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French Orchestral Works / Igor Markevitch

Markevitch,Igor
Release Date: 02/08/2005 
Label:  Emi Classics   Catalog #: 76732  
Composer:  Claude DebussyMaurice RavelErik SatieAlbert Roussel
Conductor:  Igor Markevitch
Orchestra/Ensemble:  North German Radio Symphony Orchestra Hamburg
Number of Discs: 2 
Recorded in: Stereo 
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This CD is reissued by ArkivMusic.

Notes and Editorial Reviews

...Markevitch's massed North German Radio forces respond with commendable spirit [in Daphnis et Chloe].

-- Gramophone [7/2002]
reviewing EMI 75124


One common characteristic seems to be that Markevich’s idea of balancing an orchestra seems to be not so much that of blending the instruments as pitting them against each other. Take "La Mer". It’s a restless, angry sea, and a close up recording to boot. Enthralling but oppressive. Chabrier’s innocent little piece is all fire and brilliance, but Ataulfo Argenta (for one) showed that it can smile, too. It is hard to believe that Markevich’s "Daphnis" is only about 30 seconds shorter than Sir Adrian Boult’s apparently
Read more leisurely traversal. It just shows that speed has little to do with it. While at each stage in the sunrise Boult seems to admire the view, lost in wonder at its beauty, Markevich gives the idea that he has to push the sun up himself, single-handed. Again, enthralling but exhausting. The closeness of Debussy and Ravel to early Stravinsky has certainly never been made more obvious.

-- Christopher Howell, MusicWeb International
reviewing EMI 75124
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Works on This Recording

1. La mer by Claude Debussy
Conductor:  Igor Markevitch
Orchestra/Ensemble:  North German Radio Symphony Orchestra Hamburg
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1903-1905; France 
Date of Recording: 02/15/1971 
2. Daphnis et Chloé Suite no 2 by Maurice Ravel
Conductor:  Igor Markevitch
Orchestra/Ensemble:  North German Radio Symphony Orchestra Hamburg
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1913; France 
Date of Recording: 02/15/1960 
3. Parade by Erik Satie
Conductor:  Igor Markevitch
Orchestra/Ensemble:  North German Radio Symphony Orchestra Hamburg
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1917; France 
Date of Recording: 02/15/1960 
4. Bacchus et Ariane, Op. 43: Suite no 2 by Albert Roussel
Conductor:  Igor Markevitch
Orchestra/Ensemble:  North German Radio Symphony Orchestra Hamburg
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1930/1934; France 
Date of Recording: 02/20/1965 

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