Jerzy Semkow was one of the more successful conductors specializing in late 19th century Russian repertory. A onetime student of Erich Kleiber, Bruno Walter, and Tulio Serafin, Semkow brought much of the panache of that generation of early 20th century conductors to a repertory they never embraced, primarily Russian Romantic music.
Semkow recorded for several different labels beginning in the early 1970s, and the list of works he conducted includes concertos by Nielsen and Chopin, and Scriabin's Symphony No. 2. His biggest contribution to recorded music, however, may lie with his recordings of Borodin's Prince Igor and Mussorgsky's Boris Godunov, both done for EMI, which hold up extremely well as performances.