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Name :   JULIO AGUILAR ANGULO

URL :   TOSCANINI38@LATIONMAIL.COM

Comment :   I AM FROM PERU. IAM 17 YEARS OLD, AND I THINK WHAT STOKY IS THE GREAT MASTER, I HAVE COLLECTED SOME DISCS (LONG PLAYING RECORDS) AND HEARING THEM, I HEAR THE ECHOES FORM THE HEAVEN. ITS A SPECIAL MUSICAL EXPERIENCE (SORRY TOSCANINI). THANKS FOR DESIGN


Name :   Michael Hess

URL :   d.hess@tebodin.nl

Comment :   I am (still) trying to collect Stokwski records and biography stuff since 40 years


Name :   Luiz Carlos de Araujo Filho

URL :   

Comment :   Parabens pelo belo site, homenageando esse perfeito maestro. Luiz Carlos Brasil.


Name :   Prof. William W. Cotte

URL :   cottew@mail.lsc.vsc.edu

Comment :   This is a wonderful websight! During my years as a student at Westminster Choir College in Princeton, NJ (1967-1971), I had the priviledge of singing under the Maestro's "baton" on many occasions as a member of the Westminster Choir in performances with h


Name :   Julian Stern

URL :   opera1040@aol.com

Comment :   I am 52 years old. I met an 80 year old usher at Tanglewood. I told her that when I was younger I had seen Stokowski conduct the American Symphony Orchestra. She told me that she had seen Stokowski conduct when she was growing up in Philadelphia. I was


Robert Henderson - 12/27/00 05:26:27
My Email:robert.henderson@detya.gov.au

Comments:
Hi Guys What a fantastic site. I don't know where to start. I have so many fabulous recodings of Stokowski on CD. I particularly like his Nutcracker Suite, released by Phillips. His ultra slow Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy is so beautiful. But i guess it is his W gner album recorded with the Symphony of the Air. Ride of the Valkyries and Entry of the Gods into Valhalla are particularly beautiful. While on the subject, join my email group stokowski_fans@egroups.com to discuss all about he great man.


theo snijders - 12/25/00 10:14:44
My Email:tsnijders@hetnet.nl

Comments:
dear friends,i found an old record of Stokowski with the London symphony playing Handel's Messiah.ever since i have been looking for this on cd,but i do not seem to be able to find it.Could anyone help me out?many thans,theo snijders from the hague ,holla d


Antony Hodgson - 12/16/00 22:03:46
My Email:ajah@netcomuk.co.uk

Comments:
Like your site - especially like the freedom your correspondents seem to have. Was pleased to reply to two contributors who were kind enough to like recordings I produced with Stokowski. I only produced four with him (1974/75) so my knowledge is fairly limited but e-mail me if you think I could help with any comments.


Susan Morgan - 12/16/00 21:45:02
My Email:smorgan@mis.net

Comments:
My favorite Leopold Stokowski peice is "In Dulci Jubilo" with Igor Kipnis on organ. It is a selection of Christmas music that I have listened to every year since I was little. In fact, I would love to know if it is available in CD form.


wayne haskin - 12/05/00 04:25:37
My Email:whaskin@webtv.net

Comments:
This is an addendum to my previous comments concerning my experiences with Stoki and the Houston Symphony in the late 1950's when he assumed the conductorship of that orchestra and improved its performance a hundredfold. I erred in saying that I heard the Shostakovich 7th Symphony; it was the 11th Symphony ("1905"). In addition to this work and Orff's "Carmina Burana," I also heard the orchestra play Bartok's "Concerto for Orchestra," Scriabin's "Poem of Ecstasy," Amirov's "Azerbaijan Mugam" ('Kyurdi Ovsha i') first performed in the USA on March 16,1959, and various other orchestral transcriptions ranging from Chopin to Wagner. One recording's liner notes refer to Stoki as a "painter of orchestral colors." These compositions are truly worthy of that distinc ion. My recollections of concerts also include occasions when the Maestro was prompted to lecture to the audience about listening to new, unfamiliar music. He was correct in assuming that new music, unfamiliar to the ear, demands close attention. His lega y is that he afforded our ears with much new music, some of which he championed virtually alone.


Klemperer - 11/30/00 18:45:45
My Email:klemper@kimo.com.tw

Comments:
I like his strange thoughts..... I love his long life, too..... He must be the cutest older..... Mnn.....I prefer his "Pictures at an Exhibition" Powerful.....and full of life..... Much better than Ravel.....


dudek - 11/30/00 16:39:31

Comments:
This is a fine site. It seems designed to be able to become bigger and bigger, with more and more information. When I was growing up, we kids worshipped Toscanini, but we loved Stokowski. S. was the one who spoke to us; we had for him the feelings that we later transferred - to a lesser extent - to Bernstein. Among Stokowski records, I have always had particular affection for the Russian program/Fantasia tie-in on RCA (poor RCA), the one with Mitch Miller. It was already a bit old and rare when I firs found it, so I got a visceral thrill as I held that blue album cover in my hands for the first time.


