IGOR MARKEVITCH (1912-1983): Orchestral Works, Vol. 1 - Partita for Piano and Orchestra, Le Paradis Perdu.
Catalogue Number: 10K009
Description: "Vol. 1?", you say? Well, the seven volumes of Markevitch recorded by these forces back in the mid to late 90s and which came out on Marco Polo will become Vols. 2-8 when they are reissued on Naxos. So, this last volume of Markevitch's orchestral works goes back to early pieces of 1931 (the Partita, an 18-minute work with cool, perfectly controlled, often neo-baroque, outer movements embracing a more individual and emotionally responsive slow movement) and 1934. The "setting" (there is little actual Milton in it, being rather an adaptation of his "storyline") of "Paradise Lost" lasts just under an hour and develops a considerable momentum with superb orchestration and well-executed dramatic gestures as Eve, Life and Satan wend their way through Man's first major crisis. The detailed notes are of the same quantity (11 pages) and quality as those in the Marco Polo releases. Texts and translations available on-line. Martijn van den Hoek (piano), Lucy Shelton (soprano), Sarah Walker (mezzo), Jon Garrison (tenor), Netherlands Concert Choir, Arnhem Philharmonic Orchestra; Christopher Lyndon-Gee.