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BACH, J.S. / PALESTRINA, G. / BYRD, W. / CLARKE, J. / BOCCERINI, L. / HAYDN, J. / MATTHESON, J.: Stokowski Transcriptions, Vol. 2

Artist(s) Serebrier, Jose, Conductor • Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra
Period(s) Baroque (1600-1750)Classical (1750-1830)Renaissance (1400-1600)
Genre Classical Music
Category Orchestral
Catalogue 8.572050
Label Naxos
Quality   320kbps

Leopold Stokowski arranged nearly 40 works from Bach’s catalogue for the modern symphony orchestra, and José Serebrier’s second volume of Bach-Stokowski Transcriptions is as colourful and wide-ranging as the first (8.557883). In response to popular and critical demand the present selection begins with the most famous Bach orchestration of all, the celebrated Toccata and Fugue in D minor. This reached its widest public in Walt Disney’s Fantasia and here introduces a programme of sumptuous arrangements, including other music from the pre- and postbaroque periods. – The Leopold Stokowski Society


Review By Orest Soltykevych,BBC Radio 3,June 2009

It certainly takes quite a personality to become immortalized in a Bugs Bunny cartoon! In 1949, Warner Brothers released the Looney Tunes episode called “Long-Haired Hare”. In the episode, Bugs is called upon to conduct an orchestra, and as he approaches the podium, the musicians are taken aback by his presence, muttering “Leopold” to one another—the allusion being made to Maestro Leopold Stokowski.


Review By Hugo Munday ,ChordStrike,May 2009

Best Classical Album of 2009—so far

These transcriptions are good, but it’s the Olympian grasp of ensemble that is what this disc is all about. This is amplified by the fact that José Serebrier knows the Bournemouth Symphony like the back of his hand, and he was mentored in his youth by Stokowski, himself. There is no new ground here, just a stunning and ravishing exercise in orchestral beauty, recorded and staged with excellence (thank you Naxos). These sounds are good enough to eat.

Review By Giv Cornfield,The New Recordings, Cliffs Classics,February 2009

There are a total of 11 Bach works as arranged by Stokowski, plus 6 others by various baroque and classical composers on this CD. The 'main event' is the opening great Toccata and Fugue in D minor, of Walt Disney's 1930s film Fantasia fame. That film really put this masterpiece on the world map, so to speak—popularised it, if that's possible. And in this recording, conductor and orchestra convey the weight and majesty of it, better than any recording I've heard, other than the (dated) original. Maestro Serebrier had worked with old Stoki and truly has a handle on his style.

Review By David Denton, Naxos,January 2009

Fingering through a record catalogue of the 1930s showed just how desperately slender was the thread that kept the name of Johann Sebastian Bach in the international world of music. It was just a handful of musicians who strove to save it from oblivion, one of those being the conductor, Leopold Stokowski, his symphony orchestra adaptations being eventually made famous when Walt Disney used the Toccata and Fugue in D minor as the opening to his famous animated film, Fantasia. Stokowski had spent his early years as an organist in London before moving to New York in that role. At that time it would never have crossed his mind that one day he would be appointed chief conductor of the Philadelphia Orchestra, but it was there that he embarked on a series of



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