Igor Markevitch: The Deutsche Grammophon Legacy | Australian Eloquence ELQ4841659

Igor Markevitch: The Deutsche Grammophon Legacy

£89.96

Label: Australian Eloquence

Cat No: ELQ4841659

Format: CD

Number of Discs: 21

Expected Release Date: 22nd October 2021

Contents

Works

Auber, Daniel

La Muette de Portici (The Mute Girl of Portici)
» Overture

Beethoven, Ludwig van

Consecration of the House (Die Weihe des Hauses) Overture, op.124
Coriolan Overture, op.62
Egmont Overture, op.84
Fidelio, op.72
» Overture
Leonore Overture no.3 in C major, op.72b
Symphony no.3 in E flat major, op.55 'Eroica'
Symphony no.6 in F major, op.68 'Pastoral'
Zur Namensfeier Overture, op.115

Berlioz, Hector

Harold in Italy, op.16
La Damnation de Faust, op.24 H111
Symphonie fantastique, op.14 H48

Berwald, Franz

Symphony no.3 in C major 'Symphonie singuliere'
Symphony no.4 in E flat major 'Sinfonie naive'

Bizet, Georges

Jeux d'enfants, op.22

Borodin, Alexander

In the Steppes of Central Asia

Brahms, Johannes

Symphony no.1 in C minor, op.68
Symphony no.4 in E minor, op.98

Cherubini, Luigi

Anacreon Overture
Requiem no.2 in D minor for male chorus and orchestra

Cimarosa, Domenico

Concerto in G major for two flutes

Debussy, Claude

Danses sacree et profane
La Mer

Glinka, Mikhail

Ruslan and Lyudmila, op.5
» Overture

Gluck, Christoph Willibald

Sinfonia in G major (arr. Hans Gal)

Gounod, Charles

St Cecilia Mass (Messe Solennelle de Sainte Cecile)
Symphony no.2 in E flat major

Haydn, Franz Joseph

Sinfonia Concertante in B flat major, Hob.I:105
The Creation (Die Schopfung), Hob.XXI:2

Honegger, Arthur

Symphony no.5 'Di tre re'

Liadov, Anatol

From the Apocalypse, op.66

Milhaud, Darius

Les Choephores, op.24 (L'Orestie d'Eschyle no.2)

Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus

Bassoon Concerto in B flat major, K191
Mass in C major, K317 'Coronation Mass'
Symphony no.34 in C major, K338
Symphony no.35 in D major, K385 'Haffner'
Symphony no.38 in D major, K504 'Prague'

Mussorgsky, Modest

Pictures at an Exhibition (orch. Ravel)

Rimsky-Korsakov, Nikolai

May Night
» Overture
Russian Easter Festival Overture, op.36
The Golden Cockerel (Le Coq d'Or): Suite

Roussel, Albert

Bacchus et Ariane, op.43: Suite no.2

Schubert, Franz

Symphony no.3 in D major, D200
Symphony no.4 in C minor, D417 'Tragic'

Tchaikovsky, Pyotr Ilyich

Francesca da Rimini, op.32
Symphony no.6 in B minor, op.74 'Pathetique'

Wagner, Richard

Die Walkure
» Ride of the Valkyries
Lohengrin
» Prelude to Act 1
» Prelude to Act 3
Siegfried Idyll, WWV103
Tannhauser
» Overture
» Venusberg Music

Artists

Kim Borg (bass)
Helene Bouvier (mezzo-soprano)
Oralia Dominguez (contralto)
Ernst Haefliger (tenor)
Josef Greindl (bass)
Richard Holm (tenor)
Helmut Krebs (tenor)
Genevieve Moizan (soprano)
Pierre Mollet (baritone)
Claude Nollier (speaker)
Heinz Rehfuss (baritone)
Michel Roux (bass)
Consuelo Rubio (soprano)
Irmgard Seefried (soprano)
Maria Stader (soprano)
Gerhard Stolze (tenor)
Hermann Uhde (bass)
Richard Verreau (tenor)
Sieglinde Wagner (contralto)
Georges Ales (violin)
Maurice Allard (bassoon)
Suzanne Cotelle (harp)
Fritz Demmler (flute)
Raymond Droulez (bassoon)
Heinz Kirchner (viola)
Emile Mayousse (oboe)
Aurele Nicolet (flute)
Andre Remond (cello)
Choeurs Elisabeth Brasseur
Choeur Enfants RTF
Chor der St. Hedwigs-Kathedrale, Berlin
Chorale de l’Universite de Paris
Czech Philharmonic Chorus
Berliner Philharmoniker
Czech Philharmonic Orchestra
Orchestre des Concerts Lamoureux
Symphony of the Air

