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Leopold Stokowski - The Stereo Collection 1954-1975

Stokowski
Release Date: 08/21/2012 
Label:  Rca   Catalog #: 1916852   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Johann Sebastian BachLudwig van BeethovenGustav MahlerJohannes Brahms,   ... 
Performer:  Margaret PriceBrigitte FassbaenderAnna MoffoMartina Arroyo,   ... 
Conductor:  Leopold Stokowski
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony OrchestraNew Symphony OrchestraNorman Luboff Choir,   ... 
Number of Discs: 14 
Recorded in: Stereo 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

The rating applies to the best performances in this collection, and they may not be what you’d expect: the “Eroica” Symphony and a stupendous Brahms Fourth, Shostakovich’s Sixth, and Khachaturian’s horrendous Third Symphony. There’s also the justly acclaimed Anna Moffo recital (Cantaloube, Villa-Lobos, Rachmaninov), the strangely compelling Mahler Second, and a host of shorter works. The Wagner discs are variable and on the whole a notch less interesting than Stoki’s earlier efforts for Decca (in stereo), never mind his original Philadelphia recordings—and Scheherazade sounded better in just about any of his half-dozen or so previous efforts. But the “New World” Symphony is awfully interesting (the tam-tam in the finale is certainly Read more different), and ultimately there was no one like Stokowski, and there never will be again. So why not? Go for it.

