Trpceski breathes new life into Tchaikovsky classic

National Symphony Orchestra and Simon Trpceski National Concert Hall, Dublin March 13 Reviewed by Dick O’Riordan

21st March, 2009

The Russian Igor Markevich is something of a lost talent to the music world. As a child prodigy, he quit composing after suffering a nervous breakdown, and took to conducting instead. Even Stravinsky, who was not slow to admire his own genius, was said to be in awe of him.

His six-part Rebus, written when he was just 19 years old, has an astonishing maturity that is compelling throughout. From its blaring brass opening, through...

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