The Legendary Igor Markevitch in concert this week. I'm not kidding.

The Legendary Igor Markevitch in concert this week. I'm not kidding.
The Legendary Igor Markevitch in concert this week. I’m not kidding.

Click on the link here for Audio Player – Aix-en-Provence Festival 1958 – The Belgian National Radio Orchestra, Igor Markevitch, Cond. – Gordon Skene Sound Collection

Another historic concert this week. From the 1958 Aix-en-Provence Festival, The Belgian National Radio Orchestra led by the legendary Igor Markevitch in music by Bizet, Messaien and Berlioz.

Running a little over an hour, with commentary by Markevitch himself (in French), the concert features the following:

1. Bizet: L’Arlesienne Suite No.2

2. Messaien: Hymne

3. Berlioz: Symphonie Fantastique

A very nice concert which may take a little getting used to, especially if you aren’t accustomed to hearing your orchestra really tightly miked. But Markevitch was an incredible conductor and puts this little band through its paces, so it more than makes up for the fact that you’d wish they moved the microphones back a couple feet at least.

But for history you gotta take what you can get.

Enjoy – it’s Hump Day anyway.

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4 thoughts on “Igor Markevitch And The Belgian National Radio Orchestra At The Aix-en-Provence Festival 1958 – Past Daily Mid-Week Concert

  1. Wonderful. IM was one of the truly important musicians. And I’m delighted to add another document to my Fantatstique collection. Thanks Gordon.

    1. Glad you liked it. I was worried people would find the sound a little too harsh to deal with.

  2. Thanks Gordon and no worries about the sound. All Markevitch is interesting. I saw him conducting his last parisian concerts (with Orchestre National) and could attend some of his fantastic rehearsals; this was at a time he suffered from severe ear troubles. He did not use to talk a lot, just show directly the music through his amazing baton technique.

  3. Messiaen
    Great concert and outstanding performance of Hector Berlioz’s Symphonie fantastique

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