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  • Interprète: Leopold Stokowski, Shirley Verrett, American Symphony Orchestra, Fernando Valenti, Gregg Smith Singers, et al.
  • Orchestre: Leopold Stokowski
  • Chef d'orchestre: David Katz, Jose Serebrier, Leopold Stokowski, Multi-Artistes
  • Compositeur: Charles Ives, Claude Debussy, Dmitri Chostakovitch, Felix Mendelssohn-Bartholdy, Frédéric Chopin, et al.
  • CD (22 octobre 2012)
  • Nombre de disques: 10
  • Label: Sony Classical
  • ASIN : B0083D9MXM
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Des 3 Coffrets proposés par RCA/ Emis et CBS celui qui propose le répertoire le plus varié est celui proposé par CBS : à côté de classiques, on trouvera des oeuvres de Bach interprété comme on le faisait dans le passé. Et quelques transcriptions.
Le Coffret EMI est plus curieux et dévoile des oeuvres rarement enregistrées mais c'est aussi le moins bien enregistré
Enfin le coffret RCA est un excellent juste milieu
Dans tous les cas on découvrira dans d'excellentes interprétation des chefs d'oeuvre du XXieme siècle
Stokowski était avec von Karajan le chef le plus sensibilisé à la reproduction sonore . Cela s'entend.
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Dans ce coffret trés bien présenté (reproduction de chaque pochette de 33 T concerné, et livret trés interessant), ce sont les derniers enregistrements faits à Londres (et enregistrés par B.AUGER ou M.ROSS-TREVOR; ceux qui connaissent apprécieront!), avec le National Philharmonic Orchestra, d'un artiste à la
fois génial et parfois aussi trés original....
Le Meilleur c'est le CD consacré (à 94 ans!) à BIZET, CARMEN et l'ARLESIENNE... celà reste prés de 4O ans plus tard, LA REFERENCE en matière d'élégance, de fougue de romantisme... c'est une merveille!
Formidables aussi Le CONCERTO N°5 de BEETHOVEN avec GLENN GOULD, LA SYMPHO N°4 de IVES, LA BELLE au BOIS
DORMANT arrangée pour DIAGHILEV (quelle légereté!), et bien entendu ses célèbres transcriptions de BACH entre autres....
Encore un Coffret idéal à (s') offrir!
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Coffret indispensable pour apprécier l'importance de ce chef unique à la mission évidente et mondiale:

On apprend en effet que non comptant de jouer aux quatres coins du monde les oeuvres "classiques" , L.Stokowsky pris la peine de jouer devant les compositeurs de son temps , leurs oeuvres: Sibélius,....

Ainsi on trouve la 4ème Symphonie de Charles IVES ( lors de son premier enregistrement) dans une qualité son exceptionnelle, la symphonie N°1 de Sibelius, des symphonies de Brahms, Malher, ...du Wagner mystique à souhait, des transciptions pour orchestre (Debussy, Chopin,...)
un florilège d'oeuvres symphoniques qui bénéficient de la passion d'un chef bouillonnant et trés attaché à la qualité et aux progrés du son dans l'enregistrement.
Il faut souligner ce "détail" car ils sont peu nombreux à avoir pris la peine de se prendre de passion et d'intérêts pour le métier des ingénieurs du son . Ce fut le cas de Léopold Stokowski et on le remercie de bénéficier de ses résultats arrivés jusqu'à nos jours dans ses enregistrements en "vraie" stéréo !
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Ses enregistrements sont parmi ceux que je préfère pour les chefs-d’œuvre représentés dans ce volume.

Quelle élégance ! Quel son !! Point trop n'en faut, mais c'est tellement expressif que parfois on a envie de danser (ce qui perso m'arrive très rarement ...).

J'ai offert ce coffret à mes proches ; y compris à ceux qui aiment le hard-rock !
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HASH(0x95b41c0c) étoiles sur 5 Sony Columbia Stereo Recordings limited edition box set 8 septembre 2012
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A very nice mid priced collection of Stokowski's stereo era Columbia releases recorded from 1960 to 1977 that goes well with the recent RCA, Decca and EMI Stereo Stokowski collections.

The collection comes in a nice laminated foldout box with 500 minutes of music over 10 CDs that come in LP replica sleeves and with vinyl replica labels and a slim trilingual booklet with liner notes including full recording info down to the matrix # of the original lps. The box is set up in the order the original albums were released.

