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Original Masters - Igor Markevitch - Un Veritable Artiste


Release Date: 08/12/2003 
Label:  Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog #: 000085602   Spars Code: AAD 
Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus MozartFranz SchubertLudwig van BeethovenJohannes Brahms,   ... 
Performer:  Irina ArkhipovaRobert IlosfalvyGeorges AlèsEmile Mayousse,   ... 
Conductor:  Igor Markevitch
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Philharmonic OrchestraLamoureux Concerts Association OrchestraSymphony of the Air,   ... 
Number of Discs: 9 
Recorded in: Mixed 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Igor Markevitch was a remarkable conductor: stylish, unsentimental, and a true "servant of the score" as befits a composer with his particular leanings. He was marvelous in music of the classical period and always could be counted on to highlight the "classical" side of Romantic composers such as Brahms (and even Tchaikovsky) to excellent effect. He's also proof of Mahler's dictum that "there are no bad orchestras, only bad conductors." The recordings in this set, ranging in date from the early 1950s to the early '60s, encompass an international coterie of bands, including the Berlin Philharmonic, the Lamoureux Orchestra, the Symphony of the Air, and the USSR State Symphony Orchestra--and yet the results are Read more amazingly consistent in matters of ensemble balance, rhythmic accuracy, and discipline.


The Markevitch recordings of classical masters included here (Mozart Symphonies Nos. 34, 35, and 38; Haydn's Sinfonia concertante; Gluck's Sinfonia in G; Cimarosa's Concerto for 2 flutes in G; Schubert's Symphony No. 3; and Beethoven's Symphonies Nos. 3 and 6 along with a generous selection of overtures) anticipate the "period-instrument" movement in their generally swift tempos, generous treatment of winds and brass, and rhythmic vitality. His Brahms (Symphonies Nos. 1 and 4; Tragic Overture; Alto Rhapsody) is no less impressive. Indeed, this Fourth Symphony (with the Lamoureux Orchestra) is one of the finest recordings of the piece, and it will come as a revelation to those who believe that a dark, "German" sound in this music is its only appropriate idiom.


The Wagner selections--from Lohengrin, Tannhäuser, and Die Walküre, along with the Siegfried-Idyll--interestingly contrast the Berlin Philharmonic with the Lamoureux Orchestra, to the distinct advantage of the latter. But then, French Wagner in general is one of classical music's best-kept secrets. Markevitch's Debussy La Mer is justly celebrated, his Danses Sacrée et Profane remains the best ever, while Gounod's Second Symphony and Bizet's Jeux d'enfants sound predictably delicious. The early (1953) Tchaikovsky Sixth with the Berlin Philharmonic must yield to Markevitch's Philips remake with the LSO in stereo, but the Lamoureux Francesca da Rimini is simply sensationally exciting. Kodály's Psalmus Hungaricus, recorded in Russia of all places, is surprisingly tangy and heartfelt, if not the best in town.


