IGOR MARKEVITCH (1912-1983): Complete Orchestral Works, Vol. 4 - Rébus, Hymnes.
Catalogue Number: 03L091
Description: Hailed by many as the "second Igor", Markevitch was persona non grata with Stravinsky after the premiere of Rébus in 1931. Intended as a ballet but never performed, the work is in six sections which contain much frenetic, powerfully rhythmic music which leads to an ever-more intense fugue and a final Parade which, building from an inaudibly soft opening, barrels relentlessly to a powerful conclusion. Hymnes is in five sections, the first three of which date from 1932-3 and the last, Hymne à la Mort from 1936. Markevitch's most experimental work, Hymnes is close to the mood of the machine-age, materialistic Le Nouvel Âge. The "Hymn to Death", originally one of three songs for voice and piano - a young man's meditation upon death, closes with almost Boulezian sounds, courtesy of piano, tubular bells, triangle and tam-tam. Arnhem Philharmonic Orchestra; Christopher Lyndon-Gee. Original 1997 Marco Polo release.