The end of analog era sound is wonderful, but a lack of info on any remastering and a note in the back of the booklet leave the impression this is just a collection of the previous AAD releases of this material and not recently remastered like the other Stokowski stereo era collections.

Contents by recording date.
DISC 1- [52:54] 1960
Falla - El Amor Brujo
Wagner - Tristan und Isolde Love Music

DISC 2- [38:27] 1960
Bach - BWV1050 Brandenburg Concerto 5
Bach - BWV0639
Bach - BWV0599
Bach - BWV0680

DISC 3- [42:36] 1966
Beethoven - Piano Concerto 5 Op 73 Emperor

DISC 4- [69:55] The only disk with bonus material
Ives - Symphony 4 1965
Ives - Robert Browning Overture 1966
Ives - Majority or the Mases 1967
Ives - They Are There 1967
Ives - An Election 1967
Ives - Lincoln the Great Commoner 1967

DISC 8- [42:56] May 1976
Tchaikovsky - Auroras Wedding

DISC 6- Leopold Stokowski Transcriptons [39:37] July 1976
Rimsky Korsakov- Flight of the Bumblebee
Debussy - Claire de Lune
Chopin - Mazurka in B-Flat Minor
Debussy - La Soiree dans Grenade
Novacek - Perpetuum Mobile
Tchaikovsky - Humoresque
Albeniz - Fete Dieu a Seville
Shostakovich - Prelude in E-Flat Minor
Rimsky Korsakov - Ivan the Terrible
Chopin - Prelude in d Minor

DISC 5- [55:57] August 1976
Bizet - Carmen Suites
Bizet - L Arlesienne Suites

DISC 7- [45:44] November 1976
Sibelius - Symphony 1 in E Minor Op 39
Sibelius - The Swan of Tuonela

DISC 10- [55:50] April 1977
Brahms - Symphony 2 in D Major Op 73
Brahms - Tragic Ouverture Op 81

DISC 9- [56:30] June 1977
Mendelssohn - Symphony 4
Bizet - Symphony in C

While the skimpy liner notes and LP replica sleeves make this a 5 star collection, the music is not up to the discount RCA or EMI box sets.

This "limited edition" box set is a deal compared to the MP3 version and will go out of print on CDs leaving the download versions the only ones left in print.
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HASH(0x95b41e58) étoiles sur 5 Diverse often excellent Collection of Stokowski Performances 18 février 2013
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This collection of 'original jacket' CDs by BMG/SONY Classics was set down on tape originally by Columbia Records in a time period spanning from 1960 to 1977. It documents Stokowski's work just prior to his most highly praised contract work with Decca in the 1960s and thereafter his final performances in his 90s! In fact, he was 95 when he completed the final recording in this collection, so we have a set that in its entirety was made in fairly modern stereo. Unlike the aforementioned Decca recordings ( also a highly recommended set despite its rather gimmicky Phase-4 Stereo) these are recorded in more conventional ways with fewer microphones and adequately but not overly detailed presence. Like any CD collection, it's not without its hits and misses, but having lived with this set for over a month now I can assure you that it's treasures are ample enough and the interpretations and performances sufficiently satisfying to give you considerable pleasure and enjoyment.

Let's get the 'misses' out of the way quickly. The maestro's penultimate recording of the Brahms 2nd Symphony is beautifully shaped and phrased with none of the sonic effects or mannerisms for which he was often criticized, but it sounds so distantly recorded that it might as well have been played in an adjoining room. It's the only one in this set I whose sonics I find objectionable. The remainder of the sessions recorded under the same contract are far more detailed and present despite being made in an even more reverberant locale, London's West Ham Mission. I was reminded that the Brahms 2nd and Bizet/Mendelssohn Symphonies were recorded in EMI Studio 1. The Bach collection recorded in 1960 with the great Philadelphia orchestra is a bit of a yawn. Hearing the Brandenburg Fifth Concerto played by a huge mass of strings strikes me as antiquated, although the chorale preludes included are a delight, reminding listeners that Stokowski was originally an outstanding organist, quite devoted to the works of J.S. Bach. Still, I wont' quibble too much as conductors like Stokowski kept Bach before the public in an era when he might otherwise have been ignored. Stokowski's orchestral transcriptions of Bach, even if reviled by purists, are still played and enjoyed by modern conductors like Serebrier, Rattle and Slatkin.