In short, Markevitch's career was a tribute to the idea that great music crosses all barriers, and that great orchestras should be able to play it no matter what their national pedigree. This set certainly supports that contention. It's not all equally fabulous (that Pastorale Symphony falls a bit flat), and some of the mono recordings sound comparatively dim, but in the final analysis Markevitch's remarkable consistency carries the day, just as his catholicity of repertoire remains a continuing source of wonder and joy.
--David Hurwitz, ClassicsToday.com Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
Symphony no 38 in D major, K 504 "Prague" by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Conductor:  Igor Markevitch
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Classical 
Written: 1786; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 02/1954 
Venue:  Jesus-Christus-Kirche, Berlin 
Notes: This selection is a mono recording. 
2.
Symphony no 35 in D major, K 385 "Haffner" by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Conductor:  Igor Markevitch
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Lamoureux Concerts Association Orchestra
Period: Classical 
Written: 1782; Vienna, Austria 
Venue:  Champs-Elysées Theatre, Paris, France 
Notes: This selection is a mono recording.
Champs-Elysées Theatre, Paris, France (10/28/1957 - 11/06/1957) 
3.
Symphony no 3 in D major, D 200 by Franz Schubert
Conductor:  Igor Markevitch
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1815; Vienna, Austria 
Venue:  Jesus-Christus-Kirche, Berlin, Germany 
Notes: This selection is a mono recording.
Jesus-Christus-Kirche, Berlin, Germany (02/26/1954 - 02/28/1954) 
4.
Leonore Overture no 3 in C major, Op. 72a by Ludwig van Beethoven
Conductor:  Igor Markevitch
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Lamoureux Concerts Association Orchestra
Period: Classical 
Written: 1805-1806; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 11/26/1958 
Venue:  Polydor Studios, Paris, France 
Notes: This selection is a stereo recording. 
5.
Symphony no 3 in E flat major, Op. 55 "Eroica" by Ludwig van Beethoven
Conductor:  Igor Markevitch
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Symphony of the Air
Period: Classical 
Written: 1803; Vienna, Austria 
Venue:  Manhattan Center, New York, NY 
Notes: This selection is a mono recording.
Manhattan Center, New York, NY (12/19/1956 - 01/30/1957) 
6.
Symphony no 6 in F major, Op. 68 "Pastoral" by Ludwig van Beethoven
Conductor:  Igor Markevitch
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Lamoureux Concerts Association Orchestra
Period: Classical 
Written: 1808; Vienna, Austria 
Venue:  Polydor Studios, Paris, France 
Notes: This selection is a mono recording.
Polydor Studios, Paris, France (10/21/1957 - 11/08/1957) 
7.
Symphony no 1 in C minor, Op. 68 by Johannes Brahms
Conductor:  Igor Markevitch
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Symphony of the Air
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1855-1876; Austria 
Venue:  Manhattan Center, New York, NY 
Notes: This selection is a mono recording.
Manhattan Center, New York, NY (12/19/1956 - 12/21/1956) 
8.
Alto Rhapsody, Op. 53 by Johannes Brahms
Performer:  Irina Arkhipova (Alto)
Conductor:  Igor Markevitch
Orchestra/Ensemble:  USSR State Symphony Orchestra,  Russian State Academy Chorus
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1869; Austria 
Date of Recording: 1963 
Venue:  Moscow, USSR 
Language: German 
Notes: This selection is a stereo recording. 
9.
Tragic Overture, Op. 81 by Johannes Brahms
Conductor:  Igor Markevitch
Orchestra/Ensemble:  USSR State Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1880; Austria 
Date of Recording: 1963 
Venue:  Moscow, USSR 
Notes: This selection is a stereo recording. 
10.
Symphony no 4 in E minor, Op. 98 by Johannes Brahms
Conductor:  Igor Markevitch
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Lamoureux Concerts Association Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1884-1885; Austria 
Venue:  Polydor Studios, Paris, France 
Notes: This selection is a stereo recording.
Polydor Studios, Paris, France (11/20/1958 - 11/24/1958) 
11.
Psalmus hungaricus, Op. 13 by Zoltán Kodály
Performer:  Robert Ilosfalvy (Tenor)
Conductor:  Igor Markevitch
Orchestra/Ensemble:  USSR State Symphony Orchestra,  Russian State Academy Chorus
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1923; Hungary 
Date of Recording: 1963 
Venue:  Moscow, USSR 
Language: Hungarian 
Notes: This selection is a stereo recording. 
12.
Tannhäuser: Overture by Richard Wagner
Conductor:  Igor Markevitch
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1845/1861; Germany 
Venue:  Pleyel Hall, Paris, France 
Notes: This selection is a stereo recording.
Pleyel Hall, Paris, France (06/12/1958 - 06/13/1958) 
13.
Siegfried Idyll by Richard Wagner
Conductor:  Igor Markevitch
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1870; Germany 
Venue:  Jesus-Christus-Kirche, Berlin, Germany 
Notes: This selection is a mono recording.
Jesus-Christus-Kirche, Berlin, Germany (12/07/1954 - 12/08/1954) 
14.
La mer by Claude Debussy
Conductor:  Igor Markevitch
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Lamoureux Concerts Association Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1903-1905; France 
Venue:  Mutuality Hall, Paris, France 
Notes: This selection is a stereo recording.
Mutuality Hall, Paris, France (03/02/1959 - 03/03/1959) 
15.
Francesca da Rimini, Op. 32 by Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Conductor:  Igor Markevitch
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Lamoureux Concerts Association Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1876; Russia 