Kayla - 11/27/00 22:15:45

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I am doing a project in music class about Stokowski. He is a very incredible man.


wayne haskin - 11/24/00 04:44:55
My Email:whaskin@webtv.net

Comments:
I lived in Houston, Texas when Stokowski conducted the Houston Symphony in the late 1950's, an era not much discussed by commentators. He did, however, introduce a number of new works and made some significant recordings during his tenure there. I attend d every concert he conducted and was introduced to such works as Orff's "Carmina Burana" (which was recorded in Houston) and Shostakovich's Seventh Symphony (also recorded). Some of the Houston newspaper critics were hostile occasionally, criticizing Stok wski's interest in promoting new composers. I wrote to him apologizing for the audience's and the critics' unwillingness to listen to unfamiliar music that I peronally found intriguing and challenging. He wrote me a letter (dated April 27, 1959) in which he thanked me for my interest and encouraging me to write the Houston newspapers with some positive comments. Those concerts in Houston are still vivid in my memory. And he recordings he made during that time are some of the best in his illustrious caree .


Daniele Not - 11/15/00 09:27:28
My Email:notd@edison.it

Comments:
To all Stoki's fans: if you happen to be in London on May,12, 2001, there's a special concert "A tribute to Stokowski" by the BBC Symphony Orchestra conducted by sir Andrew Davis. The program: Mussorgsky's Pictures in the Stoki orchestration, Barber's Adagio, Schonberg's "Fanfare for Stokowski" and, oh yes, the Bach/Stoki Toccata and Fugue!! Ticke s can be purchased online on the South Bank Centre site (sbc.org.uk), I did it and it works perfectly!


Keith Hansen - 09/27/00 14:11:15
My Email:hansenk69@yahoo.com

Comments:
Great tribute to a great musician (truly he was one of a kind!). I am trying to obtain the following Stokowski CD: it was originally a Pye LP recorded around 1975 and released on EMI CD around 1990. It featured Stokowski and the National Philharmonic performing various overtures and shorter pieces (overtures by Berlioz Schubert, and Beethoven, I think; "Starts & Stripes Forever", etc.). I recall the Berlioz "Roman Carnival" as being the best ever. If anyone knows where I can obtain this CD, let me know! Thanks!


Luis Perez Montero - 09/26/00 19:51:41
My Email:mperez@cponline.org.ar

Comments:
I think your work isvery well done!.It was very useful for me. I can increase my knowledge about the performances that you have commented. The more impresives records for me are: Beethoven Symphony #7 BBC.SO. Sibelius Symphony #1 and Swan of Tuonela Natio al Philarmonic O. Shostakovich Symphony #5 Czech Philarmonic Orchestra Wagner Tristan und Isolde Prelude to Act III Symphony Orchestra Air. I want to ask you some doubts: 1) Has Sony planned to transfer to CD some superb recordings from National Philharmonic O. last period (such as Brahms Symphony #2? Do you know what happen with Philip and BMG-RCA? 2) The more important music shops in my country (Argentina) have told me that Emi and London have took away from their catalogues records such as: Loeffler An Pagan Poem Houston S.O. (I only knew Philadelphia O. one) Rimsky Korsakov Sherezade London S.O. hostakovich Symphony #1 SOA. Have you any information about a new issue? I want to say you I have found a web site (http://www.classicalnotes.net/reviews/Stokowski.html)where Peter Gutmann comments about Phase Four recordings. I think it might interest to you for your site.I wait your answer. Thank you.


rick murphy - 09/12/00 02:40:36
My Email:rfm57@digiscape.com

Comments:
The warmest and richest Tallis Fantasia(Vaughn Williams) ever, to my ears. I have six other performances, but none of the others compare.Unfortunately my ex-wife has my Desmar vinyl, The Stokowski String Sound, and I will continue to search in less risky reas.


Euro de Barros Couto Junior - 09/04/00 23:16:40
My Email:itbb@bol.com.br

Comments:
Stokowski was the greatest conductor of all times! I consider that his interpretations were (and are) the most powerful representations of the genuine music. My favourite record of Stokowski is Tchaikovski's Op. 32 Francesca da Rimini (with Serenate for s rings, Op. 48). Francesca is one of the greatest Tchaikovski's works and Stokowski is superbous! Thank you for the existance of this site.


Gary Fitelberg - 07/20/00 01:27:54
My Email:fitelberg@aol.com

Comments:
Excellent Site!!! Keep up the great work!!! I am especially interested in any colloborations with the famous Polish composer and conductor GRZEGORZ FITELBERG. GRZEGORZ FITELBERG was once Conductor of the Warsaw Philharmonic Orchestra, Vienna Opera, Imperial Opera, Diaghilev's "Ballets Russes" and the Polish National Radio Symphony Orchestra.


Mike Harkin - 07/15/00 17:29:09
My Email:harkinmike@usa.net

Comments:
I'm a US retiree living in Bulgaria, 'cause I can't afford to live in US on my pension. I am also a collector who has never been cured of the virus. I would be very grateful if someone could send me a cassette of Stoky's Philadelphia 78's of Liadov's Russian Folksongs, Rimsiki's Russ Easter, and Yablochko (Russ Sailor). I would, of course, be glad to reimburse for materials, time and post- age. I occasionally get a few historical CD's, and know Liadov is on Pearl, but coupled with Stravinsky which I don't particularly want. Have tried messaging Mr Riekena but it keeps coming back with a failure notice, no such address. Very frustrating! Can anyone help? Thank you!


