Igor Markevitch

Igor Markevitch was a composer and conductor whose highly original works are being rediscovered through a recording series on Marco Polo. Studied piano with Alfred Cortot and composition with Nadia Boulanger. At age of 16 was commissioned by Diaghilev to write a Piano Concerto, premiered at Covent Garden. At centre of Parisian musical life in 1930s. Radical scores include Cantate to texts by Cocteau, the Ramuz collaboration La Taille de l'Homme, and ballet score L'Envol d'Icare featuring quartertones (later revised as Icare).

Music shows kinship with Stravinsky and the Russian constructivist aesthetic. Love of mechanistic musical processes foreshadows minimalism. Rhythmic energy and sense of orchestral colour make works highly suitable for choreograph.

In the 1940s, with old world swept away by war, he turned away from composition to focus on conducting. Permanent appointments in Stockholm, Paris, Montreal, Madrid, Monte Carlo and Rome. In the last years before his death he turned his baton towards his own works, prompting reappraisal of his output and current revival in recordings and performance.

Works by Igor Markevitch include:
Partita (1931) for piano and small orchestra
L'Envol d'Icare  / Icare (1932/1943) Ballet for orchestra
Le Paradis Perdu (1934-35) Oratorio for soloists, chorus and orchestra
Lorenzo il Magnifico (1940) for soprano and orchestra

"We musicians play in Time and with Time, but sometimes it is Time that plays with us. One day, unpredictably, the evolution of culture makes real an oeuvre which has lain in obscurity." Igor Markevitch

Year / Artwork Title Importance Medium
1928-1929 Sinfonietta in F 4.00 stars CD
Epervier Comments:
Arnhem Philharmonic Orchestra cond. Christopher Lyndon-Gee
1930 Concerto Grosso 4.00 stars CD
Comments:
Arnhem Philharmonic Orchestra cond. Christopher Lyndon-Gee
1931 Rébus 4.00 stars CD
Comments:
Arnhem Philharmonic Orchestra cond. Christopher Lyndon-Gee
1931 Partita 4.00 stars CD
Epervier Comments:
Martijn van der Hoek - Piano
Netherlands Concert Choir
Arnhem Philharmonic Orchestra cond. Christopher Lyndon-Gee
1931 Cinema-Ouverture 4.00 stars CD
Epervier Comments:
Arnhem Philharmonic Orchestra cond. Christopher Lyndon-Gee
1932 (-1943) The Flight of Icarus 4.00 stars CD
Comments:
Arnhem Philharmonic Orchestra cond. Christopher Lyndon-Gee
1933 Psaume-Tehillim 4.00 stars CD
Comments:
Lucy Shelton - Soprano

Arnhem Philharmonic Orchestra cond. Christopher Lyndon-Gee

1933-1934 Le Paradis Perdu 4.00 stars  CD
Epervier Comments:
Lucy Shelton - Soprano
Sarah Walker - Mezzo-Soprano
Jon Garrisson - Tenor
Arnhem Philharmonic Orchestra cond. Christopher Lyndon-Gee
1932-3 - 1936 Hymnes 4.00 stars CD
Comments:

Lucy Shelton - Soprano
Arnhem Philharmonic Orchestra cond. Christopher Lyndon-Gee

1936 Cantique d'Amour 4.00 stars CD
Comments:
Arnhem Philharmonic Orchestra cond. Christopher Lyndon-Gee
1937 Le Nouvel Age 4.00 stars CD
Epervier Comments:
Arnhem Philharmonic Orchestra cond. Christopher Lyndon-Gee
1939 La Taille de l'Homme 4.00 stars CD
Comments:
Text by Ramuz

Lucy Shelton - Soprano
Arnhem Philharmonic Orchestra cond. Christopher Lyndon-Gee

1940 Lorenzo il Magnifico 4.00 stars CD
Comments:

Lucy Shelton - Soprano
Arnhem Philharmonic Orchestra cond. Christopher Lyndon-Gee