TCHAIKOVSKY Complete Symphonies. London Symphony Orchestra / Igor Markevitch. Newton Classics 4cds

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Tchaikovsky Complete Symphonies London Symphony Igor Markevitch Newton Classics 4Cds

TCHAIKOVSKY

Complete Symphonies

London Symphony Orchestra / Igor Markevitch

Igor Markevitch was one of the great Russian conductors of the 20th century. Originally he intended to become a composer, and he studied in Paris under Nadia Boulanger. At this time (1925) he met Diaghilev, who asked him to write a piano concerto and a ballet ‘Rebus’: a superbly spiky work infused with sweet-sour bitonality and rhythmic aggression. Although he had acquired the nickname ‘Igor II’ (the 1st being Stravinsky), he took a conducting courses with Scherchen, and it was this great conductor who persuaded him to take up the profession, and he abandoned composition in the late 1930s.

His conducting style is incisive, with an ability to build and control tension – ideal for Stravinsky and Bartók. His discography is extensive, but among the most highly regarded of his recordings is the cycle of Tchaikovsky Symphonies he made in the 1960s. Sadly these had a relatively short life in the catalogue and this Newton Classics set is a welcome return for these superb performances.

Recordings made in 1962–66

New booklet notes

‘Markevitch recorded a complete cycle of Tchaikovsky symphonies with the LSO between 1962 and 1966. As time went by they were overshadowed by both the Karajan and Haitink sets and to some extent by Muti, too.

The recording was always brilliant and resonantly full with fine deep brass sonorities; now it is that bit clearer, yet the strings remain rounded and the ambient bloom is retained… Overall, these performances match the best available, with the adrenaline running free, a fine understanding of the music and a spontaneous Tchaikovskian feeling pervading the music-making throughout. This issue certainly represents outstanding value.’ Gramophone, march 1991

Newton Classics 4cds 8802036

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