F.M. SWENSEN - 07/09/00 21:56:59
My Email:Camaro5150 `

Comments:
Herzlichen Glueckwunsch u. herzlichen Dank!Ich habe gerade heute The Leopold Stokowski Site ent- deckt! Eine wunderbare Idee! So etwas haben Stokowski-Bewunderer dringend noetig. Meine Lieb- lingsaufnahme? "Wer die Wahl hat, hat die QuaL." S ine Bach-Bearbeitungen haben mir immer besonders gefallen. Seine Aufnahme der "Enigma Variations " v. ELGAR ist aber unvergleichlich! Erst neulich habe ich mir aber die CD-Ausgabe der "Carmina Burana" wieder angehoert. Unglaublich! In diesem ziemlich brausenden Werk hat er eine unwiderstehlich ruehrende Gefuehlstiefe entdeckt. Stokowski war ein unvegleichliches Ereignis. Why doesn"t Sony-Columbia or whatever name is now valid release on CD the rest of the last recor- din s Stokowski made with the National Philhar- monic e.g. the Transcriptions, Aurora"s Wedding etc.? Look what RCA did! Ontinued success!


Masato Kubota - 07/07/00 02:27:51
My URL:http://www.stokowski.com/eng/sound/sound.html
My Email:stoki_fan@yahoo.com

Comments:
Dear All of Stoki fans! I'm making Stokowski HP just like Enno. I added new page, that is "Leopold Stokowski Sound Library". If you have Real Player in your PC, you can listen some of Stokowski's 78 rpm revordings which I played by old electric gramophone and edited by PC. It is include Acoustic and Electric for Victor and Columbia. You will heard one song og Native Brazilian Music which Stokowski supervised. Click URL and Listen them!


Daniele Not - 07/05/00 15:18:59
My Email:notd@edison.it

Comments:
A chance for all Stokowski fans! If, like me, you always wanted the LondonWeekend cd of Handel's Messiah with the LSO, but you couldn't find it anywhere, I have good news! go on Amazon.com, in the Bargain Music section, Classical A-L, and...there it is, for $ 5.99! I bought it : it's beautifully played, sung and recorded.


Steve Phypers - 06/17/00 21:07:07
My Email:stevie.overtures@tesco.net

Comments:
My dear mother's funeral is on Monday 19th June 3.00pm She will be led into the chapel whilst Leopold's orchestration of Tchaikovsky's Song Without Words plays before Reverand David Pepper delivers my mothers eulogy. God Bless Tchaikovsky and Stokowski, thank you for the music that sends my mother to Heaven.


Daniele Not - 06/12/00 12:26:37
My Email:notd@edison.it

Comments:
First of all, my compliments to Mr.Riekena's for his fabulous site, a real resource for all Stoki's fans. My favorite recording? There are so many, (recently I was stunned by the Elgar/Brahms on Cala) but I have a special affection for the Bach Transcriptions (especially the Phase4 issue). We will never know how many people were drawn to classical music by listening to the Toccata in Fantasia, just l ke me ! My dreams: a cd of the Chicago Symphony recording of Shostakovich 10 (otherwise available only as part of a huge, and hugely expensive, set) and, above all, a set of the splendid CBS recordings with the National Phil. Shame on Sony for not making it !!! I'd like to hear from other collectors, especially with someone who had the privilege to see and hear Stokowski in concert!


- 06/07/00 19:56:11
My Email:matrol@chello.at

Comments:
I like his version for orchestra of moonlight sonata.


Gordon Williams - 05/31/00 14:11:52
My Email:gwilliams@hertreg.ac.uk

Comments:
Things have never been better for the Stoki collector. The recent Cala issue of The Planets and other works with the NBC orchestra is great Despite some odd goings-on in the background the sound is fantastic once you get used to it. There's also a 10-cd collection available from MDC for £20, containing many of his old Philly recordings and some NYPO stuff from the late 40's including a very good Carmen suite in unbelievably good sound. Many of these tracks have been issued before, bur they never sounded this good. Invest !


Isabel - 04/15/00 21:14:59
My Email:IDD44@aol.com

Comments:
I've been desperately searching for a piece from my childhood by Leopold, (I'm not sure if he wrote or just conducted) It's called Sensimayer(Sensimella, Sensimeeya) You get it! I'm not sure of the spelling, but if you happen to know the piece, please e-m il with possible sources(and correct spelling!) Thanks, Isabel


Mario Safier - 03/19/00 22:06:15
My Email:msafier@sicoar.com

Comments:
So many are my favorite Stoki recordings!!, But to choose one, I pick Tchaikovsky's "Aurora's Wedding" with the National Philharmonic. Sony, please, we need an urgent CD reissue!!!!!!!!. Also, Francesca da Rimini and Hamlet with the NY Stadium SO on Everest are great. And I recommed the Brahms 4th Symphony with the New Philharmonia; not te commercial recording on RCA, but the living recording taken by BBC few days before (on BBC Classics label). The 1st movement finale is hair-raising, Stoki being 92 old at that time!!


