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Leopold Stokowski: Decca Recordings, 1965-1972 (Original Masters Limited Edition) Box set

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Disc: 1
1. Toccata and Fugue, for organ in D minor, BWV 565 (BC J37)
2. Prelude and Fugue, for keyboard No. 8 in E flat minor (WTC I/8), BWV 853 (BC L87): Prelude in E flat minor
3. Wir glauben all an einen Gott (I), chorale prelude for organ, BWV 680 (BC K12)
4. Cantata No. 4, 'Christ lag in Todes Banden,' BWV 4 (BCA 54): Chorale. Jesus Christus, Gottes Sohn
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Disc: 2
1. Symphony No. 5 in E minor, Op. 64: I. Andante - Allegro con anima
2. Symphony No. 5 in E minor, Op. 64: II. Andante cantabile, con alcuna licenza - Moderato
3. Symphony No. 5 in E minor, Op. 64: III. Valse: Allegro moderato
4. Symphony No. 5 in E minor, Op. 64: IV. Finale: Andante maestoso - Allegro vivace
Disc: 3
1. Symphony in D minor, Op. 48: I. Lento - Allegro non troppo - Allegro
2. Symphony in D minor, Op. 48: II. Allegretto
3. Symphony in D minor, Op. 48: III. Allegro non troppo
4. Enigma Variations, for orchestra, Op. 36: Theme
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Disc: 4
1. Symphonie fantastique for orchestra ('Episode de la vie d'un Artiste...en cinq parties'), H.48 (Op. 14): II. Un bal (Valse: Allegro n
2. Symphonie fantastique for orchestra ('Episode de la vie d'un Artiste...en cinq parties'), H.48 (Op. 14): IV. Marche au supplice (Alle
3. Symphonie fantastique for orchestra ('Episode de la vie d'un Artiste...en cinq parties'), H.48 (Op. 14): V. Songe d'une nuit de Sabba
4. Fanfare, for orchestra (for collaborative ballet L'eventail de Jeanne)
Disc: 5
1. L'oiseau de feu (The Firebird), concert suite for orchestra No. 2: I. Introduction
2. L'oiseau de feu (The Firebird), concert suite for orchestra No. 2: II. Dance of the Firebird
3. L'oiseau de feu (The Firebird), concert suite for orchestra No. 2: III. Round dance of the Princesses
4. L'oiseau de feu (The Firebird), concert suite for orchestra No. 2: IV. Infernal dance of King Kashchei
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Product Details

  • Audio CD (November 25, 2003)
  • limited_edition edition
  • SPARS Code: ADD
  • Number of Discs: 5
  • Format: Box set
  • Note on Boxed Sets: During shipping, discs in boxed sets occasionally become dislodged without damage. Please examine and play these discs. If you are not completely satisfied, we'll refund or replace your purchase.
  • Label: Decca
  • ASIN: B0000B0A0P
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #143,733 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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31 of 33 people found the following review helpful By Michael Brad Richman HALL OF FAMEVINE VOICE on March 29, 2004
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
This five disc box set featuring the Decca Recordings (1965-72) of conductor Leopold Stokowski is among the latest batch of releases in the limited edition "Original Masters" series. While parts of this particular collection have been available on CD in the past (in the old "Phase 4" and "Weekend Classics" series), some of this material is being made available for the first time internationally. Those performances include Franck's Symphony (Hilversium RPO, 1970), Elgar's Enigma Variations (Czech PO, 1972), Ravel's "Fanfare" (Hilversium, 1970) and Messiaen's "L'Ascension" (London SO, 1970). Other highlights include an entire disc (CD1) of Stokowski's Transcriptions, and a delightful reading of Berlioz's "Symphonie Fantastique" with the New Philharmonia Orchestra from 1968. In all, another great set in the "Original Masters" series.
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24 of 27 people found the following review helpful By Santa Fe Listener HALL OF FAMETOP 1000 REVIEWER on September 21, 2006
Format: Audio CD
Decca has pulled a lot of Stokowski's gaudy Phase 4 recordings off the market so that they can reappear in this box set, but the company had already licensed many out to another label, Cala, that specializes in all things Stokowski. So if you pick and choose, you can buy your favorites recordings individually with a little effort. Of the two volumes in the Original Masters series, this one is the more interesting musically.

For one thing, it features two of the conductor's great strengths: his incomparable Bach transcriptions (no one else performs them with the same total commitment) and his Debussy and Ravel. Admittedly, this La Mer and Daphnis and Chloes have been multi-miked within an inch of their lives, and neither represents Stokowski as wonderuflly as his EMI Debussy collection, but if you love the old magician, you'll love these readings.

Aslo very appealing are the Enigma Variations, which Stokowski recorded only once, and the Franck D minor Sym., though don't expect world-class execution in either case. Stokowski championed early Messiaen in l'Ascension, and here is his last version, along with a swooning and seductive Scriabin Poeme d'Extase.

You have to adore recorded excess to swallow this Symphonie fantastique and Firebird, both gorgeous in a kind of Las Vegas neon billboard sort of way. But for geneations of listeners, that's what Stokowski is all about. What he's not about, sadly, is the wretchedly eccentric and nearly unlistenable Tchaikovsky Fifth Sym., the only performance in this whole set that made me hold my nose.

In all, thee are enough goodie here to justify buying the whole box, unless you want to pick and choose, in which case turn to Cala's excellent reissues.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By OBIE on September 4, 2012
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An excellent mid priced compilation box set of Stokowski that is part 1 of a 2 volume box set collection covering the Decca "Phase Four stereo" years.

Others have reviewed the music, so I'll concentrate on the packaging.

A sturdy matte finish fold out box filled with 5 well packed CDs with 370 minutes of music, in sleeves that have full recording info for the 61 tracks and a nice slim trilingual booklet with the recording info, a short Stokowski essay and notes on the recordings.

The digitally remastered sound is very good from the original Decca Phase Four (20 microphone channels mixed down to stereo) analog tapes with very few artifacts that distract from listening enjoyment.

This is a great collection that fills the years between the EMI Stokowski Icons mid priced set featuring stereo recording from the late 1950's and the discount import of Sony's "Red Seal" Stokowski Stereo collection that has some pre 1965 and mostly post 1972 RCA recordings.

An excellent additon to a growing Stokowski stereo era CD libary.

If only the 2nd Volume of this Decca collection would come back into print, it's already speculatively priced on CD, and seems destined for download only availability.

This import volume seems destined to sell out also in CD format.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By John J. Puccio TOP 1000 REVIEWER on February 28, 2013
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Stokowski without controversy would be like salt without pepper; the two went hand-in-hand, but it took away not a whit less of his genius. In this 5-disc Decca recorded between 1965-1972, we hear some decidedly oddball things and some truly great things. Among others, we hear one of the finest accounts of Debussy's La Mer ever recorded, compelling performances of Tchaikovsky's Fifth Symphony and Berlioz's Symphonie fantastique, and, of course, his own Bach transcriptions. There are some gems among the offerings.

John J. Puccio
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