Leopold Stokowski - Complete Decca Recordings (23CD)

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Leopold Stokowski

Stokowski’s complete Decca/Phase 4 recordings presented together for the first time marking the 40th anniversary of his passing.

Includes the album ‘Inspiration’, recorded by Decca for RCA.

All recordings presented with original artwork and programming.

New essay by Stokowski life-long admirer and Stokowski expert Jon Tolansky.

Includes bonus audio documentary with excerpts from rare recordings, rehearsals, recollections from collaborators and a private interview with the maestro.

"believe that music is spontaneous, impulsive expression – that its range is without limit – that music is forever growing.” LEOPOLD STOKOWSKI

STOKOWSKI & PHASE 4 “MORE TONE!”

Especially effective at projecting the unique Phase 4 experience were the recordings made by legendary conductor, Leopold Stokowski. It was the perfect musical marriage; at the same time, Phase 4 perfectly captured to the full the maestro’s unique imagination. “More tone! More tone!” was a favourite admonition of the Maestro to his orchestras – though what he did to obtain that ‘Stokowski Sound’ was only in part quantifiable: his brilliance as an orchestrator; strong and broad vibrato and free bowing from the strings; free breathing for the brass and woodwind; knife-edged precision of attack; and absolute perfection of ensemble. The rest was down to a telepathic communication of something less tangible that was surely down to the power of mesmerism.

A relentless innovator, Stokowski experimented with orchestral seating, famously lining up the string basses across the rear of the stage and, in an early instance, massing all the violins on the left side of the orchestra and the cellos on the right. One of the first modern conductors to give up the use of the baton, Stokowski employed graceful, almost hypnotic, hand gestures to work his magic. In his pursuit of that “spontaneous, impulsive expression” he had a fundamentally different musical outlook to his contempories (and even sometimes his own musicians). Although, regardless of whether or not they agreed with his interpretations they greatly admired his results; he commanded one of the largest audience followings in conducting history, and his influence as a popularizer of classical music was worldwide.

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Tracklisting:

Beethoven: Die Ehre Gottes aus der Natur ('Die Himmel rühmen des Ewigen Ehre'), Op. 48 No. 4

  • Norman Luboff Choir, New Symphony Orchestra of London
  • Leopold Stokowski

trad.: Deep River

  • Norman Luboff Choir, New Symphony Orchestra of London
  • Leopold Stokowski

Handel: Ombra mai fu (from Serse)

  • Norman Luboff Choir, New Symphony Orchestra of London
  • Leopold Stokowski

Humperdinck: Abendsegen 'Abends will ich schlafen gehn' (Hänsel und Gretel)

  • Norman Luboff Choir, New Symphony Orchestra of London
  • Leopold Stokowski

Bach, J S: Cantata BWV147 'Herz und Mund und Tat und Leben': Jesu, bleibet meine Freude

  • Norman Luboff Choir, New Symphony Orchestra of London
  • Leopold Stokowski

Rachmaninov: Vocalise, Op. 34 No. 14

  • Norman Luboff Choir, New Symphony Orchestra of London
  • Leopold Stokowski

trad.: Praise God from whom all blessings flow

  • Norman Luboff Choir, New Symphony Orchestra of London
  • Leopold Stokowski

Wagner: Begluckt darf nun dich 'Pilgrims' Chorus' (from Tannhauser)

  • Norman Luboff Choir, New Symphony Orchestra of London
  • Leopold Stokowski

Bach, J S: Sheep May Safely Graze, from Cantata BWV208

  • Norman Luboff Choir, New Symphony Orchestra of London
  • Leopold Stokowski

Tchaikovsky: Lord’s prayer (from Nine Sacred Pieces for mixed chorus)

  • Norman Luboff Choir, New Symphony Orchestra of London
  • Leopold Stokowski

Gluck: Orfeo ed Euridice (Orphée et Euridice): Dance of the Blessed Spirits

  • Norman Luboff Choir, New Symphony Orchestra of London
  • Leopold Stokowski
  • arr. as O Saviour, Hear Me

