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Markevitch - The Philips Legacy

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Markevitch - The Philips Legacy
Markevitch - The Philips Legacy


Igor Markevitchs 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.

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)


  1. Name
  2. HADYN: Symphony No. 103 in E flat major, H.I:103 Drum Roll
  3. Symphony No. 104 in D major, H.I:104 London
  4. WEBER: Preciosa Overture, Op. 78, J.279
  5. MOZART: Piano Concerto No. 20 in D minor, KV 466
  6. Piano Concerto No. 24 in C minor, KV 491
  7. BEETHOVEN: Symphony No. 1 in C major, Op. 21
  8. Symphony No. 5 in C minor, Op. 67
  9. Symphony No. 8 in F major, Op. 93
  10. BEETHOVEN: Symphony No. 9 in D minor, Op. 125 Choral
  11. BEETHOVEN: Piano Concerto No. 3 in C minor, Op. 37
  12. CHOPIN: Piano Concerto No. 2 in F minor, Op. 21
  13. BERG: Violin Concerto To the Memory of an Angel
  14. BRAHMS: Tragic Overture, Op. 81
  15. Alto Rhapsody, Op. 53
  16. KODALY: Psalmus Hungaricus, Op. 13
  17. BIZET: Carmen Suite No. 1
  18. Carmen Suite No. 2
  19. LArlesienne Suite No. 1
  20. LArlésienne Suite No. 2
  21. TCHAIKOVSKY: Symphony No. 1 in G minor, Op. 13, TH.24 Winter Daydreams
  22. Symphony No. 2 in C minor, Op. 17, TH.25 Little Russian
  23. TCHAIKOVSKY: Symphony No. 3 in D major, Op. 29, TH.26 Polish
  24. Francesca da Rimini, Op. 32, TH.46
  25. TCHAIKOVSKY: Symphony No. 4 in F minor, Op. 36, TH.27
  26. Hamlet, Op. 67
  27. TCHAIKOVSKY: Symphony No. 5 in E minor, Op. 64, TH.29
  28. TCHAIKOVSKY: Symphony No. 6 in B minor, Op. 74, TH.30 Pathétique
  29. TCHAIKOVKSY: Manfred Symphony, Op. 58, TH.28
  30. RIMSKY-KORSAKOV: Capriccio Espagnol, Op. 34
  31. Scheherazade, Op. 35
  32. TCHAIKOVSKY: Ouverture solennelle 1812, Op. 49
  33. RIMSKY-KORSAKOV: Russian Easter Festival, Overture, Op. 36
  34. BORODIN: Polovtsian Dances (from Prince Igor)
  35. STRAVINSKY: Apollon musagète (1947 version)
  36. Suite No. 1 for Small Orchestra
  37. Suite No. 2 for Small Orchestra
  38. Four Norwegian Moods
  39. Circus Polka for a Young Elephant
  40. STRAVINSKY: LHistoire du Soldat
  41. Symphonie de Psaumes
  42. MUSSORGSKY (Orch. Markevitch): Cradle Song
  43. The Magpie
  44. Night
  45. Where art thou, little star?
  46. The Ragamuffin
  47. On The Dnieper
  48. TCHEREPNIN: Tati-Tati
  49. LEOPOLD MOZART: Toy Symphony
  50. BIZET: Jeux denfants Petite Suite, Op. 22
  51. VERDI: La forza del destino Sinfonia
  52. Macbeth Ballet Music (Act III)
  53. La traviata Prelude (Act I)
  54. Luisa Miller Overture
  55. Aida Overture
  56. Giovanna dArco Overture
  57. La traviata Prelude (Act III)
  58. I vespri siciliani Overture
  59. Messa da Requiem [beginning]: Requiem et Kyrie
  60. VERDI: [conclusion] Messa da Requiem
  61. MOMPOU: Los Improperios
  62. LUIS DE VICTORIA: Ave Maria
  63. Vexilla regis
  64. PADRE JAIME FERRER: LamentaciOn 1a
  65. LUIS DE VICTORIA: Magnificat primi toni
  66. OSCAR ESPLA Y TRIAY: De Profundis
  67. ERNESTO HALFFTER: Canticum in P.P. Johannem XXIII
  68. IGNACIO RAMONEDA: Veni Creator
  69. DE FALLA: Siete Canciones populares espanolas
  70. ALBENIZ: Catalonia
  71. HALFFTER: Fanfare (a la memoria de Enrique Granados
  72. GRANADOS: Spanish Dance, Op. 37 No. 9 Romantica
  73. Spanish Dance, Op. 37 No. 4 Villanesca
  74. Intermezzo (from Goyescas
  75. Zapateado (from Six Pieces on Spanish Folksongs)
  76. Spanish Dance, Op. 37 No. 8 Asturiana
  77. DE FALLA: Noches en los jardines de Espana
  78. El amor brujo
  79. CHABRIER: Espana rapsodie pour orchestre
  80. RAVEL: Bolero
  81. ANTOLOGIA DE LA ZARZUELA - Gimenez: La Tempranica
  82. AMADEAO VIVES: Dona Francisquita
  83. GIMENEZ: El baile de Luis Alonso: Intermedio
  84. BALBASTRE: La corte de Faraon
  85. PABLO LUNA: El Nino Judio (excerpts)
  86. TOMAS BRETON: La Verbena de la Paloma (excerpts)
  87. MANUEL PENELLA: El Gato Montes: Pasadoble
  88. FRANCISCO ALONSO: La Calesera: Dice el Rey que le debe guardar
  89. RUPERTO CHAPI Y LORENTE: La Revoltosa (excerpts)
  90. FEDERICO CHUECA: Agua, Azucarillos y Aguardiente
  91. GIMENEZ: La Tempranica: Zapateado
  92. La boda de Luis Alonso: Intermedio
  93. Y LORENTE: El tambor de Granaderos: Preludio
  94. BARBIERI: El barberillo de Lavapies
  95. Y LORENTE: El Rey que Rabio: Coro de doctores
  96. GIMENEZ: Ensenanza Libre: Gavota
  97. FERNANDEZ-CABALLERO: Gigantes y Cabezudos: Jota
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