AN EVENING WITH LEOPOLD STOKOWSKI Bach, Haendel, Purcell et al.
Brussels PhilharmonicRichard Egarr
GCDSA 9222091 Hybrid SACD
Total playing time 68:25 Recorded at Studio 4, Flagey, Brussels, in June 2008 Engineered and produced by Manuel Mohino Executive producer: Carlos Céster Art direction: Valentín Iglesias English Français Nederlands Deutsch
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AN EVENING WITH LEOPOLD STOKOWSKI
Bach, Haendel, Purcell et al.
Johann Sebastian Bach / Stokowski 01 Toccata in D minor 02 Fugue in D minor
Marco Antonio Cesti / Stokowski 03 Tu mancavi a tormentarmi
Georg Friedrich Haendel / Egarr 04-09 Water Music Suite: Prelude, Alla Hornpipe, Allegro, Menuet, Lentement, Bourrée
Johann Sebastian Bach / Stokowski 10 Aria from Overture no. 3
Henry Purcell / Stokowski 11-16 Suite of Five Pieces: (Trumpet tune) - Echo (Pastorale) - Hornpipe -When I am laid in Earth - Largo and Allegro
Giovanni Pierluigi da Palestrina / Stokowski 17 Adoramus te
Johannes Ockeghem / Egarr 18 Intemerata Dei Mater
Pitr Ilyich Tchaikovsky 19 Slavonic March
About this CD
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 the 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 a conductor in 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.