Rémi BOURG - 03/01/00 20:54:04
My Email:remib@antnet.net.tr

Comments:
I have been a big Stokowsky fan for years. I try to buy all available CDs of my favorite conductor, but looking at your site, I feel quite far from a complete set! I just listened to Elgar's Enigma Variations. Listening Stokowski is like discovering a new score: simplicity, humour, sheer beauty of sound. A great experience.


TOM RUDD - 02/11/00 23:16:46
My Email:MALLON@YNC.NET

Comments:
MY FAVORITE STOKI RECORDINGS ARE THE LONDON PHASE FOUR DISCS. THE SOUND IS SPECTULAR AND THE HIGHLIGHTING OF VARIOUS INSTRUMENTS I ENJOY DESPITE THE CRITICS BLASTING THE RECORDING PROCESS ONE DISC THAT I ESPECIALLY LOVE IS THE NIGHT ON BALD MOUNTAIN, FIRE IRD AND MARCH SLAV. THESE PERFORMANCES ARE LARGER THAN LIFE, VEERY BOLD, LOUD AND IN YOUR FACE. IT IS UNFORTUNATE THAT WE DO NOT HAVE CONDUCTORS OF STOKI'S TYPE ANY MORE. IN CHICAGO WE HAD TO PUT UP WITH SOLTI FOR ALL THOSE YEARS. I NVER UNDERSTOOD HIS ATTRACTION. THIS GUY SUCKED BIG TIME. ALL HE COULD DO WAS PLAY LOUD AND FAST. CAN ANYONE THINK OF NY BEAUTIFUL MUSIC THAT HE CONDUCTED. IN ALL THE YEARS SOLTI WAS HERE ONLY HIS RITE OF SPRING WAS ANY GOOD. UNFORTUNATELY, WE NOW HAVE BARENBOIM OR AS WE CALL HIM IN CHICAGO: BORINGBOIM. WHY OH WHY DIDN'T BEERLIN TAKE HIM FROM US. IS IT NO WONDER THAT CLA SICAL MUSIC CURRENTLY IS SUFFERING AROUND THE WORLD WITH THE CURRENT STATE OF OUR CONDUCTORS. WHERE ARE THE NEW STOKI, BEECHAM, BARBEROLLI, SCHERCHEN, BERNSTEIN, REINER, MONTEUX, MUNCH, FURTWANGLER, ABENDROTH, SZELL, AND EVEN ORMANDY? IT IS CURRENTLY A SAD STATE WE ARE CURRENTLY IN. ANY COMMENTS?


Kim min sung - 02/07/00 02:45:42
My Email:kimbanpo@hanmail.net

Comments:
Thank you my friends. I asked my problem to the guestbook a week ago and many friends gave me aids. I can't stop expresssing my appreciation of your services. Thank you so much again. Enjoy living on this planet Happy new millennium !! from Seoul


Toshiaki Sagara - 02/01/00 00:32:05
My Email:VYH05134@nifty.ne.jp

Comments:
The music of Stokowski is wealthy in the machine intellect in it being beautiful and the deepness of it and it gives a lot of inspiration.


minsung - 01/31/00 06:50:06
My Email:kimbanpo@hanmail.net

Comments:
I am a novice on the classical music. I heard some music several days ago and I tried to get a cd which contains that music I've heard. I visited big cd shops but I could'nt get it because I didn't know the lable. they want lable name. The music I've eard was "handel's overture D minor" The condutor is Bamert and it is Stokowski's transcription. BBC philharmonic orc. Could I have some help from you?


TOM RUDD - 01/31/00 03:08:33
My Email:MALLON@YNC.NET

Comments:
I AM A STOKI FAN FOR MANY YEARS. MY GREASTEST EX- PERIENCE WAS HEARING HIM IN CONCERT WITH THE CHICAGO SYNPHONY IN 1968. WE WERE THEN INVITED TO A POST-CONCERT MEETING WITH HIM. GREAT EXPERIENCE! I HAVE MANY LIVE AMERICAN SYMPHONY TAPES OF HIM FROM 1962-1972. THESE ARE "IN HOUSE" RECORDINGS MANY OF WHICH ARE QUITE GOOD IN SOUND. SOME OF THE WORKS ARE VERY RARE AND UNUSUAL FOR STOKI, IE. MENNIN'S CANTO, RODROGO'S GUITAR CONCERTO, BOITO'S PROLOGUE T MEPHISTOFELES, RIETI'S HARPISCORD CONCERTO AND ALL OF HIS RADIO BROADCASTS FROM HIS RETURN TO PHILADELPHIA IN THE 1960'S. IF ANY ONE WOULD LIKE ALIST OF WHAT I HAVE PLEASE CONTACT ME.


John Kelly/Bravo Archive - 01/21/00 20:21:29
My Email:Johnk54250@aol.com

Comments:
I would like to recommend most highly the privately made CDs from both Enno Riekena and Masato Kubota, it is amazing that these two gentlemen produce CDs of a quality at least equal to those produced by labels such as Pearl - unreservedly recommended to S oki fans!


