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Christmas 1944
Westminster Choir, conducted by Leopold Stokowski
Hark, The Herald Angels Sing
The First Noel
Ave Maria (with Marian Anderson and backing harpist)
Come All Ye Faithful
Silent Night
Jingle Bells

15 minutes
550-foot, 16 mm film shown as featurette in cinemas in 1944.
Available as private Video CD from Patrick.Kittel@gmx.de


From the "Omnibus" series, 28 December 1952:
Stokowski talks about Mussorgski's Pictures at an Exhibition
Larry Matheson writes about this video: "I also saw a previous Omnibus program from 1952 in which Stoki talks about Pictures at an Exhibition.  He looks at some non-Hartmann paintings hanging on the wall and then we hear one of his recordings (I think it was the AAYO version, since CBS owned it) while dancers (Stoki calls them "pan-to-MEEM-ists", a word seemingly based on "pantomime" and further distorted by that ridiculous accent of his) act out the story.  This is not very interesting, but I only mention it now for the sake of completeness."

This video can be viewed at the Library of Congress, Washington. They also offer a copy service. For details, please see here.


From the "Omnibus" series, 12 April 1953 (live):
"Stokowski leads inexperienced children in a brave attempt to play a movement of Haydn's Toy Symphony, which is delightful to watch, and later on a fine performance of Britten's Variations on a Theme of Purcell, with Stokowski halting the proceedings several times to give amusing comments and have the players demonstrate their instruments' capabilities.  It's live, primitive television and shows Stokowski at his genial best." (Comments by Larry Matheson)

This video can be viewed at the Library of Congress, Washington. They also offer a copy service. For details, please see here.


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
41 minutes

DVD available here: The Stokowski Concert Collection


Rimsky Korsakov: Capriccio espagnol
Czech Philharmonic Orchestra
rec. live 20/05/61 at the House of Artists (Rudolfinum), Prague


Ives: Symphony No.4
Schola Cantorum / American Symphony Orchestra / David Katz & José Serebrier, assist. cond.
including documentary
rec. live 04/1965


Stokowski in Budapest (TV Documentation)
1967
39 minutes


Rehearsal
Barber:
Adagio for Strings
Schubert: Symphony No.8 - "Unfinished"
Rachmaninoff: Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini (Jerome Lowenthal, piano)
American Symphony Orchestra
rec. 02/68
about 50 minutes


Tchaikovsky: Romeo and Juliet
Orchestra della Radiotelevisione della Svizzera Italiana
rec. at Studio Auditorio, RSI, 07/08/68
released on VAI 4408 *DVD


Bach/Stokowski: Passacaglia and Fugue in c minor BWV 582 (rehearsal and performance)
Leimer: Piano Concerto No.4 in c minor (with Kurt Leimer, piano)
Rundfunk-Sinfonieorchester Saarbrücken
rec. 07/69
about 60 minutes


Bach/Stokowski: Passacaglia and Fugue in c minor BWV 582
Beethoven: Symphony No.7
released on VAI 4408 *DVD
International Festival of Youth Orchestra
rec. 30/08/69 at St. Moritz


Beethoven: Symphony No.5
released on EMI 4 92842 9 *DVD
Schubert:
Symphony No.8 in b minor - "Unfinished"
released on EMI 4 92842 9 *DVD
London Philharmonic Orchestra
rec. live 08/09/69 at Fairfield Hall, Croydon


Stokowski at 88 (TV Documentation)
1970
58 minutes


Gershwin: Piano Concerto
Kurt Leimer, piano
Rundfunk-Sinfonieorchester Saarbrücken, cond. by Günter Neidlinger
rec. 1972
31 minutes


LSO 60th Anniversary Concert
Wagner: Prelude to Act I from Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg
released on EMI 4 92842 9 *DVD
Debussy: Prélude à l'après-midi d'un faune
released on EMI 4 92842 9 *DVD
Glazunov: Violin Concerto (with Silvia Marcovici, violin)
London Symphony Orchestra
rec. live 14/06/72 at the Royal Festival Hall, London
51 minutes


Stokowski in Prague
Bach/Stokowski:
Toccata and Fugue in d minor BWV 565
Prelude No.8 in e flat minor BWV 853 from "Das wohltemperierte Klavier"
Chorale Prelude "Wir glauben all an einen Gott" BWV 680
Czech Philharmonic Orchestra
rec. live 07/09/72
30 minutes


Leimer: Piano Concerto No.2
Kurt Leimer, piano
Orchestra and recording date unknown
23 minutes


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