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BACH, J.S.: Stokowski Transcriptions, Vol. 1 (Stokowski) (1927-1939)

Composer(s):Bach, Johann Sebastian
Artist(s) Stokowski, Leopold, Conductor • Philadelphia Orchestra
Period(s) Baroque (1600-1750)
Genre Classical Music
Category Orchestral
Catalogue 8.111297
Label Naxos Historical
Quality   320kbps
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The transcriptions of Bach’s keyboard works for full symphony orchestra by Leopold Stokowski, one of the greatest conductors of the twentieth century, formed a successful part of his crusade to increase the accessibility of music. In reality Stokowski’s transcriptions had little to do with Bach: they are rather complete re-compositions in the manner of Wagner or Tchaikovsky for the late-romantic symphony orchestra. They have enjoyed continuing popularity since Stokowski first introduced them, and took a central rôle in the internationally popularfilm which he made with Walt Disney, Fantasia. The recordings on this CD were made between 1927 and 1939, with Stokowski conducting in all instances The Philadelphia Orchestra, whose lush

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Review By David Denton,Naxos,September 2008

Leopold Stokowski belonged to a group of well-meaning musicians who sought to bring the music of Bach back into the concert hall through their orchestration of his keyboard works.

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