"As Stokowski was obviously born to conduct music of such dramatic spectacle and sonic gorgeousness [The Gliere], it is worth hearing for that reason alone, and the Houston strings are, to my ears, a match in every way for the Philadelphians, which is to say a class apart from anything you are likely to encounter today... The Alsatian-born Charles Loeffler, a contemporary of Debussy, emigrated to the States and became known as one of the Boston Classicists. Sorcery in his Pagan Poem (needed to secure the attentions of a truant lover) is provided by a concertante group of piano, cor anglais and three off-stage trumpets. It is a skilfully constructed piece with odd dashes of impressionist colour and harmony (it reminded me more often ofRead more d'Indy than Debussy), and is unlikely to receive a better (or indeed, any other) performance." --
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Works on This Recording
Symphony no 3 in B minor, Op. 42 "Il'ya Muromets"by Reinhold Gliere Conductor:
Houston Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic Written: 1909-1911; Russia Date of Recording: 03/1957 Venue: Houston, Texas Length: 38 Minutes 5 Secs. Notes: Version edited and arranged by Leopold Stokowski under the approval of the composer.
A Pagan Poem, Op. 14by Charles Martin Loeffler Performer:
William Kosinski (English Horn),
Robert Hunter (Piano)
Leopold Stokowski Orchestra
Period: 20th Century Written: 1906; USA Date of Recording: 12/1957 Venue: Hollywood, California Length: 23 Minutes 38 Secs.
Featured Sound Samples
Symphony no 3 "Il'ya Muromets" (Glière): Il'ya Muromets and Svyatogor the Mighty Hero
Symphony no 3 "Il'ya Muromets" (Glière): Il'ya Muromets and Prince Vladimir
Average Customer Review: ( 3 Customer Reviews )
The Glories of Wretched ExcessMay 12, 2015By Donald J O'Connor (Kreamer, PA)See All My Reviews"I have my doubts about Ilya Murometz being trimmed to half its length, but Stokowski's reading is still excellent. Plus, it leaves room for Loeffler's greatest work in an utterly radiant reading of the kind that makes us realize why we treasure Stokowski in the first place. The Loeffler's a piece Hollywood's boys in the 30s & 40s must have loved. Decadence doesn't get any better than A Pagan Poem. These pieces are the sort of music the sackcloth-and-ashes boys will hate. And the normal people all the more love. Don O'Connor"Report Abuse
A winning team, Gliere & Stokowski: Sym No. # 3November 16, 2014By Alan Beadle (Bowie, MD)See All My Reviews"I'm so glad to have found this edition and recording of the Ilya Morometz symphony in a recent recording. My first is a recording on the "Angel" LP label (c. 1957). No matter how many other interpretations I've heard over the years, this one always seemed to me to have the most authenticity. After I found out that Stokowski and Gliere himself worked together to create this edition, I can see why it is by far the most convincing in its depth of spirit, expressiveness, and power. Thanks for bringing it to us."Report Abuse
Stokowski lit a wildfire under the Giere!February 1, 2014By P. Ledesma (Wellington, KS)See All My Reviews"This CD is worth getting if only for the amazing performance of the Gliere Symphony! I wish I could see a score of this piece to see what Stokowski changed from the composer's original manuscript, because this reading had fire and excitement that made for an exhilarating musical experience! The remastered sound is even better than my vinyl, which I doubted would ever be possible to improve upon! Clear and crisp reproduction and an even wider dynamic range allowed me to enjoy subtleties that I was able to thoroughly enjoy for the first time! My opinion of Loeffler's Pagan Poem is that even though the sound on the recording is enhanced and his orchestration is imaginative, he is challenged to produce melodic material to make his music memorable. The lackluster character of the Loeffler keeps me from giving this CD a higher mark."Report Abuse
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