Pernille - 12/11/99 20:14:40

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Having heard so much about Mr. Stokowski, i had to visit his homepage. So here i am. Good work Mr. Riekena. Weiter so.


John Kelly - 11/17/99 21:20:43
My Email:johnk54250@aol.com

Comments:
I have to disagree with Jennifer's remarks about Glaoria Vanderbilt as being "shallow" and implying that she lacked talent. Stoki married three women all of whom were exceptional women of amazing talent. Olga Samaroff was a truly stupendous pianist (tea her of Kappell among others) who suffered a fall and therefore had her performing career curtailed before she could make many recordings. Evangeline Johnson was an early aviatrix and a highly artistic and effective woman. GV was very youung when she marr ed LS and any reading of her autobiography coupled with an understanding of her significant contributions to the design world would hardly deem her lacking in talent. Additionally, she is someone who has suffered much throughout her life and is, I believ , worthy of more respect than was implied. After his divorce from GV, Stoki refused to have anything bad said about "the mother of his children", perhaps we should abide by that?


Jennifer Schultz - 11/13/99 16:08:49

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I am a violinist. I must admit I was entirelu enraptured when I heard Maestro Stokowski's orchestral transcription of Die Liebestod from Richard Wagner's Tristin un Isolde. ANd his Carmina Burana is a breathtaking spectacular. I wish he was still tih us. will always question why he married Gloria Vanderbilt. She was a shallow twit! HE should have married another creative artist more in keeping with his stature and intellectual ability! I remember him in my prayers!


Roger Hattman - 11/04/99 01:56:51

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Picking favorites is so hard with Stoki. Some recordings that come to mind are two gems from 1927: Scheherazade and the Beethoven #7. Both are loaded with drama and tension. Also, any performance of Prelude to the Afternoon of a Faun with Bill Kincaid n flute. The Bell Labs discs, too, (the Wagner excerpts, particularly) are amazing. I could go on...


Louisa Johnson - 10/30/99 18:41:02

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Hi, I just stumbled across your website. This is ironic because my father is Martin Wargo. He was Leopold Stokowski's producer from 1963-1970 and his personal manager from 1973 untill Stokowski's death. My father was V.P of London Records. I remember playing in "Unlce Leopolds" house as a liitle girl and watching him rehearse at Royal Albert hall in London. Just wanted to let you know that he was a wonderful man and I have very fond memories of him. Louisa Johnson


Masato Kubota - 10/14/99 08:36:05
My URL:http://www.geocities.co.jp/Hollywood/7532/index.html
My Email:kubota61@mail1.webnik.ne.jp

Comments:
Dear Enno and Stokowski's fans. I'm Collector of Stokowski and I'm collecting his record over 20 years. Thank you Enno. Your CDs are excellent! Every your CDs make me happy. My favorite is Tchaikovsky's 5th Symphony with his Symphony Orchestra and Sibelius 2nd Symphony with NBC Symphony Orchestra. These are excellent performances and I think these are best records ever heard. Buy the way, I make my Stokowski page, and I make private CDs just like Enno.If you have interests, please visit my HP. Don't worry, this URL is English version of y HP. Thanks for looking.



Axel Rienitz - 09/28/99 14:58:57
My Email:arienitz@compuserve.com

Comments:
Congratulations, Your site is an excellent resource. I came about Stokowski's recordings about a year ago when I bought the RCA's Stereo Collection. Now I am hopelessly infected by the Stokowski Virus. My favorite records are his Bach transcriptions on EM and his recordings on Everest, especially "Peter And The Wolf". I never heard such a humorous reading that takes the music absolutely serious at the same time.



Alan Warren - 06/26/99 17:16:28
My Email:alanwar@worldnet.att.net

Comments:
I want to spend more time looking at all the entries on your page. I discovered your site from the Leopold Stokowski Society site. My favorite recording of Stoki's (I love them all) is perhaps the United Artists Beethoven Seventh, although I am sorry he did not take the repeats. The biggest tragedy in the Stokowksi story is the lost shipping container which went into the ocean when materials from his estate were being shipped from England to the U.S. I enjoyed hearing Stokowski conduct the Philadelphia Orchestra after his return to good favor there in the 1960s, also his concerts at the Robin Hood Dell.



G Williams - 05/24/99 10:25:17
My Email:gwilliams@hertreg.ac.uk

Comments:
All bets are off! The latest CALA release of Brahms 1 and the Enigma variations must sweep the board, esp. since the Brahms is a totally unedited concert perfomance. When are CBS going to issue his fabulous Brahms 2 with the National Philharmonic ? Has this been sneaked out on some obscure label ? My LP is almost played through !



