Original Masters - Igor Markevitch - Un Veritable Artiste

Release Date: 8/12/2003
Label: Universal
Catalog Number: B000085602
Conductor: Igor Markevitch
Number of Discs: 9

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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 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
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
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
2. Symphony no 35 in D major, K 385 "Haffner" by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Conductor: Igor Markevitch
Period: Classical
Written: 1782 ; Vienna, Austria
2. Symphony no 35 in D major, K 385 "Haffner" by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Conductor: Igor Markevitch
Period: Classical
Written: 1782 ; Vienna, Austria
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
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
4. Leonore Overture no 3 in C major, Op. 72a by Ludwig van Beethoven
Conductor: Igor Markevitch
Period: Classical
Written: 1805-1806 ; Vienna, Austria
4. Leonore Overture no 3 in C major, Op. 72a by Ludwig van Beethoven
Conductor: Igor Markevitch
Period: Classical
Written: 1805-1806 ; Vienna, Austria
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
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
6. Symphony no 6 in F major, Op. 68 "Pastoral" by Ludwig van Beethoven
Conductor: Igor Markevitch
Written: 1808 ;
6. Symphony no 6 in F major, Op. 68 "Pastoral" by Ludwig van Beethoven
Conductor: Igor Markevitch
Written: 1808 ;
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
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
8. Alto Rhapsody, Op. 53 by Johannes Brahms
Performer: Irina Arkhipova (Alto)
Conductor: Igor Markevitch
Period: Romantic
Written: 1869 ; Austria
8. Alto Rhapsody, Op. 53 by Johannes Brahms
Performer: Irina Arkhipova (Alto)
Conductor: Igor Markevitch
Period: Romantic
Written: 1869 ; Austria
9. Tragic Overture, Op. 81 by Johannes Brahms
Conductor: Igor Markevitch
Orchestra/Ensemble: USSR State Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic
Written: 1880 ; Austria
9. Tragic Overture, Op. 81 by Johannes Brahms
Conductor: Igor Markevitch
Orchestra/Ensemble: USSR State Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic
Written: 1880 ; Austria
10. Symphony no 4 in E minor, Op. 98 by Johannes Brahms
Conductor: Igor Markevitch
Period: Romantic
Written: 1884-1885 ; Austria
10. Symphony no 4 in E minor, Op. 98 by Johannes Brahms
Conductor: Igor Markevitch
Period: Romantic
Written: 1884-1885 ; Austria
11. Psalmus hungaricus, Op. 13 by Zoltán Kodály
Performer: Robert Ilosfalvy (Tenor)
Conductor: Igor Markevitch
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1923 ; Hungary
11. Psalmus hungaricus, Op. 13 by Zoltán Kodály
Performer: Robert Ilosfalvy (Tenor)
Conductor: Igor Markevitch
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1923 ; Hungary
12. Tannhäuser: Overture by Richard Wagner
Conductor: Igor Markevitch
Orchestra/Ensemble: Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic
Written: 1845/1861 ; Germany
12. Tannhäuser: Overture by Richard Wagner
Conductor: Igor Markevitch
Orchestra/Ensemble: Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic
Written: 1845/1861 ; Germany
13. Siegfried Idyll by Richard Wagner
Conductor: Igor Markevitch
Orchestra/Ensemble: Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic
Written: 1870 ; Germany
13. Siegfried Idyll by Richard Wagner
Conductor: Igor Markevitch
Orchestra/Ensemble: Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic
Written: 1870 ; Germany
14. La mer by Claude Debussy
Conductor: Igor Markevitch
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1903-1905 ; France
14. La mer by Claude Debussy
Conductor: Igor Markevitch
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1903-1905 ; France
15. Francesca da Rimini, Op. 32 by Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Conductor: Igor Markevitch
Period: Romantic
Written: 1876 ; Russia
15. Francesca da Rimini, Op. 32 by Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Conductor: Igor Markevitch
Period: Romantic
Written: 1876 ; Russia
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
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
17. Symphony in G major by Christoph W. Gluck
Conductor: Igor Markevitch
Period: Classical
Written: 18th Century ;
17. Symphony in G major by Christoph W. Gluck
