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GERHARD MARKSON

“Markson gets his Irish orchestra to deliver a rousing performance.”
Classicstoday.com on Gerhard Markson’s version of Ein Heldenleben for Naxos.

Although increasingly active in Ireland, Gerhard Markson’s most constant home is Freiburg, located in Germany’s Black Forest, and the conductor’s great love of mountain hiking is no doubt encouraged by the city’s towering monument, the Schlossburg mountain.

He considers the sport his main form of leisure pursuit, though he also describes himself as a literary person (he in fact studied literature as well as music for many years), with additional interests in history and photography. He says that he and his family—wife, son and two daughters—always take their holidays “in the mountains” of any given region.

In one interview, Markson compared the progress of his career to “changes in altitude”: piano at seven, organ at twelve, first desires to be a conductor at fourteen, studies in music from eighteen, the beginnings of a stage career at twenty-six and so on.

Gerhard Markson has lent his talents to a number of Naxos and Marco Polo recordings, most notably with the National Symphony Orchestra of Ireland (where he is Principal Conductor designate) and in partnership with the cellist Maria Kliegel. The recordings have included Schnittke’s concertos together with works by Tchaikovsky, Bruch, Bloch and a whole CD of David Popper’s romantic compositions. Also on Naxos, Markson has recorded two of Richard Strauss’ symphonic poems.

On Marco Polo, Gerhard Markson has recorded a scintillating opera by Ermanno Wolf-Ferrari, Das Himmelskleid and two of Carl Maria von Weber’s more rarely heard operatic endeavours: Peter Schmoll and Silvana.

When asked about works that he would like to record in the future, he replies that there are just too many to name. Returning once again to his mountain leitmotif, he says that like a hike in a new mountainous area, each piece of his repertoire is a separate challenge. Challenged to declare which recording he is most satisfied with, he says that he is never fully satisfied…there’s always a new altitude to reach for, a new level to attain.

Box Set Release Catalogue Number
25th Anniversary Boxed Sets - Sacred Naxos 8.501062
A to Z Gift Pack Naxos 8.554775
Elegie - Relaxing with the Composers Naxos 8.505092
The Seasons Naxos 8.504038
The Very Best Of Naxos 8.502020


Albums featuring this artist are available for download from ClassicsOnline.com
Role: Conductor 
Album Title
Catalogue No  Work Category 
ANDANTE - Romantic Music for Cello and Orchestra Naxos
8.555764
Orchestral
BEST OF NAXOS 9 (THE) Naxos
8.551202
Orchestral
CHILDREN'S CLASSICS - Music to Make Children Brighter (2008 International Edition) Naxos
8.578019-20
Concertos
CHILDREN'S CLASSICS - Music to Make Children Brighter (2009 Hong Kong Edition) Naxos
8.578057-58
Concertos
CLASSICAL FAVOURITES Naxos
8.554482-83
Orchestral, Opera, Orchestral
DE LYSE NAETTER - Stemningsfuld musik pa 3 CD'er (The Light Nights - Evocative Music on 3 CDs) Naxos
8.503148DK
Concertos
LA CELLISSIMA Naxos
8.551094
Concertos, Orchestral
Lunga Bla Timmar (Blue Hours) Naxos
8.503024
Orchestral
MUSICAL JOURNEY (A) - ST PETERSBURG: Palaces of the Tsars (NTSC) Naxos
2.110511
Classical Concert
My First Tchaikovsky Album Naxos
8.578214
Orchestral
MYSTERY OF AUTUMN (THE) Naxos
8.557791
Orchestral
POPPER: Romantic Cello Showpieces Naxos
8.554657
Orchestral, Concertos
SCHNITTKE: Cello Concerto / Stille Musik / Cello Sonata Marco Polo
8.223334
Concertos
SCHNITTKE: Cello Concerto / Stille Musik / Cello Sonata Naxos
8.554465
Concertos
STILLA VITA NATTER - Serenad - Liten kvallsmusik (Tranquil White Nights - Serenade - Little Night Music) Naxos
8.570394
Concertos
STRAUSS, R.: Don Quixote / Romance for Cello and Orchestra Naxos
8.554175
Orchestral
STRAUSS, R.: Heldenleben (Ein) / Macbeth Naxos
8.554417
Orchestral
STRAUSS, R.: Naxos Richard Strauss Album (The) Naxos
8.578137
Orchestral
TCHAIKOVSKY (THE BEST OF) Naxos
8.556652
Orchestral
TCHAIKOVSKY (THE VERY BEST OF) Naxos
8.552117-18
Orchestral
TCHAIKOVSKY: Variations on a Rococo Theme / BRUCH: Kol Nidrei / BLOCH: Schelomo Naxos
8.550519
Orchestral
WEBER: Peter Schmoll und seine Nachbarn Marco Polo
8.223592-93
Opera
WEBER: Silvana Marco Polo
8.223844-45
Opera
WOLF-FERRARI: Himmelskleid (Das) Marco Polo
8.223261-63
Opera





 
 
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