Rimsky Korsakov: Scheherazade, Op. 35

  • London Symphony Orchestra
  • Leopold Stokowski

Mussorgsky: Pictures at an Exhibition

  • New Philharmonia Orchestra
  • Leopold Stokowski

Debussy: Préludes - Book 1: No. 10, La cathédrale engloutie

  • New Philharmonia Orchestra
  • Leopold Stokowski

Tchaikovsky: Swan Lake, Op. 20 Suite

  • New Philharmonia Orchestra
  • Leopold Stokowski

Tchaikovsky: Sleeping Beauty, Suite, Op. 66a

  • New Philharmonia Orchestra
  • Leopold Stokowski

Vivaldi: The Four Seasons

  • New Philharmonia Orchestra
  • Leopold Stokowski
  • Hugh Bean (violin)

Wagner: Die Walküre: Ride of the Valkyries

  • London Symphony Orchestra
  • Leopold Stokowski

Wagner: Siegfried: Waldweben

  • London Symphony Orchestra
  • Leopold Stokowski

Wagner: Das Rheingold: Entrance of the Gods into Valhalla

  • London Symphony Orchestra
  • Leopold Stokowski

Wagner: Götterdämmerung: Dawn and Siegfried's Rhine Journey

  • London Symphony Orchestra
  • Leopold Stokowski

Wagner: Götterdämmerung: Siegfried's Death & Funeral March

  • London Symphony Orchestra
  • Leopold Stokowski

Tchaikovsky: Symphony No. 5 in E minor, Op. 64

  • New Philharmonia Orchestra
  • Leopold Stokowski

Handel: Messiah (highlights)

  • London Symphony Chorus, London Symphony Orchestra
  • Leopold Stokowski

Mussorgsky: A Night on the Bare Mountain

  • London Symphony Orchestra
  • Leopold Stokowski

Tchaikovsky: Marche slave, Op. 31

  • London Symphony Orchestra
  • Leopold Stokowski

Stravinsky: The Firebird Suite

  • London Symphony Orchestra
  • Leopold Stokowski

Beethoven: Symphony No. 9 in D minor, Op. 125 'Choral'

  • London Symphony Chorus, London Symphony Orchestra
  • Leopold Stokowski

Berlioz: Symphonie fantastique, Op. 14

  • New Philharmonia Orchestra
  • Leopold Stokowski

Tchaikovsky: Romeo & Juliet - Fantasy Overture

  • L'Orchestre de la Suisse Romande
  • Leopold Stokowski

Mussorgsky: Boris Godunov: A Symphonic Synthesis

  • L'Orchestre de la Suisse Romande
  • Leopold Stokowski

Tchaikovsky: 1812 Overture, Op. 49

  • Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
  • Leopold Stokowski

Borodin: Prince Igor: Polovtsian Dances

  • Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
  • Leopold Stokowski

Stravinsky: Pastorale

  • Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
  • Leopold Stokowski

Beethoven: Symphony No. 5 in C minor, Op. 67

  • London Philharmonic Orchestra
  • Leopold Stokowski

Schubert: Symphony No. 8 in B minor, D759 'Unfinished'

  • London Philharmonic Orchestra
  • Leopold Stokowski

Debussy: La Mer

  • London Symphony Orchestra
  • Leopold Stokowski

Ravel: Daphnis et Chloé - Suite No. 2

  • London Symphony Orchestra
  • Leopold Stokowski

Berlioz: La Damnation de Faust, Op. 24: Ballet des Sylphes

  • London Symphony Orchestra
  • Leopold Stokowski

Ives, C: Orchestral Set No. 2

  • London Symphony Orchestra
  • Leopold Stokowski

Messiaen: L'Ascension (Quatre meditations pour l'orchestre)

