Chabrier, Debussy, Glinka, Ravel, Richard Strauss, Tchaikovsky, Verdi
CD No: IMG Artists CZS 5 75124 2 (2 CDs) Duration: Reviewed: August 2002
Great Conductors - Igor Markevitch
Reviewed by Bill Newman
Here is a case of a conductor well-represented on disc, with recorded material as far as I can establish still prevalent and locatable on various labels.
I think that Markevitchs earlier EMI recordings on the English Columbia label for Walter Legge are his most outstanding. In good mono sound from the early 1950s, they are worth checking out to see if anything has escaped the selection board. LP box sets like Homage to Diaghilev and recordings with the French National Orchestra such as Tchaikovskys Romeo and Juliet and Borodins Polovtsian Dances.
It is good to have Tchaikovskys Manfred Symphony back again, next to the Pathétique the composers symphonic masterwork. I would have preferred Rimsky-Korsakovs Le Coq dOr suite instead of the dances from Glinkas A Life for the Tsar. Debussys La mer, in the Lamoureux recording, is splendid. The addition of Daphnis and Chloe (Suite 2) by the North German Orchestra is questionable and Till Eulenspiegel does not measure up to Erich Kleibers.