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GH 2388

Stokowski - Schoenberg - 'Gurrelieder' etc

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release date: April 2012

Originally recorded in 1961


London Symphony Orchestra

Leopold Stokowski Symphony Orchestra

Leopold Stokowski

Forbes Robinson

(baritone) - Bauer (Peasant)

Nell Rankin

(mezzo-soprano) - Waldtaube (Wood Dove)

Gre Brouwenstijn

(soprano) - Tove

John Lanigan

(tenor) - Kalus-Narr (Klaus the fool)

James McCracken

(tenor) - Waldemar

Alvar Lidell

-Sprecher (Speaker)

Edinburgh Royal Choral Union


Edinburgh International Festival, Usher Hall

20 Aug 1961

Record Label
Guild Historical


Vocal & Song

Orchestral & Concertos

Total Time - 134:37
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  Part I  
3 Orchester Vorspiel (Orchestral Prelude) 6:17
4 Nun dämpft die Dämm'rung - Waldemar 3:52
5 O wenn, des Mondes Strahlen - Tove 3:07
6 Ross! Mein Ross! - Waldemar 2:51
7 Sterne jubeln - Tove 2:49
8 So tanzen die Engel vor Gottes Thron nicht - Waldemar 2:18
9 Nun sag ich dir zum ersten Mal - Tove 4:11
10 Es ist Mitternachtszeit - Waldemar 5:30
11 Du sendest mir einen Liebesblick - Tove 6:13
12 Du wunderliche Tove! - Waldemar 3:49
13 Orchester Zwischenspiel (Orchestral Interlude) 4:21
14 Tauben von Gurre! Stimme der Waldtaube 11:38
  Part II  
15 Herrgott, weisst Du, was Du tatest - Waldemar 4:11
  Part III  
16 Erwacht, König Waldemars Mannen wert! - Waldemar 1:55
17 Deckel des Sarges klappert und kappt - Bauer 4:16
18 Gegrüsst, o König - Waldemars Mannen 6:47
19 Mit Toves Stimme flüstert der Wald - Waldemar 3:12
20 Ein seltsamer Vogel ist so'n Aal - Klaus-Narr 7:22
21 Du strenger Richter droben - Waldemar 2:42
22 Der Hahn erhebt den Kopf zur Kraht - Waldemars Mannen 5:06
  Des Sommerwindes wilde Jagd (The Wild Hunt of the Sumer Wind)  
23 Orchester Vorspiel (Orchestral Prelude) 2:10
24 Herr Gänsefuss, Frau Gänsekraut - Sprecher 5:26
25 Sehet die Sonne - Chor 4:47

Verklärte Nacht - Transfigured Night, Op.4

  (rec. 1952)  
  Tracks 1 - 25  
 James McCracken (tenor) - Waldemar
 Gre Brouwenstijn (soprano) - Tove
 Nell Rankin (mezzo-soprano) - Waldtaube (Wood Dove)
 Forbes Robinson (baritone) - Bauer (Peasant)
 John Lanigan (tenor) - Kalus-Narr (Klaus the fool)
 Alvar Lidell -Sprecher (Speaker)
 Leopold Stokowski

Recent releases of broadcast performances by the legendary conductor Leopold Stokowski on the Guild Historical have proved enormously successful and have received glowing praise from the critics worldwide. In this remarkable double-album we bring together two of Stokowski’s momentous performances - one live, one studio - of the music of Arnold Schoenberg. It is a little-known fact that Stokowski was the only conductor to perform all of Schoenberg’s orchestral music during the composer’s lifetime, and he conducted the world premieres of two of the composer’s greatest works - the Violin Concerto and the Piano Concerto. In 1961, he led a truly overwhelming account of Schoenberg’s great ’Gurrelieder’, of which Stokowski had given the US premiere in 1932; nine years before, he made this fabled recording of ’Verklaerte Nacht’ with a hand-picked orchestra. The result is an issue of the highest importance, and the booklet notes are by Stokowski himself.

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