Jun Märkl is special guest at the celebration of the 25th anniversary of the Naxos label in Paris this month, when his nine-disc boxed set of the complete Debussy orchestral cycle with the Orchestre National de Lyon will be featured. The latest disc and indeed the whole set continue to reap spectacular reviews worldwide:
“Each of these performances is filled with rapture and excitement. In the Fantasy Jean-Yves Thibaudet’s constant arpeggios swell and ebb with fluid articulation as he picks out just right treble notes to underline Märkl’s filigreed orchestral lines… Märkl creates a luminous impressionist sound bed… Märkl and his orchestra are simply superb” (American Record Guide, March 2012).
Märkl also made a brief diversion with TelArc recently, accompanying American cellist Zuill Bailey on a Dvořák disc with the Indianapolis Symphony. The disc also included two Dvořák tone poems.
“Märkl shows himself a masterful Dvořákian throughout this disc, eliciting performances that are vital and idiomatic, yet sensitive and full of Bohemian color. Full symphony cycles are not common in these economically trying times, but perhaps some enterprising label might enlist Märkl for a complete Dvořák set. Based on these performances, it would likely prove a worthy addition to the catalogue” (Classical Review).
Also in May, Märkl returns to the NHK Symphony where he is an annual guest, for a subscription week and to conduct the orchestra’s annual composer composium – this year Hosokawa, with whom Märkl already has a strong association, having performed his works in Lyon and at the BBC Proms, and also recorded his Circulating Ocean for Naxos with the Orchestre National de Lyon.