Markevitch - the Philips Legacy

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Markevitch - the Philips Legacy
Clara Haskil, Arthur Grumiaux, Galina Vishnevskaya / Various Orchestras, Igor Markevitch

[ Decca Australian Eloquence / 26 CD Box Set ]

Release Date: Friday 27 August 2021

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Igor Markevitch's complete recordings for Philips, made between 1959 and 1968, including several recordings new to CD.

Igor Markevitch made his debut on the Philips label in 1959 with a pair of symphonies by Haydn, conducting the Parisian Lamoureux Orchestra, whose fortunes he had begun to revive two years previously. He had embarked on a full-time career as a conductor less than 15 years earlier, having been one of the most original voices of European music before the war. Yet he switched from composition studio to podium with the apparent ease and brilliance that marked everything else this polymath did: fluent in many languages, author of several books, teacher of conducting almost as soon as he had made it his own career, director of ensembles on both sides of the Atlantic, from Montreal and Havana to Madrid and Rome.

His decade of association with the Dutch label produced meticulously prepared performances of the widest range of repertoire: no other conductor can yet claim to have recorded both Victorias Magnificat and Tchaikovskys 1812. There are concertos by Mozart, Beethoven and Falla with Clara Haskil, whom Markevitch saw play Schumann at the very first concert he attended as a nine-year-old. The Lamoureux association also produced French-accented Beethoven and naturally idiomatic Bizet, but once that came to an acrimonious end in 1961, he began to make records in Moscow (vocal works by Brahms, Kodaly, Mussorgsky, Tcherepnin and Verdi, including a famously intense version of the Requiem) and London: his Tchaikovsky cycle with the LSO (1962-7, including one of the first ever complete recordings of Manfred) soon became a staple of the Philips catalogue.

Early in his career, Markevitch became renowned as an interpreter of his fellow Russo-French emigre, Stravinsky: a sympathy represented here by an authentically devotional, Russian recording of the Symphony of Psalms (long unavailable on Philips, like much else here), a French-made complete Soldiers Tale with Jean Cocteau and Peter Ustinov, and LSO recordings of Apollon musagete and the small orchestral suites.

Further rarities include a disc of childrens music (Bizet and Leopold Mozart) with the USSR State SO and the Spanish recordings made in the late 1960s, marking the end of his Philips contract. Having become music director of the Spanish Radio and TV orchestra in 1966, he recorded two albums of zarzuela highlights and surveys of choral music from Victoria to Mompou and Halffter, as well as more familiar repertoire by Granados, Albeniz and Falla much of it appearing for the first time on CD in this set. With original covers and a new essay by Peter Quantrill, the set presents a new and compelling case for a 20th-century genius to whom almost nothing was foreign.

"This is, quite simply, one of the best-played and recorded accounts of Scheherazade ever made...These two Igor Markevitch recordings demonstrate yet again the conductor's innate skill in the Russian repertoire as well as the very high standards of playing that the London Symphony Orchestra was exhibiting at the beginning of what was to be something of a Golden Age in its history" MusicWeb (Rimsky-Korsakov)

"Markevitch has the Lamoureux Orchestra playing both deftly in swiftly light passages and strongly in the big tuttis. And he is good at his Haydn, not only in getting this sort of playing but in responding to the composers subtleties." Gramophone, September 1968 (Haydn: Symphonies Nos. 103 & 104)

"Easily the most completely recommendable version in the catalogue." Gramophone (Tchaikovsky: Symphony No.5)

"The new, uncut Manfred is likely to remain at the top of the list for a long time." The Times (Tchaikovsky: Manfred)


Haydn: Symphony No. 103 in E flat major 'Drum Roll'

Haydn: Symphony No. 104 in D major 'London'

Weber: Preciosa, Overture J279 (Op. 78)

Mozart: Piano Concerto No. 20 in D minor, K466

Mozart: Piano Concerto No. 24 in C minor, K491

Beethoven: Symphony No. 1 in C major, Op. 21

Beethoven: Symphony No. 5 in C minor, Op. 67

Beethoven: Symphony No. 8 in F major, Op. 93

Beethoven: Symphony No. 9 in D minor, Op. 125 'Choral'

