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Today’s Once Upon the Internet unearths some tracks recorded by the Swiss-Ukrainian cellist, author and musicologist Dimitry Markevitch. If the name sounds familiar, it may be because he’s the younger brother of the renowned conductor, Igor Markevitch.

Born in Switzerland of Ukrainian parents, Dimirty Markevitch (1923–2002) started cello at age six. He studied with Maurice Eisenberg at the École Normale in Paris and then at Tanglewood with Gregor Piatigorsky, who had first befriended and taught Markevitch at age seven.

After playing in the New York Philharmonic for five years, Markevitch returned to Paris, teaching at the École Normale, directing the Conservatoire Rachmaninoff, and even managing a sewing-machine plant.

Markevitch rediscovered several important manuscripts, including Westphal and Kellner transcriptions of several Bach Suites, and published his own edition of the Suites, playing all six in recital at Carnegie Hall in New York in 1964.

He also unearthed two previously unknown pieces by Ludwig van Beethoven: the Sonata for Violoncello and Piano, Opus 64 (based on his string trio, op. 3), and the Kreutzer Sonata, transcribed for cello by Czerny.

He contributed to editions of pieces by Mussorgsky, De Falla, Stravinsky, and Shostakovich and wrote Cello Story, a book on the history and repertoire of the cello.

He was one of the first people to champion "authentic" instrumental techniques and played a baroque cello for pieces composed before the 19th century. He specialized in works for the solo cello and his book The Solo Cello is a comprehensive guide to the subject.

Among the works I retained you will find two of the Bach solo cello suites, and two Beethoven sonatas for cello and piano – he op. 64 he’s credited with rediscovering and the op. 17 (originally set for horn, but also adapted by Ludwig for the cello.)

Happy Listening!

All works performed by DImitry Markevitch, cello with Daniel Spiegelberg, piano (Beethoven sonatas)

Johann Sebastian BACH (1685-1750)
Suite for Cello solo no 5 in C minor, BWV 1011

Ludwig van BEETHOVEN (1770-1827)
Sonata in F major, Op. 17 (for Cello and Piano)

Johann Sebastian BACH (1685-1750)
Suite for Cello solo no 6 in D major, BWV 1012

Ludwig van BEETHOVEN (1770-1827)
Sonata for Cello and Piano in E flat major, Op. 64

Hyperlink (Internet Archive) :

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  1. itywltmt's Avatar
    We are repurposing the music from this post as a new montage in our ongoing A la Carte series on the For Your Listening Pleasure podcast October 19, 2021. The following notes are an update with useful links we have created or discovered since the original post.

    The original post, featuring cello music by Beethoven and Bach, is being “mashed up” into a pair of new playlists, the first of which features Bach’s suites for solo cello.

    This new musical share, in tandem with another playlist from the Once Upon the Internet series completes the set of six suites.

    The second suite was taken from the complete set recorded by Mr. Markevitch, found on YouTube at the following URLs:

    Volume 1 (Suites 1, 3, 5) -

    Volume 2 (Suites 2, 4 6) -

    Happy (further) listening!

    Johann Sebastian BACH (1685-1750)

    Cello Suite no 2 in D Minor, BWV 1008
    Cello Suite no 5 in C minor, BWV 1011
    Cello Suite no 6 in D major, BWV 1012

    Dimitry Markevitch, cello

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