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The Stokowski Concert Collection

 

Initially for my own purposes, I began refurbishing recordings of Stokowski's concerts and videos which I have in my collection. All are from non-commercial sources and most have not and will probably never appear on any commercial releases. As you may have noticed from the few commercial issues existing, Stokowski's music-making is generally even more thrilling in live performances than in studio recordings. Because I think this material is very fascinating for everyone who likes Stokowski, I am offering CD/DVD copies to interested collectors.

Due to the often distorted condition of the original sound recordings I had to apply various digital signal processes, such as time/pitch correction, equalization, click/pop and dropout elimination, filtering of background noise and hiss reduction. All these alterations have been made very carefully in order to retain as much of the original atmosphere of the performance as possible.

You can obtain single CDs/DVDs directly from me. Because I had to invest into special hardware equipment and I have spent many hours on working on the material, I am requesting a fee of 15 Euros for each single CD/DVD and 25 Euros for each double CD set plus postage.

Every CD/DVD comes in an illustrated jewel case with English liner notes about the original event, where available.

For more information, please check the FAQ or just E-mail me: stokowskisite@gmx.net

Please note that some of these recordings are of limited sound quality. Although digitally refurbished, they are technically not really comparable to modern studio recordings. They are, however, of an exceptional musical quality and meant for the serious collector who can appreciate this.

For some items sound bites are available in RealAudio format.

Currently available:  


1 CD

Contemporary Music Society, 3 December 1958
El-Dabh: Fantasia-Tahmeel (with Halim El-Dabh, derabucca)
[listen]
Cowell: Persian Set
Partos: Yizkor (with Harry Zaratzian, viola)
Mitsukuri: Ten Haikais by Basho
[listen]
McPhee: Nocturne
Chou Wen-Chung: To a Wayfarer
Piston: Divertimento
+ Miller: Prelude
+ Hovhaness: October Mountain
(played by the Percussion Ensemble of the Manhattan School of Music)

 


2 CDs

Orchestre National de la Radiodiffusion Française, 12 May 1958
Bach/Stokowski : Passacaglia & Fugue in c minor
Brahms: Symphony No.1
Ibert: Escales
Ravel: Alborada del gracioso
Debussy: Ibéria

 


1 CD

Radio-Sinfonieorchester Frankfurt, 31 May 1955 
Messiaen: Hymne au Saint-Sacrement
Stravinsky: Mass
Debussy: Prélude ŕ l'aprčs-midi d'un faune

 


1 CD

Radio-Sinfonieorchester Stuttgart, 20 May 1955
Mussorgsky/Stokowski: Prelude to Act IV from Khovanchina
Tchaikovsky: Symphony No.5
Wagner: Prelude and Liebestod from Tristan und Isolde

 


1 CD

SWF-Sinfonieorchester, 15 May 1955
Egk: French Suite after Rameau
Milhaud: Concerto for percussion and small orchestra
Prokofiev: 3 excerpts from Romeo and Juliet
Blacher: Variations on a theme of Paganini (rec. 06/06/54)

 


2 CDs

Boston University Orchestra, 19 November 1954

Lockwood: Prairie
Orff: Carmina Burana [listen]
Ruth Ann Tobin, soprano / Gwendolyn Belle, mezzo-soprano / Elmer Dickey, tenor / Kenneth Shelton & John Colleary, baritones / Boston University Chorus / Boys Choir from the Newton Public Schools

Fully announced original radio broadcast.

 


1 DVD
Video (NTSC or PAL)

The Conductor Speaks
BBC Symphony Orchestra

7 May 1954

Purcell/Stokowski:
Concert Suite
I. Trumpet Tune (A Choice Collection of Lessons: Trumpet Tune in C, Z. 678, "The Cebell")
II. Echo Pastorale (The Fairy Queen, Z. 629, Act II: Echo)
III. Hornpipe (The Fairy Queen, Z. 629: First Music: Hornpipe)
IV. When I am Laid in Earth (Dido and Aeneas, Z. 626, Act III)
V. Largo and Allegro (The Fairy Queen, Z. 629, Act IV)
Bach/Stokowski: Toccata and Fugue in D minor BWV 565
Bax: Finale from Tintagel
Enescu: Excerpts from Roumanian Rhapsody No.1 in A major op.11

 


1 CD

The 20th Century Concert Hall, Vol.2
CBS Radio Orchestra

* Maurice Wilk, violin / ** Julius Baker, flute
7 February 1954
Ives: Largo cantabile
Vaughan Williams: Five Variants of "Dives and Lazarus"
Bartók: 3 Roumanian Folk Dances [listen]
Förster: Air in Form of a Sarabande*
21 February 1954
Creston: Partita for Flute, Violin and String Orchestra, movements 1-3* **
Ives: Washington's Birthday

Two half-hour radio broadcasts. Documentation included in booklet. Good sound.