Beethoven: Piano Concerto No. 3 in C minor, Op. 37

Chopin: Piano Concerto No. 2 in F minor, Op. 21

Berg: Violin Concerto 'To the Memory of an Angel' (1935)

Brahms: Tragic Overture, Op. 81

Brahms: Alto Rhapsody, Op. 53

Kodály: Psalmus hungaricus, Op. 13

Bizet: Carmen Suite No. 1

Bizet: Carmen Suite No. 2

Bizet: L'Arlesienne Suite No. 1

Bizet: L'Arlésienne Suite No. 2

Tchaikovsky: Symphonies Nos. 1-6

Tchaikovsky: Francesca da Rimini, Op. 32

Tchaikovsky: Hamlet - Fantasy overture, Op. 67

Tchaikovsky: Manfred Symphony, Op. 58

Rimsky Korsakov: Capriccio espagnol, Op. 34

Rimsky Korsakov: Scheherazade, Op. 35

Tchaikovsky: 1812 Overture, Op. 49

Rimsky Korsakov: Russian Easter Festival Overture, Op. 36

Borodin: Prince Igor: Polovtsian Dances

Stravinsky: Apollon musagète

Stravinsky: Suite No. 1

Stravinsky: Suite No. 2

Stravinsky: Four Norwegian Moods

Stravinsky: Circus Polka

Stravinsky: L'Histoire du Soldat

Stravinsky: Symphony of Psalms

Mussorgsky: Yeryomushka's Cradle Song

Mussorgsky: The Magpie

Mussorgsky: Noch'

Mussorgsky: Where are you, little star?

Mussorgsky: Ozomik

Mussorgsky: On The Dnieper

Tcherepnin, N: Tàti-Tàti

Mozart, L: Cassation in G 'Toy Symphony'

Bizet: Jeux d'enfants (Petite Suite), Op. 22

Verdi: La forza del destino Overture

Verdi: Macbeth: Ballet Music

Verdi: La traviata: Prelude to Act 1

Verdi: Luisa Miller Overture

Verdi: Aida: Prelude

Verdi: Giovanna d'Arco : Overture

Verdi: La traviata: Prelude to Act 3

Verdi: I vespri siciliani Overture

Verdi: Requiem

Mompou: Los Improperios

Victoria: Ave Maria

Victoria: Vexilla Regis

Ferrer, P J: Lamentación 1a

Victoria: Magnificat primi toni a 8

Esplá: De Profundis

Halffter, E: Canticum in P.P. Johannem XXIII

Ramoneda: Veni Creator

Falla: Siete Canciones populares españolas

Albéniz: Catalonia - Suite Populaire

Halffter, E: Fanfare

Granados: Danza española, Op. 37 No. 9 'Romántica'

Granados: Danza española, Op. 37 No. 4 'Villanesca'

Granados: Goyescas (piano suite): Intermezzo

Granados: Zapateado (No. 6 from Six Pieces on Spanish Folksongs)

Granados: Danza española, Op. 37 No. 8 'Sardana'

Falla: Noches en los jardines de España

Falla: El Amor Brujo

Chabrier: España

Ravel: Boléro

 excerpt, Giménez: La Tempranica

Vives: Dona Frañcisquita

Giménez: El baile de Luis Alonso: Intermedio

Lleó Balbastre: Son las mujeres de Babilonia - ¡Ay ba! (from La corte de Faraón)

Luna, P: El nino judio

Bretón: La verbena de la paloma

Penella: El Gato Montés: Pasadoble

Alonso, F: Dice el Rey que le debe guardar (from La Calesera)

Lorente, R: La Revoltosa: Preludio

Lorente, R: La Revoltosa: Intermedio

Chueca: Vivimos en la Ronda de Embajadores (from Agua, Azucarillos y Aguardiente)

Giménez: La tempránica: Zapateado 'La tarántula é un bicho mú malo'

Giménez: La boda de Luis Alonso: Intermedio

Lorente, R: El tambor de Granaderos: Preludio

 excerpt, Barbieri, F: El barberillo de Lavapies

Lorente, R: El Rey que Rabio: Coro de doctores

Giménez: Enseñanza Libre: Gavota

Caballero, M F: Gigantes y Cabezudos: Jota