Thursday 18th April, was Leopold Stokowski's 137th birthday. Two years ago, to mark the conductor's 135th birthday, and the 40th anniversary of his death, we began this short series of three CD releases containing the recordings Stokowski made between 1927 and 1933 of the four Brahms symphonies with The Philadelphia Orchestra.
This week we have two symphonies - the Second and the Fourth - in fabulous new transfers by Mark Obert-Thorn, which fit miraculously onto a single CD without a second to spare, thus completing our edition of the first ever Brahms Symphony Cycle.
"On every level, the orchestral execution and imaginative expression testify to a virtuoso display of American musicianship" - Audiophile Audition
"Admirers of the conductor had better be prepared to dig into their pockets to acquire a vibrant and historically important cycle" - MusicWeb International
"Mr. Obert-Thorn's transfers are amazing!. A remarkable issue in every way!" - Classical CD Review