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Stokowski: Bach Transcriptions Vol 2 / Serebrier, Bournemouth SO


Release Date: 01/27/2009 
Label:  Naxos   Catalog #: 8572050   Spars Code: n/a 
Composer:  Johann Sebastian BachGiovanni PalestrinaWilliam ByrdJeremiah Clarke,   ... 
Conductor:  José Serebrier
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 5 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

As in his previous recording of Stokowski Bach transcriptions for Naxos, José Serebrier deploys an imaginative mix of the great man himself with other early masters. Outstanding items among the latter include Palestrina's Adoramus Te, Byrd's Pavane and Galliard, and a really yummy (but never too droopy) Boccherini Minuet. Stokowski, as I mentioned in that earlier review, was not really a brilliant orchestrator in terms of timbral variety, but he was a very characteristic one. Key to any successful new recording of his arrangements is string sonority, that special, luminous sheen, especially in soft passages.

Serebrier understands this, as others who worked with Stokowski (such as Matthias Bamert for Chandos), do not.
Read more It doesn't matter whether the sound is achieved naturally or through sonic manipulation--witness Stokowski's own recordings with the Houston Symphony on Everest, for instance. The final sound is the only significant issue. Listen to the violins attack and sustain the opening of the Toccata and Fugue in D minor; to the rich tone of Sleepers Awake!; or to the amazingly sweet violins and oboe in Jesu, Joy of Man's Desiring. This is undoubtedly the real deal, even if more than an hour of largely gentle, elegiac bonbons may be a bit much to take in at a sitting.

My only reservation with this second installment concerns the bottom end of the orchestra. Those rumbling "organ pedals" for brass, basses, and timpani in the Toccata and Fugue don't have quite the amplitude that they should, despite the theatrical flair that Serebrier imparts to them. Whether this is a function of the engineering, or of many English orchestras' chronic lack of fullness in the bass register, is hard to say. I suspect it's a little of both, and it's the only issue that precludes giving this disc a highest rating. It's pretty wonderful nonetheless, and I recommend it highly.

--David Hurwitz, ClassicsToday.com
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Works on This Recording

1.
Toccata and Fugue in D minor, BWV 565 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Conductor:  José Serebrier
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra
Period: Baroque 
Written: by 1708; Germany 
Length: 9 Minutes 2 Secs. 
Notes: Arranger: Leopold Stokowski. 
2.
Chorale Preludes (6) BWV 645-650 "Schübler": no 1, Wachet auf, ruft uns die Stimme, BWV 645 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Conductor:  José Serebrier
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra
Period: Baroque 
Written: circa 1748-1749; Leipzig, Germany 
Length: 3 Minutes 48 Secs. 
Notes: Arranger: Leopold Stokowski. 
3.
Orgelbüchlein: Ich ruf'zu dir, Herr Jesu Christ, BWV 639 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Conductor:  José Serebrier
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra
Period: Baroque 
Written: circa 1713-1717; Weimar, Germany 
Length: 3 Minutes 24 Secs. 
Notes: Arranger: Leopold Stokowski. 
4.
Toccata, Adagio and Fugue in C major, BWV 564: Adagio by Johann Sebastian Bach
Conductor:  José Serebrier
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra
Written: 1708-17 
Length: 4 Minutes 1 Secs. 
Notes: Arranger: Leopold Stokowski. 
5.
Mein Jesu, was für Seelenweh, BWV 487 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Conductor:  José Serebrier
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra
Period: Baroque 
Written: by 1736; Leipzig, Germany 
Length: 3 Minutes 51 Secs. 
Notes: Arranger: Leopold Stokowski. 
6.
Ein feste Burg ist unser Gott, BWV 720 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Conductor:  José Serebrier
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1709; Weimar, Germany 
Length: 2 Minutes 46 Secs. 
Notes: Arranger: Leopold Stokowski. 
7.
Herz und Mund und Tat und Leben, BWV 147: Jesu bleibet meine Freude "Jesu, joy of man's desiring" by Johann Sebastian Bach
Conductor:  José Serebrier
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1723; Leipzig, Germany 
Length: 3 Minutes 33 Secs. 
Notes: Arranger: Leopold Stokowski. 
8.
Sonata for Violin and Harpsichord no 4 in C minor, BWV 1017: 1st movement, Largo by Johann Sebastian Bach
Conductor:  José Serebrier
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1717-1723; Cöthen, Germany 
Length: 2 Minutes 41 Secs. 
Notes: Arranger: Leopold Stokowski. 
9.
Adoramus te Christe by Giovanni Palestrina
Conductor:  José Serebrier
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra
Period: Renaissance 
Written: by 1581; Italy 
Length: 2 Minutes 33 Secs. 
Notes: Arranger: Leopold Stokowski. 
10.
Pavan and Gigue by William Byrd
Conductor:  José Serebrier
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra
Period: Renaissance 
Written: England 
Length: 4 Minutes 35 Secs. 
Notes: Arranger: Leopold Stokowski. 
11.
Suite in D major: Prince of Denmark's March "Trumpet Voluntary" by Jeremiah Clarke
Conductor:  José Serebrier
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra
Period: Baroque 
Written: by 1700; England 
Length: 2 Minutes 23 Secs. 
Notes: Arranger: Leopold Stokowski. 
12.
Quintet for 2 Violins, Viola and 2 Cellos in E major, Op. 11 no 5/G 275: 3rd movement, Minuet in A by Luigi Boccherini
Conductor:  José Serebrier
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra
Period: Classical 
Written: 1771; Spain 
Length: 3 Minutes 43 Secs. 
Notes: Arranger: Leopold Stokowski. 
13.
Pièces de clavecin en deux volumes: Suite no 5 in C minor: Air by Johann Mattheson
Conductor:  José Serebrier
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra
Period: Baroque 
Written: by 1714 
Length: 3 Minutes 48 Secs. 
Notes: Arranger: Leopold Stokowski. 
14.
Quartets (6) for Strings, Op. 3: no 5 in F major - Andante cantabile "Serenade" by Roman Hoffstetter
Conductor:  José Serebrier
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra
Period: Classical 
Written: by 1777; Germany 
Length: 2 Minutes 52 Secs. 
Notes: Arranger: Leopold Stokowski.
This work was previously attributed to Franz Joseph Haydn. 
15.
Concerto for Harpsichord in F minor, BWV 1056: 2nd movement, Largo-Arioso by Johann Sebastian Bach
Conductor:  José Serebrier
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra
Period: Baroque 
Written: circa 1738-1739; Leipzig, Germany 
Length: 6 Minutes 0 Secs. 
Notes: Arranger: Leopold Stokowski. 
16.
Well-Tempered Clavier, Book 1: Prelude and Fugue no 24 in B minor, BWV 869 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Conductor:  José Serebrier
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1722; Cöthen, Germany 
Length: 3 Minutes 54 Secs. 
Notes: Arranger: Leopold Stokowski. 
17.
Well-Tempered Clavier, Book 1: Prelude and Fugue no 2 in C minor, BWV 847 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Conductor:  José Serebrier
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1722; Cöthen, Germany 
Length: 2 Minutes 4 Secs. 
Notes: Arranger: Leopold Stokowski. 

