An Evening with Leopold Stokowski | Glossa GCDSA922209

An Evening with Leopold Stokowski

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Label: Glossa

Cat No: GCDSA922209

Format: SACD

Number of Discs: 1

Genre: Orchestral

Release Date: 6th December 2010

Contents

Works

J S Bach/Stokowski
Toccata in D minor

J S Bach/Stokowski
Fugue in D minor

J S Bach/Stokowski
Aria from Overture No.3

Cesti/Stokowski
Tu mancavi a tormentarmi

Handel/Egarr
Water Music Suite

Purcell/Stokowski
Suite of Five Pieces

Palestrina/Stokowski
Adoramus te

Ockeghem/Egarr
Intemerata Dei Mater

Tchaikovsky
Slavonic March

Artists

Brussels Philharmonic Orchestra

Conductor

Richard Egarr

Works

J S Bach/Stokowski
Toccata in D minor

J S Bach/Stokowski
Fugue in D minor

J S Bach/Stokowski
Aria from Overture No.3

Cesti/Stokowski
Tu mancavi a tormentarmi

Handel/Egarr
Water Music Suite

Purcell/Stokowski
Suite of Five Pieces

Palestrina/Stokowski
Adoramus te

Ockeghem/Egarr
Intemerata Dei Mater

Tchaikovsky
Slavonic March

Artists

Brussels Philharmonic Orchestra

Conductor

Richard Egarr

About

The charm and sheer full-blooded pleasure offered by Leopold Stokowski’s transcriptions continues to hold sway today, complete with opulent and resonant strings, some three decades after the dynamic conductor’s death.

The ‘Stokowski Sound’ was particularly, indeed deliberately, well-suited to the possibilities offered with the development of stereo recording of the maestro’s day, a challenge which Glossa’s engineer Manuel Mohino has happily embraced as much as the Brussels Philharmonic, whose members have taken to this style like ducks to water, in this modern-day “Evening with Leopold Stokowski”.

Leading the way with a classy swagger in transcriptions of Bach, Purcell and Palestrina is conductor Richard Egarr, perhaps better known for his work with the unadorned originals (he is the Music Director of the Academy of Ancient Music, after all), but in reality equally at home in much later music – and he makes no bones about his appreciation of the Stokowski style.

About the transcription of Dido’s Lament, Egarr says “It is still Purcell, even in Stokowski's fur coat” and, for added emphasis, he conjures up his own orchestral confection of Handel’s Water Music.

An evening’s entertainment of unalloyed pleasure, culminating in a triumphant rendition of the Slavonic March by Tchaikovsky, à la Stokowski, naturally.

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