Venue:  Mutuality Hall, Paris, France 
Notes: This selection is a stereo recording.
Mutuality Hall, Paris, France (12/09/1959 - 12/15/1959) 
16.
Symphony no 34 in C major, K 338 by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Conductor:  Igor Markevitch
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Classical 
Written: 1780; Salzburg, Austria 
Date of Recording: 02/1954 
Venue:  Jesus-Christus-Kirche, Berlin 
Notes: This selection is a mono recording. 
17.
Symphony in G major by Christoph W. Gluck
Conductor:  Igor Markevitch
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Lamoureux Concerts Association Orchestra
Period: Classical 
Written: 18th Century 
Date of Recording: 06/07/1958 
Venue:  Pleyel Hall, Paris, France 
Notes: This selection is a stereo recording. 
18.
Sinfonia Concertant for Violin, Cello, Oboe and Bassoon in B flat major, H 1 no 105 by Franz Joseph Haydn
Performer:  Georges Alès (Violin), Emile Mayousse (Oboe), Raymond Droulez (Bassoon),
André Remond (Cello)
Conductor:  Igor Markevitch
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Lamoureux Concerts Association Orchestra
Period: Classical 
Written: 1792; London, England 
Venue:  Champs-Elysées Theater, Paris, France 
Notes: This selection is a mono recording.
Champs-Elysées Theater, Paris, France (10/29/1957 - 10/30/1957) 
19.
Concerto for 2 Flutes in G major by Domenico Cimarosa
Performer:  Fritz Demmle (Flute), Aurèle Nicolet (Flute)
Conductor:  Igor Markevitch
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Classical 
Written: 1793; Italy 
Venue:  Jesus-Christus-Kirche, Berlin, Germany 
Notes: This selection is a mono recording.
Jesus-Christus-Kirche, Berlin, Germany (12/19/1954 - 12/20/1954) 
20.
Coriolan Overture in C minor, Op. 62 by Ludwig van Beethoven
Conductor:  Igor Markevitch
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Lamoureux Concerts Association Orchestra
Period: Classical 
Written: 1807; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 11/25/1958 
Venue:  Polydor Studios, Paris, France 
Notes: This selection is a stereo recording. 
21.
Fidelio, Op. 72: Overture in E major by Ludwig van Beethoven
Conductor:  Igor Markevitch
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Lamoureux Concerts Association Orchestra
Period: Classical 
Written: 1814; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 11/29/1958 
Venue:  Polydor Studios, Paris, France 
Notes: This selection is a stereo recording. 
22.
Zur Namensfeier Overture, Op. 115 by Ludwig van Beethoven
Conductor:  Igor Markevitch
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Lamoureux Concerts Association Orchestra
Period: Classical 
Written: 1814-1815; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 11/26/1958 
Venue:  Polydor Studios, Paris, France 
Notes: This selection is a stereo recording. 
23.
Die Weihe des Hauses, Op. 124 by Ludwig van Beethoven
Conductor:  Igor Markevitch
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Lamoureux Concerts Association Orchestra
Period: Classical 
Written: 1822; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 11/28/1958 
Venue:  Polydor Studios, Paris, France 
Notes: This selection is a stereo recording. 
24.
Lohengrin: Act 1 Prelude by Richard Wagner
Conductor:  Igor Markevitch
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1847; Germany 
Date of Recording: 06/13/1958 
Venue:  Pleyel Hall, Paris, France 
Notes: This selection is a stereo recording. 
25.
Lohengrin: Act 3 Prelude by Richard Wagner
Conductor:  Igor Markevitch
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1847; Germany 
Date of Recording: 11/19/1958 
Venue:  Pleyel Hall, Paris, France 
Notes: This selection is a stereo recording. 
26.
Tannhäuser: Venusberg Music by Richard Wagner
Conductor:  Igor Markevitch
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1861; Germany 
Venue:  Jesus-Christus-Kirche, Berlin, Germany 
Notes: This selection is a mono recording.
Jesus-Christus-Kirche, Berlin, Germany (12/14/1954 - 12/15/1954) 
27.
Die Walküre: Ride of the Valkyries by Richard Wagner
Conductor:  Igor Markevitch
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1856; Germany 
Venue:  Jesus-Christus-Kirche, Berlin, Germany 
Notes: This selection is a mono recording.
Jesus-Christus-Kirche, Berlin, Germany (12/19/2954 - 12/20/2954) 
28.
Symphony no 2 in E flat major by Charles Gounod
Conductor:  Igor Markevitch
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Lamoureux Concerts Association Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1856; France 
Date of Recording: 11/1957 
Venue:  Champs-Elysées Theater, Paris, France 
Notes: This selection is a mono recording. 
29.
Jeux d'enfants, Op. 22: Petite suite by Georges Bizet
Conductor:  Igor Markevitch
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Lamoureux Concerts Association Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1871; France 
Date of Recording: 11/1957 
Venue:  Champs-Elysées Theater, Paris, France 
30.
Danse sacrée et danse profane by Claude Debussy
Performer:  Suzanne Cotelle (Harp)
Conductor:  Igor Markevitch
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Lamoureux Concerts Association Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1904; France 
Date of Recording: 03/02/1959 
Venue:  Mutuality Hall, Paris, France 
Notes: This selection is a stereo recording. 
31.
Symphony no 6 in B minor, Op. 74 "Pathétique" by Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Conductor:  Igor Markevitch
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1893; Russia 
Venue:  Jesus-Christus-Kirche, Berlin, Germany 
Notes: This selection is a mono recording.
Jesus-Christus-Kirche, Berlin, Germany (12/01/1953 - 12/04/1953) 

