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GH 2347

Stokowski - Hovhaness - Milhaud - Copland - Serebrier

The Classical Shop
release date: June 2009

Originally recorded in 2009

Artists:

Houston Symphony Orchestra


NBC Symphony Orchestra


Leopold Stokowski



Venue:

NBC Studio 8H, New York

21 Mar 1943

Houston Music Hall

4 Nov 1957

NBC Studio 8H, New York

6 Dec 1942

NBC Studio 8H, New York

9 Jan 1944

Record Label
Guild Historical

Genre:

Orchestral & Concertos


Historic

Total Time - 72:20
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ALAN HOVHANESS

 

Symphony No.1, Op.17.2 'Exile Symphony'

 
1 I Lament 7:36
2 II Conflict 3:24
3 III Trumph 7:16
   
 Leopold Stokowski
  (recorded 'live', US Premiere, Original version)  
 

DARIUS MILHAUD

 

Symphony No.1, Op.210

 
4 I Pastoral. Modérément animé 5:52
5 II Très vif 3:37
6 III Très modéré 5:47
7 IV Final. Animé 5:53
   
 Leopold Stokowski
  (recorded 'live', First performance in New York)  
 

AARON COPLAND

 

Symphony No.2 'Short Symphony'

 
8 I Fast 4:27
9 II Slow 4:49
10 III Fast 5:51
   
 Leopold Stokowski
  (recorded 'live'. US Premiere)  
 

JOSE SEREBRIER

11 

Symphony No.1

17:48
   
 Leopold Stokowski
  (recorded 'live'. World Premiere)  


This important new CD is set to become one of the the most significant releases in the hisoric recordings field for several years. The disc collects together no fewer than four symphonic premieres conducted by the legendary Leopold Stokowski: the American premieres of the first Symphony ’Exile’ of Alan Hovhaness, the New York premiere of Darius Milhaud’s wartime First Symphony, the American premiere of Aaron Copland’s Symphony No 2 and the world premiere of the First Symphony of Jose Serebrier, written when hewas 16 years old and who thereafter became one of Stokowski’s most significant proteges. The result is a disc of more than exceptional interest - a winner through and through.
 

                         Performance ****      Recording ***

"Stokowski makes strong cases for each of these symphonies, heard here in New York, US, or world Premiere Performances. Sound in the Hovhaness (1942) is particularly bright and clear."

 

BBC Music Magazine - December 2009


"...More than history. More than time-travelling. In-depth vivid musical enjoyment in unhackneyed repertoire. A glimpse of Stokowski the champion of the perceived peripheral."

Rob Barnett

musicweb-international.com - 30 June 2009

"This very well-planned disc, which contains four brief symphonies, adds to our, knowledge of Stokowski as superlative and sympathetic exponent of orchestral scores written during his long lifetime. He was a notable champion of contemporary music. Even in old age and he had extraordinary and unerring mastery of diverse composing styles, from Vaughan Williams to 12·note Schonberg. "


Alan Sanders

Classical Record Collector - Autumn 2009

"...all four performances come from live concerts, and are followed by warm audience applause, but it’s only in the Serebrier that there is much in the way of audible audience noise. There are highly informative booklet notes from our own Robert Matthew-Walker; altogether the disc must surely be a mandatory purchase for Stokowski enthusiasts."

Calum MacDonald

American Record Review - October 2009

"Recent months have witnessed a positive deluge of CDs devoted to the art of Leopold Stokowski, especially significant give the unfortunate demise of the Stokowski Society … Remarkably characterful is a programme put out by Guild where Stokowski – ever the maverick explorer – conducts 20th-century symphonies. The least successful here is a rather tentative performance of Copland’s Second, or Short, Symphony, whereas the First Symphonies of Alan Hovhaness (1936) and Darius Milhaud (1939), both of them strong pieces that Stokowski and his wartime NBC Symphony respond well to, fare far better.

Perhaps the programme’s most remarkable item is the 18-minute, single-movement First Symphony by the teenage Jose Serebrier – a Stokowski protege – which, although cast rather in the shadow of Shostakovich (or so it seems to these ears) leaves a powerful impression. On that occasion Stokowski conducted the Houston Symphony Orchestra."

Rob Cowan

Gramophone - January 2010



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