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IGOR MARKEVITCH

“You are the most striking personality in contemporary music, and I am happy to thank you for the influence you have had on me.” So wrote Bela Bartók to Igor Markevitch, one of the most unique people in the history of music. Here we have a composer who at the age of sixteen (1929) played his own Piano Concerto at Covent Garden in London. The following year the great impresario Diaghilev premièred his ballet L'Habit du Roi, and by the time he was twenty he was regarded as one of the great composers of the 20th century. Yet today he is only remembered as an elegant and gifted conductor, especially of Russian and French repertoire.

Markevitch was born in Kiev in 1912, but in 1914 the family fled Russia and settled in Paris. His musical gifts were recognised at an early age, and when just nine years old became a prodigy pianist, studying with the great Alfred Cortot. At 14, he became a composition student of the famous French musician Nadia Boulenger.

His first major orchestral composition was the Sinfonietta in F, a four-movement work for conventional orchestra, beginning a series of successes. In 1933 the Concertgebouw Orchestra invited him to conduct Rebus, beginning a turn in Markevitch’s career. He took some lessons from the leading French conductor, Pierre Monteux, and the great mentor of conductors Hermann Scherchen offered further guidance.

As his reputation as a conductor grew, he devoted less time to composition. He also turned to teaching young conductors of outstanding merit and, as an Italian citizen, he died quite suddenly in Antibes on March 7, 1983.

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Role: Classical Composer 
Album Title
Catalogue No  Work Category 
MARKEVITCH, I.: Orchestral Works (Complete), Vol. 1 - Partita / Le paradis perdu (Arnhem Philharmonic, Lyndon-Gee) Naxos
8.570773
Orchestral, Choral - Sacred
MARKEVITCH, I.: Orchestral Works (Complete), Vol. 2 - Le Nouvel Age / Sinfonietta / Cinema-Ouverture (Arnhem Philharmonic, Lyndon-Gee) Naxos
8.572152
Orchestral
MARKEVITCH, I.: Orchestral Works (Complete), Vol. 3 - Cantique d'Amour / L'Envol d'Icare / Concerto Grosso (Arnhem Philharmonic, Lyndon-Gee) Naxos
8.572153
Orchestral
MARKEVITCH, I.: Orchestral Works (Complete), Vol. 4 - Rebus / Hymnes (Arnhem Philharmonic, Lyndon-Gee) Naxos
8.572154
Orchestral
MARKEVITCH, I.: Orchestral Works (Complete), Vol. 5 - Lorenzo il Magnifico / Psaume (Arnhem Philharmonic, Lyndon-Gee) Naxos
8.572155
Vocal, Orchestral
MARKEVITCH, I.: Orchestral Works (Complete), Vol. 6 - La Taille de l'Homme (Shelton, Arnhem Philharmonic, Lyndon-Gee) Naxos
8.572156
Orchestral
MARKEVITCH, I.: Orchestral Works (Complete), Vol. 7 - Piano Concerto / Cantate / Icare (Hoek, Arnhem Philharmonic, Lyndon-Gee) Naxos
8.572157
Orchestral, Concertos, Orchestral
MARKEVITCH: Orchestral Music, Vol. 1 - Le Nouvel Age / Sinfonietta / Cinema Overture Marco Polo
8.223653
Orchestral
MARKEVITCH: Orchestral Music, Vol. 2 - Cantique d'Amour / L'Envol d'Icare / Concerto Grosso Marco Polo
8.223666
Orchestral
MARKEVITCH: Orchestral Music, Vol. 3 - Rebus / Hymnes Marco Polo
8.223724
Orchestral
MARKEVITCH: Orchestral Music, Vol. 4 - Lorenzo il Magnifico / Psaume Marco Polo
8.223882
Orchestral, Vocal
MARKEVITCH: Orchestral Music, Vol. 5 - La Taille de l'Homme Marco Polo
8.225054
Orchestral
MARKEVITCH: Orchestral Music, Vol. 6 - Piano Concerto / Cantate / Icare Marco Polo
8.225076
Concertos, Orchestral

Role: Arranger 
Album Title
Catalogue No  Work Category 

Role: Conductor 
Album Title
Catalogue No  Work Category 
BBC LEGENDS - Great Recordings from the Archive (20 CD Box Set) ICA Classics
ICAB5113
Orchestral, Vocal, Ballet, Vocal
BOULANGER, Nadia: Nadia Boulanger - Mademoiselle (NTSC) Ideale Audience
DVD5DM41
Classical Concert
CLASSIC ARCHIVE: Conductors (SD NTSC on Blu-ray) Ideale Audience
3075094
Classical Concert
GREAT CHORAL CLASSICS (5-CD Box Set) ICA Classics
ICAB5127
Choral - Sacred, Orchestral
TCHAIKOVSKY, P.I.: Symphonies (Complete) (London Symphony, Markevitch) Newton Classics
NC8802036
Orchestral
VERDI, G.: Requiem / ROSSINI, G.: Overtures (Markevitch) (1957-1960) ICA Classics
ICAC5068
Choral - Sacred, Orchestral





 
 
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