Like Mark Obert Thorn's other Naxos disc of Stokowski's Bach transcriptions, this CD provides some of the best quality sound for recordings of this vintage that I have come across. The recordings have been cleaned up, there is great clarity and much instrumental detail emerges that hitherto had been lost. Only the earliest recording - of the Shepherd Music from 1929 - has much noticeable background hiss and shrillness. The Overture Suite No2 was recorded in 1950 but has great instrumental clarity and sounds like a much later recording, with fine flute playing by the great Julius Baker. The recording of the Preludio by the All American Youth Orchestra has greater clarity and better definition than the excellent CALA recording. This recording of Jesu,Joy of Man's Desiring is Stokowski's only version of his own transcription (his other recordings were of transcriptions by other people) and is beautifully played. If you are starting to collect Stokowski' s own recordings of his Bach transcriptions these Naxos discs are the ones to start with.
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