Leopold Stokowski

Leopold Stokowski
Leopold Anthony Stokowski (18 April 1882 – 13 September 1977) was a British conductor of Polish and Irish descent. One of the leading conductors of the early and mid-20th Century, he is best known for his long association with the Philadelphia Orchestra and for appearing in the film Fantasia. He was especially noted for his free-hand conducting style that spurned the traditional baton and for obtaining a characteristically sumptuous sound from the orchestras he directed.

Stokowski was music director of the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra, the Philadelphia Orchestra, the NBC Symphony Orchestra, New York Philharmonic Symphony Orchestra, the Houston Symphony Orchestra, the Symphony of the Air and many others. He was also the founder of the All-American Youth Orchestra, the New York City Symphony, the Hollywood Bowl Symphony Orchestra and the American Symphony Orchestra.

Stokowski conducted the music for and appeared in several Hollywood films, including Disney's Fantasia, and was a lifelong champion of contemporary composers, giving many premieres of new music during his 60-year conducting career. Stokowski, who made his official conducting debut in 1909, appeared in public for the last time in 1975 but continued making recordings until June 1977, a few months before his death at the age of 95.
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Leopold Stokowski

Leopold Stokowski

Leopold Anthony Stokowski (18 April 1882 – 13 September 1977) was a British conductor of Polish and Irish descent. One of the leading conductors of the early and mid-20th Century, he is best known for his long association with the Philadelphia Orchestra and for appearing in the film Fantasia. He was especially noted for his free-hand conducting style that spurned the traditional baton and for obtaining a characteristically sumptuous sound from...
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BEETHOVEN Symphony No. 5

Recorded in 1940
Duration 30:29

The All-American Orchestra
Conducted by Leopold Stokowski

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    BEETHOVEN Symphony No. 7
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      Symphony No. 8 in B minor, ‘Unfinished’
    SCHUBERT
      Moment Musical ∙ Rosamunde Ballet Music
    Studio recordings, 1927
    Total duration: 74:03

    Leopold Stokowski, conductor
    The Philadelphia Orchestra
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    BEETHOVEN Symphony No. 9 'Choral'

    Live broadcast recording, 1941
    Total duration: 66:04

    Anne Brown. soprano 
    Winifred Heidt.
    contralto 
    William Horne.
    tenor 
    Lawrence Whisonant.
    bass

    The Westminster Choir
    NBC Symphony Orchestra   
    conducted by Leopold Stokowski

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    BRAHMS Symphony No. 2
    BRAHMS Symphony No. 4

    Studio recordings, 1929 & 1933
    Total duration: 79:54

    The Philadelphia Orchestra
    conducted by Leopold Stokowski

    All downloads include bonus alternate take

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    BRAHMS Symphony No. 1
    WEBER Invitation to the Dance
    J STRAUSS II On The Beautiful Blue Danube
    J STRAUSS II Tales from the Vienna Woods
    LISZT Hungarian Rhapsody No. 2

    Recorded 1926-27
    Total duration: 70:01

    The Philadelphia Orchestra
    conducted by Leopold Stokowski

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    WAGNER Tannhäuser – Overture and Venusberg Music ∙ Prelude to Act 3; Tristan und Isolde – Prelude and Liebestod (First Release)
    PURCELL-STOKOWSKI  “When I am laid in earth” (Dido and Aeneas)
    TCHAIKOVSKY Andante cantabile from Symphony No. 5; Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy from The Nutcracker
    PROKOFIEV  Three excerpts from The Love for Three Oranges

    Studio recordings, 1941-50
    Total duration: 65:02 

    Leopold Stokowski, conductor
    New York City Symphony Orchestra

    NBC Symphony Orchestra