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Vaughan Williams: Fantasia On A Theme By Thomas Tallis; Purcell, Dvorak / Stokowski

Stokowski / Vaughan Williams / Dvorak / Rpo
Release Date: 10/26/2010 
Label:  Newton Classics   Catalog #: 8802025   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Ralph Vaughan WilliamsHenry PurcellAntonín Dvorák
Conductor:  Leopold Stokowski
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

For some weird reason, these performances never made it into EMI’s Stokowski box, which is all the more unfortunate because they are outstanding as only Stokowski at the top of his form can be. He was about 163 when he made these recordings, and they number among his last, but you’d never know it. The Tallis Fantasia is, as you might expect, incredibly rich-textured and sumptuous, but also purposeful. So is the Dvorák—one of Stoki’s secrets was that although he often achieved astonishingly vivid timbres, particularly from the strings, he seldom did it at the expense of energy and momentum. The result could be almost exhaustingly intense, and indeed, some listeners may find the shamelessly espressivo sound of the string ensemble too Read more much of a good thing. But make no mistake, these performances are as fine as any out there, and of their type, unbeatable. This is true “authenticity”. Let’s not forget that Stokowski was 22 when Dvorák died in 1904. There has never been anything like these performances since, and we are the poorer for it. Thank God for recordings.

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

1.
Fantasia on a theme by Thomas Tallis by Ralph Vaughan Williams
Conductor:  Leopold Stokowski
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1910/1919; England 
2.
Dido and Aeneas, Z 626: Thy hand, Belinda...When I am laid in earth by Henry Purcell
Conductor:  Leopold Stokowski
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1689; England 
Notes: Arranged for string orchestra by Leopold Stokowski.  
3.
Serenade for Strings in E major, Op. 22 by Antonín Dvorák
Conductor:  Leopold Stokowski
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1875; Bohemia 

Sound Samples

Fantasia on a Theme by Thomas Tallis: Fantasia on a Theme of Thomas Tallis
Dido and Aeneas, Z. 626, Act III: When I am laid in earth, "Dido's Lament" (arr. L. Stokowski): Dido and Aeneas, Act III: When I am laid in earth, "Dido's Lament" (arr. L. Stokowski)
Serenade in E major, Op. 22, B. 52: I. Moderato
Serenade in E major, Op. 22, B. 52: II. Tempo di valse
Serenade in E major, Op. 22, B. 52: III. Scherzo: Vivace
Serenade in E major, Op. 22, B. 52: IV. Larghetto
Serenade in E major, Op. 22, B. 52: V. Finale: Allegro vivace

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