Glenn Amer - 05/02/99 08:06:37
My Email:gwamer@webfactory.com.au

Comments:
I think your site is truly magnificent. I'm sitting here listening to Stokowski conduct THe Dance of the 7 veils which I bought this afternoon. Stokowski and Toscanini are my two favourite conductors. PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE Can anybody help me find a copy of Stokowski conducting tenor Jan Peerce and Mezzo Rise Stevens in excerpts from "Samson and Dalilah"? If anyone has a copy they could tape for me, I would gladly pay all expenses. Peerce is one of my avourite tenors, and to hear this recording with the legendary Maestro would be fantastic. Please email me at : gwamer@webfactory.com.au. By the way, I think my favourite recordings of Stokowski are: Tristan and Isolde, a symphonic synthesis (whic I have listened to a thousand times on cherished 78s), and Le Poeme de l'extase (Scriabin) on Phase 4. Thank you for this magnificent site.



Robert L. Jones - 04/23/99 02:18:36
My URL:http://www.flash.net/~park29/stokowski2.htm
My Email:park29@flash.net

Comments:
Toscanini may have been America's most famous conductor, but no other was so firmly ensconced in popular culture as was Stokowski. I'm not making reference to his shaking hands with Mickey Mouse in Walt Disney's Fantasia. No; what comes to mind, for me, as Stokowski's defining moment in the American consciousness was the 1949 Warner Bros. cartoon Long-Haired Hare, in which a boisterous operatic baritone Giovanni Jones is wresting Bugs Bunny from his slumber, in his ill-placed rabbit hole right under the concert hall stage. Extracting his revenge on the singer's effrontery, Bugs appears on stage in white-tie and tails, his ears pulled back over his head, forming a glistening silver mane. As he approaches the podium, excited whispers of "Leopold! Leopold!" exude from the orchestra's musicians. The spotlight trained on his platinum coif and white-gloved hands, Bugs then conducts for all he's worth, eyes focused intently, the music under the command of the lifting of his hand or gesture of his finger - the orchestra wailing in abandon - putting the singer through such excruciating vocal calisthenics that he's driven to tears. Finally, the singer collapses and Bugs is triumphant. Any Stokowski fan (possessing even the slightest sense of humour) who's ever seen this 'toon will recall the pure bliss of seeing that wascally wabbit stand in for the legendary Maestro.



TREBOSC Max - 04/10/99 07:50:58
My URL:http://www.multimania.com/stokowski/
My Email:stokowski@multimania.com

Comments:
Dear Enno, I like all recordings achevied by the "Maestro" ! I like greatly "Firebird Suite", le "Poème de l'Extase", "Enigma Variations", Tchaikovsky (symphony N°5, Romeo and Juliet) -London Decca, Mahler symphony N°2 (RCA) Shostakovitch symphony N) 5 (E erest) symphony n)11 (EMI). If I was obliged to choose, I would chosse Bach's transcriptions (Emi and London Decca). they are marvelous and shattering...



John Kelly/Bravo Archive - 04/01/99 21:30:15
My Email:Johnk54250@aol.com

Comments:
Enno, your site is absolutely terrific! I certainly don't have a favourite Stoki recording, I have a list in my head of over twenty performances that I believe to be super-stellar. Some do stand out - among commercially released material the NPO 1974 Bra ms 4th now on a BBC CD, the NYPO Mahler 8th and who said Beecham had a monopoly on "lollipops" - Stoki can match Sir Thomas any day in the short pieces that somehow seem so pale by comparison in the hands of lesser conductors - sample the National Philhar onic LP on CBS, or the Pye/Nixa CD of short pieces. When it comes to live material, the list is endless and of course, like most conductors, Stoki was much more inspired and inspiring in front of an audience than in a studio, usually faster and frequently obtaining breathtaking playing from even "second-ra e" orchestras! Keep up the great work on your site! Cheers



Robert L. Jones - 03/21/99 07:19:23
My URL:http://www.flash.net/~park29/stokowski.htm
My Email:park29@flash.net

Comments:
My favorite Stokowski recording is his recording of Tschaikowsky's "Francesca da Rimini," with the New York Philharmonic, Columbia Masterworks ML-54071. Sure, the mono sound is scratchy, but the sheer drama of Stokowski's "sound" comes through!



Claes - 03/09/99 12:54:49
My Email:hultberg.jkpg@telia.com

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Just listening at the Swedish Radio channel two I heard with great interest about the Stokowski society and the homepage. I found your homepage very interesting, specially the list of non com- mercial recordings. I look forward to return and find some new facts about Mr Stokowski and his recordings.



Baerta - 03/09/99 11:30:26
My Email:baerchen61@hotmail.com

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Jetzt kann ich endlich auch mal meinen Kommentar geben. Mach weiter so. Baerta



Joe Fischer - 02/23/99 18:25:42
My Email:jfischer@butler.edu

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If you haven't heard Stoky's rendition of Mahler's 8th Symphony with the NY Philharmonic, you haven't lived. It's available from the NY Philharmonic as part of the complete Mahler symphonies - all performances were originally broadcast, so it's exciting usic-making. Thanks for maintaining the site.