  • London Symphony Orchestra
  • Leopold Stokowski

Ravel: Fanfare from 'L'Eventail de Jeanne'

  • Hilversum Radio Philharmonia Orchestra
  • Leopold Stokowski

Franck, C: Symphony in D minor

  • Hilversum Radio Philharmonia Orchestra
  • Leopold Stokowski

Wagner: Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg: Overture

  • London Symphony Orchestra
  • Leopold Stokowski

Debussy: Prélude à l'après-midi d'un faune

  • London Symphony Orchestra
  • Leopold Stokowski

Glazunov: Violin Concerto in A minor, Op. 82

  • London Symphony Orchestra
  • Leopold Stokowski

Brahms: Symphony No. 1 in C minor, Op. 68

  • London Symphony Orchestra
  • Leopold Stokowski

Tchaikovsky: Marche slave, Op. 31

  • London Symphony Orchestra
  • Leopold Stokowski

Chopin: Mazurka No. 13 in A minor, Op. 17 No. 4

  • London Symphony Orchestra
  • Leopold Stokowski
  • arr. Stokowski

Schubert: Moments Musicaux, D780: No. 3 in F minor

  • London Symphony Orchestra
  • Leopold Stokowski
  • arr. Stokowski

Byrd: Pavana "The Earle of Salisbury"

  • London Symphony Orchestra
  • Leopold Stokowski
  • arr. Stokowski

Tchaikovsky: Chant sans paroles, Op. 40 No. 6

  • London Symphony Orchestra
  • Leopold Stokowski
  • arr. Stokowski

Clarke, Jeremiah: Trumpet Voluntary 'Prince of Denmark's March'

  • London Symphony Orchestra
  • Leopold Stokowski
  • arr. Stokowski

Duparc: Extase

  • London Symphony Orchestra
  • Leopold Stokowski
  • arr. Stokowski

Rachmaninov: Prelude Op. 3 No. 2 in C sharp minor

  • London Symphony Orchestra
  • Leopold Stokowski
  • arr. Stokowski

Elgar: Enigma Variations, Op. 36

  • Czech Philharmonic Orchestra
  • Leopold Stokowski
  • arr. Stokowski

Bach, J S: Toccata & Fugue in D minor, BWV565

  • Czech Philharmonic Orchestra
  • Leopold Stokowski
  • arr. Stokowski

Bach, J S: Prelude in E flat minor, BWV853

  • Czech Philharmonic Orchestra
  • Leopold Stokowski
  • arr. Stokowski

Bach, J S: Mein Jesu! was fuer Seelenweh, BWV487

  • Czech Philharmonic Orchestra
  • Leopold Stokowski
  • arr. Stokowski

Bach, J S: Chorale Prelude BWV680 'Wir glauben all an einen Gott' ('Giant Fugue')

  • Czech Philharmonic Orchestra
  • Leopold Stokowski
  • arr. Stokowski

Bach, J S: Jesus Christus, Gottes Sohn from Cantata 4

  • Czech Philharmonic Orchestra
  • Leopold Stokowski
  • arr. Stokowski

Bach, J S: Passacaglia & Fugue in C minor, BWV582

  • Czech Philharmonic Orchestra
  • Leopold Stokowski
  • arr. Stokowski

Scriabin: Symphony No. 4 - 'Le Poème de l'extase', Op. 54

  • Czech Philharmonic Orchestra
  • Leopold Stokowski

Rimsky Korsakov: Capriccio espagnol, Op. 34

  • New Philharmonia Orchestra
  • Leopold Stokowski

Dvorak: Slavonic Dance No. 2 in E minor, Op. 46 No. 2

  • New Philharmonia Orchestra
  • Leopold Stokowski

Beethoven: Symphony No. 7 in A major, Op. 92

  • Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
  • Leopold Stokowski

Beethoven: Egmont Overture, Op. 84

  • Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
  • Leopold Stokowski