Igor Buketoff

Biography

Born: May 29, 1915; New York, NY   Died: September 7, 2001; Hartford, CT  
Despite his Russian name, Igor Buketoff's biographical and musical pedigrees are thoroughly American -- he born in Connecticut and educated at the University of Kansas, Juilliard, and the Los Angeles Conservatory. He won the first Alice M. Ditson Award for Young Conductors in 1942, and conducted opera and concerts in New York and Indiana in the early 1940s.

Until 1964, when he spent a season with the Iceland Symphony Orchestra, most of
Read more his conducting engagements, including those at the New York Philharmonic Orchestra's Young People's Concerts (1948-53), were in the U.S. Since the 1950s, however, he has been an internationally based music educator, and his notable conducting engagements have included the first performance of Rachmaninov's unfinished opera Mona Vanna.

He has maintained a long relationship with the Philadelphia Orchestra. As a recording artist, his repertory has ranged from late Classical to contemporary, although his most enduring release is his recording, for RCA, of his own arrangement (really almost a recomposition) of Tchaikovsky's 1812 Overture, recorded with the New Philharmonia Orchestra in London. Buketoff reconstructed the work, restoring for voice the choral hymns that Tchaikovsky used as his sources for the piece. The result was a dazzling expansion of this Russian Romantic warhorse. Read less
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  • 1.
    Rachmaninov: The Complete Works
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 002145102 Release Date: 09/23/2014   Number of Discs: 32
    Composer:  Sergei Rachmaninov,  Franz Schubert,  Felix Mendelssohn,  Georges Bizet  ... 
    Performer:  Vladimir Ashkenazy,  André Previn,  Peter Jablonski,  Mikhail Pletnev  ... 
    Conductor:  André Previn,  Vladimir Ashkenazy,  Kiril Kondrashin,  Stanislaw Wislocki  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony Orchestra,  Goldner String Quartet,  Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra  ... 
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  • 2.
    John Ogdon - The Complete Rca Album Collection
    Label: Rca   Catalog: 1222573 Release Date: 04/01/2014   Number of Discs: 6
    Composer:  Ludwig van Beethoven,  Peter Mennin,  Sergei Rachmaninov,  Charles Valentin Alkan  ... 
    Performer:  John Ogdon
    Conductor:  Igor Buketoff
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
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    Rachmaninov Edition: Complete Works
    Label: Brilliant Classics   Catalog: 9071 Release Date: 09/27/2011   Number of Discs: 28
    Composer:  Sergei Rachmaninov,  Felix Mendelssohn,  Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky,  Fritz Kreisler  ... 
    Performer:  Earl Wild,  Olga Lutsiv-Ternovskaya,  Leonid Bomstein,  Viacheslav Pochapsky  ... 
    Conductor:  Jascha Horenstein,  Gennadi Rozhdestvensky,  Leonard Slatkin,  Valeri Polyanskii  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Philharmonic Orchestra,  USSR Ministry of Culture Symphony Orchestra,  London Symphony Orchestra  ... 
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    Label: Composers Recordings, Inc. (Cri)   Catalog: 451 Release Date: 03/01/2011   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Roger Sessions,  Benjamin Lees
    Performer:  Geoffrey Grey,  John Ronayne,  Frederick Riddle,  Norman Jones
    Conductor:  Igor Buketoff
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
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    Label: Composers Recordings, Inc. (Cri)   Catalog: 117 Release Date: 03/01/2010   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Wallingford Riegger,  Jacob Avshalomov,  Norman Cazden
    Conductor:  Alfredo Antonini,  Igor Buketoff
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Santa Cecilia Academy Rome Orchestra,  Oslo Philharmonic Orchestra
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    Label: Composers Recordings, Inc. (Cri)   Catalog: 206 Release Date: 01/01/2010   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Robert Ward
    Performer:  Sylvia Stahlman
    Conductor:  Igor Buketoff,  William Strickland
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Iceland Symphony Orchestra,  Polish National Radio Symphony Orchestra
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    Robert Ward: Symphonies No 3 & 6, Etc / Alan Balter, Et Al
    Label: Albany Records   Catalog: 929 Release Date: 06/05/2007   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Robert Ward
    Performer:  Nicholas Kitchen,  Kim Yeesun,  Meng-Chieh Liu
    Conductor:  Lorenzo Muti,  Igor Buketoff,  Alan Balter
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Triangle Chamber Orchestra,  Iceland Symphony Orchestra,  Czech Philharmonic Chamber Orchestra
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    American Masters - Peter Mennin: Symphonies No 3 & 7, Etc
    Label: Composers Recordings, Inc. (Cri)   Catalog: 741 Release Date: 03/18/1997   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Peter Mennin
    Performer:  John Ogdon
    Conductor:  Dimitri Mitropoulos,  Igor Buketoff,  Jean Martinon
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  New York Philharmonic,  Royal Philharmonic Orchestra,  Chicago Symphony Orchestra
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    Aaron & Jacob Avshalomov: Piano Concerto, Peking Hutung, Etc
    Label: Composers Recordings, Inc. (Cri)   Catalog: 667 Release Date: 08/23/1994   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Aaron Avshalomov,  Jacob Avshalomov
    Performer:  Margaret Moore,  Larry Smith,  Charles Matheson
    Conductor:  Jacob Avshalomov,  Igor Buketoff,  John Dexter
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Portland Youth Philharmonic,  Oslo Philharmonic Orchestra,  Mid-America Chorale
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    Sessions: Symphonies 1, 2 & 3 / Mitropolous, Watanabe, Etc.
    Label: Composers Recordings, Inc. (Cri)   Catalog: 573 Release Date: 12/14/1993   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Roger Sessions
    Conductor:  Akeo Watanabe,  Dimitri Mitropoulos,  Igor Buketoff
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Japan Philharmonic Orchestra,  New York Philharmonic,  Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
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  • 11.
    A Gottschalk Festival / Eugene List, Igor Buketoff
    Label: Vox Box   Catalog: 5009 Release Date: 11/04/1992   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Louis Moreau Gottschalk
    Performer:  Brady Millican,  Cary Lewis,  Eugene List,  Jose Alberto Esteves  ... 
    Conductor:  Igor Buketoff,  Samuel Adler
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna State Orchestra,  Berlin Symphony Orchestra,  Vienna State Opera Orchestra
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    Rachmaninov: Monna Vanna, Piano Concerto No 4 / Buketoff
    Label: Chandos   Catalog: 8987 Release Date: 10/28/1992   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Sergei Rachmaninov
    Performer:  William Black,  Sherrill Milnes,  Blythe Walker,  Seth McCoy
    Conductor:  Igor Buketoff
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Iceland Symphony Orchestra,  Icelandic Opera Choir
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