Symphony No.2 in C minor, Op.17 "Little Russian" - 4. Finale. Moderato assai - Allegro vivo - Presto
Tchaikovsky: Symphony No.3 in D, Op.29 "Polish" - 1. Introduzione e Allegro
Tchaikovsky: Symphony No.3 in D, Op.29 "Polish" - 2. Alla tedesca (Allegro moderato)
Tchaikovsky: Symphony No.3 in D, Op.29 "Polish" - 3. Andante elegiaco
Tchaikovsky: Symphony No.3 in D, Op.29 "Polish" - 4. Scherzo (Allegro vivo)
Tchaikovsky: Symphony No.3 in D, Op.29 "Polish" - 5. Finale (Allegro con fuoco)
Stravinsky: Symphonie de Psaumes - 1. Exaudi orationem meam, Domine
Stravinsky: Symphonie de Psaumes - 2. Expectans expectavi Dominum
Stravinsky: Symphonie de Psaumes - 3. Alleluia, laudate Dominum
Rimsky-Korsakov: Capriccio Espagnol, Op.34 - 1. Alborada
Rimsky-Korsakov: Capriccio Espagnol, Op.34 - 2. Variazioni
Rimsky-Korsakov: Capriccio Espagnol, Op.34 - 3. Alborada
Rimsky-Korsakov: Capriccio Espagnol, Op.34 - 4. Scena e canto gitano
Rimsky-Korsakov: Capriccio Espagnol, Op.34 - 5. Fandango asturiano
1. Birth of Apollo
2. Variation of Apolllo (Apollo and the Muses)
3. Pas d'action (Apollo and the 3 Muses)
4. Variation of Calliope (the Alexandrine)
5. Variation of Polyhymnia
6. Variation of Terpsichore
7. Variation of Apollo
8. Pas de deux (Apollo and Terpsichore)
9. Coda
10. Apotheosis
Tchaikovsky: Symphony No.4 in F minor, Op.36 - 1. Andante sostenuto - Moderato con anima - Moderato assai, quasi Andante - Allegro vivo
Tchaikovsky: Symphony No.4 in F minor, Op.36 - 2. Andantino in modo di canzone
Tchaikovsky: Symphony No.4 in F minor, Op.36 - 3. Scherzo. Pizzicato ostinato - Allegro
Tchaikovsky: Symphony No.4 in F minor, Op.36 - 4. Finale (Allegro con fuoco)
Tchaikovsky: Symphony No.5 in E minor, Op.64 - 1. Andante - Allegro con anima
Tchaikovsky: Symphony No.5 in E minor, Op.64 - 2. Andante cantabile, con alcuna licenza - Moderato con anima
Tchaikovsky: Symphony No.5 in E minor, Op.64 - 3. Valse (Allegro moderato)
Tchaikovsky: Symphony No.5 in E minor, Op.64 - 4. Finale (Andante maestoso - Allegro vivace)
Tchaikovsky: Symphony No.6 in B minor, Op.74 -"Pathétique" - 1. Adagio - Allegro non troppo
Tchaikovsky: Symphony No.6 in B minor, Op.74 -"Pathétique" - 2. Allegro con grazia
Tchaikovsky: Symphony No.6 in B minor, Op.74 -"Pathétique" - 3. Allegro molto vivace
Tchaikovsky: Symphony No.6 in B minor, Op.74 -"Pathétique" - 4. Finale (Adagio lamentoso - Andante)
Gounod: Messe solennelle de Ste. Cécile - No.1 Kyrie
Gounod: Messe solennelle de Ste. Cécile - No.2 Gloria
Gounod: Messe solennelle de Ste. Cécile - Domine, Fili unigenite
Gounod: Messe solennelle de Ste. Cécile - Quoniam tu solus
Gounod: Messe solennelle de Ste. Cécile - No.3 Credo
Gounod: Messe solennelle de Ste. Cécile - Et incarnatus est
Gounod: Messe solennelle de Ste. Cécile - Et resurrexit
Gounod: Messe solennelle de Ste. Cécile - No.4 Offertorium
Gounod: Messe solennelle de Ste. Cécile - Sanctus
Gounod: Messe solennelle de Ste. Cécile - Benedictus
Gounod: Messe solennelle de Ste. Cécile - No.6 Agnus Dei
Gounod: Messe solennelle de Ste. Cécile - No.7 Domine salvam: Prière de l'Église
Gounod: Messe solennelle de Ste. Cécile - Prière de l'Armée
Gounod: Messe solennelle de Ste. Cécile - Prière de la Nation


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