A collection of American recordings that brings together all but one post-acoustic era Stokowski recording that's never yet appeared on CD or any other digital format, in brand new transfers by Mark Obert-Thorn - including two Wagner sides being published for the very first time.
"For all the various arrangements of music from Tristan that Stokowski recorded over his career, it is remarkable that he made only a single published version of the “standard” Prelude and Liebestod, and that only in 1973, toward the end of his career. The previously unissued recording presented here was made with the New York City Symphony, an ensemble that Stokowski created in 1944. Only the first and last sides of the set survive in test pressings, but they are enough to indicate the white-hot intensity of Stokowski’s performance."
- Sleevenotes (excerpt)
Music by PROKOFIEV, PURCELL, TCHAIKOVSKY, WAGNER
Leopold Stokowski, conductor
His Symphony Orchestra ∙ New York Symphony Orchestra ∙ NBC Symphony Orchestra
Master of Mahler, Jascha Horenstein, in a live stereo BBC recording from 1959 in one of the greatest performances of Mahler's 8th Symphony, sounding awesome in this new XR remaster - coupled with three Wagner selections in magnificent 1962 studio recordings with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra.
"the Albert Hall was made more or less to vibrate with sound by 750 voices and instrumentalists engaged in a presentation of the work to an assembly which filled the enormous place from floor to topmost gallery ... Jascha Horenstein controlled the apocalyptic structure firmly and purposefully, avoiding the occasional chasms and glimpses into vacancy, and scaling the heights without haste or waste of breadth."
- The Guardian
WAGNER Der fliegende Holländer - Overture
WAGNER Tannhäuser - Bacchanale
WAGNER Siegfried Idyll Siegfried Idyll
MAHLER Symphony No. 8 ("Symphony of a Thousand")
Soloists, choirs et al
London Symphony Orchestra
Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
Jascha Horenstein, conductor
Recorded 1959 and 1962
PASC440 (2hr 1:13)
Pioneering early recordings by Leopold Stokowski and the Philadelphia Orchestra are brought back to life in these astonishingly vivid XR remasters by Andrew Rose.
"The last Stokowski acoustic recording of a French work was also the most difficult to record, given the technical limitations of the acoustic recording process. This was the beautiful, ethereal, and wide ranging Prélude à l'après-midi d'un faune by Claude Debussy.
Stokowski and the orchestra had unsuccessfully attempted to record the Prélude during their initial 1917 sessions, and again in 1921, but neither were released by Stokowski. Then, on April 28, 1924 in the Camden Church Studio the Philadelphians, with star soloists Marcel Tabuteau, oboe and William Kincaid, flute succeeded. This performance was released in January, 1925 on a double sided 12 inch Victor Red Seal record..."
DEBUSSY Prélude à l'après-midi d'un faune
SCHUBERT "Unfinished" Symphony, No. 8
WAGNER Orchestral excerpts
TCHAIKOVSKY Symphonic movements and short pieces
Leopold Stokowski, conductor
The Philadelphia Orchestra
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