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Icon - Leopold Stokowski - The Maverick Conductor


Release Date: 10/20/2009 
Label:  Emi Classics   Catalog #: 98555   Spars Code: n/a 
Composer:  Johann Sebastian BachBéla BartókJacques IbertFrank Martin,   ... 
Conductor:  Leopold Stokowski
Number of Discs: 10 
Recorded in: Stereo 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

One of the most flamboyant conductors of the 20th century, Leopold Stokowski was born at Marylebone in London in 1882, the son of a Polish father and Irish mother. As a young boy he started taking violin, piano and organ lessons and, at 13, became one of the youngest students to be admitted to the Royal College of Music, where his teachers included Sir Hubert Parry and Sir Charles Villiers Stanford. He later went to Queen's College, Oxford, where he gained a Bachelor of Music degree in 1903.

He paid his first visit to the United States in 1905 as organist of St. Bartholomew's Church in New York but returned to Europe to continue his studies. He made his conducting début in Paris in 1908 and his London début a
Read more year later. 1909 was also the year that Stokowski took up his first official conducting post, with the Cincinatti Symphony Orchestra. After three successful years at Cincinnatti Stokowski became music director of the Philadelphia Orchestra, where he remained for the next 25 years, building for himself and the orchestra an enviable international reputation; creating what became known as the 'Philadelphia Sound'. Stokowski took up US citizenship in 1915.

Stokowski conducted a wide range of contemporary music, many of his performances being either world or American premières. The music of Schoenberg, Shostakovich, Mahler, Rachmaninov, Sibelius and Stravinsky featured prominently in his concerts and he gave the first US performances of the music of a whole host of other contemporary composers.

Stokowski made his first Hollywood appearances in 1937 in the films 'The Big Broadcast' and, with Deanna Durbin and Adolphe Menjou, 'One Hundred Men and a Girl'. His best-known film role was as the conductor in Disney's 'Fantasia'. He was awarded a Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. He married three times, his third wife being the railroad heiress, Gloria Vanderbilt. At the end of his life he returned to live in England and died, aged 95, at his home in Nether Wallop, Hampshire. His grave can be found in the cemetery at East Finchley in north London.

His collaboration with Capitol Records resulted in a crop of some of Stokowski's most famous recordings, made using three-track stereo tape recorders. Always the great innovator, Stokowski was more than happy to cooperate with the Capitol engineers to ensure the best recorded result and these, together with those he made for United Artists with the Symphony of the Air, can be heard in this unique 10-CD Icon set.
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Works on This Recording