 


1 CD

Leopold Stokowski Symphony Orchestra, 16 October 1953
All-Canadian Concert:
Mercure: Pantomime
Brott: Violin Concerto (with Noël Brunet, violin)
McPhee: Tabuh-Tabuhan [listen]
Morel: Antiphonie
Ridout: Two Mystical Songs of John Donne (with Lois Marshall, soprano) [listen]
Willan: Coronation Suite (with The Westminster Choir)

Fully announced original radio broadcast. Documentation and song texts included in booklet. Excellent sound.

 


1 CD

The 20th Century Concert Hall, Vol.1 
CBS Radio Chamber Orchestra
27 September 1953
Bach/Stokowski: Siciliano
Berezowsky: Adagio from Sextet Concerto
Hovhaness: Concerto for Orchestra - "Sivas"
25 October 1953
Cesti/Stokowski: Tu mancavi a tormentarmi, crudelissima speranza
Thomson: Cantabile for Strings
Cowell: Hymn and Fuguing Tune No.2
Moore: Polka and Cakewalk from Cotillion Suite [listen]
+ Luening/Ussachevsky: Incantation for Tapesichord

Two half-hour radio broadcasts. Documentation included in booklet. Very good sound.

 


1 CD

Helsinki City Symphony Orchestra, 17 June 1953
All-Sibelius Programme:
Finlandia
Symphony No.1 [listen]
Excerpts from Pelléas and Mélisande [listen]
Symphony No.7

Fully announced original radio broadcast. Documentation included in booklet.

 


2 CDs

Sinfonieorchester des Nordwestdeutschen Rundfunks, 7 July 1952

Berlioz: Le carnaval romain
Falla: El amor brujo
Raphael: Jabonah
Tchaikovsky: Symphony No.5 [listen]

Raphael never recorded commercially. Thrilling Tchaikovksy. Very good sound.

 


1 CD

Philharmonic Symphony Orchestra New York, 2 April 1950

Thomson: Suite from The Mother of Us All
Brahms: Symphony No.2 [listen]
Chabrier: Marche joyeuse

Great Brahms. Thomson and Chabrier are the only known recordings of these works by Stokowski.

 


1 CD

Hollywood Bowl Symphony Orchestra, 25 August 1946 

Offenbach: Overture from Orphée aux enfers
Verdi: "Il lacerato spirito" from Simone Boccanegra (with John Arnold Ford, basso)
Mussorgski: Song of the Flea (with John Arnold Ford, basso)
Mendelssohn: Scherzo from A Midsummernight's Dream
Cadman: Spring Dance of the Willow Wand [listen]
Cadman: Dance of Sacrifice
Tchaikovsky: Piano Concerto No.1, 1st movement (with Lillian Magadow, piano)
Alfvén: Swedish Rhapsody No.1 - Midsommarvarka

Wonderful Alfvén and a great vocal soloist. Except Mendelssohn are all the only known recordings of these works by Stokowski.

 


2 CDs

Hollywood Bowl Symphony Orchestra, 21 July 1946

Lalo: Le Roi d'Ys Overture
Griffes: The White Peacock
Grainger: In a Nutshell (with Percy Grainger, piano)
Benjamin: From San Domingo
Tchaikovsky: Nutcracker Suite excerpts
Kodály: Dances of Galánta [listen]
Grainger: Danish Folk Song Suite(with Percy Grainger, piano)
Cyril Scott: Hornpipe and Shanty

A wonderful concert, full of very beautiful and exciting music. Except Tchaikovsky and Griffes are all the only known recordings of these works by Stokowski.

 


1 CD

Hollywood Bowl Symphony Orchestra, 26 August 1945

Bach/Stokowski: Prelude from Violin Partita BWV 1006
Scriabin/Stokowski: Etude in c sharp minor op.2,1
Young: Pearls on Velvet (with Ray Turner, piano)
Mozart: Dove sono from Le nozze di Figaro (with Phyllis Moffat, soprano)
Leoncavallo: Ballatella from Pagliacci (with Phyllis Moffat, soprano)
Creston: Saxophone Concerto (with James Abato, saxophone)
Strauss: Rosenkavalier Suite [listen]

The sparkling "Pearls on Velvet" is the only known recording by Stokowski, as well as Mozart, Leoncavallo and Creston. Strauss never recorded commercially.

