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Stokowski Transcriptions - Bach, Chopin, et al / Sawallisch, Philadelphia Orchestra


Release Date: 03/01/2005 
Label:  Emi Classics Encore Catalog #: 85072   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Ludwig van BeethovenJohann Sebastian BachLuigi BoccheriniFrédéric Chopin,   ... 
Performer:  Marjana Lipovsek
Conductor:  Wolfgang Sawallisch
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philadelphia Orchestra
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 6 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Stokowski reworked pieces by many composers, and the transcriptions heard on this CD cast novel perspectives on their originals, not least because of their astounding variety and ingenuity. Unsurprisingly, J.S. Bach's contrapuntal majesty always fired Stokowski's imagination. Of his many Bach orchestrations, four are heard here, the best known being Stokowski's mighty transcription of the D minor Toccata and Fugue, BWV565, which featured in Fantasia. Boccherini's charming Minuet is followed by a darkly ominous version of the 'Moonlight' Sonata's opening movement, and one of Chopin's Preludes. Franck's Panis angelicus highlights the sonorous cello section of the Philadelphia Orchestra, while the two Tchaikovsky Read more arrangements are sensitively cast.
Stokowski's exceptional understanding of orchestral texture is clear from the two Debussy transcriptions heard here. Indeed, Stokowski's orchestral version of La Cathedrale engloutie, based on Debussy's tone portrait of the sunken Cathedral of Ys, is one of the most effective and memorable of his transcriptions. This collection ends with a sombre and powerful remodelling of Rachmaninov's C sharp minor Prelude for piano. It reminds us that Stokowski's legacy of daring, highly personal transcriptions are the sincerely voiced testimonies of a magical musician whose ear for sound was second to none. - Excerpted from Album Liner Notes

from GRAMOPHONE review of original release:
"It is good to find the Philadelphia at last paying tribute to Leopold Stokowski, the genius who more than anyone made this orchestra unique, setting it firmly among the greatest in the world. Over the many subsequent decades when Eugene Ormandy was Music Director, there was little chance of much adulation from a successor who counted himself a rival, and after him Riccardo Muti, for all his flamboyance, was hardly the man to take up and record Stokowski transcriptions like this. All the more credit to the latest Music Director, Wolfgang Sawallisch, defying his Germanic background, to make this wide-ranging selection of recordings, demonstrating that the Philadelphia Orchestra in its latest incarnation still cherishes the ripely resonant and evocative qualities which Stokowski so encouraged."
Edward Greenfield, GRAMOPHONE
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Works on This Recording