1.
Passacaglia in C minor, BWV 582 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Conductor:  Leopold Stokowski
Period: Baroque 
Written: circa 1708-1712; Arnstadt, Germany 
2.
Komm, süsser Tod, komm, sel'ge Ruh'!, BWV 478 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Conductor:  Leopold Stokowski
Period: Baroque 
Written: by 1736; Leipzig, Germany 
3.
English Suite no 2 in A minor, BWV 807: Bourée I & II by Johann Sebastian Bach
Conductor:  Leopold Stokowski
Period: Baroque 
Written: circa 1715; Weimar, Germany 
4.
Partita for Violin solo no 1 in B minor, BWV 1002: 5th movement, Sarabande by Johann Sebastian Bach
Conductor:  Leopold Stokowski
Period: Baroque 
Written: circa 1720; Cöthen, Germany 
5.
Christmas Oratorio, BWV 248: no 10, Sinfonia in G major by Johann Sebastian Bach
Conductor:  Leopold Stokowski
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1734-1735; Leipzig, Germany 
6.
Fugue in G minor, BWV 578 "Little G minor" by Johann Sebastian Bach
Conductor:  Leopold Stokowski
Period: Baroque 
Written: by 1706; Arnstadt, Germany 
7.
Suite for Orchestra no 3 in D major, BWV 1068: Air by Johann Sebastian Bach
Conductor:  Leopold Stokowski
Period: Baroque 
Written: circa 1729-1731; Leipzig, Germany 
8.
Mein Jesu, was für Seelenweh, BWV 487 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Conductor:  Leopold Stokowski
Period: Baroque 
Written: by 1736; Leipzig, Germany 
9.
Partita for Violin solo no 3 in E major, BWV 1006: 1st movement, Prelude by Johann Sebastian Bach
Conductor:  Leopold Stokowski
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1720; Cöthen, Germany 
10.
Toccata and Fugue in D minor, BWV 565 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Conductor:  Leopold Stokowski
Period: Baroque 
Written: by 1708; Germany 
11.
Music for Strings, Percussion and Celesta, Sz 106 by Béla Bartók
Conductor:  Leopold Stokowski
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1936; Budapest, Hungary 
12.
Escales by Jacques Ibert
Conductor:  Leopold Stokowski
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1922; France 
13.
Petite Symphonie Concertante by Frank Martin
Conductor:  Leopold Stokowski
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1945; Switzerland 
14.
Evolution: Part 1 by Harold Farberman
Conductor:  Leopold Stokowski
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1954; USA 
15.
Divertimento for Band, Op. 42: March by Vincent Persichetti
Conductor:  Leopold Stokowski
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1950; USA 
16.
Prélude ŕ l'aprčs-midi d'un faune by Claude Debussy
Conductor:  Leopold Stokowski
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1892-1894; France 
17.
Nocturnes (3) for Orchestra by Claude Debussy
Conductor:  Leopold Stokowski
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1897-1899; France 
18.
Suite bergamasque: 3rd movement, Clair de Lune by Claude Debussy
Conductor:  Leopold Stokowski
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1890/1905; France 
19.
Images for Orchestra: no 2, Ibéria by Claude Debussy
Conductor:  Leopold Stokowski
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1905-1908; France 
20.
Symphony no 11 in G minor, Op. 103 "Year 1905" by Dmitri Shostakovich
Conductor:  Leopold Stokowski
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1957; USSR 
21.
Adagio for Strings, Op. 11 by Samuel Barber
Conductor:  Leopold Stokowski
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1936; Rome, Italy 
22.
The Planets, Op. 32/H 125 by Gustav Holst
Conductor:  Leopold Stokowski
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1914-1916; England 
23.
Verklärte Nacht for String Orchestra, Op. 4 by Arnold Schoenberg
Conductor:  Leopold Stokowski
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1899/1943; Vienna, Austria 
24.
Symphony no 3 in B minor, Op. 42 "Il'ya Muromets" by Reinhold Gliere
Conductor:  Leopold Stokowski
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1909-1911; Russia 
25.
Pétrouchka: Suite by Igor Stravinsky
Conductor:  Leopold Stokowski
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1911/1947; Switzerland 
26.
Firebird Suite by Igor Stravinsky
Conductor:  Leopold Stokowski
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1919/1945;   
27.
La péri: Fanfare by Paul Dukas
Conductor:  Leopold Stokowski
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1911-1912; France 
28.
La oración del torero, Op. 34 by Joaquin Turina
Conductor:  Leopold Stokowski
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1925; Spain 
29.
A Pagan Poem, Op. 14 by Charles Martin Loeffler
Conductor:  Leopold Stokowski
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1906; USA 
30.
Miroirs: Alborada del gracioso by Maurice Ravel
Conductor:  Leopold Stokowski
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1904-1905; France 
31.
Rapsodie espagnole by Maurice Ravel
Conductor:  Leopold Stokowski
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1907-1908; France 
32.
Lemminkäinen Suite, Op. 22: no 3, Swan of Tuonela by Jean Sibelius
Conductor:  Leopold Stokowski
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1893-1897; Finland 
33.
Finlandia, Op. 26 by Jean Sibelius
Conductor:  Leopold Stokowski
Period: Romantic 
Written: Finland 
34.
Carmina burana by Carl Orff
Conductor:  Leopold Stokowski
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1936; Germany 
35.
Suite for 13 Winds in B flat major, Op. 4: Gavotte by Richard Strauss
Conductor:  Leopold Stokowski
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1884; Germany 
36.
Symphony no 8 in D minor: Scherzo by Ralph Vaughan Williams
Conductor:  Leopold Stokowski
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1956; England 
37.
Symphony no 4 in F minor, Op. 36: 3rd movement, Scherzo by Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Conductor:  Leopold Stokowski
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1877-1878; Russia 
38.
Pictures at an exhibition: no 15, The Hut on Fowl's Legs "Baba Yaga" by Modest Mussorgsky
Conductor:  Leopold Stokowski
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1874; Russia 
39.
Pictures at an exhibition: no 16, The Great Gate of Kiev by Modest Mussorgsky
Conductor:  Leopold Stokowski
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1874; Russia 
40.
Pines of Rome by Ottorino Respighi
Conductor:  Leopold Stokowski
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1923-1924; Rome, Italy 
41.
Symphony no 2 by Aram Khachaturian
Conductor:  Leopold Stokowski
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1943; USSR 
42.
Gagliarda by Girolamo Frescobaldi
Conductor:  Leopold Stokowski
Period: Baroque 
Written: by 1627; Italy 
43.
Adoramus te Christe by Giovanni Palestrina
Conductor:  Leopold Stokowski
Period: Renaissance 
Written: by 1581; Italy 
44.
Symphony no 1 in F minor, Op. 10 by Dmitri Shostakovich
Conductor:  Leopold Stokowski
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1924-1925; USSR 
45.
Preludes (24) for Piano, Op. 34: no 14 in E flat minor, Adagio by Dmitri Shostakovich
Conductor:  Leopold Stokowski
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1932-1933; USSR 
46.
Lady Macbeth of the Mtsensk district, Op. 29: Entr'acte by Dmitri Shostakovich
Conductor:  Leopold Stokowski
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1930-1932; USSR 
47.
Schelomo by Ernest Bloch
Conductor:  Leopold Stokowski
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1915-1916; USA 
48.
Tu mancavi a tormentarmi, crudelissima speranza by Pietro Antonio Cesti
Conductor:  Leopold Stokowski
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1660; Italy 
49.
Sacrae symphoniae, Book 1: Sonata pian e forte alla quarta bassa by Giovanni Gabrieli
Conductor:  Leopold Stokowski
Period: Renaissance 
Written: by 1597; Venice, Italy 

