Leopold Stokowski - The Maverick Conductor (10CD BoxSet) (2009)
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Leopold Stokowski - The Maverick Conductor (10CD BoxSet) (2009)

Artist: Leopold Stokowski
Title: The Maverick Conductor
Year Of Release: 2009
Label: EMI Classics
Genre: Classical
Quality: FLAC (image+.cue,log,scans)
Total Time: 12:04:33
Total Size: 3,65 Gb
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Tracklist:

CD1: Johann Sebastian Bach (orch. Stokowski)
Passacaglia and Fugue in C minor BWV 582
01. I. Passacaglia
02. II. Fugue
03. Komm, susser Tod BWV478
English Sutie No.2 in A minor BWV 807
04. Bourree
05. Sarabande
06. Ein' feste Burg ist unser Gott BWV720
Christmas Oratorio BWV248
07. Sinfonia
08. 'Little' Fugue in G minor BWV578
Orchestral Suite No.3 in D BWV1068
09. Air on the G String
Rec.:5, 7, 11 & 26.II.1958
10. Mein Jesu, was vor Seelenweh BWV487
Violin Partita No.3 in E BWV1006
11. Preludio
Rec.: 15-17.VIII.1957
Toccata and Fugue in D minor BWV565
12. I. Toccata
13. II. Fugue
Rec.: 22 & 29.I & 5, 8 & 15.II.1957

Leopold Stokowski Symphony Orchestra

CD2: Bartok, Ibert, Martin, Faberman & Persichetti
Bela Bartok - Music for Strings, Percussion & Celesta
01. I. Andante tranquillo
02. II. Allegro
03. III. Adagio
04. IV. Allegro molto
Rec.: 1959
Jacques Ibert - Escales
05. Rome - Palermo
06. Tunis - Nefta
07. Valencia
Rec.: 13.V.1958
Frank Martin - Petite Symphonie concertante
08. I. Adagio - Allegro con moto
09. II. Adagio
10. III. Allegretto alla marcia
Rec.: XII.1957
Harold Farberman - Evolution
11. Part I
Vincent Persichetti - Divertimento for band
12. March
Rec.: 22 & 29.I & 5, 8 & 15.II.1957

Leopold Stokowski Symphony Orchestra (1-4 & 8-12)
Orchestre National de la Radiodiffusion Francaise (5-7)

CD3: Claude Debussy
1. Prelude a l'apres-midi d'un faune
Rec.: 5 & 8.II.1957
Nocturnes
2. I. Nuages
3. II. Fetes
4. III. Sirenes
Rec.: 27-28.VI.1957
Suite bergamasque
5. Clair de lune
Rec.: 5 & 8.II.1957
Iberia (Images pour orchestre No.2)
6. I. Par les rues et par les chemins
7. II. Les parfums de la nuit
8. III. Le matin d'un jour de fete
Rec.: 13-16.V.1958

Julius Baker, flute
Women's voices of the BBC Choral Society
London Symphony Orchestra (2-4)
Leopold Stokowski Symphony Orchestra (1, 5)
Orchestre National de la Radiodiffusion Francaise (6-8)

CD4: Шостакович, Barber
Дмитрий Шостакович - Симфония №11 "1905 год"
1. I. The Palace Square: Adagio -
2. II. January 9th: Allegro -
3. III. Eternal Memory: Adagio -
4. IV. Tocsin (Alarm): Allegro non troppo
Rec.: 9-12.IV.1958
Samuel Barber
5. Adagio for Strings
Rec.: 22 & 29.I 5, 8 & 15.II.1957

Houston Symphony Orchestra (1-4)
Leopold Stokowski Symphony Orchestra

CD5: Holst, Schoenberg
Gustav Holst - The Planets
01. I. Mars, the Bringer of War
02. II. Venus, the Bringer of Peace
03. III. Mercury, the Winged Messenger
04. IV. Jupiter, the Bringer of Jollity
05. V. Saturn, the Bringer of Old Age
06. VI. Uranus, the Magician
07. VII. Neptune, the Mystic
Rec.: 2-3.IX.1956
Arnold Schoenberg - Verklaerte Nacht
08. Sehr langsam -
09. Etwas bewegter -
10. Schwer betont -
11. Sehr breit und langsam -
12. Sehr ruhig
Rec.: 1960

Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra (1-7)
Leopold Stokowski Symphony Orchestra (8-12)

CD6: Глиэр, Стравинский
Рейнгольд Глиэр - Симфония №3 "Илья Муромец" (ed. Stokowski)
01. I. Ilia Murometz and Svyatogor, the Mighty Hero
02. II. Ilia Murometz and Solovei, the Brigand
03. III. Ilia Murometz and Prince Vladimir
04. IV. The Heroic Deeds and Petrification of Ilia Murometz
Rec.: 6.III.1957
Игорь Стравинский - Сюита из балета Петрушка
05. I. Russian Dance
06. II. The Shrovetide Fair (near evening)
07. III. Dance of the Wet Nurses
08. IV. Dance of the Peasant and the Bear
09. V. Dance of the Gypsy Girls
10. VI. Dance of Coachmen and Grooms
11. VII. The Masqueraders
Игорь Стравинский - Сюита из балета Жар-птица
12. I. Introduction
13. II. Dance of Firebird
14. III. Variation of the Firebird
15. IV. The Princesses' Khorovod
16. V. Infernal Dance of King Kashchei
17. VI. Lullaby
18. VII. Finale
Rec.: 17-20.V.1957

Houston Symphony Orchestra (1-4)
Berliner Philharmoniker (8-18)

CD7: Dukas, Turina, Loeffler, Ravel & Sibelius
Paul Dukas - La Peri
01. Fanfare
Rec.: 12.II.1957
Joaquin Turina
02. La Oracion del torero
Rec.: 19.II.1958
Charles Martin Loeffler
03. A Pagan Poem
Rec.: 18-20.XII.1957
Maurice Ravel
04. Alborada del gracioso
Rec.: 1958
Maurice Ravel - Rapsodie espagnole
05. I. Prelude a la nuit
06. II. Malaguena
07. III. Habanera
08. IV. Feria
Rec.: 24.VI. & 3.VII.1957
Jean Sibelius
09. Four Legends No.2 'The Swan of Tuonela'
Jean Sibelius
10. Finlandia
22 & 29.I & 5, 8 & 15.II.1957

Leopold Stokowski Symphony Orchestra (1-3 & 9-10)
Orchestre National de la Radiodiffusion Francaise
London Symphony Orchestra (5-8)

CD8: Orff, Richard Strauss, Vaughan Williams, Чайковский & Мусоргский
Carl Orff - Carmina Burana
01. I. O Fortuna
02. II. Fortune plango vulnera
03. III. Veris leta facies
04. IV. Omnia sol temperat
05. V. Ecce gratum
06. VI. Tanz
07. VII. Floret silva
08. VIII. Chramer, gip die varwe mir
09. IX. Reie - Swaz hie gat umbe - Chume, chum geselle min - Swaz hie gat umbe
10. X. Were diu werlt alle min
11. XI. Estuans interius
12. XII. Olim lacus colueram
13. XIII. Ego sum abbas
14. XIV. In taberna quando sumus
15. XV. Amor volat undique
16. XVI. Dies, nox et omnia
17. XVII. Stetit puella
18. XVIII. Circa mea pectora
19. XIX. Si puer cum puellula
20. XX. Veni, veni, venias
21. XXI. In trutina
22. XXII. Tempus est iocundum
23. XXIII. Dulcissime
24. XXIV. Ave formosissima
25. XXV. O Fortuna
Rec.: 9 & 11-13.IV.1958
Richard Strauss - Suite for wind instruments
26. Gavotte
Ralph Vaughan Williams - Symphony No.8
27. Scherzo
Пётр Чайковский - Симфония №4
28. Scherzo
Модест Мусоргский - Картинки с выставки (orch. Ravel)
29. The Hut on Fowl's Legs
30. The Great Gate of Kiev
Rec.: 22 & 29.I & 5, 8 & 15.II.1957

Virginia Babikian, soprano (1-25)
Clyde Hager, tenor (1-25)
Guy Gardner, baritone (1-25)
Houston Chorale (1-25)
Houston Youth Boys' Choir (1-25)
Houston Symphony Orchestra (1-25)
Leopold Stokowski Symphony Orchestra (26-30)

