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Francesca Da Rimini & Hamlet

Peter Ilych Tchaikovsky , Leopold Stokowski , Stadium Symphony Orchestra of New York Audio CD
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  • Audio CD (12 May 2008)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Everest
  • ASIN: B001885C38
  • Other Editions: MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 184,987 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Listen  1. Francesca Da Rimini: Fantasia For Orchestra (After Dante), Op.3223:23Album Only
Listen  2. Hamlet: Overture And Fantasy19:22Album Only


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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
These are truly classics of the gramophone and should always be available. Very acceptable sound for the date but there are superior and more expensive issues of this recording available. Stunning orchestral playing by the NYPO in disguise with wonderful woodwind in Francesca. If you can stand the truly awful artwork (the Top Rank dic issue in this country - UK-was far preferable) you can always put the booklet in the other way round. Well worth the very reasonable price. Fast delivery.
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By david
Format:Audio CD
There is a cottage industry in ripping off the music lover with very poor cd transfers from vintage recordings.

This reissue is the pits. Do not buy any of these in this series! They are a waste of money.

Go for the Vanguard CDs you see on Amazon at a bit more expense. They have been lovingly produced from the original master tapes with restored vintage electronics to 20 bit SBM CDs.

For the ultimate audiophile heaven go for the DVD-AUDIO series profuced in 2 disc packages, by Classic Records, containing a normal CD much superior to this offering, and a DVD-audio disc with extended clarity, frequency range and dynamics. There is also the only SACD transfer I know of,theAppalachian Spring.
ZERO STARS - AN INSULT TO THE EVEREST AUDIOPHILE RECORDING LEGACY!

While not every Everest recording was a benchmark performance, though considering the limited output, so many were, the following I consider the best recordings available of these works, and the first two perhaps the best audiophile records ever made:

Kachaturian Gayne Suite Fistoulari LSO
Mussorgsky Pictures at an Exhibition Sargent LSO
Stravinsky Symphony in Three Movements Goossens LSO
Strauss Orchestral Works Stokowski Stadium Orchestra N.Y.
Appalachian Spring Susskind LSO
Milhaud, Stravinsky Woody Herman/LSO

But I like all of them, worth collecting.

But do not go for these unsatisfactory "cheepies" go for the Vanguard series or Classic Records line if you can get your hands on a DVD-A player.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A classic revinvented 19 Feb 2010
By Larry VanDeSande - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
Here are British remakes of 1950s recordings by Leopold Stokowksi and the New York Philharmonic Orchestra members masquerading under another name (to avoid union issues) performing Tchaikovksy's swashbuckler tone poems Francesca da Rimini and Hamlet. The Stokowski Web site pegs this recording to the 1959 release on Everest 9037 Tchaikovsky: Francesca Da Rimini & Hamlet that originally included a third piece, Scriabin's Poeme D'Extase. This recording was also available on the DelArte label and is still available for a price Tchaikovsky: Francesca da Rimini/ Hamlet as well as the recording that existed for a time on the Priceless label. Who knows how many other lives this has had?

If you've never heard it, it's worth your time and money regardless of the number of competing recordings you may own. Stokowski (1882-1937) was an eccentric genius and conductor born in England or Polish parents. He made his reputation in the Philadelphia Orchestra where he debuted 1912 and served through the 1930s, creating what critics called the "Philadelphia sound" of sweeping, majestic strings and juicy brass and woodwinds. Eugene Ormandy kept this cliche alive during his years with the orchestra.

Stokowski came to international fame beyond the orchestra pit when he starred in and conducted the score for Disney's animated 1940 film Fantasia Fantasia (Special 60th Anniversary Edition), where he made mushrooms dance to Tchaikovsky's music from the Nutcracker ballet.

In this recording, Stoki whips up fury in Francesca, the character from Dante's Divine Comedy Divine Comedy and does similarly with Tchaikovsky's tone poem based on Shakespeare's tragic hero Hamlet (The New Folger Library Shakespeare). This recording has been famous for 50 years and it sounds better here than it has in other reincarnations. Pity it does not include the original Everest pairing but you can buy that elsewhere on Amazon if you like. Most people rank this with the classic recordings of all time because of Francesca da Rimini.

If this is your first exposure to the magic wand of Stokowski, it's a good place to begin. This recording shows his expertise in romantic music and showpieces. He has marvelous recordings spread all over the universe of classics famous and unknown. If you like this one you should try a few of his easily recommendable recordings that include Rimsky-Korsakov's Scheherazade Rimsky-Korsakov: Scheherazade; Russian Easter Overture and his own scoring of the Pictures At An Exhibition Mussorgsky: Pictures at an Exhibition; Stravinsky: The Firebird Suite; Skryabin: Le Poème de l'extase. To hear Stokowski in classic form starting in Philadelphia (audiophiles need not apply), check out this collection of his specialties from the era Leopold Stokowski, Conductor. For more recommendations, see my listmania list "My favorite Stokowski CDs" http://www.amazon.com/My-favorite-Stokowski-CDs/lm/R1LEUKFDZ3WONE/ref=cm_lm_byauthor_title_full
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Thrilling Francesca and Hamlet 30 Sep 2009
By David Claris - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
This is the 2nd reissue of these classic Stokowski performances, the most exhilarating performances of these 2 warhorse tone poems ever, recorded in in-your-face fabulous late'50s-audiophile scintillating stereo. The only other versions of these 2 pieces that come close are those of Igor Markevitch on Philips (Tchaikovsky: Complete Tone Poems). See other reviews of these performances at now-OOP prior Everest release (coupled with Scriabin Poem of Ecstasy, Tchaikovsky: Francesca da Rimini/ Hamlet).
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Great Performances, Mediocre Sound for an Everest Disc 9 Mar 2012
By P. H. - Published on Amazon.com
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Stokowski and the Stadium Symphony (NY Philharmonic) provide terrific performances of this music. The disc is a digital copy of an original Everest recording that sounds like it is several generations removed from the master tapes. You may be disappointed by the sound quality. Buy for performances.
5.0 out of 5 stars Francesca Da Rimini 26 Dec 2013
By Carmen A. De Maron - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
I have always liked very much this Tchaikowsky's overture and being conducted by the great Stokowski is really a masterpiece. Besides, the recording is excellent.
5.0 out of 5 stars Superb Tchaikovsky 28 Mar 2013
By Andre Gauthier - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
As usual Tchaikovsky and Stoki go together perfectly. I got this particularly for the Francesca... recording and am not disappointed. The sound is as expected, a bit restricted, but fine for the time. The transfer is also well done to CD. Still, my favorite recording of "Francesca da Rimini" from the pen of Tckaikovsky is Berstein's with the New York Philharmonic on DGG with the 4th Symphony as the other piece. The 4th is nothing spectacular. The Francesca is stunning and shows what a virtuoso both the NYPO and Mr. Bernstein were when he led them. However, this version has its own merits that no one else can claim. Every lover of this piece should hear this recording.
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