Conductor

Igor Markevitch

Works

Auber, Daniel

La Muette de Portici (The Mute Girl of Portici)
» Overture

Beethoven, Ludwig van

Consecration of the House (Die Weihe des Hauses) Overture, op.124
Coriolan Overture, op.62
Egmont Overture, op.84
Fidelio, op.72
» Overture
Leonore Overture no.3 in C major, op.72b
Symphony no.3 in E flat major, op.55 'Eroica'
Symphony no.6 in F major, op.68 'Pastoral'
Zur Namensfeier Overture, op.115

Berlioz, Hector

Harold in Italy, op.16
La Damnation de Faust, op.24 H111
Symphonie fantastique, op.14 H48

Berwald, Franz

Symphony no.3 in C major 'Symphonie singuliere'
Symphony no.4 in E flat major 'Sinfonie naive'

Bizet, Georges

Jeux d'enfants, op.22

Borodin, Alexander

In the Steppes of Central Asia

Brahms, Johannes

Symphony no.1 in C minor, op.68
Symphony no.4 in E minor, op.98

Cherubini, Luigi

Anacreon Overture
Requiem no.2 in D minor for male chorus and orchestra

Cimarosa, Domenico

Concerto in G major for two flutes

Debussy, Claude

Danses sacree et profane
La Mer

Glinka, Mikhail

Ruslan and Lyudmila, op.5
» Overture

Gluck, Christoph Willibald

Sinfonia in G major (arr. Hans Gal)

Gounod, Charles

St Cecilia Mass (Messe Solennelle de Sainte Cecile)
Symphony no.2 in E flat major

Haydn, Franz Joseph

Sinfonia Concertante in B flat major, Hob.I:105
The Creation (Die Schopfung), Hob.XXI:2

Honegger, Arthur

Symphony no.5 'Di tre re'

Liadov, Anatol

From the Apocalypse, op.66

Milhaud, Darius

Les Choephores, op.24 (L'Orestie d'Eschyle no.2)

Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus

Bassoon Concerto in B flat major, K191
Mass in C major, K317 'Coronation Mass'
Symphony no.34 in C major, K338
Symphony no.35 in D major, K385 'Haffner'
Symphony no.38 in D major, K504 'Prague'

Mussorgsky, Modest

Pictures at an Exhibition (orch. Ravel)

Rimsky-Korsakov, Nikolai

May Night
» Overture
Russian Easter Festival Overture, op.36
The Golden Cockerel (Le Coq d'Or): Suite

Roussel, Albert

Bacchus et Ariane, op.43: Suite no.2

Schubert, Franz

Symphony no.3 in D major, D200
Symphony no.4 in C minor, D417 'Tragic'

Tchaikovsky, Pyotr Ilyich

Francesca da Rimini, op.32
Symphony no.6 in B minor, op.74 'Pathetique'

Wagner, Richard

Die Walkure
» Ride of the Valkyries
Lohengrin
» Prelude to Act 1
» Prelude to Act 3
Siegfried Idyll, WWV103
Tannhauser
» Overture
» Venusberg Music

Artists

Kim Borg (bass)
Helene Bouvier (mezzo-soprano)
Oralia Dominguez (contralto)
Ernst Haefliger (tenor)
Josef Greindl (bass)
Richard Holm (tenor)
Helmut Krebs (tenor)
Genevieve Moizan (soprano)
Pierre Mollet (baritone)
Claude Nollier (speaker)
Heinz Rehfuss (baritone)
Michel Roux (bass)
Consuelo Rubio (soprano)
Irmgard Seefried (soprano)
Maria Stader (soprano)
Gerhard Stolze (tenor)
Hermann Uhde (bass)
Richard Verreau (tenor)
Sieglinde Wagner (contralto)
Georges Ales (violin)
Maurice Allard (bassoon)
Suzanne Cotelle (harp)
Fritz Demmler (flute)
Raymond Droulez (bassoon)
Heinz Kirchner (viola)
Emile Mayousse (oboe)
Aurele Nicolet (flute)
Andre Remond (cello)
Choeurs Elisabeth Brasseur
Choeur Enfants RTF
Chor der St. Hedwigs-Kathedrale, Berlin
Chorale de l’Universite de Paris
Czech Philharmonic Chorus
Berliner Philharmoniker
Czech Philharmonic Orchestra
Orchestre des Concerts Lamoureux
Symphony of the Air