Sound Samples

Symphony No.34 in C, K.338: 1. Allegro vivace
Symphony No.34 in C, K.338: 2. Andante di molto
Symphony No.34 in C, K.338: 2a. Minuet K.409
Symphony No.34 in C, K.338: 3. Finale (Allegro vivace)
Symphony No.38 in D, K.504 "Prague": 1. Adagio - Allegro
Symphony No.38 in D, K.504 "Prague": 2. Andante
Symphony No.38 in D, K.504 "Prague": 3. Finale (Presto)
Symphony No.35 in D, K.385 "Haffner": 1. Allegro con spirito
Symphony No.35 in D, K.385 "Haffner": 2. Andante
Symphony No.35 in D, K.385 "Haffner": 3. Menuetto
Symphony No.35 in D, K.385 "Haffner": 4. Finale (Presto)
Sinfonia in G major - Arr. Hans Gál: 1. Allegro
Sinfonia in G major - Arr. Hans Gál: 2. Andante
Sinfonia in G major - Arr. Hans Gál: 3. Allegro
Sinfonia concertante in B flat, H.I No.105: 1. Allegro
Sinfonia concertante in B flat, H.I No.105: 2. Andante
Sinfonia concertante in B flat, H.I No.105: 3. Allegro con spirito
Concerto in G major for 2 flutes: 1. Allegro
Concerto in G major for 2 flutes: 2. Largo
Concerto in G major for 2 flutes: 3. Rondo. Allegretto ma non tanto
Symphony No.3 in D, D.200: 1. Adagio maestoso - Allegro con brio
Symphony No.3 in D, D.200: 2. Allegretto
Symphony No.3 in D, D.200: 3. Menuetto (Vivace)
Symphony No.3 in D, D.200: 4. Presto. Vivace

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