CD9: Respighi, Хачатурян, Frescobaldi & Palestrina
Ottorino Respighi - Pini di Roma
01. I. I pini di Villa Borghese
02. II. Pini presso una catacomba
03. III. I pini del Gianicolo
04. IV. I pini della Via Appia
Арам Хачатурян - Симфония №2 "Колокол"
05. I. Andante maestoso
06. II. Allegro risoluto
07. III. Andante sostenuto
08. IV. Andante mosso
Girolamo Frescobaldi
09. Gagliarda (orch. Stokowski)
Giovanni Pierluigi da Palestrina
10. Adoramus te, Christe (orch. Stokowski)
Rec.: 1958-9

The Symphony of the Air

CD10: Шостакович, Bloch, Cesti, Gabrieli
Дмитрий Шостакович - Симфония №1
1. I. Allegretto
2. II. Allegro ma non troppo
3. III. Lento
4. IV. Allegro molto
Дмитрий Шостакович
5. Prelude and Fugue for piano No.14 (orch. Stokowski)
Дмитрий Шостакович - Леди Макбет Мценского уезда
6. Entr'acte
Ernest Bloch
7. Schelomo
Antonio Cesti
8. Tu mancavi a tormentarmi
Giovanni Gabrieli
9. Sonata pian e forte
Rec.: 1958 & 1959

The Symphony of the Air

EMI, of course, is based in England, and apparently didn't pay too much attention to the 2008 American presidential election, otherwise it might have thought twice about naming this 10-CD box set Leopold Stokowski: The Maverick Conductor. Ironically, the word maverick -- in its traditional sense -- certainly fits Stokowski; he was probably the figure who more than any other established the symphony conductor as a superhuman entity, able to conquer the weakest orchestra in a single bound and get his patented string sound from it. He was a tireless advocate of modern music who gave first performances of composers such as Edgard Varèse and Charles Ives in Philadelphia in the 1920s. He was a prolific recording artist who was very active in attempting to improve the technology of recordings and a pioneer in many stereophonic sessions going back into the 1930s. His career as conductor is one of the longest on record, stretching from his 1909 debut with the Cincinnati Symphony to his last recording session, made within days of his death, with the London Symphony in 1977. Thus, Stokowski's activity as conductor encompasses nearly the entire twentieth century.
The 10 CDs included in Leopold Stokowski: The Maverick Conductor features recordings made between 1956 and 1960 and basically encompasses all of the compact discs EMI previously released either as single discs or as smaller sets. That comes as excellent news for those who missed the short-lived three-CD EMI set devoted to his United Artists' recordings of the Symphony of the Air, containing Stokowski's electrifying recordings of Respighi's The Pines of Rome and Khachaturian's Symphony No. 1, "The Bell." On the downside, it also incorporates his Capitol recording The Orchestra, which once was accompanied by a deluxe booklet illustrating the different instruments of the orchestra and necessarily consisted of excepts. So instead of a full version of Mussorgsky/Ravel's Pictures at an Exhibition you get just the last two movements; of course, he did record that elsewhere, but it's not the sort of thing that makes for the most attractive filler. The portion of Stokowski's output that EMI owns belongs to the latter stages of a long, wandering period where he was without a standing position with a major orchestra, and this did not end until he was appointed to serve as the conductor of the Houston Symphony in 1958. The group identified as the "Leopold Stokowski Symphony Orchestra" was the Symphony of the Air, the reorganized NBC Symphony after Toscanini retired; Stokowski recorded both under that name and his own. There are also some guest situations with the ORTF Orchestra, Los Angeles Philharmonic, and even the Berlin Philharmonic, and the front tip of his work in Houston, the rest being captured by Belock Labs (i.e., Everest). Interestingly, there is a stray recording, from 1957, of Ravel's Rhapsodie espagnole made with the London Symphony, an organization to which Stokowski would later get appointed and with whom he made many of his final recordings.
In sum, during these years Stokowski was still a name, but was not entirely in control of his destiny as far as recording was concerned; Stokowski: The Maverick Conductor is partly a collection of curios, a grab bag of dates he was able to secure in those years. Orff's Carmina Burana shares its disc with the Scherzo from Tchaikovsky's Fourth Symphony. However, it's a very reasonably priced box set, and the recordings -- especially the ones made by United Artists, which were mastered on 35mm film -- still sound great overall. Those who bought these discs in their original form, as single items, might not be so pleased that this represents such a price break over having obtained them that way, but everyone else is likely to find at least three to four discs in the set that are worth their while, even if they never get around to listening to all 10.



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