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

1.
Partita for Violin solo no 2 in D minor, BWV 1004: 5th movement, Chaconne by Johann Sebastian Bach
Conductor:  Leopold Stokowski
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony Orchestra
Period: Baroque 
Written: circa 1720; Cöthen, Germany 
2.
Partita for Violin solo no 3 in E major, BWV 1006: 1st movement, Prelude by Johann Sebastian Bach
Conductor:  Leopold Stokowski
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony Orchestra
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1720; Cöthen, Germany 
3.
Ein feste Burg ist unser Gott, BWV 80: Excerpt(s) by Johann Sebastian Bach
Conductor:  Leopold Stokowski
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony Orchestra
Period: Baroque 
Written: by 1744; Leipzig, Germany 
4.
Suite for Orchestra no 3 in D major, BWV 1068: Air by Johann Sebastian Bach
Conductor:  Leopold Stokowski
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony Orchestra
Period: Baroque 
Written: circa 1729-1731; Leipzig, Germany 
5.
Ich steh' mit einem Fuss im Grabe, BWV 156: Sinfonia/Arioso by Johann Sebastian Bach
Conductor:  Leopold Stokowski
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony Orchestra
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1729; Leipzig, Germany 
6.
Wachet auf, ruft uns die Stimme, BWV 140: no 1, Wachet auf ruft uns die Stimme by Johann Sebastian Bach
Conductor:  Leopold Stokowski
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony Orchestra
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1731; Leipzig, Germany 
7.
Komm, süsser Tod, komm, sel'ge Ruh'!, BWV 478 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Conductor:  Leopold Stokowski
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony Orchestra
Period: Baroque 
Written: by 1736; Leipzig, Germany 
8.
Herz und Mund und Tat und Leben, BWV 147: Jesu bleibet meine Freude "Jesu, joy of man's desiring" by Johann Sebastian Bach
Conductor:  Leopold Stokowski
Orchestra/Ensemble:  New Symphony Orchestra,  Norman Luboff Choir
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1723; Leipzig, Germany 
9.
Was mir behagt, ist nur die muntre Jagd!, BWV 208 "Hunt Cantata": Schafe können sicher weiden by Johann Sebastian Bach
Conductor:  Leopold Stokowski
Orchestra/Ensemble:  New Symphony Orchestra,  Norman Luboff Choir
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1713; Cöthen, Germany 
10.
Toccata and Fugue in D minor, BWV 565 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Conductor:  Leopold Stokowski
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony Orchestra
Period: Baroque 
Written: by 1708; Germany 
11.
Chorale Preludes (6) BWV 645-650 "Schübler": no 1, Wachet auf, ruft uns die Stimme, BWV 645 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Conductor:  Leopold Stokowski
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony Orchestra
Period: Baroque 
Written: circa 1748-1749; Leipzig, Germany 
12.
Fugue in G minor, BWV 578 "Little G minor" by Johann Sebastian Bach
Conductor:  Leopold Stokowski
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony Orchestra
Period: Baroque 
Written: by 1706; Arnstadt, Germany 
13.
Symphony no 3 in E flat major, Op. 55 "Eroica" by Ludwig van Beethoven
Conductor:  Leopold Stokowski
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony Orchestra
Period: Classical 
Written: 1803; Vienna, Austria 
14.
Coriolan Overture in C minor, Op. 62 by Ludwig van Beethoven
Conductor:  Leopold Stokowski
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony Orchestra
Period: Classical 
Written: 1807; Vienna, Austria 
15.
Symphony no 2 in C minor "Resurrection" by Gustav Mahler
Performer:  Margaret Price (Soprano), Brigitte Fassbaender (Mezzo Soprano)
Conductor:  Leopold Stokowski
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony Orchestra,  London Symphony Chorus
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1888/1896; Germany 
Date of Recording: 1974 
Venue:  Walthamstow Town Hall, London, England 
Length: 80 Minutes 43 Secs. 
Language: German 
16.
Symphony no 4 in E minor, Op. 98 by Johannes Brahms
Conductor:  Leopold Stokowski
Orchestra/Ensemble:  New Philharmonia Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1884-1885; Austria 
Date of Recording: 06/1974 
Venue:  Walthamstow Town Hall, London, England 
Length: 37 Minutes 4 Secs. 
17.
Songs (6), Op. 48: no 4, Die Ehre Gottes aus der Natur by Ludwig van Beethoven
Conductor:  Leopold Stokowski
Orchestra/Ensemble:  New Symphony Orchestra,  Norman Luboff Choir
Period: Classical 
Written: by 1802; Vienna, Austria 
18.
Academic Festival Overture in C minor, Op. 80 by Johannes Brahms
Conductor:  Leopold Stokowski
Orchestra/Ensemble:  New Philharmonia Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1880; Austria 
19.
Chants d'Auvergne: Volume 2 - no 2, L'Antouèno by Joseph Canteloube
Performer:  Anna Moffo (Soprano)
Conductor:  Leopold Stokowski
Orchestra/Ensemble:  American Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1923-1930; France 
Date of Recording: 1964 
Length: 22 Minutes 50 Secs. 
Language: French 
20.
Chants d'Auvergne: Volume 2 - no 1, Pastourelle by Joseph Canteloube
Performer:  Anna Moffo (Soprano)
Conductor:  Leopold Stokowski
Orchestra/Ensemble:  American Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1923-1930; France 
Date of Recording: 1964 
Length: 7 Minutes 6 Secs. 
Language: French 
21.
Chants d'Auvergne: Volume 1 - no 3a, L'Aïo dé rotso by Joseph Canteloube
Performer:  Anna Moffo (Soprano)
Conductor:  Leopold Stokowski
Orchestra/Ensemble:  American Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1923-1930; France 
Date of Recording: 1964 
Length: 11 Minutes 36 Secs. 
Language: French 
22.
Chants d'Auvergne: Volume 1 - no 2, Baïlèro by Joseph Canteloube
Performer:  Anna Moffo (Soprano)
Conductor:  Leopold Stokowski
Orchestra/Ensemble:  American Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1923-1930; France 
Date of Recording: 1964 
Language: French 
23.
Chants d'Auvergne: Volume 3 - no 2, Passo pel prat (grande) by Joseph Canteloube
Performer:  Anna Moffo (Soprano)
Conductor:  Leopold Stokowski
Orchestra/Ensemble:  American Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1923-1930; France 
Date of Recording: 1964 
Language: French 
24.
Chants d'Auvergne: Volume 3 - no 5, Malurous qu'o uno fenno by Joseph Canteloube
Performer:  Anna Moffo (Soprano)
Conductor:  Leopold Stokowski
Orchestra/Ensemble:  American Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1923-1930; France 
Date of Recording: 1964 
Language: French 
25.
Chants d'Auvergne: Volume 3 - no 4, Brezairola by Joseph Canteloube
Performer:  Anna Moffo (Soprano)
Conductor:  Leopold Stokowski
Orchestra/Ensemble:  American Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1923-1930; France 
Date of Recording: 1964 
Language: French 
26.
