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Beethoven, Brahms / Stokowsky, All-american Youth Orchestra


Release Date: 01/11/2000 
Label:  Music & Arts Programs Of America Catalog #: 4857   Spars Code: ADD 
Composer:  Ludwig van BeethovenJohannes Brahms
Conductor:  Leopold Stokowski
Orchestra/Ensemble:  All-American Youth Orchestra
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Mono 
Length: 1 Hours 14 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Put together with the help of the National Youth Administration and Columbia Records, Leopold Stokowski's All-American Youth Orchestra was founded during the Great Depression, uplifting spirits across the country. The extraordinary quality of performance coming from an orchestra of child musicians made the AAYO far more than a novelty--it was great artistry.
The orchestra's rendition of Beethoven's famous Fifth Symphony is so captivating, it is easy to forget the youth of these performers. Stokowski was a masterful motivator and teacher. The previously unreleased recording of Brahms' Symphony No. 1 glows with energy. The maturity of the performance is uncanny, on par with many adult orchestras.
Recorded just prior to America's
Read more entrance into World War II, there is a noticeable difference in sound quality between this album and more contemporary productions. However, as an archive of both historic and artistic importance, it is an inspiring look back to earlier days. Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
Symphony no 5 in C minor, Op. 67 by Ludwig van Beethoven
Conductor:  Leopold Stokowski
Orchestra/Ensemble:  All-American Youth Orchestra
Period: Classical 
Written: 1807-1808; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 1940-41 
Length: 30 Minutes 50 Secs. 
2.
Symphony no 1 in C minor, Op. 68 by Johannes Brahms
Conductor:  Leopold Stokowski
Orchestra/Ensemble:  All-American Youth Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1855-1876; Austria 
Date of Recording: 1940-41 
Length: 43 Minutes 3 Secs. 

Sound Samples

Symphony No. 5 in C minor, Op. 67: I. Allegro con brio
Symphony No. 5 in C minor, Op. 67: II. Andante con moto
Symphony No. 5 in C minor, Op. 67: III. Allegro
Symphony No. 5 in C minor, Op. 67: IV. Allegro
Symphony No. 1 in C minor, Op. 68: I. Un poco sostenuto - Allegro
Symphony No. 1 in C minor, Op. 68: II. Andante sostenuto
Symphony No. 1 in C minor, Op. 68: III. Un poco allegretto e grazioso
Symphony No. 1 in C minor, Op. 68: IV. Adagio - Piu andante - Allegro non troppo, ma con brio

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