Conductor

Igor Markevitch

About

Issued complete for the first time, Igor Markevitch’s Deutsche Grammophon legacy from Berlin, Paris, Prague and New York, made between 1953 and 1965.

‘I record so much I forget even my own records!’ Markevitch was a prolific recording artist for several labels, principal among them Deutsche Grammophon, HMV/EMI and Philips (Eloquence has also released a new, complementary collection of his Philips legacy). He felt more comfortable in the studio than many of his podium colleagues and viewed recording as the opportunity to bring out aspects of the score which could remain unheard by live audiences.

As a polymath, Markevitch turned from composition to conducting after the Second World War, and soon became one of the most in-demand conductors of his day, at home in a vast range of repertoire, equally at home in Classical-era symphonies by Haydn, Mozart and Beethoven, Romantic narratives by Berlioz, Wagner and Tchaikovsky, and contemporary Francophone composers such as Milhaud, Honegger and Roussel, bringing to each of them a sharp attack and acute sensitivity to colour and harmony.

Nowadays, many conductors follow Markevitch’s lead in refusing to specialise: he was a man ahead of his time, and his analytical mind was well suited to the precision of DG’s engineering teams. He worked with many of Europe’s finest orchestras, enjoying a productive relationship with the Berlin Philharmonic which resulted in many superb recordings from 1953 55, such as a pioneering album of symphonies by Schumann’s Swedish contemporary, Franz Berwald.

Late in 1956, an invitation to conduct the successor to Toscanini’s NBC Symphony, the Symphony of the Air, resulted in lithe and athletic symphonic Beethoven (no.3) and Brahms (no.1). Most of Markevitch’s DG legacy, however, was made in Paris, with the Lamoureux Orchestra whose fortunes he revived as chief conductor between 1957 and 1961.

This relationship produced fleet and graceful, French-accented Beethoven (Pastoral Symphony and overtures) and Brahms (Symphony no.4) and a superbly cast Damnation of Faust still widely considered as the finest interpretation of Berlioz’s ‘dramatic legend’ on record. Gounod, Bizet, Auber and Debussy receive no less vividly idiomatic treatment.

Markevitch was best known internationally as a fiery interpreter of Russian repertoire, represented here by virtuoso pieces of tone-colour and atmosphere from Liadov, Rimsky-Korsakov, Borodin and Tchaikovsky, including two specialities, Francesca da Rimini and the ‘Pathétique’ Symphony.

He could also galvanise choruses to heights of dynamic response: DG recorded him in Haydn’s Creation, Mozart’s Coronation Mass (twice, in Berlin and Paris, both reissued here) and the less familiar D minor Requiem of Cherubini and Gounod’s Saint Cecilia Mass. Recorded in Prague with the Czech Philharmonic in the early 1960s, these albums became Markevitch’s swansong to DG. Featuring original covers and a new essay by Peter Quantrill, this box includes much material long unavailable on CD.

‘There has never been a Faust as totally idiomatic as this one. The score came home to Paris, as it were, not simply because of geography but more importantly, for the pure Gallic singing by the principals and the wonderfully piquant orchestral playing by the still traditional-sounding Orchestre Lamoureux ... None of this would count for much if Markevitch weren’t such a superb Berlioz interpreter ... equally superb Harold in Italy.’ - Fanfare, March 2018

‘The brilliant and exciting mono recording of Harold in Italy by Heinz Kirchner, a first-rate soloist, with the Berlin Philharmonic under Markevitch, brings a riveting final orgy.’ - Penguin Guide, 1994 (Harold in Italy)

‘A marvel: the Coronation Mass directed by Markevitch ... and especially the sublime Maria Stader in the Agnus Dei solo.’ - Diapason, August 1990

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