Bachianas brasileiras no 5 for Soprano and 8 Cellos: Aria "Cantilena" by Heitor Villa-Lobos
Performer:  Anna Moffo (Soprano)
Conductor:  Leopold Stokowski
Orchestra/Ensemble:  American Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1938-1945; Brazil 
Date of Recording: 1964 
27.
Bachianas brasileiras no 5 for Soprano and 8 Cellos: Martelo by Heitor Villa-Lobos
Performer:  Anna Moffo (Soprano)
Conductor:  Leopold Stokowski
Orchestra/Ensemble:  American Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1938-1945; Brazil 
Date of Recording: 1964 
28.
Songs (14), Op. 34: no 14, Vocalise by Sergei Rachmaninov
Performer:  Anna Moffo (Soprano)
Conductor:  Leopold Stokowski
Orchestra/Ensemble:  American Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1912-1915; Russia 
Date of Recording: 1964 
29.
Liturgy of St John Chrysostom, Op. 41: Our Father by Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Conductor:  Leopold Stokowski
Orchestra/Ensemble:  New Symphony Orchestra,  Norman Luboff Choir
Written: 1878 
30.
Songs (14), Op. 34: no 14, Vocalise by Sergei Rachmaninov
Conductor:  Leopold Stokowski
Orchestra/Ensemble:  New Symphony Orchestra,  Norman Luboff Choir
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1912-1915; Russia 
31.
Deep river by Traditional
Conductor:  Leopold Stokowski
Orchestra/Ensemble:  New Symphony Orchestra,  Norman Luboff Choir
Written: USA 
32.
Doxology by Traditional
Conductor:  Leopold Stokowski
Orchestra/Ensemble:  New Symphony Orchestra,  Norman Luboff Choir
33.
Die Walküre: Ride of the Valkyries by Richard Wagner
Performer:  Martina Arroyo (Soprano), Carlotta Ordassy (Soprano), Doris Yarick (Soprano),
Betty Allen (Mezzo Soprano), Doris Okerson (Mezzo Soprano), Regina Sarfaty (Mezzo Soprano),
Shirley Verrett (Mezzo Soprano), Louise Parker (Alto)
Conductor:  Leopold Stokowski
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Symphony of the Air
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1856; Germany 
34.
Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg: Act 3 Prelude by Richard Wagner
Conductor:  Leopold Stokowski
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1867; Germany 
35.
Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg: Entry of the Mastersingers by Richard Wagner
Conductor:  Leopold Stokowski
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1867; Germany 
36.
Das Rheingold: Entrance of the Gods into Valhalla by Richard Wagner
Performer:  Louise Parker (Alto), Carlotta Ordassy (Soprano), Martina Arroyo (Soprano)
Conductor:  Leopold Stokowski
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Symphony of the Air
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1854; Germany 
37.
Die Walküre: Magic Fire Music by Richard Wagner
Conductor:  Leopold Stokowski
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1856; Germany 
38.
Götterdämmerung: Dawn and Siegfried's Rhine Journey by Richard Wagner
Conductor:  Leopold Stokowski
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1874; Germany 
39.
Götterdämmerung: Siegfried's Funeral Music by Richard Wagner
Conductor:  Leopold Stokowski
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1874; Germany 
40.
Rienzi: Overture by Richard Wagner
Conductor:  Leopold Stokowski
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1840-1843; Germany 
41.
Tristan und Isolde: Prelude and Liebestod by Richard Wagner
Conductor:  Leopold Stokowski
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1859; Germany 
42.
Götterdämmerung: Immolation [instrumental] by Richard Wagner
Conductor:  Leopold Stokowski
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1874; Bayreuth, Germany 
43.
Hungarian Rhapsodies (6) for Orchestra, S 359: no 2 in D minor by Franz Liszt
Conductor:  Leopold Stokowski
Orchestra/Ensemble:  RCA Victor Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
44.
Romanian Rhapsody no 1 in A major, Op. 11 no 1 by George Enescu
Conductor:  Leopold Stokowski
Orchestra/Ensemble:  RCA Victor Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1901; Romania 
45.
Má vlast: no 2, Moldau, T 111 by Bedrich Smetana
Conductor:  Leopold Stokowski
Orchestra/Ensemble:  RCA Victor Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1874; Czech Republic 
46.
Bartered Bride, B 143/T 93: Overture by Bedrich Smetana
Conductor:  Leopold Stokowski
Orchestra/Ensemble:  RCA Victor Symphony Orchestra
Written: 1866 
47.
Tristan und Isolde: Act 3 Prelude by Richard Wagner
Performer:  Henry Schuman (English Horn)
Conductor:  Leopold Stokowski
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Symphony of the Air
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1859; Germany 
48.
Tannhäuser: Overture and Venusberg Music by Richard Wagner
Performer:  Ralph Froelich (French Horn), Marilyn Wright (Violin), Arthur Garnick (Viola),
Harvey Shapiro (Cello)
Conductor:  Leopold Stokowski
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Symphony of the Air
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1845/1861; Germany 
49.
Age of Gold, Op. 22 by Dmitri Shostakovich
Conductor:  Leopold Stokowski
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Chicago Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1927-1930; USSR 
50.
Symphony no 6 in B minor, Op. 54 by Dmitri Shostakovich
Conductor:  Leopold Stokowski
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Chicago Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1939; USSR 
51.
Water Music, HWV 348-350: Excerpt(s) by George Frideric Handel
Conductor:  Leopold Stokowski
Orchestra/Ensemble:  RCA Victor Symphony Orchestra
Period: Baroque 
Written: circa 1715-1717; London, England 
52.
Serse, HWV 40: Ombra mai fu "Largo" by George Frideric Handel
Conductor:  Leopold Stokowski
Orchestra/Ensemble:  New Symphony Orchestra,  Norman Luboff Choir
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1738; London, England 
53.
Music for the Royal Fireworks, HWV 351 by George Frideric Handel
Conductor:  Leopold Stokowski
Orchestra/Ensemble:  RCA Victor Symphony Orchestra
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1749; London, England 
54.
Hänsel und Gretel: Abends will ich schlafen gehn "Evening Hymn" by Engelbert Humperdinck
Conductor:  Leopold Stokowski
Orchestra/Ensemble:  New Symphony Orchestra,  Norman Luboff Choir
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1893; Germany 
55.
Orfeo ed Euridice: Les Champs-Elysées by Christoph W. Gluck
Conductor:  Leopold Stokowski
Orchestra/Ensemble:  New Symphony Orchestra,  Norman Luboff Choir
Period: Classical 
Written: 1762/1774; Vienna, Austria 
56.
Symphony no 9 in E minor, Op. 95/B 178 "From the New World" by Antonín Dvorák
Conductor:  Leopold Stokowski
Orchestra/Ensemble:  New Philharmonia Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1893; USA 
57.
Symphony no 3 "Simfoniya-Poema" by Aram Khachaturian
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1947; USSR 

