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Stokowski Showcase / Stokowski, National Phil Orch


Release Date: 03/17/1992 
Label:  Emi Classics   Catalog #: 64140   Spars Code: ADD 
Composer:  Ludwig van BeethovenWolfgang Amadeus MozartFranz SchubertJohn Philip Sousa,   ... 
Conductor:  Leopold Stokowski
Orchestra/Ensemble:  National Philharmonic Orchestra
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 16 Mins. 

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This CD is reissued by ArkivMusic.

Notes and Editorial Reviews

There are few better Stokowski collections than this. The great old man is clearly enjoying himself; so is the orchestra, and so are we.

The recordings were made at the unlikely venue of West Ham Central Mission, in November 1975 and March 1976 when the great conductor was 93, yet they display enormous energy and charisma. Indeed he is on his finest form and he conjures consistently electrifying playing from Sidney Sax's ad hoc National Symphony Orchestra, a group of London's finest freelance players, with Sax himself playing the violin solo with great elan in Saint-Saens's Danse macabre (a riveting performance). Stokowski had his own ideas about many of these pieces. He thought Mozart's Don Giovanni Overture should
Read more quote from the finale of the opera and whether or not this is permissible, his addition makes a highly dramatic coda. His own scoring of Sousa's Stars and Stripes even includes a xylophone, and the playing is irresistible in its racy pep. He was a very good Beethoven conductor indeed, and this Leonora No. 3, with its trumpet entry dramatically distanced, is quite as exciting as the Berlioz Carnaval romain, which is saying a good deal. Rosamunde has glowing romantic warmth and a delightful rhythmic lift, and William Tell is as spectacular as you would expect, though at the end (partly because of the resonance) the violins swamp the texture and the busy internal detail that makes Reiner's famous RCA version so invigorating, is lost here. But overall the full hall reverberation suits the music-making admirably—there are few better Stokowski collections than this. The great old man is clearly enjoying himself; so is the orchestra, and so are we.

-- Ivan March, Gramophone 4/1992
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Works on This Recording

1.
Leonore Overture no 3 in C major, Op. 72a by Ludwig van Beethoven
Conductor:  Leopold Stokowski
Orchestra/Ensemble:  National Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Classical 
Written: 1805-1806; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 03/1976 
Venue:  West Ham Central Mission, London 
2.
Don Giovanni, K 527: Overture by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Conductor:  Leopold Stokowski
Orchestra/Ensemble:  National Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Classical 
Written: 1787; Prague, Czech Republ 
Date of Recording: 03/1976 
Venue:  West Ham Central Mission, London 
Notes: Arranged: Stokowski 
3.
Rosamunde, D 797/Op. 26: no 1, Overture (D 644) by Franz Schubert
Conductor:  Leopold Stokowski
Orchestra/Ensemble:  National Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1823; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 03/1976 
Venue:  West Ham Central Mission, London 
4.
Stars and Stripes Forever by John Philip Sousa
Conductor:  Leopold Stokowski
Orchestra/Ensemble:  National Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1897; USA 
Date of Recording: 11/1975 
Venue:  West Ham Central Mission, London 
Notes: Arranged: Stokowski 
5.
Danse macabre in G minor, Op. 40 by Camille Saint-Saëns
Conductor:  Leopold Stokowski
Orchestra/Ensemble:  National Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1874; France 
Date of Recording: 11/1975 
Venue:  West Ham Central Mission, London 
6.
Guillaume Tell: Overture by Gioachino Rossini
Conductor:  Leopold Stokowski
Orchestra/Ensemble:  National Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1829; Italy 
Date of Recording: 03/1976 
Venue:  West Ham Central Mission, London 
7.
España by Emmanuel Chabrier
Conductor:  Leopold Stokowski
Orchestra/Ensemble:  National Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1883; France 
Date of Recording: 11/1975 
Venue:  West Ham Central Mission, London 
8.
Le carnaval romain Overture, Op. 9 by Hector Berlioz
Conductor:  Leopold Stokowski
Orchestra/Ensemble:  National Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1843-1844; France 
Date of Recording: 03/1976 
Venue:  West Ham Central Mission, London 
9.
Caucasian Sketches Suite no 1, Op. 10: Procession of Sardar by Mikhail Ippolitov-Ivanov
Conductor:  Leopold Stokowski
Orchestra/Ensemble:  National Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1894; Russia 
Date of Recording: 11/1975 
Venue:  West Ham Central Mission, London 
10.
Songs (6), Op. 73: no 6, Again, as before, alone by Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Conductor:  Leopold Stokowski
Orchestra/Ensemble:  National Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1893; Russia 
Date of Recording: 11/1975 
Venue:  West Ham Central Mission, London 
Notes: Arranged: Stokowski 

Featured Sound Samples

España (Chabrier)
Danse Macabre (Saint-Saëns)
Roman Carnival Overture (Berlioz)

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