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The World of Leopold Stokowski

Alexander Porfir'yevich Borodin , Hector Berlioz , Igor Stravinsky , Johann Sebastian Bach , Modest Petrovich Mussorgsky , et al. Audio CD
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  • Orchestra: Czech Philharmonic Orchestra, London Symphony Orchestra, Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
  • Composer: Alexander Porfir'yevich Borodin, Hector Berlioz, Igor Stravinsky, Johann Sebastian Bach, Modest Petrovich Mussorgsky, et al.
  • Audio CD (26 Feb 2001)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Decca
  • ASIN: B0000589MM
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 469,648 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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5.0 out of 5 stars Unique Stokowski 7 Feb 2012
You may as an individual listener love or hate what he does to the music but you have to admit the man had a way with orchestras and, as the sleeve note says, you cannot mistake a Stokowski performance for one by any other conductor. Whatever orchestra he conductied he brought to it his own unique, polished, high-voltage sound. Bach (THE Toccata and Fugue) and Rachmaninoff (THE C sharp minor Prelude) - as well as Mussorgsky's Pictures at an Exhibition (extract only) - undergo the Stokowski transcription treatment and none sound remotely as their composers would have intended - and yet they are also fantastic examples of the transcriber's art.

Whatever orchestra he was conducting and whether recorded live or in the studio - the CD is a mix of both - this electrifying music-making is gripping. Maybe for Stokowski fans only but really everyone interested in conducting in the 20th century ought to at least hear this disc.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Stokowski the show-man 10 Nov 2004
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This collection focuses on his work for Decca in the 1960's & 70's, when the emphasis was on show-pieces, hence the rowdy 1812 with extra effects, including a choir! Some pieces (Pictures & Firebird Suite) are only represented by excerpts, and some of the louder passages suffer from slight distortion. However, as an intro to this legendary conductor, an indespensible collection.
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