Customer Reviews

Average Customer Review:  6 Customer Reviews )
 SUPERIOR REMASTERING-TOP PERFORMANCES September 11, 2013 By P. Ledesma (Wellington, KS) See All My Reviews "I'd collected many of these vinyl issues as a teenager, and when I heard these remastered CD performances for the first I was absolutely astounded! Test your sound system with incomparable performance of the Liszt and Enescu rhapsodies! I never expected that these recordings could receive a sound upgrade like this! A true Stokowksi Spectacular!!! Some reviewers - like Martin Bookspan - have issues with the tempos and the intensity (or lack thereof) at times. For me, the Brahms 3rd Symphony was in NEED of a shake up. If you follow the score's specific directions the work is quite bland and predictable. Here Stokowski is trying to make it more vital, though he only makes it more palatable at best. The Mahler's 2nd is still among my favorites along with Walter's '58 recording with New York. Where he lacks the drive and flamboyance in passages where most expect it, he places it elsewhere, like in the closing bars of the opening movement (which I would argue is FAR from polite)! This performance features the big picture grandeur of the Resurrection symphony, and it was INTENDED to be different from everyone else's! If everyone performed the same music in identical tempos and styles, then why bother to purchase more than one recording? These are performances that - in general -offer a fresh and vital look at these works in that specific point in time. Whether they are timeless or not is up to the listening public to decide. I would argue that they ARE!!!" Report Abuse
 Mixed Bag, But Occasionally Unbeatable September 11, 2012 By E. Barnes (Dunn Loring, VA) See All My Reviews "I would take issue with a lot of the things Mr. Hurwitz said in his review, but not with his conclusion: Buy it, it's fascinating stuff. The swipe Hurwitz takes on the Khachaturian Third Symphony ("horrendous") is totally undeserved. It's a piece that compositionally holds together well and is also a ton of fun. (I had the LP back in the day and used it to blow the cobwebs out of my speakers after too much Mozart.) The Eroica Symphony is indeed fine, but the Brahms Fourth is a hodgepodge of ill-considered tempos. The Sixth Symphony is my favorite of Shostakovich's 15, but Stokowski misses the mark -- too perfunctory by half. The Mahler Second lacks the requisite violence when it needs it -- way too polite. But for me the really cool part of the set is Stokowski conducting his arrangements of the music of J.S. Bach. The Partita for Solo Violin is particularly spectacular in vision. But if I had to characterize what the overarching charm of these discs is, it would be Stokowski's unerring sense of aural fineness, a sort of Hollywood quality but in (usually) the best of taste -- Mantovani for the cognoscenti.

Oh, yeah -- get this one."
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 Excellent collection September 6, 2012 By Harold C. (Arlington, VA) See All My Reviews "Although I'm a "fan" of Stokowski from his earlier mono recordings, I feel that this late-career compendium still represents the finest in orchestral performances and is well transferred as well. Fairly priced and highly recommended." Report Abuse
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