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Tchaikovsky: Francesca Da Rimini, Serenade / Stokowski, London SO


Release Date: 04/18/2006 
Label:  Pentatone   Catalog #: 5186122   Spars Code: n/a 
Composer:  Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Conductor:  Leopold Stokowski
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony Orchestra
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Multi 
Length: 0 Hours 51 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

This is a hybrid Super Audio CD playable on both regular and Super Audio CD players.

“This is Leopold Stokowski's third, and last, recording of Tchaikovsky's tone poem on Dante's doomed lovers and his first complete recording of the "Serenade," both made in 1974 when he was age 92….Pentatone's remastering of the Philips tapes has resulted in conventional stereo reproduction of great sweetness as well as clarity, and those with SACD players can finally hear the vivid four-channel versions for the first time. Stokowski often was ahead of everyone else in sound reproduction--and here again is exciting proof, discovered 30 years later.” -Alan G. Artner, Chicago Tribune

“If we collect the electricity that
Read more flows from Stowkowski and the LSO in this pair of recordings, there would be no energy crisis! This is simply extraordainary playing which is matched to a very well balanced recording which has been bought back to life by Pentatone - thank you!… I cannot recommend this recording strongly enough - I sincerely hope there are more RQR releases like this to follow.” --John Broggio, SA-CD.net

“What a pleasure it is to have Leopold Stokowski's 1974 Tchaikovsky recordings on SACD!…. This is Stokowski's only complete recording of Serenade for Strings (in 1949 he recorded the Waltz with the NYP for Columbia, also reissued on Cala). Francesca and Serenade were recorded in October 1974 in London's Wembly, Brent Town Hall with producer Eric Smith and balance engineer Hans Lauterslager. There is a fine sense of space—what we hear is the original four-track recording, and there's no question the SACD process lets us hear more detail than on previous issues.” --Robert Benson, classicalcdreview.com
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Works on This Recording

1. Francesca da Rimini, Op. 32 by Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Conductor:  Leopold Stokowski
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1876; Russia 
Date of Recording: 10/1974 
Venue:  Brent Town Hall, Wembley, London 
Length: 22 Minutes 42 Secs. 
2. Serenade for Strings in C major, Op. 48 by Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Conductor:  Leopold Stokowski
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1880; Russia 
Date of Recording: 10/1974 
Venue:  Brent Town Hall, Wembley, London 
Length: 28 Minutes 3 Secs. 

Customer Reviews

Average Customer Review:  1 Customer Review )
 Stokowski Does It Again! February 28, 2013 By James  B. (Marquette, MI) See All My Reviews "When I was in high school back in the late 1940's when LPs were just coming out, I was a member of a record club which met every week. One of the members had just purchased a Columbia LP with Stokowki conducting FRANCESCA DA RIMINI, I believe with the New York Philharmonic Orchestra.When we heard this new LP, we were really impressed with the gong or tam tam crash at the end! Needless to say, I for one had to have it in my collection too! Several years later, Stokowki re-recorded this same compositon on the Philps label from which this CD recording is made, this time in stereo. Having been a Stokowski fan from childhood when I was first exposed to Walt Disney's FANTASIA, I was immediately excited when this recording of FRANCESCA DA RIMINI was released.If you enjoy Stokowski's unique interpretations, don't pass this release up! It is so exciting and with that tam tam crash at the end which lingers on after the music has stopped,it will send chills down your spine and even a few tears in your eyes! I highly recommend this particular reading for your music library." Report Abuse
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