 


1 CD

Hollywood Bowl Symphony Orchestra, 12 August 1945

Berlioz: Rakoczy March [listen]
Saint-Saëns: Prelude to Le Déluge
Steinert: Clarinet Rhapsody (with Kalman Bloch, clarinet)
Dolan: Waltz from Lady in the Dark
Dvorák: Rondo (with Kurt Reher, cello)
Strauß: Fledermaus Waltzes
Haydn/Stokowski: Andante cantabile
Ravel: Daphnis et Chloé Suite No.2

Steinert is the First Performance. Together with Dolan and Dvorák are these the only known recordings by Stokowski. Very touching Dvorák.

 


1 CD

Hollywood Bowl Symphony Orchestra, 22 July 1945

Liadov: Eight Russian Folk Songs [listen]
Rimsky Korsakov: Marfa’s Aria from The Tsar’s Bride
Rimsky Korsakov: The Nightingale and the Rose
Mussorgski: Aria and Dance from The Fair at Sorochinsky
Rachmaninov: Georgian Melody (all with Marina Koshetz, soprano)
Shostakovich/Stokowski: Prelude in e flat minor
Granados: Intermezzo from Goyescas
Delibes: Flower Dance from Naila
Boccherini/Stokowski: Menuetto
Debussy/Stokowski: La soirée dans Grénade

 

 


1 CD

NBC Symphony Orchestra, 26 December 1943

Beethoven: Symphony No.5
Paul Creston: Chant of 1942
Deems Taylor: Ballet Music from Ramuntcho [listen]

An absolutely exciting performance of the Beethoven Symphony. Creston and Taylor are both the only known recordings by Stokowski.

 


1 CD

NBC Symphony Orchestra, 7 March 1943

Tchaikovsky: The Tempest [listen]
Prokofiev: Alexander Nevski (with Jennie Tourel, mezzosoprano)

American First Performance of Alexander Nevski. The Tempest was never recorded commercially by Stokowski.

 


1 CD

NBC Symphony Orchestra, 15 November 1942 (broadcast date)
* Dorothy Maynor, soprano / ** Misha Elman, violin

Liszt: Hungarian Rhapsody No.2 in c sharp minor [listen]
Traditional: The Last Rose of Summer*
Strauss: Zueignung op.10,1 (sung in English)*
Bach: Air from Suite No.3 in D major BWV 1068**
Gould: Guaracha from Latin-American Symphonette

Completely announced Command Performance program.

Alternatively to the conventional CD, the entire program is available to PayPal members as high-quality MP3 file (30 minutes, ~42 MB) for only $7.99. To download, please follow the instructions here.

 


1 CD

NBC Symphony Orchestra, 7 April 1942

Luther/Stokowski: Ein' feste Burg ist unser Gott
MacDowell: Piano Concerto No.2, 1st & 2nd movements (with Frances Nash, piano)
Stringfield: Negro Parade [listen]
Stravinsky: Firebird Suite

Ein feste Burg is here in a different arrangement to the known Bach/Stokowski transcription, probably the only recording of this version. Stringfield is the only known recording by Stokowski. MacDowell (very powerful performance) never recorded commercially. The Firbird Suite is the corresponding live recording to the studio production issued on Cala. With spoken introductions by Stokowski.

 


1 CD

NBC Symphony Orchestra, 25 November 1941

Herbert Haufrecht: 2 Fantastic Marches
Tchaikovsky: Symphony No.4 [listen]

Haufrecht's Marches are here in the only known recording by Stokowski. With spoken introductions by Stokowski. Tchaikovsky is the corresponding live recording to the studio production issued on Cala.

 


1 CD

NBC Symphony Orchestra, 18 November 1941

Prokofiev: 3 excerpts from The Love for Three Oranges [listen]
Robert Kelly: Sunset Reflections from Adirondack Suite
Brahms: Symphony No.4

Very thrilling Brahms. Prokofiev and Kelly are good supplements to those recordings issued on Cala. With spoken introductions by Stokowski.

 


1 CD

NBC Symphony Orchestra, 4 November 1941

Bach/Stokowski: Prelude in e flat minor BWV 853
Philip Warner: Sinfonietta, first movement 
Brahms: Symphony No.3 [listen]

Beautiful Brahms and Bach. Warner is the only known recording by Stokowski.

 

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