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Rimsky-Korsakov: Golden Cockerel Suite, May Night Overture / Markevitch, Orchestre Lamoureux


Release Date: 10/09/2012 
Label:  Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog #: 001739302   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Alexander BorodinMikhail GlinkaNikolai Rimsky-KorsakovAnatole Liadov,   ... 
Conductor:  Igor Markevitch
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Lamoureux Concerts Association Orchestra
Number of Discs: 1 
Length: 1 Hours 18 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews


In these days of big boxes, DG really ought to gather together everything Markevitch did and issue it as a set. He was a genius, and his recordings with the Lamoureux Orchestra, especially, combine interpretive brilliance with a classic French instrumental style that no longer exists. They are irreplaceable, and the playing here is amazing. Rimsky-Korsakov’s music demands just the sort of diamond-like precision and clarity that was Markevitch’s stock in trade as a conductor. There are more raucous, more traditionally Russian versions of The Golden Cockerel Suite available (Järvi’s for example), but none that point up the music’s anticipations of Stravinsky so compellingly. Both here and in the
Read more May Night Overture, Rimsky-Korsakov becomes a prophetically modern master.

Markevitch recorded Francesca da Rimini for Philips with the New Philharmonia (Philips), but that performance, good as it is, doesn’t compare to this one in terms of spontaneity and sheer ferocity. I think many listeners in the English speaking world were brainwashed into thinking that performances with British or American orchestras enjoyed a natural superiority in head to head comparison with French orchestras, which were often described as inherently second rate. That was just nationalist propaganda. Compare the coda of Francesca in Markevitch’s two peformances (sound clips), and judge for yourself which orchestra delivers maximum ferocity at a blazingly quick tempo. This is one of the great Francescas, a work that so often suffers both live and on disc.

The rest of the program is just plain delightful. In the Steppes of Central Asia benefits from those characterful French woodwinds, Ruslan and Lyudmila from the kind of disciplined ensemble that makes the tempo sound quicker than it actually is, while Liadov’s From the Apocalypse makes a brilliant encore. DG’s 1959/60 sonics still sound amazingly fine, and suit the performances ideally. This is a great collection–78 minutes of fabulous, inimitable music-making.

– David Hurwitz, ClassicsToday.com


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Works on This Recording

1.
In the steppes of central Asia by Alexander Borodin
Conductor:  Igor Markevitch
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Lamoureux Concerts Association Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1880; Russia 
Length: 8 Minutes 18 Secs. 
2.
Russlan and Ludmilla: Overture by Mikhail Glinka
Conductor:  Igor Markevitch
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Lamoureux Concerts Association Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1837-1842; Russia 
Length: 5 Minutes 20 Secs. 
3.
Golden Cockerel: Suite by Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov
Conductor:  Igor Markevitch
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Lamoureux Concerts Association Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1907; Russia 
Length: 25 Minutes 53 Secs. 
4.
May Night: Overture by Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov
Conductor:  Igor Markevitch
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Lamoureux Concerts Association Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1878-1879; Russia 
Length: 8 Minutes 36 Secs. 
5.
From the Apocalypse, Op. 66 by Anatole Liadov
Conductor:  Igor Markevitch
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Lamoureux Concerts Association Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1910-1912; Russia 
Length: 6 Minutes 20 Secs. 
6.
Francesca da Rimini, Op. 32 by Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Conductor:  Igor Markevitch
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Lamoureux Concerts Association Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1876; Russia 

Sound Samples

The Golden Cockerel - Suite (Le coq d'or) - Arr. by A. Glazunov (1865-1936) and M. Steinberg (1883-1946): 1. Tsar Dodon In His Palace
The Golden Cockerel - Suite (Le coq d'or) - Arr. by A. Glazunov (1865-1936) and M. Steinberg (1883-1946): 2. Tsar Dodon On Campaign
The Golden Cockerel - Suite (Le coq d'or) - Arr. by A. Glazunov (1865-1936) and M. Steinberg (1883-1946): 3. Tsar Dodon As Guest Of The Queen of Shemakha
The Golden Cockerel - Suite (Le coq d'or) - Arr. by A. Glazunov (1865-1936) and M. Steinberg (1883-1946): 4. The Wedding And Lamentable End of Dodon
Overture "May Night"
Francesca da Rimini, Op.32
In The Steppes Of Central Asia
Ruslan and Lyudmila - Act 1: Overture
Fragment de l'Apocalypse, op.66

Customer Reviews

Average Customer Review:  2 Customer Reviews )
 Wow! December 9, 2012 By David R. (Westerville, OH) See All My Reviews "Do not be concerned that this is a French orchestra, this band has Russian music in their veins. Of course with Markevich at the helm there is no need to worry. These are committed, passionate performances that cook! And the remaster is stunning! Buy it!" Report Abuse
 Great Intro to Markevitch December 5, 2012 By BRIAN A. M. See All My Reviews "To this reviewer, this was the first CD/LP in exposure to Markevitch and his well deserved work on the podium. To all those not exposed to Igor Markevitch (like me) will be excited with all his work with Russian composers as other more experienced/professionals have made. Just listen to the Tchaikovsky Francesca da Rimini for unparalled brilliance...worth the CD alone...music-making by Markevitch is to be sought." Report Abuse
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