Jun Kinos - 02/19/99 15:36:38
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Thak you! Very infomative. Polygram Japan released Decca Phase 4 series including Cala's new CD's program. But these are limited edition. I hope to be released CD of all Sony's stereo recordings just like RCA version.



marc - 01/31/99 02:34:27
My Email:gwenmarc@webtv.net

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25 years ago I took advantage of my art school's having put down a deposit so as a studnt I could check out a classical album.Somehow I got what has remained my favorite of all time even having eventually becoming quite familiar with alot of classical. Bu last time, maybe three years ago they hadn't issued it on cd. Let me know? One side was Wagner the other was my all time favorite version of El Amour Brujo!



E. Kinnisten Deptolla - 01/18/99 01:03:46
My Email:ekdepto@hotmail.com

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I am not a collecter, but a student of music who is aspiring to be a conductor and composer. Stokowsky is one of the many conductors whom I have read about, and one of the few whom I would like to study and analyze so as to develop my skills. So if anyo e has information on books or videos to get it would be greatly appreciated.



A. STECKLER - 01/11/99 21:02:25
My Email:allans7994@aol.com

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Stokowsky was that rare breed of conductors who brought a performance to life. Everything he did was up front and his. Most recordings made today have very pasturized performances and it is difficult to tell a poor performance from a very poor performance Stoky,Toscanini, Furtwangler, Beecham each had their imprint on the music...and it made the music live!



FRAN KELLER - 12/13/98 17:01:49
My Email:bkeller@stratos.net

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Do you know where I can purchase a cd of the "IN DULCI JUBILO" by Leopold Stokowski directing his orchestra. Orginally released in stereo under the "Bach Guild" label recorded by Vanguard, 1967. Thank you very much for any information you may be able to pass along. Fran Keller



Don Kurtz - 11/02/98 19:57:29
My URL:http://www.anacapa.net/~dcliff/index.html
My Email:dcliff@bigfoot.com

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I will always remember Leopold Stokowski for being in two great movies; namely, "One Hundred Men and a Girl" with Deanna Durbin, and of course, "Fantasia," wherein he conducted "The Sorcerer's Apprentice." I know I'm dating myself, but I am 77 years old - may I be granted the grand conductor's longevity, I will have 18 more years to go! :)



Maurits Tol - 10/19/98 20:58:51
My Email:mjmtol@gironet.nl

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First of all, it pleases me very much to see a site of one of the three conductors I like the most, alongside with Mengelberg and Furtwangler. It's very interesting to read different comments on Stokowski. I have a lot of recordings now and I prefer his o der recordings with that beautiful orchestra where he, in my opinion, should have stayed: The Philadelphia Orchestra. Especially his Wagner Victor-recordings with this orchestra (back in the thirties)are unsurpassed; what a full and lush sound he created, without becoming heavy or pompous. Did you hear the Ride of the Valkyries played with so much enthusiasm and fun, with those sparkling woodwinds, not overshadowed by the heavy brass section? As an amateur musician (piano and organ) I always had the greate t admiration for his transcriptions of the organ works of Bach. His 1947 recording of the Toccata and Fugue in D Minor captured the essence of what's all about in this music and is much closer to Bach's intentions than the fast, narrow minded interpretati ns of many organ players of today. Keep up the good work for a great musician like Leopold Stokowski in these purist times, whose love for music reached much futher than just playing what's written in the scores, but injected the great classical works wit life and depth of feeling. I'll keep reading your side, and maybe you'll hear from me soon. Bye.



10/05/98 12:14:48
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Nice page. Very informative. Keep it up.



Rubén Osuna Guerrero - 10/03/98 12:42:39
My Email:idr@idr.es

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My three favorite directors are Furtwängler, Celibidache and Stokowski. La Mer of Debussy (Decca) is, for me, his best recording.



ira braus - 08/26/98 18:12:43
My Email:braus@mail.hartford.edu

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Debussy's NOCTURNES. Nuages, in particular, is amazing, since it is the only recording (all three versions!) that plays the music [for the most part] in the written 6/4 versus the traditionally (lazy) 3/2.



ira braus - 08/26/98 18:04:41
My Email:braus@mail.hartford.edu

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Do you have any info regarding Stokowski's visit to Debussy ca. 1908? Documentation? Also, can you give me info re: a CD reformatting of Debussy performing the opening measures of NUAGES? (I'm writing an article on why Stokowski, as opposed to everyone else, plays NUAGES as written, i.e. in 6/4 versus 3/2.) Thanks.



Bryan Alec Free - 08/07/98 23:21:38
My Email:mailto:bryan.free@which%20.net

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Could you please help me to trace a recording of a broadcast of a performance of the trombone concerto by Nathaniel Shilkret with the New York Symphony Orchestra conducted by Leopold Stokowski February 11th 1945 soloist Tommy Dorsey. Bryan Free. Associate Principal Trombonist Royal Scottish National Orchestra



Anne-Marie Wojcik - 07/21/98 18:22:00
My Email:awojcik@astro.ocis.temple.edu

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You basically cannot nail me down to a favorite. All of his recordings are wonderful. However, the original soundtrack for Disney's Fantasia holds a special place in my heart.