Conductor: Igor Markevitch
Period: Classical
Written: 18th Century ;
18. Sinfonia Concertant for Violin, Cello, Oboe and Bassoon in B flat major, H 1 no 105 by Franz Joseph Haydn
Performer: André Remond (Cello), Raymond Droulez (Bassoon), Emile Mayousse (Oboe), Georges Alès (Violin)
Conductor: Igor Markevitch
Period: Classical
Written: 1792 ; London, England
18. Sinfonia Concertant for Violin, Cello, Oboe and Bassoon in B flat major, H 1 no 105 by Franz Joseph Haydn
Performer: Raymond Droulez (Bassoon), André Remond (Cello), Emile Mayousse (Oboe), Georges Alès (Violin)
Conductor: Igor Markevitch
Period: Classical
Written: 1792 ; London, England
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
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
20. Coriolan Overture in C minor, Op. 62 by Ludwig van Beethoven
Conductor: Igor Markevitch
Period: Classical
Written: 1807 ; Vienna, Austria
20. Coriolan Overture in C minor, Op. 62 by Ludwig van Beethoven
Conductor: Igor Markevitch
Period: Classical
Written: 1807 ; Vienna, Austria
21. Fidelio, Op. 72: Overture in E major by Ludwig van Beethoven
Conductor: Igor Markevitch
Period: Classical
Written: 1814 ; Vienna, Austria
21. Fidelio, Op. 72: Overture in E major by Ludwig van Beethoven
Conductor: Igor Markevitch
Period: Classical
Written: 1814 ; Vienna, Austria
22. Zur Namensfeier Overture, Op. 115 by Ludwig van Beethoven
Conductor: Igor Markevitch
Period: Classical
Written: 1814-1815 ; Vienna, Austria
22. Zur Namensfeier Overture, Op. 115 by Ludwig van Beethoven
Conductor: Igor Markevitch
Period: Classical
Written: 1814-1815 ; Vienna, Austria
23. Die Weihe des Hauses, Op. 124 by Ludwig van Beethoven
Conductor: Igor Markevitch
Period: Classical
Written: 1822 ; Vienna, Austria
23. Die Weihe des Hauses, Op. 124 by Ludwig van Beethoven
Conductor: Igor Markevitch
Period: Classical
Written: 1822 ; Vienna, Austria
24. Lohengrin: Act 1 Prelude by Richard Wagner
Conductor: Igor Markevitch
Orchestra/Ensemble: Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic
Written: 1847 ; Germany
24. Lohengrin: Act 1 Prelude by Richard Wagner
Conductor: Igor Markevitch
Orchestra/Ensemble: Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic
Written: 1847 ; Germany
25. Lohengrin: Act 3 Prelude by Richard Wagner
Conductor: Igor Markevitch
Orchestra/Ensemble: Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic
Written: 1847 ; Germany
25. Lohengrin: Act 3 Prelude by Richard Wagner
Conductor: Igor Markevitch
Orchestra/Ensemble: Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic
Written: 1847 ; Germany
26. Tannhäuser: Venusberg Music by Richard Wagner
Conductor: Igor Markevitch
Orchestra/Ensemble: Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic
Written: 1861 ; Germany
26. Tannhäuser: Venusberg Music by Richard Wagner
Conductor: Igor Markevitch
Orchestra/Ensemble: Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic
Written: 1861 ; Germany
27. Die Walküre: Ride of the Valkyries by Richard Wagner
Conductor: Igor Markevitch
Orchestra/Ensemble: Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic
Written: 1856 ; Germany
27. Die Walküre: Ride of the Valkyries by Richard Wagner
Conductor: Igor Markevitch
Orchestra/Ensemble: Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic
Written: 1856 ; Germany
28. Symphony no 2 in E flat major by Charles Gounod
Conductor: Igor Markevitch
Period: Romantic
Written: 1856 ; France
28. Symphony no 2 in E flat major by Charles Gounod
Conductor: Igor Markevitch
Period: Romantic
Written: 1856 ; France
29. Jeux d'enfants, Op. 22: Petite suite by Georges Bizet
Conductor: Igor Markevitch
Period: Romantic
Written: 1871 ; France
29. Jeux d'enfants, Op. 22: Petite suite by Georges Bizet
Conductor: Igor Markevitch
Period: Romantic
Written: 1871 ; France
30. Danse sacrée et danse profane by Claude Debussy
Performer: Suzanne Cotelle (Harp )
Conductor: Igor Markevitch
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1904 ; France
30. Danse sacrée et danse profane by Claude Debussy
Performer: Suzanne Cotelle (Harp )
Conductor: Igor Markevitch
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1904 ; France
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
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
32. 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
32. 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
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