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Igor Markevitch

Igor Markevitch - The Deutsche Grammophon Legacy (21CD)

Issued complete for the first time, Igor Markevitch’s Deutsche Grammophon Legacy from Berlin, Paris, Prague and New York, made between 1953 and 1965. ORIGINAL JACKETS | LIMITED EDITION.


‘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.

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. 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.

Featuring original covers and a new essay by Peter Quantrill, this box includes much material long unavailable on CD.

TRACK LIST

CD 1
LUIGI CHERUBINI (1760–1842)
Requiem No. 2 in D minor
Czech Philharmonic Chorus & Orchestra

WOLFGANG AMADEUS MOZART (1756–1791)
Mass in C major, KV 317 ‘Krönungsmesse’ (1959 recording)
Maria Stader, soprano
Oralia Dominguez, contralto
Ernst Haefliger, tenor
Michel Roux, bass
Choeurs Elisabeth Brasseur
Orchestre des Concerts Lamoureux

CD 2
WOLFGANG AMADEUS MOZART (1756–1791)
Symphony No. 34 in C major, KV 338*
Symphony No. 38 in D major, KV 504 ‘Prague’*
Berliner Philharmoniker

Symphony No. 35 in D major, KV 385 ‘Haffner’*

CHRISTOPH WILLIBALD GLUCK (1714–1787)
Sinfonia in G major (Arr. Hans Gál)
Orchestre des Concerts Lamoureux

*mono recordings

CD 3
WOLFGANG AMADEUS MOZART (1756–1791)
Bassoon Concerto in B flat major, KV 191
Maurice Allard, bassoon
Orchestre des Concerts Lamoureux

JOSEPH HAYDN (1732–1809)
Sinfonia concertante in B flat major, H.I: 105*
Georges Alès, violin · André Remond, cello
Émile Mayousse, oboe · Raymond Droulez, bassoon
Orchestre des Concerts Lamoureux

DOMENICO CIMAROSA (1749–1801)
Concerto for two flutes in G major*
Aurèle Nicolet, Fritz Demmler, flutes
Berliner Philharmoniker

FRANZ SCHUBERT (1797 –1828)
Symphony No. 3 in D major, D.200*
Berliner Philharmoniker

*mono recordings

CD 4
LUDWIG VAN BEETHOVEN (1770–1827)
Overture: Egmont, Op. 84
Overture: Leonore III
Overture: Fidelio, Op. 72
Overture: Coriolan, Op. 62
Overture: Zur Namensfeier, Op. 115
Overture: Die Weihe des Hauses, Op. 124
Orchestre des Concerts Lamoureux

CD 5
LUDWIG VAN BEETHOVEN (1770–1827)
Symphony No. 3 in E flat major, Op. 55 ‘Eroica’*
Symphony of the Air
*mono recording

CD 6
LUDWIG VAN BEETHOVEN (1770–1827)
Symphony No. 6 in F major, Op. 68 ‘Pastoral’*
Orchestre des Concerts Lamoureux
*mono recording

CD 7
JOHANNES BRAHMS (1833–1897)
Symphony No. 1 in C minor, Op. 68*
Symphony of the Air
*mono recording

CD 8
JOHANNES BRAHMS (1833–1897)
Symphony No. 4 in E minor, Op. 98
Orchestre des Concerts Lamoureux

HECTOR BERLIOZ (1803–1869)
Harold en Italie, Op. 16*
Heinz Kirchner, viola
Berliner Philharmoniker
*mono recording

CD 9
HECTOR BERLIOZ (1803–1869)
Symphonie fantastique, Op. 14 (1961 recording)

LUIGI CHERUBINI (1760–1842)
Anacréon: Overture

DANIEL AUBER (1782–1871)
La muette de Portici, S.16: Overture
Orchestre des Concerts Lamoureux

CDs 10–11
HECTOR BERLIOZ (1803–1869)
La Damnation de Faust, Op. 24
Faust Richard Verreau
Marguerite Consuelo Rubio
Méphistophélès Michel Roux
Brander Pierre Mollet
Chœurs Elisabeth Brasseur
Chœur Enfants RTF
Orchestre des Concerts Lamoureux

