Leopold Stokowski conducts Amirov, Shostakovich, Vaughan Williams, Kurka | Guild - Historical GHCD2415

Leopold Stokowski conducts Amirov, Shostakovich, Vaughan Williams, Kurka

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Label: Guild - Historical

Cat No: GHCD2415

Format: CD

Number of Discs: 1

Genre: Orchestral

Release Date: 3rd November 2014

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This important album demonstrates once more the extraordinary range of one of the greatest conductors of the 20th-century, Leopold Stokowski.

Dominated by two works from the mainstream repertoire of the last century, by Shostakovich and Vaughan Williams, of whose music Stokowski was a great champion - he made the first recordings of the Shostakovich Symphony and of Vaughan Williams' Sixth Symphony, these two mature performances are coupled with premiere recordings of music by two lesser-known composers, Fikret Amirov's colourful Suite on Azerbaijan Folk Tunes and the Symphonic Epilogue on Shakespeare's 'Julius Caesar' of which Stokowski gave the world premiere a few years before the gifted composer's tragically early death.

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