Featured Sound Samples

Toccata and Fugue in D minor, BWV 565
Chorale Preludes "Schübler": No 1: Wachet auf, ruft uns die Stimme, BWV 645
Ein feste Burg ist unser Gott, BWV 720

Sound Samples

Toccata and Fugue in D minor, BWV 565 (arr. L. Stokowski for orchestra)
Harpsichord Concerto in F minor, BWV 1056: II. Largo (Arioso) (arr. L. Stokowski): Harpsichord Concerto in F minor, BWV 1056: II. Largo (Arioso) (arr. L. Stokowski for orchestra)
Wachet auf, ruft uns die Stimme, BWV 645 (arr. L. Stokowski): Wachet auf, ruft uns die Stimme, BWV 645 (arr. L. Stokowski for orchestra)
Das Orgel-Buchlein: Ich ruf' zu dir, Herr Jesu Christ, BWV 639 (arr. L. Stokowski for orchestra)
Toccata, Adagio and Fugue in C major, BWV 564: Adagio (arr. L. Stokowski for orchestra)
Mein Jesu! was vor Seelenweh, BWV 487 (arr. by L. Stokowski): Mein Jesu! was vor Seelenweh, BWV 487 (arr. by L. Stokowski for orchestra)
Ein Feste Burg (A Mighty Fortress Is Our God) (arr. L. Stokowski for orchestra)
Herz und Mund und Tat und Leben, BWV 147: Chorale: Jesus bleibet meine Freude (Jesu, Joy of Man's Desiring) (arr. by L. Stokowski): Herz und Mund und Tat und Leben, BWV 147: Chorale: Jesus bleibet meine Freude (Jesu, Joy of Man's Desiring) (arr. by L. Stokowski for orchestra)
The Well-Tempered Clavier, Book I: Prelude No. 24 in B minor, BWV 869 (arr. L. Stokowski for orchestra)
Sonata No. 4 for Violin and Harpsichord in C minor, BWV 1017: I. Siciliano: L (arr. by L. Stokowski): Sonata No. 4 for Violin and Harpsichord in C minor, BWV 1017: I. Siciliano (arr. L. Stokowski for orchestra)
Adoramus te Christe (arr. L. Stokowski): Adoramus te Christe (arr. L. Stokowski for orchestra)
Pavane and Gigue (arr. L. Stokowski): Pavane and Gigue (arr. L. Stokowski for orchestra)
Suite in D major: IV. The Prince of Denmark's March, "Trumpet Voluntary" (arr. L. Stokowski for orchestra)
String Quintet in E major, Op. 11, No. 5, G. 275: III. Minuet (arr. L. Stokowski for orchestra)
Suite No. 5 in C minor for Harpsichord (arr. by L. Stokowski): Suite No. 5 in C minor for Harpsichord: Air (arr. L. Stokowski for orchestra)
String Quartet in F major, Op. 3, No. 5, Hob.III:17, "Serenade" (attrib. to Hoffstetter) (arr. L. Stokowski for orchestra): String Quartet in F major, Op. 3, No. 5, Hob.III:17, "Serenade" (attrib. to Hoffstetter): II. Andante cantabile (arr. L. Stokowski for orchestra)
The Well-Tempered Clavier, Book I: Fugue No. 2 in C minor, BWV 847 (arr. L. Stokowski for orchestra)

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