The great Russian American
violinist Albert Markov was born in 1933 in Kharkov, Ukraine.
Among his teachers was Yuri Yankelevich (1909-1973) who was the
teacher of other leading violinists, among then Leonid Kogan,
Vladimir Spivakov, Nelli Shkolnikova and Victor Tretyakov.
Niccolo PAGANINI Violin concerto No. 2 in B minor, Op. 7
With Moscow Radio Symphony
Orchestra, Gennady Rozhdestvensky conductor
Bidzina KVERNADZE: Violin concerto (1956)
With Moscow Radio Synphony
Orchestra, Zakhary Khurodze conductor
Ulvi Cemal ERKIN: Violin concerto (1947)
With USSR Cinema Symphony
Orchestra, Hajibeyov Niyazi conductor
Arcangelo CORELLI: Violin sonata in D minor, Op. 5 No. 12 La Folia
George Frideric HANDEL: Violin sonata in G minor Op. 1 No. 10
Carl Maria von WEBER: Violin sonata in F, Op. 10a No. 1 (2nd mvt)
Romance (arr. Kreisler as Larghetto)
Fritz KREISLER: Allegretto in G major in the style of Boccherini
Cyril Meir SCOTT: Lotus land, Op. 47 No. 1 (arr. Kreisler)
Johannes BRAHMS: Hungarian dance No. 17 in F# minor (arr. Kreisler)
Niccolo PAGANINI: Sonata in A minor, Op. 3 No. 4 (arr. Agarkov)
Niccolo PAGANINI: Le Streghe (Witches' Dance): Variations on a
theme by Sussmeyer, Op. 8
Niccolo PAGANINI: Caprice for solo Violin No. 7 in A minor
Aram KHACHATURIAN: Chanson-poeme in E minor (1929)
Dmitry KABALEVSKY: Improvisation, Op. 21
Fritz KREISLER: Gypsy Caprice
Manuel de FALLA: Spanish dance from La Vida Breve (arr. Kreisler)
Recorded 1956 - 1963
Markov was the second prize winner at the 1959 International Queen
Elisabeth Violin Competition in Brussels, the year that Jamie
Laredo was the first and Joseph Silverstein was the third.
Following his winning, Markov embarked on an extensiv solo career
and in 1975 emigrated to the USA.
He has appeared as soloist with many leading orchestras under
such conductors as Gennady Rozhdestvensky, Kurt Sanderling, Kirill
Kondrashin, James Conlon, Neeme Jarvi, David Zinman, Andrew Litton,
Lukas Foss, Sixten Ehrling, Kazuyoshi Akiyama, Sergiu Comissiona
and Charles Groves.
Albert Markov is an outstanding musician, praised by critics for
his beautiful, warm silky tone and for his dazzling virtuosity.
He is also a noted composer of many works for violin, chamber
music, symphonic and opera.
He is a highly respected viokin pedagog. He published several
violin instruction and performing analysis books.
The items on this set are taken from Markov's Melodiya recordings
made in the late 1950s and early 1960s.