The 'hits' in this collection are sufficiently numerous to fully justify its low price. You have the premiere recording, still critically acclaimed to this day, of Ives Fourth Symphony accompanied by several choral pieces of Ives, a document of a typically adventurous Stokowski program. Then there is the brilliant and unusual reading of Beethoven's 'Emperor' concerto with Glenn Gould at the piano, a rare recording of Stokowski accompanying a solo artist. The earliest recording in the collection finds Stokowski at the helm of the Philadelphia Orchestra again, in a brisk and warm recording of de Falla's "El Amor Brujo' which Stokowski introduced to American audiences in 1922! The mezzo soloist, Shirley Verrett, Is ideal with these amazingly full chest tones suitable to the flamenco inspired music. That CD includes Wagner's love music from Act II of 'Tristan und Isolde' coupled with the Liebestod, an unusual combination nearly as satisfying as the customary Prelude & Liebestod. Finally, the Sibelius First Symphony recorded in the late 1970s in London, remains one of the finest recordings its ever received, standing up to competition from Ashkenazy and Karajan. high praise indeed! Despite some lapses in ensemble (the orchestra was assembled under contract solely for recording sessions) the balances and excitement achieved in many passages of sustained chords with tiered dynamics are testimony to the technical skills of a conductor capable of getting the very best out of his musicians even in his nineties. LIkewise the recordings of the Beethoven and Ives made with the American Symphony Orchestra in NYC. Again, this set is worth it for these 4 recordings alone, but there is more to enjoy in the set.

There is a brief booklet with an overview describing each CD briefly along with its recording dates. No additional info. on the remasterings, although most seem to date from the early 1990s after substantial improvements had been made in technology to transfer analog tapes into the digital domain. With the exception of the overly reverberant Brahms, ALL the discs sound attractive, warm & clear with no evidence of digital artifacts. There is a bit of clipping in the loudest passages of the oldest 4 CDs, perfectly understandable given their age.

The original liner notes are visible on the back of the original jacket sleeves, but you'd need a magnifying glass to read them!

The following are brief incapsulated reviews of each disc in the order in which they were recorded.

DISC 1- [52:54] 1960
Falla - El Amor Brujo
Wagner - Tristan und Isolde Love Music
Beautiful recorded sound from 1960 of one of America's finest orchestras at its peak. The El Amor Brujo compares nicely with the definitive decca Fruhbeck de Burgos' recording. The Wagner is a total rarity, a must have recording.

DISC 2- [38:27] 1960
Bach - BWV1050 Brandenburg Concerto 5
Bach - BWV0639
Bach - BWV0599
Bach - BWV0680
A brisk straightforward Brandenburg reading by massed strings. May sound antiquated to those now used to historically informed performances. The Choral Preludes are delightful.

DISC 3- [42:36] 1966
Beethoven - Piano Concerto 5 Op 73 Emperor
An original brilliantly played performance of this war horse. Highly recommended to anyone who loves the piece, no matter if you have other recordings of it, THIS is one you have to hear. Aside from some odd shifts of tempo and accents in the opening cadenza's, Gould's approach is simultaneously both personal and natural. The accompaniment reveals Stokowski as a 'sound' conductor finding some unusual balances and sonorities in this familiar score. This is Beethoven as a romantic.

DISC 4- [69:55] The only disk with bonus material
Ives - Symphony 4 1965
Ives - Robert Browning Overture 1966
Ives - Majority or the Mases 1967
Ives - They Are There 1967
Ives - An Election 1967
Ives - Lincoln the Great Commoner 1967
This was the premiere recording of the Ives Fourth, still competitive and recommended against current digital recordings such as Litton's Dallas Symphony SACD on Hyperion. Nice to have the unusual choral pieces and overture. All very well recorded in excellent mid sixties stereo sound.

The final discs are all recorded in a highly reverberant acoustic with an orchestra of contract London musicians. While their ensemble is not as tight as the orchestras from which many of them came. they are excellent musicians, apparent from the outstanding solo work heard throughout. The recordings are sufficiently warm and detailed if highly reverberant, with the exception of the Brahms. They even managed to find an oboist that plays with an American or Italian sounding timber.

DISC 8- [42:56] May 1976
Tchaikovsky - Auroras Wedding
So many conductors have subjected us to boring run-throughs of Tchaikovsky's ballet scores, or stretched them beyond any notion of danceability. Here Stokowski reveals how to keep the lilt and spring in ballet music while giving it symphonic architecture and weight. This is a lovely approach, compiling the very best of "Sleeping Beauty' on one disc.