CD 12
CHARLES GOUNOD (1818–1893)
Symphony No. 2 in E flat major*

GEORGES BIZET (1838–1875)
Jeux d’enfants, Op. 22*
CLAUDE DEBUSSY (1862–1918)
La Mer
Danse sacrée et Danse profane

Suzanne Cotelle, harp (Debussy: Danses)
Orchestre des Concerts Lamoureux
*mono recordings

CD 13
NIKOLAI RIMSKY-KORSAKOV (1844–1908)
Russian Easter Festival Overture, Op. 36*
Overture: May Night
Le Coq d’or – Suite

ALEXANDER BORODIN (1833–1887)
In the Steppes of Central Asia

ANATOLY LYADOV (1855–1914)
Fragment de l’Apocalypse – Tableau symphonique pour orchestre, Op. 66

MIKHAIL GLINKA (1804–1857)
Overture: Ruslan and Lyudmila

Orchestre des Concerts Lamoureux
*mono recordings

CD 14
PETER ILYICH TCHAIKOVSKY (1840–1893)
Symphony No. 6 in B minor, Op. 74 ‘Pathétique’*
Berliner Philharmoniker

Francesca da Rimini, Op. 32
Orchestre des Concerts Lamoureux
*mono recording

CD 15
RICHARD WAGNER (1813–1883)
Lohengrin: Preludes to Acts I & III
Tannhäuser: Overture
Orchestre des Concerts Lamoureux

Tannhäuser: Venusberg Music (Bacchanale)*
Siegfried Idyll*
Die Walküre: Walkürenritt*
Berliner Philharmoniker

*mono recordings

CD 16
DARIUS MILHAUD (1892–1974)
Les Choéphores, Op. 24*
Genevieve Moizan, soprano
Hélène Bouvier, mezzo-soprano (Electre)
Heinz Rehfuss, baritone (Oreste)
Claude Nollier, speaker
Chorale de l’Université de Paris
Georges Gitton, chorus master

ARTHUR HONEGGER (1892–1955)
Symphony No. 5 ‘Di tre re’*

ALBERT ROUSSEL (1869–1937)
Bacchus et Ariane, Op. 43 – Suite No. 2
Orchestre des Concerts Lamoureux

*mono recordings

CD 17
HECTOR BERLIOZ (1803–1869)
Symphonie fantastique, Op. 14 (1953 recording)*

MODEST MUSSORGSKY (1839–1881)
Pictures at an Exhibition (orch. Ravel)*
Berliner Philharmoniker

*mono recordings

CD 18
FRANZ BERWALD (1796–1868)
Symphony No. 3 in C major ‘Singulière’*
Symphony No. 4 in E flat major*

FRANZ SCHUBERT (1797–1828)
Symphony No. 4 in C minor, D.417 ‘Tragic’*
Berliner Philharmoniker

*mono recordings

CDs 19–20
JOSEPH HAYDN: (1732–1809)
Die Schöpfung, Hob. XI: 2*
Irmgard Seefried, soprano
Richard Holm, tenor
Kim Borg, bass
Chor der St. Hedwigs-Kathedrale, Berlin
Berliner Philharmoniker

WOLFGANG AMADEUS MOZART (1756–1791)
Mass in C major, KV 317 ‘Krönungsmesse’ (1954 recording)*
Maria Stader, soprano
Sieglinde Wagner, contralto
Helmut Krebs, tenor
Josef Greindl, bass
Chor der St. Hedwigs-Kathedrale
Berliner Philharmoniker

*mono recordings

CD 21
CHARLES GOUNOD (1818–1893)
Messe solennelle de Sainte Cécile*
Irmgard Seefried, soprano
Gerhard Stolze, tenor
Hermann Uhde, bass
Czech Philharmonic Chorus
Josef Veselka, chorus master
Czech Philharmonic Orchestra

IGOR MARKEVITCH

An Interview with Igor Markevitch*

*mono recordings