1.
Sonata for Piano no 14 in C sharp minor, Op. 27 no 2 "Moonlight": 1st movement, Adagio sostenuto by Ludwig van Beethoven
Conductor:  Wolfgang Sawallisch
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philadelphia Orchestra
Period: Classical 
Written: 1801; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 03/1995 
Venue:  Giandomenico Studios, Collingswood, NJ 
Length: 5 Minutes 33 Secs. 
Notes: Arranger: Leopold Stokowski. 
2.
Was mir behagt, ist nur die muntre Jagd!, BWV 208 "Hunt Cantata": Schafe können sicher weiden by Johann Sebastian Bach
Conductor:  Wolfgang Sawallisch
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philadelphia Orchestra
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1713; Cöthen, Germany 
Date of Recording: 03/1995 
Venue:  Giandomenico Studios, Collingswood, NJ 
Length: 5 Minutes 6 Secs. 
Notes: Arranger: Leopold Stokowski. 
3.
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:  Wolfgang Sawallisch
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philadelphia Orchestra
Period: Classical 
Written: 1771; Spain 
Date of Recording: 03/1995 
Venue:  Giandomenico Studios, Collingswood, NJ 
Length: 2 Minutes 32 Secs. 
Notes: Arranger: Leopold Stokowski. 
4.
Preludes (24) for Piano, Op. 28: no 4 in E minor by Frédéric Chopin
Conductor:  Wolfgang Sawallisch
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philadelphia Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1836-1839; Paris, France 
Date of Recording: 03/1995 
Venue:  Giandomenico Studios, Collingswood, NJ 
Length: 2 Minutes 38 Secs. 
Notes: Arranger: Leopold Stokowski. 
5.
Panis angelicus by César Franck
Conductor:  Wolfgang Sawallisch
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philadelphia Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1872; France 
Date of Recording: 03/1995 
Venue:  Giandomenico Studios, Collingswood, NJ 
Length: 3 Minutes 39 Secs. 
Notes: Arranger: Leopold Stokowski. 
6.
Quartet for Strings no 1 in D major, Op. 11: 2nd movement, Andante cantabile by Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Conductor:  Wolfgang Sawallisch
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philadelphia Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: Russia 
Date of Recording: 03/1995 
Venue:  Giandomenico Studios, Collingswood, NJ 
Length: 6 Minutes 29 Secs. 
Notes: Arranger: Leopold Stokowski.
Composition written: Russia (1871).
Composition revised: Russia (1888). 
7.
Songs (6), Op. 38: no 3, Amid the din of the ball by Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Performer:  Marjana Lipovsek (Mezzo Soprano)
Conductor:  Wolfgang Sawallisch
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philadelphia Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1878; Russia 
Date of Recording: 03/1995 
Venue:  Giandomenico Studios, Collingswood, NJ 
Length: 3 Minutes 5 Secs. 
Language: Russian 
Notes: Arranger: Leopold Stokowski. 
8.
Suite bergamasque: 3rd movement, Clair de Lune by Claude Debussy
Conductor:  Wolfgang Sawallisch
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philadelphia Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1890/1905; France 
Date of Recording: 03/1995 
Venue:  Giandomenico Studios, Collingswood, NJ 
Length: 5 Minutes 10 Secs. 
Notes: Arranger: Leopold Stokowski. 
9.
Préludes, Book 1: no 10, La cathédrale engloutie by Claude Debussy
Conductor:  Wolfgang Sawallisch
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philadelphia Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1910; France 
Date of Recording: 03/1995 
Venue:  Giandomenico Studios, Collingswood, NJ 
Length: 8 Minutes 34 Secs. 
Notes: Arranger: Leopold Stokowski. 
10.
Morceaux de fantaisies (5), Op. 3: no 2, Prélude in C sharp minor by Sergei Rachmaninov
Conductor:  Wolfgang Sawallisch
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philadelphia Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1892; Russia 
Date of Recording: 03/1995 
Venue:  Giandomenico Studios, Collingswood, NJ 
Length: 4 Minutes 49 Secs. 
Notes: Arranger: Leopold Stokowski. 
11.
Wachet auf, ruft uns die Stimme, BWV 140: no 4, Zion hört die Wächter singen, das Herz tut in ihr by Johann Sebastian Bach
Conductor:  Wolfgang Sawallisch
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philadelphia Orchestra
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1731; Leipzig, Germany 
Date of Recording: 03/1995 
Venue:  Giandomenico Studios, Collingswood, NJ 
Length: 4 Minutes 30 Secs. 
Notes: Arranger: Leopold Stokowski. 
12.
Ein feste Burg ist unser Gott, BWV 80: Das Wort sie sollen lassen stahn by Johann Sebastian Bach
Conductor:  Wolfgang Sawallisch
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philadelphia Orchestra
Period: Baroque 
Written: by 1744; Leipzig, Germany 
Date of Recording: 03/1995 
Venue:  Giandomenico Studios, Collingswood, NJ 
Length: 4 Minutes 1 Secs. 
Notes: Arranger: Leopold Stokowski. 
13.
Toccata and Fugue in D minor, BWV 565 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Conductor:  Wolfgang Sawallisch
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philadelphia Orchestra
Period: Baroque 
Written: by 1708; Germany 
Date of Recording: 03/1995 
Venue:  Giandomenico Studios, Collingswood, NJ 
Length: 9 Minutes 39 Secs. 
Notes: Arranger: Leopold Stokowski. 

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