Sound Samples

Passacaglia and Fugue in C minor BWV582 (1997 Digital Remaster): Passacaglia
Passacaglia and Fugue in C minor BWV582 (1997 Digital Remaster): Fugue
Komm, süsser Tod BWV478 (1997 Digital Remaster)
English Suites BWV806-11 (1997 Digital Remaster): Bourrée from Suite No. 2 in A minor BWV807
Violin Partita No. 1 in B minor BWV1002 (arr. Stokowski) (1997 Digital Remaster): Sarabande
Ein' feste Burg ist unser Gott [not from BWV80] (1997 Digital Remaster)
Christmas Oratorio BWV248 (arr. Stokowski) (1997 Digital Remaster): Sinfonia
'Little' Fugue in G minor BWV578 (1997 Digital Remaster)
Orchestral Suites BWV1066-9 (1997 Digital Remaster): Air on the G string from Suite No. 3 in D BWV1068
Mein Jesu, was vor Seelenweh BWV487 (1997 Digital Remaster)
Violin Partita No. 3 in E BWV1006 (1997 Digital Remaster): Preludio
Toccata and Fugue in D minor BWV565 (arr. Stokowski) (1997 Digital Remaster): Toccata
Toccata and Fugue in D minor BWV565 (arr. Stokowski) (1997 Digital Remaster): Fugue
Music for Strings, Percussion & Celesta, Sz106 (1986 Digital Remaster): I Andante tranquillo
Music for Strings, Percussion & Celesta, Sz106 (1986 Digital Remaster): II Allegro
Music for Strings, Percussion & Celesta, Sz106 (1986 Digital Remaster): III Adagio
Music for Strings, Percussion & Celesta, Sz106 (1986 Digital Remaster): IV Allegro molto
Escales (2002 Digital Remaster): Rome-Palermo
Escales (2002 Digital Remaster): Tunis-Nefia
Escales (2002 Digital Remaster): Valencia
Petite Symphonie Concertante (1996 Digital Remaster): I. Adagio - Allegro Con Moto
Petite Symphonie Concertante (1996 Digital Remaster): II. Adagio
Petite Symphonie Concertante (1996 Digital Remaster): III. Allegretto Alla Marcia
Evolution (Part 1) (1995 Digital Remaster)
March (from Divertimento for band) (1995 Digital Remaster)

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