DISC 6- Leopold Stokowski Transcriptons [39:37] July 1976
Rimsky Korsakov- Flight of the Bumblebee
Debussy - Claire de Lune
Chopin - Mazurka in B-Flat Minor
Debussy - La Soiree dans Grenade
Novacek - Perpetuum Mobile
Tchaikovsky - Humoresque
Albeniz - Fete Dieu a Seville
Shostakovich - Prelude in E-Flat Minor
Rimsky Korsakov - Ivan the Terrible
Chopin - Prelude in d Minor
A classic Stokowski collection of short encore pieces, all designed to show off the brilliance of the orchestra. The dynamics in the string tremolos and first trumpet articulation in the Ivan the Terrible piece are amazing.

DISC 5- [55:57] August 1976
Bizet - Carmen Suites
Bizet - L Arlesienne Suites
These compare favorably with popular recordings by Beecham, but in much more modern sound.

DISC 7- [45:44] November 1976
Sibelius - Symphony 1 in E Minor Op 39
Sibelius - The Swan of Tuonela
One of the very best recordings of the Sibelius First. An all stops out romantic performance that blazes with emotion, making the most out of Sibelius' unusual orchestral sonorities.

DISC 10- [55:50] April 1977
Brahms - Symphony 2 in D Major Op 73
Brahms - Tragic Ouverture Op 81
A surprisingly straightforward well played and shaped performance of the Brahms symphony and overture. Unfortunately it's marred by a distant perspective that clouds the rather dense textures of Brahms orchestral writing.

DISC 9- [56:30] June 1977
Mendelssohn - Symphony 4
Bizet - Symphony in C
Surprisingly taught performances from a 95 year old conductor! I expected to be bored by yet another Mendelssohn 'Italian' but this one is shaped with a number of lovely details in phrasing, is perfectly balanced and compares favorably with those by Klemperer, Commissiona, and Abbado. The Bizet is very well played at tempos that show off the orchestra's ability to articulate well without sounding rushed or insensitive. It is the first one I've heard that compares favorably with Beecham's and with far better orchestral execution. It IS amazing that Stokowski had such energy and technical dexterity at age 95!

Considering the price and diversity of programming in this collection, i'd recommend you buy it. The conductor's finest performances (Tchaikovsky 5th, La Mer, Pictures at an Exhibition, Franck D-Minor) are found in the decca collection, and there are some excellent ones in the EMI and RCA sets as well. You could actually build a decent classical collection by owning all of them. There is really no one like Stokowski on the scene today so fascinated with his own stardom, new music, orchestral sonority and experimentation and in possession of the same technical proficiency. You owe it to yourself to check this set out and find out why he was so justifiably famous. Eccentric perhaps but boring? Never. So buy this already!
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HASH(0x95b41e1c) étoiles sur 5 Stokowski's Columbia Recordings in a Nice Original Jacket Collection. 7 septembre 2012
Par John Fowler the Obsessive Compulsive Reviewer - Publié sur Amazon.com
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This box is a companion to Leopold Stokowski: The Stereo Collection 1954-1975 which was devoted to the conductor's RCA stereo recordings.
This is devoted to his stereo recordings for Columbia Records (RCA and Columbia are both now owned by Sony).
They're all here, including his final recording session (Bizet/Mendelssohn).
He was 95 years old (!), but no allowance need be made. These are wonderful performances.

Unlike the RCA collection, which was a Sony super-budget affair (no booklet, the same basic design for each jacket), this collection is part of the "Original Jacket" series.
One oddity - Unlike other boxes in that series, the words "Original Jacket Collection" appear nowhere on the box.
Also unlike other boxes in that series, this one is super-budget priced.

There are 10 cardboard CD jackets, each of which features a reproduction of the original LP cover on the front, and the original liner notes on the back (you need a magnifying glass to read them).
Also a reproduction of the original "Columbia Masterworks" label on each CD.
There is a bonus on the Ives disc, which originally featured only the 4th Symphony: The Robert Browning Overture and 4 Songs for Chorus and Orchestra (originally these were part of a 4 LP set devoted to Ives' 100th birthday). Unfortunately no notes (or texts) for the bonus items.

There is a 32 page booklet with a nice article in English/German/French, some photos of Stokowski and a track listing for each CD.

