Notes and Editorial Reviews
One of the 20th century's most admired and respected conductors was Igor Markevitch who was born in Kiev, Ukraine in 1912 and died in Antibes, France in 1983. His family moved to Paris in 1914 and to Switzerland in 1916. In 1925 he enrolled in the Ecole Normale de Musique in Paris, taking piano in the class of Alfred Cortot and composition with Nadia Boulanger. His conducting debut was in 1930 with the Amsterdam Concertgebouw Orchestra, and his American fans first heard him in 1955 with the Boston Symphony Orchestra. During WW2 he stayed in Italy and in 1944 was appointed music director of the Maggio Musicale orchestra in Florence. He went on to have conducting positions with the symphony orchestras of Stockholm (1952-1955), Montreal (1956-1960), Havana (1957-58), the Concerts Lamoureux Orchestra of Paris, (1957-1961), The Spanish Radio Orchestra (1965-1969), Orchestre National de l'Opera de Monte-Carlo (1969) and the Santa Cecilia Academy in Rome (1967-1972). He recorded extensively with orchestras around the world mainly for DG, EMI and Philips in a varied repertoire of symphonies, concerti, ballets and choral works. Of particular interest are his studio recordings and many live performances of Stravinsky's Le Sacre du Printemps. On this new release, he is heard conducting Scheherazade as well as symphonies from composers including Beethoven, Haydn, and Nielsen.