Nazmi Akiman - 06/22/98 09:52:16
My Email:n.akiman@fornet.net.tr

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Apart from the very many already mentioned , one of the most finest recordings he had made was the SCHUMANN Symphony No.2 . The copy I had was an RCA LP bought from France in early 50's. It's a pity that this rendition - or the TCHAIKOVSKY Symphony No.5 with His Sym.Orch. and MUSSORGSKY Bare Mountain , Russian Easter with Baritone Moscona and His S m.Orch. - have never been re-released on CD . n.akiman@fornet.net.tr



Koren Swelin - 05/28/98 01:02:00
My Email:kswelin@hotmail.com

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I'm 17 yrs old never heard his music but i love him cause i'm related to him through my mothers side her madename was Stokowski



J.Sztukowski - 05/18/98 06:21:06
My Email:jkms

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I love all of his music.



ernest jones - 05/05/98 15:18:21
My Email:monaca@webtv.net

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First heard him some 50yrs ago on 78s.Liszt and Bach as I recall! Love the Bambert CDs of his arrangements!



HAROLD R. SACKS - 04/23/98 00:02:21

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4/22/98 IN THE EARLY 1970'S, I WAS AN ASSISTANT TO THE RADIO RECORDING ENGINEER OF THE PHILADELPHIA ORCHESTRA. I WAS A RIVETED WITNESS TO A REHEARSAL OF MAHLER'S "RESURRECTION" SYMPHONY IN THE ACADEMY OF MUSIC. NEVER HAVE I HEARD SUCH A DYNAMIC INTERPRETA ION OF THE FINALE AND SEEN THE RESULTS IN AN ARDENT RESPONSE BY THE COMBINED FORCES OF ORCHESTRA, CHORUS AND SOLOISTS. I FEEL FORTUNATE TO HAVE PARTICIPATED IN THE ARCHIVING OF THE LAST PERFORMANCES IN THE UNITED STATES OF LEOPOLD STOKOWSKI AND "THOSE FAB LOUS PHILADELPHIANS".



Hiroshi Batten Ayabe - 04/14/98 14:47:12
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My Email:batten@hkstar.com

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I love Stokowski's "Don Giovannni"overture & "Leonore #3" with the National Philharmonic Orchestra (EMI 7 64140 2).



gordon williams - 03/20/98 15:11:57

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For me, THE best Stoki record is the phase-4 L'apres Midi D'un Faune - simply the best version on disc (LP in my case) . I have GOD KNOWS how many others, including others by him, but this one has a tension and electricity no-one else seems to get. Also, the recently issued Scheherazade on Cala (Philly 1934) is one of his many great performances of that work. Add- any of his Wagner records, and you have my favourites.But- they're all GREAT anyway, you can't really go wrong unless you're one of those po-faced purists.



Christopher Johnson - 03/20/98 02:37:31
My Email:christopherajohnson@worldnet.att.net

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Perhaps the most durable of all Stokowski recordings for me is his very late recording of Bizet's "L'Arlesienne Suites" (National Philharmonic, originally Columbia; I do not know if it was ever reissued by Sony.) I am impressed by the depth of feeling St kowski finds in these modest pieces. Other contenders for me would be the Houston Symphony recordings of "Parsifal" and the Brahms Third Symphony. I'd include the "Gurre-Lieder" recording if it weren't for the comparatively weak vocal soloists.



fek - 03/08/98 19:12:50

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I think his version of the 'pastoral' in Fantasia is the warmest to date. I have several versions, old and new and as well I have heard many others but his is the most moving, especially the closing. Thanks for a great page.



Bob Merrill - 02/15/98 14:34:21
My Email:mvc@erols.com

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I'm doing some research on musicians and appreciate you having this site. Thanks!



aharon shefi - 02/14/98 23:19:47
My Email:ashefi@ibm.net

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I like any Stokowsky arrangement,recording and score notation.It is already 45 years since I first saw his Toccata and fugue large score with the white spaces and heared his Pictures in Exhi- bition on 78 records.He is a great orchestrator and his naivity and simplisity has conqured my heart and ears.



Aaron Egigian - 01/03/98 00:42:39
My Email:Monteverdi@worldnet.att.net

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Thanks very much for preparing and maintaining this site. I just bought the RCA Stereo Collection with it's many treasures -- 3rd Act Prelude to Tristan, Roumanian Rhapsody, The "Inspiration" Collection, all the Wagner excerpts. Everything is marvelous, compelling, and frequently astonishing. I also continue to take great pleasure from the reissued Ives 4th on Sony and some of the Decca/London collections as well as the Rachmaninov/Philadelphia sessions.



Greg Fraser - 12/23/97 20:05:15
My Email:glfrase@erols.com

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Keep up the work - it is worth it. You could never nail me to a favorite recording. I've got in my collection almost every recording he ever made. I probably have between 100 to 200 hours of his live concerts also. I can respond to Furtwangler, Toscanini, Jochum, etc., but for some reason I always come back to Stokowski. I'll be talking to you soon.


Theo van der BURG - 11/28/97 19:24:45
My Email:t.w.van.der.burg@ptf.hro.nl

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to me stoki is the greatest of all conductors. i admire the sound he created since the early sixties. i saw and heard him live once in rotterdam in august 1970. i am a collector of his recordings. i simply started too late to be able to buy all his lp's, but i did not miss many of the cd's.


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