There are a lot of people who like this format - I think it would have been more convenient if they put the track listings on the back of each jacket, and the liner notes in the booklet (DG did it this way in their Complete Vladimir Horowitz box).

Unlike other recent Sony boxes, this one does not advertise "24 bit high resoluton audio".
No word at all about the remasterings.
Some of these CDs date back to the 1980s; its quite possible that they just reissued existing 16 and 20 bit audio masters.
If anybody knows otherwise, I'd appreciate an update in the "Comments" section at the end.

Everything sounds fine to me.
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HASH(0x95b43120) étoiles sur 5 Don't kick this SONY gift horse in the mouth! 27 juin 2014
Par vmzfla - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format: CD Achat vérifié
If you're reading this then you're into Stokowski, and would be satisfied sitting around all day listening to his 78s! Others here have reviewed and rereviewed this 10 CD Columbia set to the max. They have nitpicked the choice of material, the quality of sound, questioned the maestros idiosyncrasies and debated the value compared to other sets. Let me address everything briefly, then you make your own decision! The first two discs reunited(rec.1960)Stokowski with the Philadephia Orch. to record in STEREO the orchestra he sumptuously molded and passed on to Eugene Ormandy. To my recollection these were the last recordings he made with them, so these are a part of history. Then you've got Glenn Gould a soloist, in a rare collaboration with Stokowski on Beethovens 5th Piano Concerto. The performance contains the eccentrics of both men and their respect and mutual admiration, again a historical artifact. Like or dislike Ives, Stokowskis 1965 recording of the 4th. Symphony with his own American Symphony, to this day is what all performances are measured. CBS at the time shrewedly knew they were working on some great projects. The producers along with Stokowski seemed to be careful not to overlap the same compositions recorded by RCA or Decca. I think some selections were recorded in early stereo/mono by EMI and Everest, so these are superior at least in sound. I like to call the last six discs the London sessions all done with a studio pickup orchestra(National Phil.) of first rate musicians. At 95 the maestro did a mad rush of recordings(6 LPs in less than 2yrs.) almost with a knowledge that the end was near, kind of a victory lap capping a long life of achievements. Some pieces he had never recorded in stereo and some were revisited after more than fifty years. The youthful Mendelssohn/Bizet symphonies(his final recordings 1977) fittingly were praised by critics as consistent with anything he interpreted during prior years. I say they symbolize the end of the analog era, superbly produced and engineered. For entertainment value this set is top notch Stokowski with an array of composers represented from A-Z. Everything is given his colorful characteristic touches that was to accompany him through his long career. A set you'll never become bored with! I own some of the original LPs and assure you they have been remastered and cleaned up. For example, on disc ones "Tristan and Isolde" Stokowskis arrangement of multi layering strings is far more defined than on the original LP. What you usually get from the RCA and Decca Phase 4 compilations, is clumps of sound in your lap. These discs for the most part are more naturally balanced for concert hall ambiance. It was a dream come true to have all of this without the inherent clicks and pops. SONY went the route and facimiled all the original Columbia Masterworks album sleeves, liner notes and original labels on the CDs.(not done for the Sony/RCA companion set) The short playing times per disc holds true to each original LP, only the Ives disc includes bonus material. So what! I don't have time for 75mins. or more of music all the time. They added a booklet of photos and some new notes. I thank them for making a real occassion and value out of this. I paid what amounts to a buck thirty per disc, including shipping. All 10 CDs, for little more than the cost of one. Just pick any of these nostalgic discs up, look at it, play it, and transport yourself back to the Golden Age of Stereo.
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HASH(0x95b43180) étoiles sur 5 This Sony Stokowski issue is an Original Jacket Collection in disguise 12 mars 2013
Par J. William Myers - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format: CD Achat vérifié
This Sony Stokowski issue is an Original Jacket Collection in disguise. I compared these recordings side by side with earlier releases and in all cases the new versions are richer, wider-ranged and more tangible, including the extra musical sounds from Glenn Gould and the Maestro himself in the Beethoven concerto. The impact of each is so alive that it makes me believe that these must have been re-mastered, even though there is no verifying information. Even if you, like me, are only adding one or two of these great recordings to fill in gaps in your Stokowski collection, the performances (in the case of the Ives 4th, the best ever), the sound, and the low price justify its purchase. You won't be sorry, unless you stay up all night listening.

J. William Myers
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