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Merit - Beethoven, Wagner / Leopold Stokowski, Harper, Et Al


Release Date: 04/25/2000 
Label:  Music & Arts Programs Of America Catalog #: 4943   Spars Code: AAD 
Composer:  Richard WagnerLudwig van Beethoven
Performer:  Heather HarperHelen WattsAlexander YoungDonald McIntyre
Conductor:  Leopold Stokowski
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony OrchestraLondon Symphony Chorus
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 17 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

The great Leopold Stokowski enjoyed a long career that saw him lead the great orchestras of the world. In 1912 he assumed the leadership of the Philadelphia Orchestra and shaped it into one of the finest orchestras in all of music. Most of all, the Stokowski legacy was established with the many recordings he made over the course of his long and glorious career. This recording of music by Wagner and Beethoven offers an opportunity to hear Stokowski leading the London Symphony Orchestra in a 1967 concert appearance.
The depth of passion and youthful vigor that Stokowski, then aged eighty-five, brings to a suite of music from Wagner's 'Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg' is nothing short of miraculous. The exuberant "Dance of the Apprentices"
Read more is suitably festive and the "Entrance of the Meistersingers" grand. The remainder of the recording focuses on a poetic reading of Beethoven's Ninth Symphony. Stokowski leads a grand performance that offers a ferocious Scherzo and an epic choral finale. This is an essential document of one of the great conductors in the history of music. Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg: Act 3 Prelude by Richard Wagner
Conductor:  Leopold Stokowski
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1867; Germany 
Date of Recording: 09/23/1967 
Venue:  Live  Fairfield Hall, Croydon, England 
Length: 13 Minutes 9 Secs. 
Notes: This selection shares a track and timing with "Dance of the Apprentices" and "Entrance of the Mastersingers." 
2.
Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg: Dance of the Apprentices by Richard Wagner
Conductor:  Leopold Stokowski
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1867; Germany 
Date of Recording: 09/23/1967 
Venue:  Live  Fairfield Hall, Croydon, England 
Notes: This selection shares a track and timing with "Entrance of the Mastersingers" and Prelude to Act 3 of 'Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg.' 
3.
Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg: Entry of the Mastersingers by Richard Wagner
Conductor:  Leopold Stokowski
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1867; Germany 
Date of Recording: 09/23/1967 
Venue:  Live  Fairfield Hall, Croydon, England 
Notes: This selection shares a track and timing with "Dance of the Apprentices" and Prelude to Act 3 of 'Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg.' 
4.
Symphony no 9 in D minor, Op. 125 "Choral" by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer:  Heather Harper (Soprano), Helen Watts (Alto), Alexander Young (Tenor),
Donald McIntyre (Bass)
Conductor:  Leopold Stokowski
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony Orchestra,  London Symphony Chorus
Period: Classical 
Written: 1822-1824; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 09/23/1967 
Venue:  Live  Fairfield Hall, Croydon, England 
Length: 63 Minutes 4 Secs. 

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