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Franck: Symphony In D Minor; Prokofiev: Alexander Nevsky Op 78, Etc / Sante, Stokowski, Netherlands Radio Po, Et Al


Release Date: 09/30/2008 
Label:  Medici Masters   Catalog #: 26-2   Spars Code: n/a 
Composer:  Maurice RavelCésar FranckSergei Prokofiev
Performer:  Sophia Van Sante
Conductor:  Leopold Stokowski
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Netherlands Radio Philharmonic OrchestraNetherlands Radio Chorus
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 18 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Such youthful energy…and only 88! Stokey and the Dutch on a roller-coaster.

Listening to the 88-year-old Leopold Stokowski take a scenic if somewhat circuitous route through César Franck's D minor Symphony is something of a culture shock. This particular interpretation was also commercially recorded (the rousing Ravel Fanfare, too, both for Decca Phase Four), but live being live, the concert draws us nearer to the edge - and in this case the edge is refreshingly dangerous. Quite how the Netherlands Radio Philharmonic followed every twist and turn in Stokowski's maverick journey is a wonder to behold, and so is the sheer energy and youthfulness of it all. Tempi vary virtually by the bar but somehow it all adds up.
Read more Of course there were vintage Stokowski-led D minor predecessors from Philadelphia but here the richness of tone, "shimmering sonority" (to quote the composer Lex van Delden), jaw-dropping flexibility and sense of communal excitement carries you along…though I'd leave your study score on the shelf.

Prokofiev's Nevsky is rather a different matter, fitfully thrilling but less secure overall. Then again, Stokowski hadn't conducted it nearly as often: he never recorded the work commercially though in 1943 he did direct the first American performance. "Robust and lively" is how I'd describe this performance, with tempi that sometimes sound a little rushed and a "Battle on Ice" that starts well (aside for some imprecise string runs), accelerates from a very slow trudge - typical provocative Stoky, this - but disappoints when the chirpy string theme barges in at around the halfway point (6'08"), a little stodgily in this case, though the tension soon builds again. Warm singing from Sophia van Sante in "The Field of the Dead" is a bonus, the voice and orchestra staying the same course - just about. It's all pretty impressive, warts'n'all - and very well recorded though there are one or two odd balances in Nevsky.

Rob Cowan - Gramophone Magazine
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Works on This Recording

1.
L'éventail de Jeanne: Fanfare by Maurice Ravel
Conductor:  Leopold Stokowski
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Netherlands Radio Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1927; France 
Date of Recording: August 22, 1970 
Venue:  De Doelen, Rotterdam 
Length: 2 Minutes 15 Secs. 
2.
Symphony in D minor, M 48 by César Franck
Conductor:  Leopold Stokowski
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Netherlands Radio Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1886-1888; France 
Date of Recording: August 22, 1970 
Venue:  Live  De Doelen, Rotterdam 
Length: 39 Minutes 24 Secs. 
3.
Alexander Nevsky, Op. 78 by Sergei Prokofiev
Performer:  Sophia Van Sante (Mezzo Soprano)
Conductor:  Leopold Stokowski
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Netherlands Radio Philharmonic Orchestra,  Netherlands Radio Chorus
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1938/1939; USSR 
Date of Recording: August 22, 1970 
Venue:  De Doelen, Rotterdam 

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